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from Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald,
The feeling will be very different for the Bruins going forward as far as the Sabres are concerned. The days when lowly Buffalo was one of the pushovers of the East are over. Hand-in-hand with a partial renaissance of the formerly sad-sack downtown area, the team suddenly appears to be a legit contender to make the playoffs for the first time since 2011.
We’ll quickly find out how the Bruins and Sabres match up, with the clubs having all four of their 2016-’17 encounters in the first 39 games of next season, all before the New Year.
Buffalo had a decent 2015-’16 season — going 35-36-11 — but should make a big jump this year.
The Sabres’ signing of ex-New York Islanders right winger Kyle Okposo (seven years, $42 million) represents both a significant talent boost and an indication that the team is no longer viewed as a perennial loser....
Just consider what the Sabres’ depth chart could look like next season:
• A first line of Evander Kane, Eichel and Okposo
• A second line of Tyler Ennis, O’Reilly and Sam Reinhart
• A third line of Nicolas Deslauriers, Zemgus Girgensons and Brian Gionta
• A fourth line of Matt Moulson, Johan Larsson and maybe rookie Alex Nylander (or maybe Vesey).
from Lou Michel of the Buffalo News,
Sabres forward Evander Kane put his hands on four people - three women and a man - at a Chippewa Street bar during the early morning of June 24 but he will face non-criminal harassment charges for his actions against just two women, two police sources familiar with the case told The Buffalo News.
The charges will be lodged in connection with grabbing two women – one of them by the neck - and are based on witness statements and surveillance camera video, the police sources said.
Kane also yanked the hair and grabbed the throat of a third woman, but she has not come forward to press charges, the sources said. In addition, Kane grabbed a bouncer after the bouncer warned the hockey star to stop his aggressive behavior, the police sources said.
from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,
The Sabres are going to use many tactics in their recruiting pitch to Jimmy Vesey. Kyle Okposo revealed the simplest one of all.
Tell Vesey the Sabres are going to win.
Okposo, officially introduced Thursday in Buffalo, sees good things ahead for his new organization and hopes Vesey sees it, too.
"I would tell him that we’re going to be a good team for a long time, and it’s going to be a fun organization to play in," Okposo said in First Niagara Center. "When you have the Pegulas at the helm, it’s going to be a great organization. We’re going to be contenders. That’s something that isn’t always there on teams. I know that personally. We went through a really tough stretch with the Island.
"There’s not going to be those rough times ahead. We’re going to be good."
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
His freshly printed Harvard diploma sits among the clutter on the kitchen counter at home in North Reading. Between workouts and skating sessions, he has yet to find time to get to The Coop, pick out a suitable frame, but surely will toss it in with his shirt, tie, and skates when he packs up to begin his career journey in September.
For now, Jimmy Vesey, NHL free agent to be, just isn’t sure where that journey will begin.
“Obviously, on Friday, all the big names are going to go off the board,’’ Vesey said as the weekend approached, noting how Day 1 of NHL free agency ultimately could influence where he’ll sign his first pro contract. “Then I can really sit back and start looking at roster depth charts.’’
“If it’s true, then we have to deal with it the way we have to deal with it. If it’s false again, then I guess we have to come up with a different plan of attack on how to make sure that these accusations that may not be true, how we stop them.”
-Timn Murray, GM of the Buffalo Sabres on the report of an Evander Kane incident at a Buffalo bar. More from John Vogl of the Buffalo News.
via Elliotte Friedman tweets,
Just saw BUF and FLA reps at Central Registry table. I think this might be Kulikov
Hearing Kulikov to BUF. Not sure of return yet.
from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,
Sabres winger Evander Kane sent out a quick tweet saluting the work of his general manager following last year’s NHL Draft in Sunrise, Fla. It said simply “Tim Murray” and was followed by four applause emojis.
The players in the Buffalo locker room believe in the gumption Murray shows in trying to build this team, and there’s huge anticipation for what might happen here starting Friday morning and into the evening’s first round of the draft in First Niagara Center.
“I don’t know if I’m going to be here by tomorrow, so we’ll see what happens,” a smiling Kane joked after a youth clinic with the top draft prospects Thursday in HarborCenter. “Tim is a very unique character and it’s served him well. He’s done a great job so far of building our team, and I’m sure he’s looking to add and make us better. As a player, it’s really all you can ask for, and it’s up to us to use what he brings in to the best of our advantage.”
“You’re excited to see what happens here with trades, free agency, the draft,” center Jack Eichel told The News later in the day at (716) Food and Sport following a Bauer hockey event with presumptive top pick Auston Matthews. “You want the best for the team and you really never know. That’s what makes free agency and trades and things so appealing and exciting. But it’s out of my control, and that’s why Mr. Murray and everyone up there does their job so well.”
Nashville, Tenn. (June 20, 2016) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Monday that the club has acquired Minnesota’s third-round selection, 76th overall, in the 2016 NHL Draft, from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for forward Jimmy Vesey.
added 4:39pm, Buffalo release is below...
Buffalo Sabres head coach Dany Bylsma thought this hit by Dion Phaneuf was worth a major.
Below is the Buffalo broadcast point of view...
from Dan Herbeck and Lou Michel of the Buffalo News,
Buffalo Sabres star Evander Kane has been cleared after an investigation into a sexual encounter in December.
No accusation was ever made against Kane, but an investigation started when a young woman who spent the night with him sought medical treatment at Erie County Medical Center and said she could not remember what happened.
The Erie County District Attorney’s Office and the Buffalo Police sex offense squad determined nothing illegal occurred.
Kane said at the time that he had consensual sex with the woman after meeting her in a downtown bar Dec. 27 and taking her back to his hotel room, sources close to the case have said.
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