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Sabres' Brandon Montour: MCL spain
Montour suffered a sprained MCL during the 2019 IIHF World Championship, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports.
The bad news is he'll need about six weeks to recover and will miss the rest of the tournament. The good is that the injury happened early in the offseason and Montour should be fine once training camp rolls around for the Sabres. Acquired at the trade deadline, he's expected to be a main component of the team's blue line in 2019-20. He was given a key role right away by Buffalo, and his 10 points in 20 games with the Sabres far outpaced his 25 in 62 games for his previous employer in Anaheim.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Brandon Montour: Officially ruled out for Worlds
Montour (lower body) was officially ruled out for the remainder of the 2019 IIHF World Championships on Tuesday.
This news will certainly cause fantasy owners and the Sabers some concern for Montour's status for the upcoming 2019-20 season. The second-round pick in 2014 will head back to Buffalo for further evaluation on the injury. Assuming he doesn't miss any time, the blueliner should be able to push for the 40-point mark after racking up 35 points with Anaheim and Buffalo this season.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Brandon Montour: Dealing with lower-body issue
Montour could be ruled out for the remainder of the 2019 IIHF World Championship due to a lower-body injury, TSN.ca reports.
Team Canada didn't provide much information on Montour's status, but fantasy owners will no doubt be more concerned with his status for the upcoming 2019-20 season. Assuming he doesn't miss any time, the blueliner should be able to push for the 40-point mark after racking up 35 points with Anaheim and Buffalo this season.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Johan Larsson: No deal in place
Reports indicating Larsson would be leaving the Sabres to return to Brynas IF (SHL) appear to be premature, as the Swedish club's general manager denied the two sides have talked, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports.
Larsson will be a restricted free agent this summer, so it's still possible he will head overseas if he doesn't land a suitable offer from Buffalo. If he does remain in the NHL, the 26-year-old figures to slot into a bottom-six role and could provide decent depth scoring.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Brandon Montour: Exits game with injury
Montour suffered an undisclosed injury in Monday's World Championship clash with Slovakia, Brent Wallace of TSN.ca reports.
The obvious concern for Sabres fans is the long-term implications of Montour's injury, especially considering Zach Bogosian (hip) and Lawrence Pilut (shoulder) could miss the start of the 2019-20 campaign. After joining Buffalo at the trade deadline from Anaheim, the 24-year-old notched three goals and seven helpers in 20 appearances and figures to be a consistent contributor heading into 2019-20 if he is healthy.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Lawrence Pilut: Out 5-6 months
Pilut underwent shoulder surgery Monday that will sideline him for 5-6 months.
Even on the short end of his timeline, Pilut won't be ready for Opening Night in October and could miss the first month of the season. The blueliner played in just 33 NHL games this season, in which he tallied one goal, five assists and 37 shots while averaging 17:25 of ice time. Despite his limited NHL experience, the Swede had a very good chance of making the 23-man roster coming out of camp, but now could start the 2019-20 campaign in the minors while rehabbing his injury.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen: Named OHL's Most Outstanding Player
Luukkonen (hip) has been named the 2018-19 OHL's Most Outstanding Player.
Luukkonen's North American debut was nothing short of brilliant. His numbers for Sudbury were exceptional (38-11-2, 2.50 GAA, .920 save percentage, six shutouts) and he deserved the honor. Luukkonen was also named to the World Junior Championship's all-tournament team over the holiday season. The big Finn underwent hip surgery in late April and is expected to be sidelined up to six months. Luukkonen will be in a race against time to be ready for Buffalo's training camp in September.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Arttu Ruotsalainen: Inks entry-level deal
Ruotsalainen agreed to terms on a three-year, entry-level contract with Buffalo on Wednesday.
Ruotsalainen is coming off a career year with Finnish club Ilves in which he tallied 21 goals and 21 helpers in 59 games before adding another seven points in seven postseason contests. The undrafted 21-year-old will make the jump to North America ahead of the 2019-20 campaign and will certainly get a shot at a roster spot during training camp.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Brandon Montour: Bound for World Championship
Montour will play for Team Canada at next month's IIHF World Championship in Slovakia, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports.
Besides Montour's own fine play this season -- 35 points over 82 games between the Ducks and the Sabres -- his selection should come as no surprise considering Sabres general manager Jason Botterill acquired him for a pretty steep price at the trade deadline and also happens to be part of Canada's management team for the tournament.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen: Goes under knife to repair hip
Luukkonen underwent successful hip surgery Thursday, with the Sabres goalie prospect facing a six-month recovery timetable.
