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Rieder: Decision to sign with Sabres 'a no-brainer'

Forward signed 1-year deal on Oct. 9

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

A season that had been bookended by moments of uncertainty ended with an exclamation point for Tobias Rieder. 

Rieder joined the Calgary Flames on a professional tryout last September and impressed enough with his conditioning and energy to earn a one-year contract. An up-and-down regular season ended prematurely when the league halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic in March.

Though Calgary's run in the playoffs was short-lived, Rieder managed to leave his mark. He scored three shorthanded goals in 10 games, tying a postseason record. 

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Sabres re-sign Nelson to 1-year deal

Defenseman led Amerks with plus-18 rating last season

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

The Buffalo Sabres have re-signed defenseman Casey Nelson to a one-year contract worth $700,000, the team announced Thursday. 

Nelson, 28, has spent four full seasons with the organization since signing as an undrafted free agent out of Minnesota State University (Mankato) in 2016. He has appeared in 93 NHL games during that time, tallying 18 points (4+14). 

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Sabres see veteran additions as 'important pieces of the puzzle'

Cody Eakin, Tobias Rieder, and Matt Irwin outlined their prospective roles in Buffalo

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

Cody Eakin was a member of the inaugural Vegas Golden Knights team in 2017-18, a band of misfits that shocked the hockey world with their run to the Stanley Cup Final. 

Eakin described that team as a group of selfless individuals who followed one rule: work hard and be a good person. He saw firsthand the type of lineup it takes to make a deep run in the playoffs. 

"It takes a whole cohesive unit all working together, that kind of deep lineup," Eakin said. "Just knowing that your third or fourth line can kind of alleviate some pressure, take some minutes off of the top two lines playing against each other."

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Sabres, Cyclones extend affiliation agreement

Partnership with ECHL franchise dates back to 2017

by Cincinnati Cyclones @CincyCyclones /

The Cincinnati Cyclones have extended their affiliation agreement to be the ECHL affiliate of the Buffalo Sabres (NHL) and Rochester Americans (AHL). Terms of the new agreement were not announced.

The Cyclones recently completed their third season as Buffalo's ECHL affiliate as part of the current agreement, qualifying for the playoffs in each of those seasons and posting a 128-60-15-4 record during that time. 

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Sabres sign Steven Fogarty to 1-year deal

Forward tallied 37 points last season with AHL Hartford

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

The Buffalo Sabres have signed forward Steven Fogarty to a one-year deal worth $700,000, the team announced Monday.

Fogarty, 27, tallied 37 points (13+24) in 54 games last season with the Hartford Wolfpack, the AHL affiliate of the New York Rangers. He has 130 points (50+80) in 252 career AHL contests. 

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Sabres, BlueCross BlueShield distribute PPE kits to WNY schools

Kevyn Adams and BlueCross BlueShield officials will deliver PPE kits to Buffalo Public Schools Monday

by Pegula Sports and Entertainment @PegulaSE /

Sabres provide PPE to schools

Sabres provide PPE kits to local schools

The Sabres have teamed with BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York to provide 10,000 PPE kits to local schools

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The Buffalo Sabres and BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York have teamed up to welcome Western New York teachers and students back to the classroom by providing 10,000 personal protective equipment (PPE) kits to several schools across our community. Each kit includes face coverings and hand sanitizer to help keep teachers, students and staff safe as they resume in-person education. 

On Monday, Sabres General Manager Kevyn Adams and representatives from Pegula Sports & Entertainment will join Julie Snyder, SVP, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer from BlueCross Blue Shield to deliver PPE kits to Buffalo Public School educators.

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Hall to wear No. 4 with Sabres

Forward discussed the choice in a 1-on-1 chat with Brian Duff

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

Taylor Hall will wear No. 4 with the Buffalo Sabres, the forward announced Monday during a 1-on-1 conversation with Brian Duff. 

Hall wore 4 during his junior career with Windsor of the Ontario Hockey League and kept the number through his first six NHL seasons with the Edmonton Oilers. He switched to No. 9 after joining the New Jersey Devils, where 4 was retired for Hall-of-Fame defenseman Scott Stevens, then wore No. 91 during his stint with the Arizona Coyotes last season. 

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Talks with Krueger helped bring Hall to Buffalo

The coach and winger spent three seasons together in Edmonton

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

Ralph Krueger first spoke to Taylor Hall at the Edmonton Oilers facilities in 2010. Krueger was a first-year assistant coach in the NHL, having spent the entirety of his career to that point overseas. Hall was 18 and fresh off being selected with the No. 1 overall pick. 

"At the fitness test, we ended up alone on a bench by where we were waiting to see the doctor," Krueger recalled Monday. "He was my first NHL player that I sat together with. And our relationship grew from there." 

Hall detailed his decision to sign a one-year, $8 million contract with the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday in an open letter published on He credited his relationship with Krueger, with whom he spent three seasons in Edmonton, with helping sway his decision. 

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Krueger on Hall signing: 'It's a big day for Sabres hockey'

Buffalo coach discussed the addition Monday on WGR 550

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

Ralph Krueger joined Howard Simon and Jeremy White on WGR 550 Monday morning to discuss the signing of Taylor Hall, who joined the Sabres late Sunday on a one-year deal worth $8 million. 

Here are some takeaways from the Sabres coach.

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'Humble and hungry' | Kevyn Adams details the Taylor Hall signing

The 2018 Hart Trophy winner signed a 1-year deal Sunday

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

When the clock struck noon and free agency opened last Friday, Buffalo Sabres general manager Kevyn Adams made an immediate phone call to agent Darren Ferris. His message: The Sabres were interested in bringing Taylor Hall to Buffalo. 

It quickly became clear that the interest was mutual. Hall made the move official Sunday, signing a one-year contract worth $8 million. 

"I made it very clear in the beginning to Darren Ferris and their group that we want players who want to be here," Adams said. "We want players that are humble and hungry and want to win and want to be a part of something special. And if that didn't fit, then we wouldn't keep going down the road and have conversations.

"But it became very clear quickly that there was interest. Taylor had an interest in being here and being part of something special. And here's where we got to, so it's exciting." 

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