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


  • 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


The Buffalo Sabres have acquired forward Eric Staal from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for forward Marcus Johansson.


  • Ranks in the top 10 among active NHL players in career regular-season games played (7th), goals (6th) and points (8th).
  • Ranked third among Wild skaters in goals (19) and points (47) in 2019-20, tying for the team lead with 14 even-strength goals and earning his sixth career NHL All-Star Game selection.
  • One of six active NHL members of the Triple Gold Club, winning the 2006 Stanley Cup and gold medals with Canada at 2007 IIHF World Championship and 2010 Winter Olympics.

Career Accomplishments:

  • Helped lead the Carolina Hurricanes to a Stanley Cup championship with an NHL-best 28 points (9+19) in the 2006 NHL Playoffs.
  • Played in six NHL All-Star Games and was selected as the All-Star Game MVP in 2008.
  • Has represented Canada in four major international competitions, captaining the nation’s 2013 IIHF World Championship team. Won a gold medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics and at the 2007 IIHF World Championship.
  • Has served as a captain or alternate captain in 12 of his 16 NHL seasons, including seven seasons as captain of the Hurricanes.
  • Named to the NHL’s second All-Star Team in 2005-06 and the CHL’s First All-Star Team in 2002-03.
  • Played in the 2005 AHL All-Star Game, the 2004 NHL YoungStars Game and the 2003 CHL Top Prospects Game.


The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has named Matt Ellis director of player development.

Career Highlights:

  • Played in 356 NHL games during his nine-year career for the Buffalo Sabres, Los Angeles Kings and Detroit Red Wings.
  • Spent the last four seasons working for the Academy of Hockey in LECOM Harborcenter, where he served as a development coach before being named director in September 2019.
  • Served as the head of coaching for the Buffalo Jr. Sabres beginning in April 2018. During his time with the organization, Ellis also coached several teams ranging from the 9U to 13U levels.

“The traits that made Matt a successful NHL player are the same ones that have made him successful in player development in the years since.

It’s evident through his thorough planning and execution that Matt is passionate about developing young talent and our players will benefit from his approach to the game.”

– Sabres General Manager Kevyn Adams


The Buffalo Sabres are saddened to hear of the tragic loss of one of the team’s all-time greats, Dale Hawerchuk.

As we mourn Dale, we reminisce on the wonderful memories he brought Sabres fans during his five seasons in Buffalo.

We’d like to send our heartfelt condolences to Dale’s wife, Crystal, and the entire Hawerchuk family during this difficult time.


The Buffalo Sabres have signed forward Brett Murray to a two-year, entry-level contract.“Brett acclimated very well to the AHL and showed continued improvement throughout the season. He has a unique blend of size and scoring ability and we’re excited to see his development continue.”

– Sabres General Manager Kevyn Adams


  • Led all Rochester rookies in goals and ranked second among Amerks rookies in assists and points in 2019-20.
  • Named to the USHL First All-Star Team in 2018-19 after leading the league in goals (41) and ranking second in points (76) in 62 games for the Youngstown Phantoms.
  • Won the Top Prospect Award and was named to the All-Rookie Team as a member of the CCHL-champion Carleton Place Canadians during the 2015-16 season.