As noted in this official team release, Luukkonen managed to appear in 53 games for the Sudbury Wolves of the OHL this season, adding a league-leading 38 wins and six shutouts to complement a 2.50 GAA and .920 save percentage. While it's obviously a good sign that his surgery went without a hitch, Luukkonen cannot afford any setbacks in his recovery if he is to still have a chance at participating in training camp ahead of the 2019-20 campaign.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Zach Bogosian: Undergoes hip procedure
Bogosian underwent hip surgery and is facing a 5-to-6-month recovery.
Based on his recovery time frame, Bogosian will probably miss the opening of the 2019-20 season, especially given he is unlikely to be a full participant in training camp. The defender missed the final eight games of the year due to his injury, which caused him to fall just short of the 20-point threshold. If he can avoid an extended absence at the onset of next season, the 28-year-old could challenge for 20-30 points, which gives him solid mid-range fantasy value.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Jack Eichel: Joining Team USA
Eichel is among 17 players announced Thursday as part of Team USA's roster for the upcoming IIHF World Championship in Slovakia, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports.
Eichel is a highly competitive sort, so this isn't a surprise since the Sabres have yet to make the playoffs in his young career, as he's probably pining for glory after such a disappointing season for his own team -- one that saw coach Phil Housley get fired. Coming off an 82-point season, Eichel instantly becomes one of the top forwards for Team Red, White and Blue.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Jacob Bryson: Secures entry-level deal
Bryson agreed to terms on a three-year, entry-level contract with Buffalo on Monday.
Bryson -- who will forgo his senior season at Providence -- is set to sign an amatuer tryout with AHL Rochester for the rest of 2018-19 before his deal kicks in next year. During his three collegiate seasons, the blueliner racked up 73 points in 121 contests. With the plethora of young talent on the Sabres' blue line, the club will likely give the 2017 fourth-round pick a year or two to develop in the minors, though the occasional call-up isn't out of the question.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Zemgus Girgensons: Not playing in World Championship
Girgensons will not play for Team Latvia in the World Championship, Aivis Kalnins of Hockeybuzz reports.
Girgensons is without a contract for 2019-20, so the pending restricted free agent will turn his focus towards putting pen to paper. The 25-year-old posted five goals and 13 assists in 72 games this season -- his highest point total since 2015-16, when he also registered 18 points.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Alexander Nylander: Shipped to Rochester
Nylander (lower body) was sent down to AHL Rochester on Monday.
Nylander is expected to be ready for the AHL playoffs but is still recovering from a lower-body injury. The forward only managed four points in 12 NHL games this season; however, the Sabres seem much happier with his progress than last season. He's put up 31 points at the AHL level in 49 appearances in 2018-19.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Victor Olofsson: Back with Rochester
Olofsson was sent down to the AHL on Monday.
Olofsson spent the majority of this season in the AHL, tallying 60 points in 64 games. As a late-season call-up for the Sabres, the 23-year-old was able to find the scoresheet four times in his first six NHL contests.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Lawrence Pilut: Sent down to AHL
Pilut was assigned to AHL Rochester on Monday.
Pilut figures to suit up Monday when Rochester takes on Cleveland. In 28 AHL games, the defenseman scored four goals and added 22 assists this season, far better than his NHL production, which was limited to just six points in 33 appearances in 2018-19.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Jeff Skinner: Not playing in World Championship
Skinner will not partake in the World Championship, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.
Skinner finished the season with 63 points, the third time he's hit that mark in his career. More importantly, he reached 40 goals for the first time. He showed instant chemistry with Jack Eichel, and was a key cog in the Sabres offense. However, he's an unrestricted free agent, and will need to spend the upcoming months working on an extension if he's to remain in Buffalo.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Casey Mittelstadt: Not playing in World Championship
Mittelstadt will not be participating in the World Championship, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.
Mittelstadt wraps up his rookie campaign with 12 goals and 13 assists in 77 games. After posting five points in six contests late in the 2017-18 season, expectations were high for the rookie, and ultimately weren't met. He still has a very bright future, and will look to improve over the summer and lock down the second-line center position for the Sabres come training camp.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Sam Reinhart: Personal season continues
Reinhart said Monday that he will play for Team Canada in the upcoming IIHF World Championship, John Vogl of The Athletic reports.
Reinhart enjoyed a career year in 2018-19, racking up 65 points in 82 games. The 23-year-old has enjoyed an increase in his season point totals for every year of his young career. Reinhart will likely be a reliable fantasy option at forward next season, and continues to be a solid weapon for Buffalo opposite Jack Eichel.... See More ... See Less
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