Buffalo Sabres transactions

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Buffalo Sabres logo Taylor Leier
Taylor Leier
2019-01-17
Acquired LW Taylor Leier from the Philadelphia Flyers for RW Justin Bailey.
2019-01-17
Buffalo Sabres logo Josh Gorges
Josh Gorges
2019-01-14
Announced D Josh Gorges has retired.
2019-01-14
Buffalo Sabres logo C.J. Smith
C.J. Smith
2019-01-11
Assigned LW C.J. Smith to Rochester (AHL).
2019-01-11
Buffalo Sabres logo Scott Wilson
Scott Wilson
2019-01-09
Assigned C Scott Wilson to Rochester (AHL).
2019-01-09
Buffalo Sabres logo Zemgus Girgensons Activated C Zemgus Girgensons from injured reserve. 2019-01-08
Buffalo Sabres logo Scott Wilson
Scott Wilson
2019-01-08
Waived LW Scott Wilson.
2019-01-08
Buffalo Sabres logo C.J. Smith
C.J. Smith
2018-12-31
Recalled LW C.J. Smith from Rochester (AHL).
2018-12-31
Buffalo Sabres logo Scott Wedgewood
Scott Wedgewood
2018-12-30
Assigned G Scott Wedgewood to Rochester (AHL).
2018-12-30
Buffalo Sabres logo Scott Wedgewood
Scott Wedgewood
2018-12-29
Recalled G Scott Wedgewood from Rochester (AHL).
2018-12-29
Buffalo Sabres logo Jason Pominville Activated RW Jason Pominville from injured reserve. 2018-12-29
Buffalo Sabres logo Brendan Guhle
Brendan Guhle
2018-12-22
Assigned D Brendan Guhle to Rochester (AHL).
2018-12-22
Buffalo Sabres logo Patrik Berglund
Patrik Berglund
2018-12-19
Announced C Patrik Berglund has served his suspension.
2018-12-19
Buffalo Sabres logo Patrik Berglund
Patrik Berglund
2018-12-19
Waived C Patrik Berglund.
2018-12-19
Buffalo Sabres logo Matt Tennyson
Matt Tennyson
2018-12-17
Assigned D Matt Tennyson to Rochester (AHL).
2018-12-17
Buffalo Sabres logo Brendan Guhle
Brendan Guhle
2018-12-16
Recalled D Brendan Guhle from Rochester (AHL).
2018-12-16
Buffalo Sabres logo
2018-12-16
Placed D Lawrence Pilut on IR.
2018-12-16
Buffalo Sabres logo Matt Hunwick
Matt Hunwick
2018-12-15
Recalled D Matt Hunwick from Rochester (AHL)
2018-12-15
Buffalo Sabres logo Patrik Berglund
Patrik Berglund
2018-12-15
NHL suspended C Patrik Berglund for failing to report to the team.
2018-12-15
Buffalo Sabres logo Matt Hunwick
Matt Hunwick
2018-12-12
Loaned D Matt Hunwick to Rochester (AHL) on a conditioning assignment.
2018-12-12
Buffalo Sabres logo Scott Wedgewood
Scott Wedgewood
2018-12-11
Assigned G Scott Wedgewood to Rochester (AHL).
2018-12-11
Buffalo Sabres logo Matt Hunwick
Matt Hunwick
2018-12-11
Loaned D Matt Hunwick to Rochester (AHL) on a conditioning assignment.
2018-12-11
Buffalo Sabres logo Casey Nelson
Casey Nelson
2018-12-07
Placed D Casey Nelson on IR.
2018-12-07
Buffalo Sabres logo Scott Wedgewood
Scott Wedgewood
2018-12-07
Recalled G Scott Wedgewood from Rochester (AHL).
2018-12-07
Buffalo Sabres logo Matt Tennyson
Matt Tennyson
2018-12-07
Recalled D Matt Tennyson from Rochester (AHL).
2018-12-07
Buffalo Sabres logo Matt Tennyson
Matt Tennyson
2018-12-05
Assigned D Matt Tennyson to Rochester (AHL).
2018-12-05
Buffalo Sabres logo Conor Sheary
Conor Sheary
2018-12-04
Activated LW Conor Sheary from injured reserve.
2018-12-04
Buffalo Sabres logo Matt Tennyson
Matt Tennyson
2018-11-30
Recalled D Matt Tennyson from Rochester (AHL).
2018-11-30
Buffalo Sabres logo
2018-11-27
Recalled D Lawrence Pilut from Rochester (AHL).
2018-11-27
Buffalo Sabres logo
2018-11-23
Assigned D Lawrence Pilut to Rochester (AHL).
2018-11-23
Buffalo Sabres logo Patrik Berglund
Patrik Berglund
2018-11-21
Placed C Patrik Berglund on IR.
2018-11-21
Buffalo Sabres logo
2018-11-21
Recalled D Lawrence Pilut from Rochester (AHL).
2018-11-21
Buffalo Sabres logo Taylor Fedun
Taylor Fedun
2018-11-10
Dallas Stars Acquired D Taylor Fedun from the Buffalo Sabres for a conditional seventh-round pick in 2020.
2018-11-10
Buffalo Sabres logo Sean Malone
Sean Malone
2018-11-06
Assigned C Sean Malone to Rochester (AHL).
2018-11-06
Buffalo Sabres logo Matej Pekar
Matej Pekar
2018-10-17
Signed C Matej Pekar to a three-year, entry-level contract.
2018-10-17
Buffalo Sabres logo Matt Tennyson
Matt Tennyson
2018-10-16
Assigned D Matt Tennyson to Rochester (AHL).
2018-10-16
Buffalo Sabres logo Johan Larsson
Johan Larsson
2018-10-11
Activated C Johan Larsson from injured reserve.
2018-10-11
Buffalo Sabres logo Sean Malone
Sean Malone
2018-10-03
Placed C Sean Malone on IR.
2018-10-03
Buffalo Sabres logo Remi Elie
Remi Elie
2018-10-02
Acquired LW Remi Elie off waivers from the Dallas Stars.
2018-10-02
Buffalo Sabres logo Alexander Nylander Assigned LW Alexander Nylander to Rochester (AHL). 2018-10-01
Buffalo Sabres logo Brendan Guhle
Brendan Guhle
2018-10-01
Assigned D Brendan Guhle to Rochester (AHL).
2018-10-01
Buffalo Sabres logo Brandon Hickey
Brandon Hickey
2018-10-01
Assigned D Brandon Hickey to Rochester (AHL).
2018-10-01
Buffalo Sabres logo Jack Dougherty
Jack Dougherty
2018-10-01
Acquired D Jack Dougherty from the Nashville Predators for RW Nicholas Baptiste.
2018-10-01
Buffalo Sabres logo Justin Bailey
Justin Bailey
2018-09-30
Assigned RW Justin Bailey to Rochester (AHL).
2018-09-30
Buffalo Sabres logo Nick Baptiste
Nick Baptiste
2018-09-30
Assigned RW Nicholas Baptiste to Rochester (AHL).
2018-09-30
Buffalo Sabres logo Nick Baptiste
Nick Baptiste
2018-09-29
Waived RW Nicholas Baptiste.
2018-09-29
Buffalo Sabres logo Justin Bailey
Justin Bailey
2018-09-29
Waived RW Justin Bailey.
2018-09-29
Buffalo Sabres logo Matt Tennyson
Matt Tennyson
2018-09-29
Waived D Matt Tennyson.
2018-09-29
Buffalo Sabres logo
2018-09-29
Assigned D Lawrence Pilut to Rochester (AHL).
2018-09-29
Buffalo Sabres logo Kevin Porter
Kevin Porter
2018-09-23
Waived C Kevin Porter.
2018-09-23
Buffalo Sabres logo Tyler Randell
Tyler Randell
2018-09-23
Released RW Tyler Randell.
2018-09-23

