• Released from PTO with Sabres

    News: Matt Ellis was released from his PTO with the Sabres on Friday, Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald reports.
    Analysis: The 33-year-old never stood much of a chance at making the Sabres' Opening Night roster, so Thursday's move doesn't come as much of a shock. He'll open the season with AHL Rochester, where he will patiently await a contract offer from the Sabres in case they require the veteran's services at some point down the road.
  • Ellis Signs One-Year AHL Contract

    News: Matt Ellis signed a one-year AHL contract with the Rochester Americans on Thursday, Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald reports.
    Analysis: The 33-year-old played in 39 games with the Sabres last season, but was largely a non-factor, only managing to register two points over that span. What Matt Ellis lacks in on-ice production he makes up for with veteran leadership, a quality he will bring to AHL Rochester in 2015-16.
  • Sabres' Ellis Adds Goal, Assist In Win

    News: Matt Ellis recorded a goal and an assist in Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Maple Leafs.
    Analysis: The points were the winger's first in 34 games with the Sabres this season, so the perennial depth forward isn't much of an option in most fantasy formats.
  • Ellis Recalled By Sabres

    News: The Sabres have recalled Matt Ellis from AHL Rochester, the team's official site reports.
    Analysis: Matt Ellis, who has recorded 13 points in 38 games AHL games to date, adds experience and depth up front, but he's off the fantasy radar in his depth role with the Sabres.
  • Sabres Assign Ellis To AHL

    News: Matt Ellis was assigned to AHL Rochester on Monday.
    Analysis: Matt Ellis played in each of the last four games since joining the team Jan. 13, but recorded a minus-one rating in each of the games and didn't get himself into the box score other than putting three shots on net. With the All-Star break approaching, the Sabres will have some time to evaluate their next move with news that Cody McCormick's season may be in jeopardy. Ellis is a depth player and has little to no fantasy value.
  • Sabres' Ellis Recalled From AHL

    News: Matt Ellis was reaclled from AHL Rochester on Tuesday.
    Analysis: The Sabres have a few banged-up forwards, so the 33-year-old Matt Ellis will help with depth. He has 47 points (20 goals) in 317 career NHL appearances, but he hasn't played in an NHL game this season. Ellis is a depth player who can play center or the wing and will likely play on the fourth line. He brings some veteran experience to the lineup with Chris Stewart still reeling from an illness.
  • Sabres' Ellis Cut Tuesday

    News: Matt Ellis was waived by the Sabres on Tuesday.
    Analysis: He'll be assigned to AHL Rochester once he clears waivers. Matt Ellis managed to suit up for 50 games with the Sabres last season, so Tuesday's cut doesn't necessarily mean he won't resurface with the big club later this season.
  • Sabres' Ellis Tallies Goal In Finale

    News: Matt Ellis scored his fourth goal of the season in Sunday's finale against the Islanders.
    Analysis: Matt Ellis compiled six points in 50 games for the Sabres, averaging less than 10 minutes a game while serving as a bottom-six forward. Buffalo actually placed him on waivers early in the season only to go unclaimed by every other team, making him little more than a replacement-level player.
  • Ellis Seeing Limited Minutes For Sabres

    News: Matt Ellis has five points and a minus-5 rating over 25 games for the Sabres.
    Analysis: The production isn't terrible for a fourth-line player on the Sabres, but it's difficult to be optimistic about his prospects. He's struggling to see 10 minutes of ice time per night on the league's worst team.
  • Sabres Send Back Ellis To Minors

    News: Matt Ellis has been returned to AHL Rochester, Amy Moritz of The Buffalo News reports.
    Analysis: Since being recalled Dec. 14, Matt Ellis appeared in five games for the Sabres, scoring one goal while averaging just over 10 minutes of ice time. He'll now be rejoining the Rochester as it prepares for a trip to Switzerland, where it will be one of six teams participating in the Spengler Cup.