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Sabres' Rasmus Asplund: Pens two-year deal
Asplund agreed to terms on a two-year, $1.65 million deal with Buffalo on Friday.
Asplund set career highs last season in goals (seven), assists (four) and average ice time (12:51). The 23-year-old Swede should be in the mix for regular minutes heading into next season and could best all the marks during the 2021-22 campaign.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Ryan MacInnis: Buffalo bound
MacInnis signed a one-year, $750,000 contract with the Sabres on Friday.
MacInnis will likely compete for a fourth-line role in Buffalo. He appeared in 26 games with the Blue Jackets over the past two seasons, totaling a paltry one assist without a goal.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' John Hayden: Handed one-year deal
Hayden agreed to terms on a one-year, $750,000 contract with Buffalo on Thursday.
Hayden recorded two goals, three assists and 84 hits while averaging 9:49 of ice time in 29 games for Arizona last season. While the center could have more opportunities to crack the lineup with the rebuilding Sabres, he still is unlikely to offer much in the way fantasy value given his limited offensive upside.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Ethan Prow: Signs with Buffalo
Prow signed a one-year, $750,000 contract with the Sabres on Thursday.
Prow spent the 2020-21 campaign with Munich EHC of the DEL, picking up four goals and 20 points while posting a plus-18 rating in 26 games. The 28-year-old blueliner will likely get an opportunity to make Buffalo's Opening Night roster in training camp, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him spend most, if not all of the 2021-22 season in the minors.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Aaron Dell: Joins Buffalo on one-year deal
Dell signed a one-year, $750,000 contract with the Sabres on Wednesday.
Dell is expected to make up a goaltending tandem with Craig Anderson, who also signed a league-minimum contract Wednesday. The 32-year-old Dell was abysmal with the Devils, posting a 4.14 GAA and an .857 save percentage across seven appearances last season, and there's little reason to think he'll be much better for a Sabres team that's even less advanced in its rebuild. Per John Vogl of The Athletic, Dell's contract is a two-way deal, which could see him end up in the minors if Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen outplays him in training camp.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Craig Anderson: Lands in Buffalo
Anderson signed a one-year, $750,000 contract with the Sabres on Wednesday.
The 40-year-old goalie has apparently decided to keep playing, linking up with a Sabres team in desperate need of goaltending after Linus Ullmark left for the Bruins in free agency. Anderson made four appearances in the regular season, posting a 2-1-0 record with a .915 save percentage for the Capitals last year. It's unclear what kind of workload Anderson might see with the Sabres, but their lackluster defense makes the veteran an unappealing option in fantasy.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Mark Pysyk: Back in Buffalo
Pysyk signed a one-year, $900,000 contract with the Sabres on Wednesday.
Pysyk found little success with the Stars last year, posting just four points in 36 contests in a limited role. The 29-year-old began his NHL career in Buffalo, where he spent four seasons before joining the Panthers. Pysyk will likely see bottom-four minutes with the Sabres, although he also has experience as a bottom-six forward.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Sean Malone: Links up with Buffalo
Malone signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Sabres on Wednesday.
Malone got into one game for the Predators last season, registering an assist and two PIM. He added 15 points in 23 contests with AHL Chicago. Considering he is on a two-way contract, the 26-year-old shouldn't be expected to compete for more than a bottom-six job with the Sabres in training camp.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Vinnie Hinostroza: Agrees to terms with Buffalo
Hinostroza signed a one-year, $1.05 million contract with the Sabres on Wednesday.
Hinostroza appeared in 26 games split between the Panthers and the Blackhawks last season, picking up four goals and 12 points while averaging 12:16 per contest. The 27-year-old forward will likely have a more prominent role with Buffalo in 2021-22, but he may struggle to produce offense on a rebuilding Sabres squad.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Jimmy Schuldt: Heads east to Buffalo
Schuldt signed a one-year deal with the Sabres for $750,000 on Wednesday.
Schuldt has only seen action in one NHL game, which came with the Golden Knights in the 2018-19 season (he did register an assist in that lone contest). If he's going to be a fringe NHL player, he'll have a much better chance with the rebuilding Sabres than with the contending Golden Knights.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Brandon Davidson: Rejoins Buffalo on one-year deal
Davidson re-signed with the Sabres on a one-year contract Wednesday.
Davidson played in just six games for the Sabres last season, posting seven shots on goal and four penalty minutes while going without a point for the second consecutive season. He's never been a big offensive threat and seems unlikely to factor into most fantasy leagues next season.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Will Butcher: Traded to Buffalo
Butcher and a 2022 fifth-round pick were traded by the Devils to the Sabres in exchange for future considerations Wednesday.
Butcher only appeared in 23 games with the Devils last season, picking up 11 points while averaging 19:02 of ice time per contest. He's making $3.73 million per year, and New Jersey needed to open up cap space to facilitate the signing of Dougie Hamilton, hence the lack of return for the Devils in this deal. Butcher will likely have a prominent role with Buffalo in 2021-22, but he may struggle to produce offensively on a rebuilding Sabres squad.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Drake Caggiula: Re-signs with Buffalo
Caggiula signed a one-year, $750,000 contract with the Sabres on Tuesday.
