Share this article

print logo
Columns

The suspicion you had Friday night when the Sabres acquired defenseman Colin Miller from Vegas was that the move would hasten Rasmus Ristolainen's departure. Without remotely confirming that Saturday, it sure seemed like General Manager Jason Botterill confirmed exactly that. Botterill was using plenty of buzzwords to describe the trade. It give the Sabres "options" on …

Columns

For every Dylan Cozens at your average Sabres development camp, there are multiple guys you've heard very little about. They all have stories too. Perhaps not as dramatic as the No. 1 pick's rise from the Yukon, but nonetheless unique to them. They're usually low-round draft picks, often from far-off lands. (Of course, the way the Sabres like to draft, maybe "far off" i…

Columns

It's been less than three months since we last saw Jacob Bryson and a whole lot has changed since then. Bryson, one of the Buffalo Sabres' top defense prospects, was in town in April as a key member of the Providence College team that advanced to the Frozen Four. Less than a week later, he signed an entry-level contract with the Sabres, an amateur tryout offer with the …

Columns

Tage Thompson knew darn well the question was coming Wednesday. And he handled it in a mature way. Amerks coach Chris Taylor said Thompson showed plenty of maturity at the end of last season too. Good signs indeed. Thompson isn't going to be the most important prospect at Sabres development camp this week in Harborcenter or during training camp in September. But circ…

Latest Sabres

Four players who saw action with the Buffalo Sabres last season are on the roster for the club's annual summer development camp that begins Wednesday afternoon in Harborcenter. Forwards Tage Thompson and Victor Olofsson and defensemen Will Borgen and Lawrence Pilut are on the roster the team released Tuesday, although it's unclear if Pilut will take part in on-ice activ…

Latest Sabres

The Sabres will host a four-day development camp next week, capped by the annual French Connection Tournament 3-on-3 event June 29. The camp begins June 26 with all on-ice sessions held at Harborcenter. The camp will feature Sabres prospects, including players selected in this week's NHL Entry Draft. On-ice sessions from June 26-28 are free and open to the public on …

Latest Sabres

Yes, Sunday is about free agency. The Sabres almost certainly will add Carter Hutton to be their starting goalie and keep looking for help on the wing, but the real story will be if we get any verdict on Ryan O'Reilly. The Sabres paid O'Reilly's $7.5 million signing bonus at midnight as the clock struck July 1. Now we see what that means in terms of a potential deal. …

Latest Sabres

Matej Pekar says he "loves, loves, loves" to be the annoying guy on the ice, and it showed throughout Sabres development camp. The fourth-round pick in the 2018 draft was all over Casey Mittelstadt and Brett Murray Saturday, a day after he was the one getting nailed by a clean check from Rasmus Dahlin. Pekar says Boston's Brad Marchand, who became infamous for lickin…

Latest Sabres

Casey Mittelstadt's shootout goal gave Team Martin a 3-2 victory over Team Perreault Saturday in the championship game of the Sabres' French Connection Tournament that wrapped up development camp. But the 1,800 fans that packed HarborCenter were there mostly to watch Rasmus Dahlin. The No. 1 overall pick hit the crossbar on the first shift of his first game and didn't s…

Latest Sabres

Having development camp in the days leading to free agency rather than in early July, a new twist under Jason Botterill, creates an interesting dynamic for the Buffalo Sabres. On one hand, the team is girding to fill its immediate needs. Short-term ones can be taken care of starting Sunday at noon, when unrestricted free agents can be signed. On the other hand, this wee…

Latest Sabres

Practices for Sabres development camp wrapped up Friday morning with another near-capacity crowd on hand in HarborCenter and most were in the house to again watch No. 1 overall pick Rasmus Dahlin. Most of these workouts are pretty mundane, simple skating and stickhandling drills. Things got much more interesting during a 3-on-3 drill played in the neutral zone. Dahlin d…

Latest Sabres

Don't be surprised if you hear ABBA echoing from the Buffalo Sabres' locker room at development camp. Ten of the 42 prospects at HarborCenter this week are from Sweden, including this year's first-overall pick Rasmus Dahlin. That's without counting Mattias Samuelsson, who grew up in the U.S. while his Swedish-born father Kjell played in the NHL. "You can almost talk …

Latest Sabres

Sabres defensive prospect Will Borgen's resume is striking for a player entering his first full professional season. He played three years of collegiate hockey at St. Cloud State, capped off by being named the National Collegiate Hockey Conference's best defensive defenseman as a junior. He made the U.S. roster for the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang and notched three poin…

Latest Sabres

Just standing next to Casey Mittelstadt, one can tell there's a difference. The forward is bigger than when we last saw him in Buffalo, making his NHL debut in the final six games of the Sabres' disastrous 2017-18 season. That's not a surprise since the weight room is where Mittelstadt's focus has been after a whirlwind season that included the Men's World Juniors, p…

Latest Sabres

We've spent weeks hearing what scouts and draftniks have to say about Rasmus Dahlin. Wednesday afternoon, after we saw Dahlin in the flesh on the ice for the first time, it was good fortune to be able to ask a longtime teammate. Winger Victor Olofsson, the Sabres' seventh-round pick in 2014, has played alongside Dahlin for the Frolunda Indians of the Swedish Hockey Leag…