Share this article

print logo
Latest Sabres

Longtime Sabres beat writer Bill Hoppe of BuffaloHockeyBeat.com, is writing about Sabres prospects, the Rochester Americans and related topics this season. ROCHESTER — After earning his first regular NHL duty last season, a confident Nick Baptiste signed a new contract and expected he would stay in the Sabres organization. Not only did Baptiste, 23, play a career-hig…

Latest Sabres

The Buffalo Sabres acquired defenseman Jack Dougherty from the Nashville Predators in exchange for Nick Baptiste on Monday. Dougherty has spent the last two seasons with the Milwaukee Admirals in the American Hockey League. A second-round pick in 2014, Dougherty appeared in 141 regular season games and three playoff games with Milwaukee. Before turning pro, he also play…

Latest Sabres

The Buffalo Sabres injury report continues to be a mixed bag. On the plus side, Conor Sheary returned to practice with the team for the first time since the opening of training camp. On the downside, Scott Wilson went down during practice, helped off the ice without being able to put any weight on his right leg. Let's start with the positives. Sheary came to the S…

Latest Sabres

Nicholas Baptiste watched the offseason moves just like everyone else. He saw the players the Buffalo Sabres added, including veteran Jeff Skinner, the Stanley Cup-winning Conor Sheary, and the up-and-coming Tage Thompson. It didn't surprise Baptiste. Not when the Sabres finished with the worst record in the National Hockey League. "Whenever you finish in not a good …

Latest Sabres

The Sabres have signed restricted free agent forwards Danny O'Regan, Nick Baptsite and Justin Bailey to two-way contracts for the 2018-19 season, the team announced Sunday. O'Regan's deal has an average annual value of $874,125. Baptiste's has an average annual value of $787,500 and Bailey's has an AAV of $715,000. O'Regan was acquired by the Sabres at the trade dead…

Latest Sabres

Whenever Nick Baptiste, Justin Bailey and Evan Rodrigues would crowd around the TV in Rochester and watch NHL games, this was the kind of day they envisioned. They'd be on the ice together for the Buffalo Sabres, joining forces to take it to an established team like the Chicago Blackhawks. And they took it to them Saturday. Put together as linemates during the third per…

Latest Sabres

The Sabres thought they were gaining traction, then they slipped in Ottawa. Here are Five Things to Know as they try to find solid ground Saturday afternoon against the Los Angeles Kings. 1. Attention to detail Buffalo had won three of four games heading in Ottawa on Thursday. Though the Sabres had the lead in the final minute before suffering a 3-2 overtime loss,…

Latest Sabres

Frankly, the way Jack Eichel's injury was being portrayed Sunday was quite a bit better than you would have expected. Especially after seeing the gruesome manner in which his right leg caved in Saturday night in Boston. Linemate/roommate Sam Reinhart said Eichel felt better after his latest high ankle sprain than he did when he suffered the same injury on the opposite l…

Latest Sabres

CALGARY – After the worst loss of a rough season, lineup changes were a no-brainer. Nick Baptiste is among those who will benefit. The right winger will be in the Sabres' lineup for the first time since Nov. 14 when Buffalo visits the Calgary Flames on Monday night. "I'm excited," Baptiste said in Scotiabank Saddledome. "It's been a little while since I've been back …

Latest Sabres

Nick Baptiste's time on the sidelines could be over. The winger joined the Sabres for their trip to Arizona and Dallas, but he didn't play. Baptiste spent all of Monday's practice on a line with center Sam Reinhart and right wing Seth Griffith. Their audition could continue Tuesday when Washington visits KeyBank Center. The Sabres recalled Baptiste from Rochester las…

Latest Sabres

GLENDALE, Ariz. – When last season ended, Nick Baptiste essentially said it was Buffalo or bust this year. Until this week, the right winger wasn't with Buffalo. "I have a lot more to give," Baptiste admitted Thursday. "I've got better in me, just all around in my game." The stark realization came recently in Rochester. He got sent down during training camp after fai…

Latest Sabres

GLENDALE, Ariz. – When last season ended, Nick Baptiste essentially said it was Buffalo or bust this year. Until this week, the right winger wasn't with Buffalo. "I have a lot more to give," Baptiste admitted Thursday. "I've got better in me, just all around in my game." The stark realization came recently in Rochester. He got sent down during training camp after fai…

Latest Sabres

Just before practice opened Wednesday in HarborCenter, the Sabres announced they have recalled winger Nicholas Baptiste from Rochester and after the workout coach Phil Housley revealed Justin Bailey is battling a lower-body injury. Both players will be on the Sabres' upcoming road trip, which features games Thursday in Arizona and Saturday in Dallas. "We thought we'd…

Sports

Victor Antipin's progression on the ice is kind of like having a conversation with the rookie from Kazakhstan: It's slow and steady, with improvement coming each day. The KHL signee scored his first goal of the preseason in Wednesday's 5-4 loss at Pittsburgh and was by far the most engaged with the play that he's been at any point thus far with the Buffalo Sabres. "I…

Sports

No production, no chance of cracking the lineup. That's pretty much the scenario for Nick Baptiste, who didn't do much of anything to make a dent in the Sabres' right wing derby and was sent to Rochester Thursday morning. Baptiste only played in two of the team's five exhibition games and had just one shot on goal. Free agent signee Seth Griffith and returnee Justin Bai…