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SABRES ACQUIRE SKINNER FROM HURRICANES

BUFFALO, N.Y. (August 2, 2018) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has acquired forward Jeff Skinner from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for forward Cliff Pu, a second-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, a third-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft and a sixth-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft.

Skinner (5’11”, 200 lbs., 5/16/1992) joins the Sabres after spending his first eight NHL seasons with the Hurricanes. In his 579 career games, he has totaled 379 points (204+175), scoring the 20th-most goals in the NHL during that span and tying for 10th-most at even strength (159).

A native of Toronto, Ontario, Skinner recorded 49 points (24+25) in 82 games last season, topping the 20-goal mark for the third consecutive season and the sixth time in his career. He finished the season tied for 12th among all NHL players with 89 goals during the last three seasons and tied for seventh with 74 even-strength goals during that same span.

Skinner was selected by Carolina in the first round (seventh overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft. In his first season, he topped the 30-goal mark for the first of three times in his career, earning a Calder Trophy as the league’s top rookie.

TICKETS ON SALE FOR FOURTH ANNUAL PROSPECTS CHALLENGE

BUFFALO, N.Y. (July 31, 2018) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced tickets are on sale for the team’s annual Prospects Challenge from Sept. 7 to 10 at Harborcenter. 

The Sabres will be joined by the Boston Bruins, New Jersey Devils and Pittsburgh Penguins to compete in a round-robin challenge featuring prospects from each team. The participating teams will each play three games during the course of the event, which will be held entirely at Harborcenter.

Tickets for the games are $10 and are available for purchase in person at the KeyBank Center Box Office, by phone at 1-888-223-6000 or online at Sabres.com.

A full game schedule for the Prospects Challenge is below:

Friday, Sept. 7

  • Pittsburgh vs. Boston, 3:30 p.m.
  • Buffalo vs. New Jersey, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 8

  • New Jersey vs. Pittsburgh, 3:30 p.m.
  • Buffalo vs. Boston, 7 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 10

  • Boston vs. New Jersey, 9:30 a.m.
  • Buffalo vs. Pittsburgh, 12:30 p.m.

SABRES INK BAILEY

BUFFALO, N.Y. (July 15, 2018) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed forward Justin Bailey to a one-year, two-way contract with an AAV of $715,000.

Bailey (6’4”, 214 lbs., 7/1/1995) recorded a career-high three goals and added one assist in 12 NHL games during his third professional season in 2017-18. He also appeared in 37 AHL games for the Rochester Americans, where he finished with 15 points (10+5) and a plus-3 rating before adding two goals in three AHL playoff contests.

A native of Buffalo, New York, Bailey was drafted by the Sabres in the second round (52nd overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft. During his three-year professional career, Bailey has recorded eight points (5+3) in 52 NHL games and 96 points (53+43) in 159 AHL games.

O’REGAN, BAPTISTE SIGN ONE-YEAR DEALS

BUFFALO, N.Y. (July 15, 2018) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed forwards Daniel O’Regan and Nicholas Baptiste to one-year, two-way contracts with average annual values of $874,125 and $787,500, respectively, at the NHL level.

Acquired by Buffalo in February 2018, O’Regan (5’10”, 185 lbs., 1/30/1994) recorded four assists in a career-high 21 NHL games spent with the Sabres and San Jose Sharks in his second professional season in 2017-18. The Berlin, Germany native made his professional debut in 2016-17, leading the San Jose Barracudas and all AHL rookies with 58 points (23+35) in 63 games to earn the Red Garrett Award as the AHL rookie of the year.

San Jose’s fifth-round selection (138th overall) in the 2012 NHL Draft, O’Regan has totaled five points (1+4) in 24 NHL games and 98 points (36+62) in 112 career AHL games. Prior to beginning his professional career, O’Regan played four seasons at Boston University, totaling 154 points (66+88) in 154 games.

Baptiste (6’1”, 205 lbs., 8/4/1995) appeared in a career-high 33 NHL games with the Sabres during the 2017-18 season, posting six points (4+2) and 45 shots on goal. A native of Ottawa, Ontario, Baptiste has recorded 10 points (7+3) in 47 career NHL games. He has added 87 points (45+42) in 159 games through three AHL seasons since being selected by the Sabres in the third round (69th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft.

SABRES HIRE STEVE SMITH AS ASSISTANT COACH

BUFFALO, N.Y. (July 11, 2018) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has added Steve Smith to the club’s existing coaching staff in the role of assistant coach.

A nine-year NHL coaching veteran, Smith joins the Sabres after spending the last four seasons as an assistant coach with the Carolina Hurricanes, where he was responsible for the team’s defensemen and penalty kill. The Hurricanes allowed the second-fewest shots per game (28) of any NHL team during his tenure.

Prior to joining the Carolina coaching staff, the Glasgow, Scotland native served as an assistant coach for the Edmonton Oilers from 2010-11 to 2013-14 and for the Calgary Flames in 1997-98. His off-ice NHL experience is rounded out by two seasons as a scout for the Chicago Blackhawks in 2008-09 and 2009-10.

During his 16-season NHL playing career, Smith won three Stanley Cups (1987, 1988 and 1990) and appeared in one NHL All-Star Game as a member of the Oilers. In 804 total regular-season games as a defenseman with the Oilers, Blackhawks and Flames, Smith totaled 375 points (72+303). He added 52 points (11+41) in 134 career Stanley Cup Playoff games.