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Sabres' Riley Sheahan: Back in Buffalo
Sheahan signed a one-year, $950,000 contract with the Sabres on Wednesday.
Sheahan spent last season with the Kraken, posting 17 points in 69 contests in a bottom-six role. The 30-year-old previously played with the Sabres in 2020-21, logging 13 points in 53 contests. His deal is two-way, so while he'll get a $100,000 raise at the NHL level, it doesn't come with any additional job security.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Olivier Nadeau: Undergoes shoulder surgery
Nadeau is expected to be sidelined for 4-6 months after undergoing shoulder surgery, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports.
The Sabres selected Nadeau in the fourth round of last year's Entry Draft. The 19-year-old winger spent the 2021-22 campaign with the QMJHL's Shawinigan Cataractes, racking up 35 goals and 78 points through 65 contests. He's expected to join the QMJHL's Gatineau Olympiques once he's fully recovered from his surgery.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Brett Murray: Lands two-way deal
Murray signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Sabres on Monday, per CapFriendly.
Murray split last season between the NHL and AHL levels. He scored six points in 19 games with Buffalo and tacked on another 32 points in 52 appearances with AHL Rochester. The 23-year-old winger should fill a similar role for the 2022-23 campaign.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Jiri Kulich: Inks entry-level deal
Kulich signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Sabres on Friday.
Buffalo selected Kulich 28th overall in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft. He scored nine goals and 14 points in the Czech Extraliga during the 2021-22 campaign. The 18-year-old forward is likely a couple of years away from making an NHL impact but he could join AHL Rochester as soon as next season, but he may continue his development overseas.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Noah Ostlund: Pens entry-level contract
Ostlund signed a three-year, entry-level contract with Buffalo on Friday.
The Sabres selected Ostlund with the 16th overall pick in this year's Entry Draft. The 18-year-old forward spent most of the 2021-22 season with Djurgardens IF of Sweden's J20 Nationell league, racking up nine goals and 42 points through 32 contests. Ostlund is expected to play for Djurgardens IF in Sweden's HockeyAllsvenskan league in 2022-23.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Matthew Savoie: Signs entry-level deal
Savoie signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Sabres on Friday.
Buffalo selected Savoie with the ninth overall pick in this year's Entry Draft. The 18-year-old drew into 65 games with the WHL's Winnipeg Ice last season, racking up 35 goals and 90 points over that span. Savoie will likely remain with the Ice for the 2022-23 campaign.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Lawrence Pilut: Signs one-year deal
Pilut signed a one-year, $750,000 contract with the Sabres on Friday.
Pilut spent the entirety of the 2021-22 campaign with the KHL's Traktor Chelyabinsk, picking up 11 assists through 40 contests. Pilut is expected to remain in Russia for the 2022-23 season, so Buffalo presumably signed him to this one-year deal just to retain his NHL rights.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Jeremy Davies: Links up with Sabres
Davies signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Sabres on Wednesday.
Davies had two assists in six games with the Predators last season. He added 31 points in 54 contests with AHL Milwaukee, showing a little scoring upside in the minors. The defenseman is likely to begin the campaign with AHL Rochester, though he could win a spot on the Opening Night roster in training camp.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Chase Priskie: Joins Buffalo
Priskie signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Sabres on Wednesday.
Priskie made his first four NHL appearances with the Panthers last season. He also posted 31 points in 54 contests with AHL Charlotte. The 26-year-old defenseman has aged out of prospect status, but he'll provide the Sabres with organizational depth on defense.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Kale Clague: Inks deal with Buffalo
Clague signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Sabres on Wednesday.
Clague was not qualified by the Canadiens, and it didn't take him long to find a new home in the Atlantic Division. He had 10 points in 36 contests between the Kings and the Canadiens last year, and he could contend for a roster spot with the Sabres in training camp.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Eric Comrie: Grabs two-year deal
Comrie inked a two-year, $3.6 million contract with Buffalo on Wednesday.
Comrie logged just 19 games for the Jets last season while stuck behind workhorse Connor Hellebuyck. In those outings, the 27-year-old Comrie went 10-5-1 with a 2.58 GAA and one shutout. Playing alongside Craig Anderson, Comrie should get significantly more opportunities to start but should be considered the No. 2 option heading into the 2022-23 campaign.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Ilya Lyubushkin: Signs two-year contract
Lyubushkin inked a two-year, $5.5 million deal with the Sabres on Wednesday, Bob McKenzie of TSN reports.
