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Buffalo Sabres’ Mikhail Grigorenko to Report to Juniors After All
January 13th, 2014 at 11:00 AM
Buffalo Sabres forward Mikhail Grigorenko is dong as he's told after all and will report back to juniors this week.   The 19-year-old Russian had originally balked upon getting the news the Sabres were returning him to the Quebec Remparts. He's said Saturday he would take time to consider his hockey future...

Buffalo Sabres to Do Without Mikhail Grigorenko This Season
December 30th, 2012 at 9:00 AM
Top draft pick Mikhail Grigorenko apparently won't play for the Buffalo Sabres this season even if there actually is a season. ***PHOTO1*** A newspaper in Quebec reported the Sabres have decided to keep Grigorenko with his junior team, the Quebec Remparts, for the duration of 2012-13. He'd been considered a contender for...

Buffalo Sabres Great on Defense, in Goal in ‘NHL ’13′ Rankings
August 20th, 2012 at 9:00 AM
If EA Sports has any sort of insight into the NHL, the Buffalo Sabres will be far better in goal and at the blueline in 2012-13 than on offense. The makers of "NHL '13" just released their team and player rankings for the upcoming version of the game, which will be...

Buffalo Sabres Prospect Mikhail Grigorenko Impresses in Canada-Russia Challenge
August 12th, 2012 at 9:00 AM
Buffalo Sabres prospect Mikhail Grigorenko has looked good through the first two games of a four-game junior hockey showcase. Each side has won once so far in the Canada-Russia Challenge. Canada won the first game Thursday 3-2. Grigorenko assisted on a third-period goal by No. 1 overall draft pick Nail Yakupov...

Buffalo Sabres Prospect Jake McCabe Makes Team USA Cut; Logan Nelson Does Not
August 7th, 2012 at 7:17 PM
One Buffalo Sabres prospect advanced in the quest to join the American national junior hockey team, but another was cut from camp Tuesday. ***PHOTO1*** Sabres 2012 second-round draft pick Jake McCabe was one of 11 defensemen to make the cut halfway through Team USA's training camp at Lake Placid. The roster...

Buffalo Sabres Prospect Jake McCabe to Take Part in USA Junior Camp
August 4th, 2012 at 9:00 AM
Buffalo Sabres prospect Jake McCabe has been invited to USA Hockey's national Junior Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid. The camp is for the nation's best under-20 players for possible inclusion on the USA's roster at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship. All but three of the cam invitees have already been...

Buffalo Sabres Sign Zemgus Girgensons to Three-Year Entry Deal
July 13th, 2012 at 7:40 PM
Having gotten a taste of professional hockey this past week during Buffalo Sabres development camp, 2012 first-round draft pick Zemgus Girgensons evidently decided he wanted more. ***PHOTO1*** One of Buffalo's two first-rounders from last month's NHL Draft signed a three-year entry-level deal Friday with the team. He had been committed to playing...

Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier Comments on Rookies; Free Agency
July 11th, 2012 at 2:00 PM
Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier appeared on WRG550-AM on Tuesday to talk about rookies, free agents and trades.  Two free agents were mentioned specifically, Shane Doan and Alex Semin. Regier has contacted Doan's camp.   "I have reached out to his agent," Regier said. "That's going to play out with respect to the Phoenix situation...

Buffalo Sabres’ Zemgus Girgensons Uncertain If He’ll Play Pro or College
July 10th, 2012 at 7:00 PM
Buffalo Sabres prospect Zemgus Girgensons is thought by some people to be ready to compete for a spot in the NHL - if he doesn't opt for college instead. ***PHOTO1*** Buffalo's second first-round choice in June's draft has committed to playing next season for the University of Vermont. Catamounts coach Kevin...

Buffalo Sabres Open Developmental Practice Today; Free and Open to Public
July 9th, 2012 at 8:30 AM
Buffalo Sabres fans who are craving some hockey can get their fix today, as the team opens its developmental camp at First Niagara Center. ***PHOTO1*** Two session will be held at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. that will both be free and open to the public. The team will have 38 prospects...

