Category Archives: News Release

SABRES SIGN F BRETT MURRAY

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


Highlights:

  • 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.

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.

SABRES RELIEVE BOTTERILL, PROMOTE ADAMS TO GENERAL MANAGER

The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has relieved Jason Botterill of his duties as General Manager. Senior Vice President of Business Administration Kevyn Adams has been named General Manager.

“This morning, we informed Jason Botterill he will no longer be the General Manager of the Sabres. This decision was made after many candid discussions with Jason during a full review of our hockey operation. We recognized we have philosophical differences regarding how best to put ourselves in a position to compete for a Stanley Cup. So, we decided to make this change.

We wish Jason and his family all the best moving forward, and we thank him for his time and energy devoted to our organization and to the City of Buffalo.

New General Manager Kevyn Adams and Head Coach Ralph Krueger already have a close working relationship and we are excited to see what they can do together as we reconfigure our hockey operations. We have the benefit of this long 2020 pause to take time to reorganize and re-energize our hockey department. We recognize the importance of this offseason with so many player decisions to be made.

We have had the pleasure of watching Kevyn build his post-playing career over the past nine years under multiple roles throughout our organizations. We are confident Kevyn and Ralph will work together to build a consistent contender. As always, we are here to provide the necessary resources.

Our fans deserve better, and we are all tasked with the burden to improve and provide them a consistent, contending team for years to come.”

Terry and Kim Pegula, Owners, Buffalo Sabres

SABRES SIGN OSKARI LAAKSONEN

The Buffalo Sabres have signed defenseman Oskari Laaksonen to a three-year, entry-level contract.“The work Oskari has put in to improve his game has paid off during his last two seasons. His success on the international stage and what he’s done as a 19- and 20-year-old playing in a professional league is impressive.”

– Sabres General Manager Jason Botterill


Highlights:

  • Among all-time Liiga defensemen before their age 21 seasons, Laaksonen ranks fifth in assists (35) and is tied for 18th in points (40).
  • Captured a gold medal with Team Finland at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship, where he recorded two points (1+1) and a plus-5 rating in seven tournament games.
  • Recorded career highs in goals (3), assists (21) and points (24) for Ilves during the 2018-19 season before adding one assist and a plus-1 rating in four playoff contests.

SABRES AGREE TO TERMS WITH MATTIAS SAMUELSSON

The Buffalo Sabres have agreed to terms with defenseman Mattias Samuelsson on a three-year, entry-level contract.

“We are very pleased with Mattias’ growth both at Western Michigan and on the international stage. He possesses a unique combination of size, speed and skill, and we look forward to working with him on his next steps as a pro.”

– Sabres General Manager Jason Botterill


Highlights:

  • Served as an alternate captain for the Western Michigan Broncos as a sophomore in 2019-20.
  • Registered a career-high 14 points and a plus-17 rating in 30 games in 2019-20. Earned an All-NCHC honorable mention and was named a finalist for the NCHC Defensive Defenseman of the Year Award.
  • Has represented the United States at each of the last two IIHF World Junior Championships, captaining the team in 2020 and earning a silver medal at the 2019 tournament.