Trades

NHL player transactions include the exchange of players, prospects, and draft picks among teams. Teams only have until the trade deadline, which tends to fall on the last week of February or the first week of March. The trade deadline for the current season is Monday, February 26, 2018.

Signings, Terminations & Injury Designations

Other ways the players on a team are impacted are through signings, terminations, and injury designations.

Free agents

Players who are free agents have no contract and are able to sign with any club. Previously, players could have unrestricted free agency if they were 31 years old or over. After the CBA came out of the lockout in 2005, the rules changed. Now, players aged 27 and over, as well as those with at least seven years in the NHL with expired contracts, can become unrestricted free agents. Plus, players aged 22 years and over who are not selected in the NHL Draft can sign with any team as a free agent.

Unrestricted free agents can start negotiating and signing contracts with any team after July 1 of each year. Before, teams were awarded with draft picks as compensation when they lost unrestricted free agents. Since 2004, there has been no compensation.

Buyouts

Buyouts occur when teams buy a player at the end of a season for the remainder of the player’s contract. This impacts both pay and cap hit. For players under the age of 26, pay and cap hit are reduced by two-thirds. For players aged 26 to 35, pay and cap hit are reduced by one-third. Finally, for players over the age of 35, pay is reduced by one-third but cap hit is not reduced. In addition, the new team pays over twice the period of the remaining contract.

Injured Reserve List

Players who are injured, disabled, or sick and unable to play for at least seven days cannot be bought out. Instead, their teams may place them on the Injured Reserve List. A club can only put a player on the Injured Reserve List if the player had previously passed the initial physical examination of the season. The team can then replace the player on its NHL roster with someone else.

Assigning Players to the Minors & Call-Ups

If a player has already participated in a defined number of games or he has played in a certain number of seasons since the signing of the original contract, the player must be available to all NHL teams before he is assigned to the minors. This is called 'clearing waivers,' and it means that other NHL teams can 'claim' the player from the 'waiver wire,' meaning they assume the contract, and provide only a small financial compensation to the team from which the player originated. When players clear waivers, their teams have the right to loan them to a minor affiliate, typically an AHL team, or they can choose to keep them in their club. Once cleared, players don't need to do it again for the lesser of either 30 cumulative days on the roster, or until they've played in 10 games in the NHL.

Players can also rise from the minors to an NHL team. This is known as a call-up. Players may be called up due to an injury or suspension of another player, or a team can use a regular call-up of minor league affiliates who are yet to sign a contract.

The AHL

The AHL, or American Hockey League, is the primary development league for the NHL. The AHL is currently made up of 30 teams. Since there are currently 31 NHL teams, 3 NHL Teams are sharing 2 AHL teams. There are plans for the AHL to expand to 31 teams, so that each NHL team can once again have their own exclusive affiliate.

The ECHL

The ECHL (previously the East Coast Hockey League) is a mid-level league with teams from across the U.S. and Canada. It is the only other league (along with the AHL) to which all players with entry-level NHL contracts must report.

Roster Limits

Each team in the NHL has a roster limit of:

  • 50 players on contract
  • 20 players on “dressed list” for games
  • 23 players on the active NHL roster
  • 90 players on the reserve list

Players in the AHL and ECHL are part of the 50 contract limit but don’t contribute to the 23 active roster limit.

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