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SABRES SIGN REINHART TO 1-YEAR CONTRACT

The Sabres have signed forward Sam Reinhart to a one-year contract with an AAV of $5.2 million.


Highlights:

  •  Has ranked among Buffalo’s top three point-scorers every season since 2015-16, joining Rick Martin, Dave Andreychuk and Jack Eichel as one of four Sabres ever to do so in each of his first five full NHL seasons.
  • Ranks second among all Sabres in total goals and points since he made his NHL debut in October 2014.
  • Appeared in all of the team’s games for the third consecutive season in 2019-20, scoring a career-best .32 goals per game.

SABRES SIGN EAKIN TO 2-YEAR CONTRACT

The Sabres have signed forward Cody Eakin to a two-year contract with an AAV of $2.25 million.


Highlights:

  • Has totaled 237 points (103+134) in nine NHL seasons, spending time with the Winnipeg Jets, Vegas Golden Knights, Dallas Stars and Washington Capitals.
  • Recorded career-high totals in goals (22) and points (41) in 2018-19 with Vegas.
  • Has amassed 19 points (8+11) in 50 career playoff games and dressed for every game in the Golden Knights’ 2018 run to the Stanley Cup Final.
  • Won championships in the AHL and WHL, and recorded six points (4+2) in nine games to help Canada win gold at the 2015 IIHF World Championship.
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SABRES SIGN LAZAR TO TWO-YEAR CONTRACT

The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed forward Curtis Lazar to a two-year contract with an AAV of $800,000.


Highlights:

  • Made his Sabres debut in 2019-20, setting career-high marks in faceoff percentage and goals per game and tying his career high in points per game.
  • Played 18 games for the Rochester Americans (AHL) in 2019-20, leading the team in points per game (.78) and ranking third with a plus-10 rating.
  • Won two WHL Championships and a Memorial Cup as a member of the Edmonton Oil Kings before captaining Team Canada to a gold medal at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship, where he tied for the tournament lead in goals.


“Curtis established himself as an important player for the organization last season and we’re excited to see him stay with the Sabres for the next two seasons. His abilities as a player and character as a person make him a perfect fit for the Buffalo Sabres organization on and off the ice.”

– Sabres General Manager Kevyn Adams

CROWE NAMED DIRECTOR OF SCOUTING, NIGHTINGALE PROMOTED TO ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF SCOUTING

The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has named Jeremiah Crowe its director of scouting. In addition, director of analytics Jason Nightingale has added the title of assistant director of scouting.

Career History:

  • Began his scouting career with a professional scouting internship with the Sabres in 2008. Re-joined the team in 2017-18 for his first of three seasons as a pro scout.
  • Spent two seasons with USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program; served as assistant director of player personnel in 2015-16 before being promoted to director of player personnel for the 2016-17 season.
  • Prior to joining USA Hockey, worked as a coach at LECOM Harborcenter’s Academy of Hockey beginning at the Academy’s inception in 2014.
  • Also spent two seasons (2013-14 and 2014-15) as a scout for the Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL) and served as an assistant coach at Buffalo State College from 2011-12 through 2013-14.
  • Appeared in 91 NCAA games as a defenseman for the Clarkson Golden Knights; won the school’s fifth ECAC Championship as a freshman in 2006-07.

Career History:

  • Served as the Sabres’ director of analytics in 2018-19 and 2019-20 after spending the previous five seasons with the team in the analytics department.
  • Earned a joint Ph.D. in Mathematics and Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 2013.
  • Coaching experience includes two seasons as a volunteer assistant coach at the University of Notre Dame, three seasons with Culver Military Academy and two seasons at Marian High School in Indiana, as well as a role at several USA Hockey national camps.
  • Played four NCAA seasons (1998-99 to 2001-02) as a forward at Lake Superior State University while earning his undergraduate degree. Also served as an alternate captain for the Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL) in 1997-98, helping lead the Buccaneers to a regular-season title, a Clark Cup appearance and a USA Hockey Gold Cup title.