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Kane highlights NHL players in Buffalo summer league

Saturday, 08.16.2014 / 10:51 AM / NHL Insider

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

Patrick Kane
Right Wing - CHI
GOALS: 29 | ASST: 40 | PTS: 69
SOG: 227 | +/-: 7
Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane has won the Stanley Cup twice and the Conn Smythe Trophy in 2013. But the NHL star added to his trophy case this summer when he raised the Father Charles Cup in his hometown of Buffalo.

He even paid $265 for the honor.

This is the Fattey Hockey League, the finest summer league in Western New York, where high school players skate against some from the NHL.

"There's never been a great skate in Buffalo in the summer. The concept was, 'How do we make it?" said Nik Fattey, the founder and namesake of the FHL. "There are so many good hockey players in Western New York. So how do we get everybody together to play in a league?"


Sabres hope veterans help prospects adjust to lineup

Saturday, 08.16.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2014-15

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

The Buffalo Sabres finished 2013-14 with the fewest points in a full 82-game NHL season since the New York Islanders had the same amount, 52, in 2000-01.

Buffalo needed to rebuild, but it went beyond just bottoming out in the standings for the first part of the season. Coach Ted Nolan arrived in November and at least helped make the club's losses more competitive.

For Nolan, success next season might not be defined by wins or points, but by how some of the franchise's top young players develop at the NHL level. In an effort to help those young players, the Sabres added several veterans while expunging some bad contracts.


Sabres expect rapid improvement after summer moves

Saturday, 08.16.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2014-15

Jon Lane - NHL.com Staff Writer

NHL.com continues its preview of the 2014-15 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout August.

Buffalo Sabres general manager Tim Murray set the bar at his season-ending news conference in April while evaluating the NHL's worst team in 2013-14. On the job for three months, Murray made it clear that change was coming — and lots of it.

"A lot of nights, this team was hard to watch," Murray said.

It wasn't pretty. Coach Ron Rolston and GM Darcy Regier were fired following a franchise-worst 4-15-1 start. The Sabres finished last in wins (21) and points (52) and their 150 non-shootout goals was the lowest total in the expansion era. Following what he called a "completely unacceptable" season, Murray refused to buy into a five-year rebuild and accelerated the Sabres' reconstruction with the signing of five free agents on July 1.


Offense, battle in goal highlight Sabres' five questions

Saturday, 08.16.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2014-15

Jon Lane - NHL.com Staff Writer

The Buffalo Sabres weren't going to sit back and wait for their young talent to fully mature over time. General manager Tim Murray revamped the roster with the intention of escaping the Eastern Conference basement and perhaps making a little noise in the race to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The road to contention may be long and winding, but days appear brighter in Buffalo if the Sabres can answer five questions heading into the 2014-15 season:


Sabres' Stewart seeks consistency in contract year

Saturday, 08.16.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2014-15

Jon Lane - NHL.com Staff Writer

Chris Stewart doesn't care about the prophecies that the Buffalo Sabres will be vying for gifted prospects Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel at the top of the 2015 NHL Draft. Defiant enough to proclaim the Stanley Cup Playoffs a "realistic goal" for the NHL's worst team in 2013-14, he's moved past what was a disappointing season for both the franchise and the 26-year-old forward.

After scoring 15 goals and 26 points in 58 games, the lowest totals since his rookie year in 2008-09, Stewart is entering this season brimming with confidence. The sweeping changes made in Buffalo have Stewart, acquired in the trade that sent goalie Ryan Miller to the St. Louis Blues in February, primed for a bounceback season.


Sabres hope top 10 prospects lead successful rebuild

Saturday, 08.16.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2014-15

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Buffalo Sabres general manager Tim Murray was a busy man the first week of August, with top prospects taking part in national junior evaluation camps in Montreal and Lake Placid, N.Y.

Those camps had teams from six nations and featured nine potential future Sabres with opportunities to play for their respective countries at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.

"It's the future," Murray told NHL.com. "It shows you the depth we have in the organization. If they all do the right things going forward, they have the chance to be National Hockey League players. It's exciting. It shows that we do have some high-end young talent in the organization."


Blackhawks let draft pick Hayes become free agent

Friday, 08.15.2014 / 11:59 PM / News

NHL.com Staff

The Chicago Blackhawks and prospect Kevin Hayes did not come to a contract agreement by the NHL deadline Friday and the 22-year-old forward is now an unrestricted free agent.

"We offered Kevin what we believed was a generous and fair contract. Unfortunately, he felt it was in his best interests to become a free agent," Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said in a statement. "We are looking forward to the compensatory draft pick we are receiving and are focused on the excitement surrounding the start of training camp next month."

Under rules in the collective bargaining agreement, Chicago will receive the 54th pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.


Penguins' Crosby pleased with how wrist has healed

Friday, 08.15.2014 / 6:59 PM / News


Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby said Friday he is pleased with the way his injured right wrist has responded to treatment.

"It's good," Crosby told The Associated Press in Estero, Fla., where he has been working out. "You want to see how things progress throughout the summer once you start skating and get back to that regular routine. You want to see how it reacts, so I'm happy with the way it's gone."


Ducks sign Silfverberg to one-year contract

Friday, 08.15.2014 / 1:00 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014


The Anaheim Ducks signed forward Jakob Silfverberg to a one-year contract, the team announced Friday.

Financial details were not disclosed, but Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reported the value of the contract to be $850,000. Silfverberg, who turns 24 years old in October, was a restricted free agent.


30 in 30 schedule: Breaking down teams in August

Friday, 08.15.2014 / 9:24 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2014-15


Each day, an NHL organization will be put in the spotlight with a package of stories and videos designed to provide a snapshot of where the team stands after the busy personnel months of June and July and before preseason activities begin. Among the features will be an in-depth look at the team's roster, the identification of an x-factor player for this season, an examination of its top prospects, the most-pressing questions facing the organization, and a projected lineup for 2014-15.

Access the five-part team package by clicking on the logos daily.

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