Toronto - Jul. 21, 2014: Defenseman Cody Franson signed a one-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday, not long before his salary arbitration hearing was to begin. Multiple media reports said the contract will pay Franson $3.3 million this season. He can become an unrestricted free agent next summer. FULL STORY
Edmonton - Jul. 21, 2014: The 2014-15 campaign will mark the first season in the pro game for Edmonton Oilers prospect Mitch Moroz. While the former Edmonton Oil Kings forward will find himself in the AHL to start his career, fans of the Oilers should not expect to see the twenty year old become a regular fixture in the National Hockey League for some time. FULL STORY
Buffalo - Jul. 19, 2014: The Buffalo Sabres’ dismal 52-point campaign in 2013-14 was punctuated by a historically bad offensive output that put the team nearly 40 goals behind the next closest club and well below the 200-goal plateau. It was a campaign that brought about the long overdue firing of Darcy Regier, the introduction of Tim Murray along with the groundwork to select Sam Reinhart second overall at this year’s entry draft. FULL STORY
Stoney Point - Jul. 18, 2014: There has been a great deal of speculation in the media recently about Wayne Gretzky being part of a group that would bring NHL hockey to Seattle. Those rumours follow closely on ones that suggest that Quebec City is close to bringing back the Nordiques. Based on these two possible NHL destinations, I would like to make the following NHL expansion and realignment proposal for the 2015-16 season. FULL STORY
Buffalo - Jul. 17, 2014: Forward Tyler Ennis signed a multiyear contract with the Buffalo Sabres, the team announced Thursday. Terms were not disclosed, but NHL Network analyst Kevin Weekes has reported it's for five years and $23 million.
Plymouth - Jul. 17, 2014: Plymouth Whalers general manager Mark Craig today announced the hiring of Whalers alum John Vigilante as the team’s new assistant coach. Vigilante joins head coach Don Elland behind the Whalers bench in 2014-15.
Buffalo - Jul. 17, 2014: Development Camp is an interesting event for a few reasons. It offers onlookers their first look at many of a team’s recent draft picks mixed in with other organizational prospects. Zemgus Girgensons and Rasmus Ristolainen, a pair of players who are likely penciled into the Sabres’ opening night roster at this point. While they’ll certainly stand out due to where they are on the development curve, my interest in them is much lower than other individuals and groups.
Buffalo - Jul. 17, 2014: The Sabres annual prospect’s scrimmage came and went last night with a sloppy 5-1 win for Team White. Two of the most obvious standouts were Nikita Zadorov and Rasmus Ristolainen. The two towering defensemen were split between the two squads but they were certainly noticeable when they were on the ice. Zadorov was very active joining the rush and even chipped in with an assist as his booming slapshot caught the end boards and wound up on Jerome Leduc’s tape for a tap in to open the scoring.