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BUFFALO, N.Y. (August 17, 2017) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed forward Zemgus Girgensons to a two-year contract with an average annual value (AAV) of $1.6 million.

Girgensons (6’2”, 200 lbs., 1/5/1994) will enter his fifth season as a member of the Sabres in 2017-18 after the team selected him in the first round (14th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft. In his first four NHL seasons, the Riga, Latvia native has totaled 86 points (37+49) and 77 penalty minutes in 277 games.

The forward, who has appeared in at least 61 games in each of his four NHL seasons, set a new career high with 75 games played in 2016-17 after signing a one-year extension in September 2016.


Individual games go on sale on Sept. 16; Mini-Packs available for purchase starting Aug. 23

BUFFALO, N.Y. (August 17, 2017) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced single-game tickets for the 2017-18 regular season will go on sale on Saturday, Sept. 16 at 10 a.m. The Sabres also announced that tickets for the team’s preseason home games will go on sale on Wednesday, Aug. 30.

The team will once again use a dynamic ticket pricing model for all home games in the 2017-18 regular season. The model categorizes each game into one of three pricing tiers to determine the initial box office ticket price for individual game tickets. As fans purchase tickets, the price of each individual game can rise or fall to better reflect the demand for tickets, but will never fall below season ticket prices. The pricing plan for the 2017-18 season includes seven Tier 1 games, 14 Tier 2 games and 19 Tier 3 games.

The Sabres will host Season-Ticket Holder Sneak Peek Week from Sept. 11 to 15, giving season-ticket holders the first chance to purchase extra tickets to individual games. There will also be an individual game presale for My One Buffalo mobile app members and Sabres Insiders on Thursday, Sept. 14.

Mini-Packs, which go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, Aug. 23, give fans the opportunity to create their own ticket package composed of anywhere from five to 39 games. By purchasing a Mini-Pack this season, fans will receive all of their games at the box office price of a Tier 3 game. Additionally, Mini-Pack holders will not pay a ticket service charge and will have the ability to purchase playoff tickets before they go on sale to the general public (based on availability).

New this season is a fifth 300 Level price category, with prices as low as $25 for individual games. A breakdown of ticket prices for the 2017-18 season is below, denoting box office and Mini-Pack prices. The full regular-season home schedule with game pricing designations can be found here.

Tickets can be purchased online at, in person at the KeyBank Center Box Office or by phone at 1-888-223-6000.


BUFFALO, N.Y. (July 25, 2017) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed goaltender Robin Lehner to a one-year contract worth $4 million.

Lehner (6’4”, 239 lbs., 7/24/1991) set new career highs in games played (59), wins (23) and shutouts (2) in 2017-18, while also ranking third in the league with 1,758 saves and turning in the ninth-best save percentage (.920) ever recorded by a Sabres goaltender with at least 40 appearances in a season. His .921 save percentage through two seasons with the Sabres ranks sixth among all NHL goaltenders with at least 50 games played during that span.

Since being selected by the Ottawa Senators in the second round (46th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft, the Gothenburg, Sweden native has appeared in 166 career NHL games. In his seven NHL seasons with the Sabres and Senators, Lehner has logged a 58-71-26 record with a .918 save percentage and a 2.76 goals-against average.


BUFFALO, N.Y. (July 17, 2017) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has hired Chris Hajt to serve as one of the club’s assistant coaches.

Hajt spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Kings’ AHL affiliate, where he helped guide the Manchester Monarchs to a Calder Cup Championship after the 2014-15 season. The team also made the playoffs in each of the last two seasons as the Ontario Reign, including a division title in 2015-16.

The Saskatoon, Saskatchewan native and son of Sabres alumnus Bill Hajt also served as an assistant coach for the Guelph Storm (OHL) from 2008 to 2014. During his time in Guelph, the team made the playoffs in all six of his seasons and won an OHL championship in 2014. A former defenseman, Hajt played six NHL games for the Edmonton Oilers and Washington Capitals, adding 91 points (20+71) in 477 career AHL contests.

The team also announced that assistant coach Tom Ward will return for the 2017-18 season.


BUFFALO, N.Y. (July 9, 2017) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has hired Ryan Jankowski to serve as the club’s director of amateur scouting. The team also announced that Jeff Crisp has been promoted to assistant director of amateur scouting.

Jankowski joins the Sabres after spending the last four seasons in various roles with Hockey Canada. Hired by the organization in June 2013 as head scout, Jankowski was later promoted to director of player personnel. In this role, he was responsible for overseeing all player evaluation and selection for Canada’s national junior team, as well as the country’s under-18 and under-17 programs. In addition to his scouting duties at all levels, Jankowski’s time with Hockey Canada included managerial duties with Canada’s under-18 team.

Before his stint with Hockey Canada, Jankowski compiled 10 years of experience in NHL front offices, including three seasons as an amateur scout for the Montreal Canadiens (2010-11 to 2012-13) and four as assistant general manager during a seven-year stretch with the New York Islanders (2003-04 to 2009-10). With the Islanders, the Calgary, Alberta native was part of the staff responsible for the team’s drafts, including the selection of current Sabres forward Kyle Okposo in 2006.

Crisp will transition into his new role after spending the 2016-17 season as the Sabres’ head amateur scout. Prior to joining the Sabres, Crisp logged 17 seasons of experience in NHL scouting departments, including four seasons with the Calgary Flames and 13 seasons with the Anaheim Ducks.