Caggiula appeared in 38 games split between the Coyotes and the Sabres last season, picking up 10 points, 46 shots and 64 hits over that span. He'll continue to serve as a bottom-six option without much offensive upside for Buffalo next year, severely limiting his fantasy upside.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Devon Levi: Promising goalie arrives in trade
Levi has been traded to Buffalo from Florida, along with a lottery-protected first-round pick in 2022, for Sam Reinhart, reports The Buffalo News.
Levi burst into prominence at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship, where the seventh-rounder (2020) posted an eye-popping .964 save percentage on a silver-medal run with Canada. A rib injury suffered at the tourney kept him out of Northeastern's lineup after the junior tourney. But his pedigree precedes him. Levi was named the CJHL Player of the Year and MVP, and CCHL MVP in 2019-20 with a stunning .941 save percentage. The Sabres have now solidified their goaltending pipeline and don't be surprised if Levi climbs above them all in a few short years.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Olivier Nadeau: Nabbed by Buffalo
Nadeau was drafted 97th overall by the Sabres at the 2021 NHL Draft on Saturday.
Nadeau has the look of a useful depth piece for Buffalo. He is especially adept at using his large frame (6-foot-2, 205 pounds) to shield the puck from opposing defenders. He can control play along the boards in the offensive zone and is more than willing to drive to the net in order to create havoc. The big issue here is a lack of foot speed. Some scouts are worried Nadeau is going to struggle to create separation and play with pace when he turns pro. Regardless, Nadeau unquestionably has NHL-caliber traits to his game.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Josh Bloom: Drafted 95th at 2021 NHL Draft
Bloom was drafted 95th by the Sabres at the 2021 NHL Draft on Saturday.
Bloom is a 6-foot-2, 183-pound forward with real potential, but it's hard to know his game. The OHL was canceled in 2020-21, so you need some inside information to understand his style. And that's exactly what the Sabres did. Bloom's associate coach in Saginaw is the brother of Buffalo's director of analytics. So look beyond his six goals and eight assists in 54 games in 2019-20 and you'll see a high-end offensive player who can snipe and set guys up. Bloom's hockey IQ and vision are impressive, and he plays the game at high speed. He made it onto Canada's U17 team a year ago, so watch him. Bloom could easily become a prize for the Sabres out of this year's class.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Stiven Sardaryan: Russian off to upstate New York
Sardarian was drafted 88th overall by the Sabres at the 2021 NHL Draft on Saturday.
The rare Russian prospect set to attend a United States college, Sardarian is a 2022-23 commit to the University of New Hampshire. His stock was on the rise this past season following an excellent year (nine goals, 30 points in 50 games) in Russia's MHL as a 17-year-old. Sardarian's greatest attribute is his ability to read opposing defenders and make plays under pressure. It's going to be a while until he helps the Sabres, but this was a fine pick for Buffalo.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Alexander Kisakov: Offensive wiz off to Buffalo
Kisakov was drafted 53rd overall by the Sabres at the 2021 NHL Draft on Saturday.
He may not have been selected in Round 1, but Kisakov was legitimately one of the most talented offensive players available in this year's draft. He dominated the Russian Junior League to the tune of 36 goals and 73 points in 61 games this past season, chipping in 90 penalty minutes for good measure. While that's all well and good, Kisakov is listed at 5-foot-10 and about 150 pounds. He'll have to add a minimum of 20 pounds of muscle in order to play professional hockey in North America, and it remains to be seen if Kisakov can remain shifty and effective as he bulks up. The ceiling here is immense, but the odds of Kisakov getting there may be small. He's nothing more than an extreme, high-end lottery ticket for Buffalo.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Prokhor Poltapov: First pick of Round 2
Poltapov was drafted 33rd overall by the Sabres at the 2021 NHL Draft on Saturday.
Russian forwards are often noted for their high-end puck skills, but Poltapov is more of a complementary piece who can fill a variety of different roles. His willingness to dig pucks out along the boards and his ability to go to the difficult areas of the ice to make a play are impressive. Scoring 12-15 goals annually would seem to be a reasonable target for Poltapov, and while he might be best served in a depth role, he does have enough talent to move up in the lineup should injuries strike. Poltapov has also played well for the Russian national team whenever given the opportunity.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Isak Rosen: Rockets up to 14th at 2021 Draft
Rosen was drafted 14th overall by the Sabres at the 2021 NHL Draft on Friday.
Rosen may be the steal of the draft. His vision and skill are on par with two guys you know well -- Mitch Marner and Patrick Kane. His skill game is near the top of this year's draft and his confidence and work ethic are outstanding. But at 156 pounds, Rosen will need to put on a bit of muscle or the bigger bodies in the NHL will knock him around. He's the kind of NHL and fantasy pick that could reap incredible rewards if you can afford to wait a few seasons. Especially if you believe that you should be drafting skill first before anything else.... See More ... See Less
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