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Sabres' Mattias Samuelsson: Clear for camp
Samuelsson (hand/knee) was on the ice Thursday for Buffalo's first practice of training camp, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports.
Samuelsson played through a broken hand and a sprained MCL prior to sitting out the final two games of the 2022-23 season. In 55 appearances last campaign, the 23-year-old blueliner earned 10 points, 76 shots on goal, 91 blocked shots and 107 hits. He is expected to be ready for the start of 2023-24.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Henri Jokiharju: Good to go
Jokiharju (lower body) participated in practice Thursday after being injured in Buffalo's regular-season finale last season, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports.
Jokiharju skated with the second group and was paired with Owen Power during the Sabres' first practice of training camp. In 60 games last season, the 24-year-old Jokiharju registered 13 points, 79 shots on goal, 58 blocked shots and 63 hits.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Jack Quinn: Not close to returning
Quinn (Achilles) is making progress in his recovery, but he isn't close to returning, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports.
Sabres GM Kevyn Adams cautioned that even after Quinn is cleared to resume skating, the 22-year-old forward will still need to put in a lot of work before he's ready to play. Quinn recorded 14 goals and 37 points in 75 contests last season. He might draw into a middle-six role once he's healthy.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Matthew Savoie: Might return before end of camp
Savoie (shoulder) is week-to-week, but he might return before the end of training camp, according to Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News.
Savoie injured his left shoulder during Buffalo's prospects game Monday. He had 38 goals and 95 points in 62 contests with WHL Winnipeg last season. Buffalo selected Savoie with the No. 9 overall pick in the 2022 NHL Draft.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Matthew Savoie: Sustains shoulder injury
Savoie suffered a shoulder injury in Buffalo's prospects game Monday versus Pittsburgh, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
Savoie is expected to miss at least some of training camp, which would put his chances of making the NHL roster in jeopardy. The 19-year-old had 95 points in 62 games with WHL Winnipeg last season, and if he doesn't make the Sabres' roster out of camp, he'll be assigned back to the junior franchise, which relocated to Wenatchee, Washington in the offseason. Savoie does not have an exception to jump immediately to the AHL.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Noah Ostlund: Will play in Sweden
Ostlund was loaned by Buffalo to the Swedish league's Vaxjo on Wednesday.
Ostlund had eight goals and 26 points in 37 contests in 2022-23 with Djurgardens of HockeyAllsvenskan, which is Sweden's second-tier professional league. Buffalo selected him with the No. 16 overall pick in the 2022 NHL Draft.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Anton Wahlberg: Loaned to SHL
Wahlberg was loaned to Malmo of the SHL on Tuesday.
Wahlberg notched two goals and two assists in 17 games with the Redhawks last season. Buffalo selected the 18-year-old forward with the No. 39 pick in the 2023 NHL Entry Draft. Wahlberg signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Sabres in July.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Zach Benson: Signs entry-level contract
Benson signed a three-year, entry-level contract with Buffalo on Friday.
The diminutive forward was selected 13th overall in the first round of the 2023 Draft. Benson had 32 goals and 98 points in 60 games with WHL Winnipeg in 2022-23. Benson is projected to be a top-six forward in the NHL, but that could take a few years. Look for Benson to return to the WHL for the 2023-24 season.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Linus Weissbach: Signs one-year deal
Weissbach signed a one-year, two-way contract with Buffalo on Monday.
Weissbach produced 20 goals and 47 points in 69 games with AHL Rochester last season. He also added three goals and 10 points in 12 contests during the 2023 Calder Cup Playoffs. The 25-year-old forward is likely to spend most, if not all, of the 2023-24 campaign in the minors.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Brett Murray: Back with Buffalo
Murray signed a one-year, two-way contract extension with Buffalo on Friday, Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald reports.
Murray played 19 games for Buffalo in 2021-22, scoring twice and adding four assists. He spent all of 2022-23 with AHL Rochester, managing 23 goals and 49 points in 71 contests. Murray is expected to spend most of the 2023-24 season in the minors.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Anton Wahlberg: Signs entry-level deal
Wahlberg signed a three-year, entry-level contract with Buffalo on Friday.
Wahlberg was chosen 39th overall in the 2023 Draft. The 18-year-old had a pair of goals and two assists in 17 games with Malmo of the Swedish League last season. The center also chipped in with three goals and six points in seven games at the U18 World Championship in the spring. Wahlberg likely won't light up the scoresheet at the NHL level, but he has the potential to carve out a role as a bottom-sixer.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Kale Clague: Back with Buffalo
Clague agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with Buffalo on Tuesday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
Clague will remain with the Sabres despite not receiving a qualifying offer from the team this offseason. He contributed four assists, 24 shots on goal, 24 blocked shots and 24 hits in 33 games last year. It wouldn't be a surprise if Clague started the 2023-24 campaign in the minors.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Michael Houser: Agrees to one-year deal
Houser signed a one-year, two-way contract with Buffalo on Saturday, according to PuckPedia.
Houser had a 2.80 GAA and a .906 save percentage in 21 AHL contests with Rochester last season. He's appeared in six career NHL games, posting a 2.97 GAA and a .917 save percentage over those contests.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Justin Richards: Signs with Buffalo
Richards signed a one-year, two-way contract with Buffalo on Saturday, according to TSN.
Richards recorded 10 goals and 39 points in 61 AHL contests with Cleveland in 2022-23. The 25-year-old forward also has two assists in three career NHL games.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Dustin Tokarski: Inks one-year deal
Tokarski agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with Buffalo on Saturday, per Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet.
Tokarski had a 1-2-0 record, 3.44 GAA and .897 save percentage in four contests with Pittsburgh in 2022-23 and will now join Buffalo for the second time in his career. At the AHL level, he posted a 2.69 GAA and .910 save percentage in 36 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last season. Tokarski will probably start the 2023-24 campaign in the minors.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Erik Johnson: Signs with Buffalo
Johnson signed a one-year, $3.25 million contract with the Sabres on Saturday.
Johnson chipped in eight assists, 98 shots on goal, 102 blocked shots and 121 hits in 63 games with Colorado last season. He will add a veteran presence to Buffalo's blue line in what is likely to be a third-pairing role.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Devin Cooley: Off to Buffalo
Cooley signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Sabres on Saturday, his agent Dan Milstein reports.
Cooley has yet to play in the NHL. He spent last season with AHL Milwaukee, going 15-8-2 with a 2.93 GAA and .909 save percentage. He will likely play for AHL Rochester in 2023-24.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Connor Clifton: Heading to Buffalo
Clifton signed a three-year, $10 million contract with the Sabres on Saturday.
Clifton supplied five goals, 18 assists, 120 blocked shots and 208 hits in 78 games with Boston last season. Look for him to line up on Buffalo's third-defense pairing in 2023-24.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Tyson Jost: Re-joining Buffalo
Jost signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Sabres on Saturday.
The Sabres saved $250,000 on the deal after declining to extend a $2.25 million qualifying offer to Jost. The 25-year-old center posted 25 points in 71 games last season, including 22 (seven goals, 15 assists) in 59 games with Buffalo after he was waived by Minnesota. Jost should compete for a bottom-six role heading into the 2023-24 season.... See More ... See Less