Buffalo Sabres to Open Developmental Prospect Camp July 8
July 3rd, 2012 at 7:40 PM
All of the Buffalo Sabres' 2012 NHL Draft picks will be at the team's developmental camp July 8-13. ***PHOTO1*** The Sabres' annual prospect camp will take place at the First Niagara Center. Niagara University in suburban Lewiston had hosted the camp the past several seasons. Twice-daily session will be open to the public...

Buffalo Sabres’ 2012 NHL Draft Draws Praise from Experts
June 26th, 2012 at 9:00 AM
The Buffalo Sabres appeared please with their haul in the 2012 NHL draft, and so do the experts who analyze the sport. ***PHOTO1*** Following is what some of them had to say: TSN's Craig Button said that, while Grigorenko was projected by some to go as high as No. 12, he was picked...

Buffalo Sabres Draft Pick Mikhail Grigorenko Wants No. 89 to Honor Alexander Mogilny
June 25th, 2012 at 7:45 PM
Should Mikhail Grigorenko crack the Buffalo Sabres' roster, the blue and gold's No. 1 pick in the 2012 NHL Draft has said he'd like to wear No. 89 in honor of his hometown hero. ***PHOTO1***  Grigorenko hails from Khabarovsk, Russia, which happens to be the same native city of possible Hockey Hall of...

Buffalo Sabres Turn Focus from NHL Draft to Free Agency; Signing Tyler Ennis a Priority
June 25th, 2012 at 9:00 AM
The Buffalo Sabres stocked up on centers in the 2012 NHL Draft, but now the team must turn its attention to free agency and filling the team's need for centermen in 2012-13. Derek Roy's comments at the end of the 2011-12 season would indicate that he might be on his way out the door this summer. While the...

Buffalo Sabres Add More Size on Second Day of 2012 NHL Draft
June 23rd, 2012 at 1:00 PM
After going big with two centers in the first round of the NHL Draft on Friday, the Buffalo Sabres continued to add size in the second day of the draft Saturday.  ***PHOTO1*** Three of their six day two picks top 200 pounds, and all of them stand at least 6 feet tall. The took two centers, a forward, a defenseman...

Buffalo Sabres Draft Mikhail Grigorenko, Zemgus Girgensons in First Round of 2012 NHL Draft
June 22nd, 2012 at 11:49 PM
The Buffalo Sabres pulled off a couple surprises Friday in the first round of the NHL Draft, landing a highly touted center who dropped down the board and then trading up nine picks to take a second center. With the 12th overall pick, the Sabres took Mikhail Grigorenko who was ranked in the top 10 on most...

NHL Draft Preview: What the Buffalo Sabres May Be Thinking (If They Don’t Make a Trade)
June 21st, 2012 at 10:00 AM
With the NHL Draft coming up fast, the first question asked is, "Who are the Sabres going to pick?" Then, typically, the next question is, "Who is that?" The truth is that the NHL draft consists of young juniors players from all over the world that nobody may have ever heard...

Buffalo Sabres: Russian Hockey League Throws Wrinkle into 2012 NHL Draft Plans
June 19th, 2012 at 7:45 PM
Like the rest of the teams in the National Hockey League, the Buffalo Sabres have an additional factor to consider when looking at picking Russian players in the 2012 NHL Draft. Three players who are widely considered to be top-10 picks in this weekend's draft - Nail Yakupov, Alex Galchenyuk and Mikhail Grigorenko - hail from Russia. But several clubs have had trouble getting...

Buffalo Sabres Appear Ready to Stand Pat with Four Early-Round Draft Picks
June 18th, 2012 at 7:45 PM
Although things remain fluid leading up to this weekend's 2012 NHL Draft, the Buffalo Sabres appear more likely to stand pat with their four combined first- and second-round draft picks than move up or make a deal. ***PHOTO1***  Speaking at a press conference Monday at First Niagara Center, General Manager Darcy Regier...

Buffalo Sabres Five Worst Draft Picks of All-Time
June 18th, 2012 at 2:00 PM
With the 2012 NHL Draft coming up, Sabres is going to look back at the 41-year draft history of the Buffalo Sabres. ***PHOTO1***  Following, in alphabetical order, are the five worst Sabres draft choices ever. How the player turned out is factored in, as is the player's draft position. Artem Kryukov: This highly talented Russian has never...