• Pysyk Inks Two-Year Deal With Sabres

    News: Mark Pysyk signed a two-year, $2.25 million contract with the Sabres on Tuesday, Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News reports.
    Analysis: It's a good deal for the Sabres, as Mark Pysyk is a promising young defenseman who is likely ready to spend most, if not all of the 2015-16 campaign with the big club. He suited up for seven games with Buffalo last season, tallying a total of three points in those contests. He spent most of 2014-15 with AHL Rochester, registering a total of 17 points in 54 games with the team. Despite collapsing during a basketball game late in the season, Pysyk should be ready to go in the fall. His fantasy value is limited due to his inexperience, and the Sabres will lean on Zach Bogosian and Rasmus Ristolainen on right defense instead.
  • Sabres' Pysyk To Play For AHL Club Friday

    News: Mark Pysyk told reporters that he will return to the ice for the AHL Rochester Americans on Friday night, Andrew Peters of TWC News Buffalo reports.
    Analysis: Psysk collapsed while playing pickup basketball back in February, and he has not played in a game since. The team believed he would miss the rest of the season, but he'll be back in the lineup Friday as the Americans take on the Utica Comets in the home regular season finale.
  • Sabres' Pysyk Hoping To Play For AHL Club Friday

    News: Mark Pysyk (undisclosed) resumed practicing with AHL Rochester on Tuesday, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.
    Analysis: Mark Pysyk collapsed while playing pickup basketball February 28, and though he returned to practice in March, the defenseman suffered a setback and met with doctors for further testing. The extra time off appears to have done the trick for Pysyk, who hopes to practice over the next few days before entering the lineup for Rochester's game Friday. While the episode back in February was surely scary for Pysyk, doctors determined they found nothing abnormal about his condition other than that he was suffering from dehydration. He should be able to continue his hockey career without any further concern.
  • Sabres' Pysyk Likely Out Until Next Season

    News: Updating a previous report, Mark Pysyk will likely sit out the rest of the season for precautionary reasons, reports the Democrat and Chronicle. However, the reason for the collapse Pysyk had Feb. 28 remains undetermined.
    Analysis: Mark Pysyk has not played in a game since the incident. While tests have been done on his head and his heart, the young defenseman was still "not feeling well" as of Friday so the organization will likely just take the safer route and keep him out the rest of the way, though we'll note no official decision has been made yet. Hopefully this all passes by and the promising youngster can make his claim to a full-time roster spot in Buffalo come next training camp.
  • Sabres' Pysyk Likely Out For The Season

    News: Mark Pysyk will likely sit out the rest of the season for precautionary reasons, reports the Democrat and Chronicle.
    Analysis: Mark Pysyk collapsed in a pickup basketball game on Feb. 28 and has not played in a game since. The former first-round pick travelled to Buffalo last Friday after he said he was "not feeling well" after a skate and an official diagnosis has yet to be made. Though he hasn't been officially ruled out, the Sabres are leaning towards shutting him down for the season with both Buffalo missing the playoffs and AHL Rochester currently on the outside looking in. Pysyk scored three points in seven games for the Sabres and 16 points in 51 games for Rochester. Barring any further setbacks, Pysyk should be a regular for the Sabres for the 2015-16 season.
  • Sabres' Pysyk Suffers Setback

    News: Mark Pysyk, who was expected to play Friday for AHL Rochester, will miss the game after "not feeling well" after skating, reports The Buffalo News.
    Analysis: Mark Pysyk went to visit doctors in Buffalo on Thursday and there is still no timetable for his return after collapsing during a pickup basketball game on Feb. 28. He has been solid in seven games for the Sabres this season, recording three points. Since the Sabres aren't gunning for a playoff spot, there is no hurry to bring Pysyk back. It would be better to err on the side of caution with such a promising player, so assume Pysyk is unlikely to dress for the Sabres again this season.
  • Sabres' Pysyk To Meet With Doctor Again

    News: Mark Pysyk, who has been practicing with AHL Rochester for the last week after collapsing while playing pickup basketball Feb. 28, is scheduled to meet with doctors in Buffalo on Thursday, Kevin Oklobzija of the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle reports.
    Analysis: Mark Pysyk was expected to receive clearance to play shortly after returning to practice, but those plans have been temporarily tabled, as the blueliner indicated he hasn't been feeling well after the sessions. The 23-year-old will likely undergo more tests to examine whether he has any sort of underlying medical concern.
  • Sabres' Pysyk Returns To Practice

    News: Mark Pysyk, who appeared to suffer a cardiac emergency while playing pickup basketball Feb. 28, returned to practice with AHL Rochester on Wednesday, the Buffalo News reports.
    Analysis: Mark Pysyk was subjected to extensive testing after the incident, but doctors were unable to identify any abnormalities that might have triggered the episode. The Sabres will still exercise some precaution with Pysyk, who will practice in a non-contact capacity with Rochester for the next week before receiving clearance to return to the lineup no sooner than Mar. 20.
  • Sabres' Pysyk Still Undergoing Tests

    News: Mark Pysyk is still undergoing tests after he collapsed while playing basketball with teammates last Saturday, Rob Sanderson of FOX Sports 1280 reports.
    Analysis: Mark Pysyk seems to be progressing well in his recovery, but doctors have yet to determine the cause of the episode. Until doctors are able to glean more information in his evaluations, Pysyk will continue to be held out of practices.
  • Sabres' Pysyk To Return, But No Date Set

    News: Mark Pysyk (heart) will return soon, but will be held off the ice until doctors are sure what led him to collapse during a basketball game, reports Kevin Oklobzija of The Democrat and Chronicle.
    Analysis: The good news is that Mark Pysyk has been released from the hospital and is doing fine, but the doctors want to make an official diagnosis before they let Pysyk back on the ice. Hopefully the issue is minor and Pysyk can return to action sooner than later. There's been no return date set for Pysyk but he won't be sitting too long. Consider him day-to-day.