APNewsBreak: Commish: 1 women's hockey league 'inevitable'

Players want a single North American women's professional hockey league. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman does, too. And now National Women's Hockey League founder and Commissioner Dani Rylan is on recor...

Wickenheiser, Pegula reflect NHL's trend toward diversity

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — With a laugh, Kim Pegula's competitive nature kicked in when the subject of the Toronto Maple Leafs hiring Hayley Wickenheiser was broached. Impressed as the Sab...

MacKinnon ups goal streak to 4, Avalanche beat Sabres 6-1

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Nathan MacKinnon scored twice to extend his season-opening goal streak to four games and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Buffalo Sabres 6-1 on Thursday night. Se...

Halak stops 32 shots; Bruins rebound to beat Sabres 4-0

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Jaroslav Halak stopped 32 shots and the Boston Bruins rebounded from a season-opening shutout with a 4-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night. Brad Marc...

Leafs lose 2 goalies to waivers; Capitals claim Jaskin

The Toronto Maple Leafs' goalie depth is suddenly thin after losing Curtis McElhinney and Calvin Pickard on waivers. McElhinney was claimed by the Carolina Hurricanes, who shored up ...

Dahlin ignores the buzz, saying he's not made the Sabres yet

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Rasmus Dahlin nods his head acknowledging he's familiar with the name when Scotty Bowman comes up in conversation. The 18-year-old is then taken aback upon hearing what the Hockey...

NHL players to watch: Rebuilding teams leaning on youth

Jason Botterill has experienced both sides of the spectrum in confronting the challenges of building a competitive NHL team versus trying to sustain one. In Buffalo, the Sabres' seco...

Okposo: Players need to buy in for Sabres fortunes to change

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — An offseason of soul-searching led forward Kyle Okposo to realize a roster overhaul alone wasn't going to improve the Buffalo Sabres' fortunes. Okposo figured ou...

AP source: Brian Gionta set to retire after 16 NHL seasons

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A person with direct knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press that forward Brian Gionta is retiring after 16 NHL seasons. Gionta is 39 and a former M...

Reinhart eagerly rejoins Sabres with new contract signed

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — If Sam Reinhart's objective was to carry over his point-a-game pace from the second half of last season, the Buffalo Sabres forward understood that it wasn't doing him much good s...

Amid banter, NHL officials get refresher course at camp

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Lunch is over and before the next session of game film study begins, the jokes start flying among the 80-plus referees and linesmen assembled in a downtown hotel ballroom. ...

Bettman tells AP: NHL in mediation on concussion lawsuit

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman tells The Associated Press the league is complying with a judge's order by entering mediation with former players in a bid to settle a concussion law...

Sabres' Eichel focuses on keeping fiery emotions in check

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Breaking sticks, icy stares and one-word answers made out of frustration have done nothing to transform the Sabres into contenders during center Jack Eichel's three seasons in Buf...

Skinner focused on Sabres, not contract after being traded

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Forward Jeff Skinner says contract talks can wait while he focuses on familiarizing himself with his new teammates and surroundings after being traded to the Buffalo Sabres. ...

Sabres acquire Jeff Skinner in trade with Hurricanes

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres acquired forward Jeff Skinner in a trade with the Carolina Hurricanes in a move that continues an offseason roster shake up for both teams. Th...