Lyubushkin split time between the Coyotes and Maple Leafs last year, logging a combined 77 games in which he tallied two goals, 13 assists, 187 hits while averaging 17:27 of ice time. With Buffalo, the blueliner could see increased minutes but is unlikely to suddenly develop an offensive game. As such, Lyubushkin figures to remain a low-end fantasy option, though he is capable of racking up hits and blocks.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Victor Olofsson: Signs two-year extension
Olofsson signed a two-year, $9.5 million contract extension with the Sabres on Wednesday.
Olofsson remained a solid top-six contributor for Buffalo in 2021-22, racking up 20 goals and 49 points, 12 of which came with the man advantage, while averaging 15:20 of ice time through 72 contests. If he's able to play a full 82-game slate, Olofsson should produce 20-plus goals and could crack the 50-point mark for the first time in his career in 2022-23.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Malcolm Subban: Inks new deal
Subban (upper body) signed a one-year, two-way contract worth $850,000 with the Sabres on Tuesday.
Subban will likely have a chance to compete for the backup job behind Craig Anderson in 2022-23. Subban made only four appearances with the Sabres in 2021-22, giving up 17 goals on 132 shots. He had surgery in January, so it's unclear if the 28-year-old will be fully healthy at the start of training camp.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Vinnie Hinostroza: Re-signs with Buffalo
Hinostroza signed a one-year, $1.7 million contract extension with the Sabres on Tuesday.
Hinostroza drew into 62 games with Buffalo in 2021-22, picking up 13 goals and 25 points while averaging 13:54 of ice time over that span. He'll likely put up similar numbers while skating in a bottom-six role in 2022-23.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Jacob Bryson: Inks two-year deal
Bryson signed a two-year, $1.85 million AAV extension with Buffalo on Sunday.
Bryson averaged 18:21 of ice time with 10 points in 73 games last season. The 24-year-old will likely skate in a bottom-four role with Buffalo again next season. He's tallied 19 points in 111 career NHL games after he was selected in the fourth round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Mats Lindgren: Grabbed by Sabres in Round 4
Lindgren was selected 106th overall by the Sabres in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft on Friday.
Lindgren's father, also named Mats, played 387 NHL games around the turn of the century, mostly with the Islanders. The older Lindgren was known as a defensive-minded center, while his son is an offensive-minded defender. Like many "modern" NHL rearguards, Lindgren wins with his brain. His vision and creativity make him an ideal power-play quarterback, while his play in his own zone is solid enough considering it's not what he is most known for. Lindgren posted five goals and 44 points in 68 games for WHL Kamloops this past season and is a candidate for another significant jump in production during the 2022-23 campaign.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Viktor Neuchev: Upside play for Buffalo
Neuchev was selected 74th overall by the Sabres in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft on Friday.
Neuchev has some massive holes in his game, but he also has some clear NHL-caliber traits, most notably his size (6-foot-2), puck-handling ability and massive shot. It's easy to envision Neuchev's offensive skill set taking over games at some point in the not-too-distant future, but it's important to note he has just one KHL game under his belt to date, having played almost exclusively in the Russia's MHL junior league. Neuchev's effort level is in and out at times and some scouts have serious concerns about the pace at which he plays, but every player selected at this point of the draft has flaws. Buffalo will be patient in hopes it all comes together for Neuchev in the coming years.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Topias Leinonen: Goalie goes 41st in 2022 Draft
Leinonen was selected 41st overall by the Sabres in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft on Friday.
He was the first goalie off the board in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft. This draft featured arguably the worst goaltending group in recent memory, with Leinonen being just one of a handful of goalies viewed as having future NHL potential. There is no doubt the big Finn has the size (6-foot-4) that all NHL clubs are looking for these days. There is never enough quality goaltending depth to go around and it's fair to wonder if Leinonen might have gone quite a bit higher had he not been injured so frequently in the past. The Sabres will stash Leinonen overseas in hopes he is able to remain healthy and find some consistency over the course of the next few seasons.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Brandon Biro: Extended by Sabres
Biro signed a two-year contract with the Sabres on Friday with an AAV of $762,500.
Biro made his NHL debut last season, suiting up Feb. 23 against Montreal. The 24-year-old winger will provide organizational depth for the Sabres but will likely spend most of his time with AHL Rochester.... See More ... See Less