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Mara Teigen just got a message from her hockey player ex-boyfriend ... a message she and anyone else driving the Sunset Strip could see.
It appears Evander Kane isn't closing the book on her relationship, making it clear to the Wilhelmina model he still has love for her.
The Buffalo Sabres forward rented the billboard above 1 OAK in West Hollywood, which as billboards go is prime real estate and impossible to miss.
Hope you score, Evander.
if you want to see a picture of the billboard...
from Derek Van Diest of the Edmonton Sun,
Heading into the season, there is excitement in Buffalo due to the manner their roster was turned over.
“I think it’s like Edmonton right now, there is a lot of turnover and changes in coaches and we have some high-end prospects coming in and there is a lot of optimism,” Ennis said following a session at Perry Pearn’s 3-on-3 camp Thursday. “It’s really exciting, we made some really good moves, I think. I feel like the rebuild is finally coming to fruition. It’s been a tough couple of years but it’s going to be worth it, because we have a lot of great players and a lot of guys to be excited about, coming in.”
Shrewd trades and quality draft picks have, seemingly, expedited the rebuild process in Buffalo. As one of the club’s veterans, Ennis is looking forward to playing on a more competitive team this year.
“Time flies by. That’s why the last two years were such a tough two years,” Ennis said. “Your career goes by quickly. It seems just like yesterday that I got drafted and now I’m going into my seventh year of pro. You want to be in contention every year, because you may only get a couple of chances to win it.”
Heading into the year, Ennis is looking to improve on the 20 goals and 46 points he posted last season. He has a point total in mind, which he is hoping to reach, but would not divulge a number.
Ryan O'Reilly is scheduled to appear in London court Thursday after being charged for drunk driving.
The Sabres center was charged with impaired driving after a he crashed his pickup truck into a Tim Hortons in Lucan on July 9.
added 10:38am, from AM980,
The case of Buffalo Sabres star Ryan O’Reilly, charged with impaired driving following a crash last month outside a Tim Hortons in Lucan, has been put over until next month.
The 24-year-old, originally from Bluewater, was not at the London court house on Thursday. His lawyer appeared on his behalf.
O’Reilly’s next court appearance was set for Sept. 10th.
from Joe McDonald of ESPN,
Jack Eichel, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 NHL draft, has only a week and a half remaining at home before he embarks on his rookie season for the Buffalo Sabres.
Eichel -- along with No. 1 overall pick Connor McDavid -- has been gaining attention for the possible impact he could make starting in the 2015-16 season since before the Sabres selected the 18-year-old forward in the first round. And with the combine, draft and rookie development camp, it's been a busy summer.
Now the former Boston University standout, Hobey Baker Award winner and native of North Chelmsford, Massachusetts, is finally getting time to enjoy some peace and quiet while focusing on training.
"It’s cooled down a lot and just getting into a daily routine of training and skating, which I’m trying to prepare for training camp," Eichel said. "From the time of the combine until development camp it was definitely pretty hectic. It was quite the media circus and it seemed like everyone was dragging you around to do something, so I really didn’t have the time to settle down somewhere and train. Now that it’s all over it’s been nice to just be able to relax and try to prepare."
via Justin Bourne tweets,
So, the last-in-Metro Hurricanes game plan to make it work next season is more or less "have the same players just like, do better," hey?
They should have about as many lottery balls as anyone next season, I'd guess. Probably AZ/BUF back in that mix too?
(Prepares for the [wrong] "actually I don't think Buffalo will be bad" responses.)
from Joe Yerdon at NHL.com,
Things are about to change for the better for the Buffalo Sabres.
The past two seasons were the worst in Sabres history, so it'd be easy to say things can't get worse, but the arrival of the No. 2 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, Boston University center Jack Eichel, has changed the attitude here.
Eichel's arrival, coupled with the eventual debut of forward Evander Kane, who didn't play for the Sabres after he was acquired in a trade from the Winnipeg Jets on Feb. 11 (elbow surgery); center Ryan O'Reilly, acquired from the Colorado Avalanche on June 26; and coach Dan Bylsma, has the Buffalo fan base hopeful the organizational rebuild will bring results on the ice.
The Sabres will have a young and talented group of forwards to try to lift an offense that scored an NHL-low 158 goals last season. The addition of Eichel, Kane and O'Reilly to Tyler Ennis and Zemgus Girgensons gives Buffalo a youthful core. If Sam Reinhart, the No. 2 pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, makes the roster, it would make the Sabres that much younger and add another potential scorer.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (July 27, 2015) --- The Buffalo Sabres today announced Russ Brandon will become President and Alternate Governor of the Buffalo Sabres effective immediately while continuing as Managing Partner/President of the Buffalo Bills. Brandon will oversee all aspects of the business operations for both the Sabres and Bills organizations and report directly to Terry and Kim Pegula. Former team President Ted Black has mutually agreed to part ways from the organization.
from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,
Neither O’Reilly nor his agent, Pat Morris, have issued any statements on the incident. The Sabres issued a terse, two-sentence comment Monday night from General Manager Tim Murray that indicated they were still in fact-finding mode. It’s unclear when exactly the team learned of the incident, but police reports in the small township near London were not issued for more than four days....
It remains to be seen if the DWAI will impact the ability of O’Reilly, a Canadian citizen, from crossing the border into the United States to work. O’Reilly could face up to six months in jail for leaving the scene but multiple sources say it’s often tougher to enter Canada after a driving under the influence conviction in the U.S. than vice versa, as is the case here.
Pending adjudication, the league can simply suspend a player unilaterally. That’s what happened in the case of Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov, who played just six games last season after being arrested on a domestic violence charge in October. Voynov pleaded no contest to the charges on July 2, was sentenced to 90 days in jail and three years probation.
The league used Article 18-A.5 of the CBA to suspend Voynov, where in its judgment “the failure to suspend the Player during this period would create a substantial risk of material harm to the legitimate interests and/or reputation of the League."
from Mike Harrinton of the Buffalo News,
All the talk this week has been about prospects and there was plenty more Sunday. But the most interesting nugget from the GM was this one: Don’t sleep on the Sabres landing Chicago defenseman Johnny Oduya.
Buffalo still needs another quality left-shot blueliner and there’s plenty of chatter it put in a big free-agent offer to Oduya on July 1. To this point, it seems like Oduya, 33, would prefer to stay with the Blackhawks. But even after Friday’s big trade of Patrick Sharp to Dallas, the Hawks are still jammed by the salary cap.
At some point, you would think Oduya would tell the Hawks, who already unloaded Brandon Saad to Columbus, to make a firm decision about keeping him or he’s moving on. Chicago, however, seems intent on taking care of forward Marcus Kruger’s deal first. Outside Chicago, Oduya’s most likely landing place is Buffalo or perhaps Boston.
Oduya’s last deal with Chicago was for three years and $10.125 million, so he’s going to expect a raise to at least $4 million a season, and maybe closer to $5 million. Murray isn’t big on free agency and is very picky about the ones he goes after. For him to flat-out say Sunday he had not moved on from Oduya was significant.
Oduya played three years with Evander Kane and Zach Bogosian in Atlanta and Winnipeg. Think there’s been some conversation there about what’s going on in Buffalo? Uh-huh.
read on for more on the Sabres...
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