BUFFALO, N.Y. (July 21, 2016) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed defenseman Erik Burgdoerfer to a one-year, two-way contract.
Burgdoerfer (6’2”, 210 lbs., 12/11/1988) spent all of last season with the Hershey Bears (AHL), where he recorded 20 points (6+14) and 59 penalty minutes in 74 games. He also added four points (0+4) and 18 penalty minutes in 21 playoff games for the Bears.
In 135 career AHL games, the East Setauket, New York native has 28 points (7+21) and 121 penalty minutes. Burgdoerfer has also added 75 points (22+53) and 290 penalty minutes in 272 career ECHL contests.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (July 17, 2016) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed forward Daniel Catenacci and goaltender Jason Kasdorf to two-way contracts.
Catenacci (5’9”, 191 lbs., 3/9/1993) made his NHL debut for the Sabres during the 2015-16 season, recording seven shots on goal in 11 games. Buffalo’s third-round pick (77th overall) in the 2011 NHL Draft, Catenacci also posted 24 points (12+12) in 50 games for the Rochester Americans (AHL) last season. In 196 career AHL games, the Richmond Hill, Ontario native has recorded 76 points (38+38) and 131 penalty minutes.
Kasdorf (6’3”, 172 lbs., 5/18/1992) also made his NHL debut in 2015-16, making 26 saves against Columbus on April 8 in his only appearance. Acquired in a trade from the Winnipeg Jets on Feb. 11, 2015, Kasdorf posted a 38-37-9 record with a .920 save percentage and a 2.39 goals-against average in 88 career games for RPI (NCAA) before turning pro last season.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (July 15, 2016) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed forward Alexander Nylander to a three-year, entry-level contract.
“We are extremely pleased to sign Alex to his entry-level deal,” said Sabres General Manager Tim Murray. “When we selected Alex, we obviously knew he was a talented, skilled player. We look forward to him coming to training camp and competing for a job.”
Nylander (6’1”, 178 lbs., 3/2/1998) was the Sabres’ first-round selection (No. 8 overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft. He led all Mississauga Steelhead (OHL) skaters in goals (28), assists (47) and points (75) in 2015-16 and added a team-high 12 points (6+6) in six playoff games. The 75-point output, which also led all OHL rookies, earned Nylander both OHL and CHL Rookie of the Year honors.
The Stockholm, Sweden native represented Sweden in two different tournaments last season and posted more than a point per game in both. He led Sweden’s 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship team with nine points (4+5) in seven games and earned a silver medal while leading Sweden with 11 points (3+8) in seven games during the 2016 IIHF Under-18 World Championship.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (July 15, 2016) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has hired Tom Ward as assistant coach and Adam Nightingale as video coach.
Ward joins the Sabres after spending the last 18 seasons as head coach of the Shattuck St. Mary’s Boys Prep team. Under Ward’s tutelage, the Boys Prep team captured nine USA Hockey National Championships and finished as runners-up once. Ward also served as the school’s director of hockey from 2004 to 2016, during which time the school won a total of 21 National Championships.
Among his previous experience, Nightingale was the director of hockey operations and video coordinator for the Michigan State Spartans (NCAA) for four years. In addition to his time with the Spartans, Nightingale served as head coach of the Shattuck St. Mary’s Boys Bantam team for two seasons and led the team to a National Championship in 2016. Internationally, Nightingale was the video coach for Team USA at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (July 14, 2016) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed forward Marcus Foligno to a one-year contract.
Foligno (6’3”, 226 lbs., 8/10/1991), who recently completed his fifth season with the Sabres, posted career-highs in games played (75), goals (10) and points (23) during the 2015-16 campaign. The Buffalo native also tied his career-high with 13 assists last season and paced all Sabres forwards with a plus-4 rating.
Drafted by the Sabres in the fourth round (104th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft, Foligno has posted 93 points (36+57) and 261 penalty minutes in 267 career NHL games.