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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.
"I haven't been in the playoffs yet in the NHL, but I want to be remembered as a winner, a guy who wins. I want to be known as a good teammate, a good guy, that gave back to the community in the towns he played in. That's something I do even though I don't look for the publicity.
"Obviously I also want to remembered as a player who could put the puck in the net, too, but definitely want to be remembered as a winner. I've won at every level up until the NHL. So I want to change that narrative in the NHL."
-Evander Kane of the Buffalo Sabres. Pierre LeBrun of ESPN has much more on Kane.
from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,
It’s time to have a chat about Dan Bylsma.
The Sabres don’t have enough talent and Tim Murray knows that. They have too many injuries, and everybody knows that too. But it’s still hard to fathom they entered Thursday 26th in the NHL and look flat-out terrible at times, especially at home.
At some point, you have to start discussing how much of this responsibility lies with the coach. No matter who he has at his disposal to dress.
Bylsma hit town with the biggest cachet of any bench boss the Sabres have hired since Scott Bowman arrived 36 years ago. He’s won a Stanley Cup. He’s been mostly terrific with the media. He’s fully bought in to the challenge of this rebuild. Young players are developing.
Still, you feel underwhelmed even after Thursday’s 6-3 triumph over a mostly awful Calgary team with a veteran sieve in goal in Jonas Hiller.
No one is asking Bylsma to drive around town in a souped-up pickup in team colors or wear his jersey to the games of the other team owned by Pegula Sports Enterprises like someone else does.
A lot of this gnawing feeling grows from Bylsma’s stubbornness, a trait you heard plenty about from folks in Pittsburgh. A bad home record is often a product of not getting the right matchups on the ice when you should be able to.
ARLINGTON, VA. – The Washington Capitals have acquired defenseman Mike Weber from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. Buffalo has retained 50% of Weber’s remaining contract.
“We are pleased to welcome Mike to our organization,” MacLellan said. “Mike is a stay-at-home defenseman, who plays a physical game and is respected by his teammates. We felt it was important to add depth to our blueline by adding another quality veteran defenseman.”
Joonas Korpisalo of the Columbus Blue Jackets is the victim.
from Gary Lawless of TSN,
Five water-cooler questions NHL fans, media, players and management are throwing around this week:
1. Did you believe Evander Kane’s apology?
Gawd, no. Kane’s apology was a scene right out of The Young and the Restless: heavy on the script, thin on the acting (Evander may be a model but he’s no thespian) and light on the contrition. Were you on the edge of your seat, waiting to see if a single tear would roll down his cheek?
C’mon. This isn’t a kid we’re talking about anymore. Kane is 24 and in his seventh NHL season. He’s a veteran now. He’s supposed to be a leader. He’s been run out of one NHL dressing room and remains the subject of a criminal investigation in Buffalo.
Did Kane suddenly realize missing an NHL practice when an organization is paying him $6 million for his services is a no-no? He understands there are consequences to his actions.
Playing in the NHL is an immense privilege that comes with a lot of responsibility. There are rules. Kane just doesn’t want to live within them. His teammates in Winnipeg said as much. Now Kane’s actions in Buffalo say the same.
contiinue for four more "water-cooler" questions including trade bait and Stamkos...
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