Latest Buffalo Sabres News

Hurricanes losing Dudley, still in talks with TV's Forslund

Jul. 1, 2020 6:50 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Carolina Hurricanes president and general manager Don Waddell said Wednesday that executive Rick Dudley won’t return and the team is still in talks with longtime TV play-by-play announcer John Forslund on a new deal. The 71-year-old Dudley had worked as Carolina's senior vice...

In this  June 15, 2019 file photo St. Louis Blues right wing Chris Thorburn waves to fans during the NHL hockey Stanley Cup victory celebration in St. Louis. Thorburn has announced his retirement, Monday, June 22, 2020 after playing more than 800 NHL games since 2005. Thorburn spent his last time on the ice celebrating the St. Louis Blues winning the Stanley Cup last season. (AP Photo/Scott Kane, file)

Veteran NHL forward Chris Thorburn announces retirement

Jun. 22, 2020 1:16 PM EDT

Veteran forward Chris Thorburn announced his retirement Monday after playing more than 800 NHL games for four different organizations since 2005 and winning the Stanley Cup with the St. Louis Blues. Thorburn spent his last time on the ice celebrating the Blues winning their first Stanley Cup last season. Despite...

FILE - In this May 11, 2017, file photo, newly hired Buffalo Sabres' General Manager Jason Botterill, center, flanked by Terry and Kim Pegula, displays his Sabres jersey at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y. The Buffalo Sabres fired general manager Jason Botterill on Tuesday, June 16, 2020, in a dramatic change-of-course three weeks after co-owner Kim Pegula said his job was secure. In announcing the decision, the Sabres promoted senior vice president of business administration Kevyn Adams as Botterill’s successor.  (AP Photo/John Wawrow, FIle)

Sabres fire GM Botterill in series of cost-cutting moves

Jun. 17, 2020 12:42 AM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula reversed course by firing general manager Jason Botterill on Tuesday as part of a drastic cost-cutting purge of front-office staff and scouts on a team preparing to sit idle for what could be the remainder of the calendar year. The Pegulas...

Buffalo Sabres fire Jason Botterill as general manager, replace him with Kevyn Adams after 9-year playoff drought

Jun. 16, 2020 9:45 AM EDT
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Sabres fire Jason Botterill as general manager, replace him with Kevyn Adams after 9-year playoff drought.
FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2019, file photo, Finland's Oskari Laaksonen jumps into the arms of Jesse Ylonen celebrating Ylonen's goal during the second period of the gold medal game at the world junior hockey tournament against the United States, in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Buffalo Sabres signed defenseman Oskari Laaksonen to a three-year entry-level contract on Monday, June 15, 2020. Laaksonen was Buffalo's third-round pick in the 2017 draft and spent the past two-plus seasons playing in Finland's Elite League. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

Sabres sign Oskari Laaksonen to 3-year entry-level contract

Jun. 15, 2020 12:25 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres signed defenseman Oskari Laaksonen to a three-year entry-level contract on Monday. Laaksonen was Buffalo's third-round pick in the 2017 draft and spent the past two-plus seasons playing in Finland's Elite League. The 20-year-old had five goals and 35 assists in 113...

FILE - In this Dec. 23, 2018, file photo, Buffalo Sabres co-owner/president Kim Pegula stands on the field before an NFL football game between the Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots in Foxborough, Mass. Pegula is staying on as Sabres president with a continued focus on making the small-market franchise economically sustainable, while in the face of criticism the team has been mismanaged under her leadership. The team's co-owner told The Associated Press in a recent interview she believes she remains the best-suited for the job to streamline the operation, while acknowledging the process has taken longer than expected. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Pegula focused on efficiency; staying on as Sabres President

Jun. 11, 2020 2:55 AM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Kim Pegula is staying on as Buffalo Sabres president with a continued focus on making the small-market franchise economically sustainable, while in the face of criticism the team has been mismanaged under her leadership. The team's co-owner told The Associated Press in a recent...

FILE - In this March 25, 2019, file photo, Buffalo Sabres defenseman Lawrence Pilut, of Sweden, plays against the New Jersey Devils during the third period of an NHL hockey game, in Newark, N.J.  Pilut is leaving the team after signing a two-year contract with Traktor Chelyabinsk, of the Kontinental Hockey League. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

Pilut skips on Sabres by signing 2-year contract in Russia

Jun. 9, 2020 3:21 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y., (AP) — Buffalo Sabres defenseman Lawrence Pilut is forgoing a chance to continue his NHL career by signing a two-year contract with Russia’s Chelyabinsk Traktor. The signing was announced by the Kontinental Hockey League team Tuesday, and comes after Pilut had difficulty establishing...

Sabres Okposo has surgery to repair right knee injury

Jun. 5, 2020 3:57 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Sabres forward Kyle Okposo had surgery to repair a right knee injury, leaving him plenty of time to recover during the team's extended break. The team on Friday announced Okposo had surgery this week, and is expected to miss up to six weeks. The Sabres are off indefinitely...

FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2019, file photo, Buffalo Sabres captain Jack Eichel (9) looks on during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues, in Buffalo, N.Y. Eichel kept his frustrations in check for the first 14 minutes of an end-of-season interview with Buffalo-area reporters on Thursday, May 28, 2020. It wasn’t until he was asked to assess the future of a team that’s not made the playoffs during his five year tenure, when Eichel finally let loose by saying:

Eichel lets loose: Sabres captain `fed up' with losing

May. 28, 2020 5:23 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Sabres captain Jack Eichel kept his frustrations in check for the first 14 minutes of an end-of-season interview session with Buffalo-area reporters Thursday. It wasn’t until he was asked to assess the future of a team that’s not made the playoffs during his five-year...

FILE - In this June 25, 2018, file photo, Buffalo Sabres general manager Jason Botterill addresses the media during an NHL news conference in Buffalo N.Y. Buffalo Botterill has ownership’s backing to return for a fourth season despite overseeing a team that extended its playoff drought to a ninth consecutive year, team president and co-owner Kim Pegula told The Associated Press on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes, File)

Criticism doesn't alter Sabres GM's plan to build with youth

May. 27, 2020 5:52 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Jason Botterill is very much aware of the criticism he’s attracted overseeing a Buffalo Sabres team that extended its playoff drought to nine years by failing to even qualify for the NHL’s expanded 24-team format. That doesn’t mean the general manager is going to...