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AP sources: Sabres have interviewed 6 candidates for GM job

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Hockey Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres have interviewed at least six general manager candidates in the first phase of a search process that is not yet completed. One person with direct knowledge of the team's search provided a list of candidates already ...

USA Hockey chooses Stauber to coach Olympic women’s team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Robb Stauber has been chosen to coach the U.S women's hockey team at the 2018 Olympics. USA Hockey made the announcement Monday. Stauber led the Americans to gold at the world championship earlier this year. The former NHL goaltender, an assistant coach for ...

Golden Knights open to making deals before expansion draft

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Hockey Writer General manager George McPhee says the Vegas Golden Knights are open for business to any teams seeking to protect their players in the upcoming NHL expansion draft. McPhee told The Associated Press he's already had preliminary discussions with most teams over ...

Sabres sign Stephens while search for GM/coach has begun

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Hockey Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres have signed prospect defenseman Devante Stephens to a three-year entry-level contract. The Sabres made the signing despite working without a general manager after Tim Murray and coach Dan Bylsma were fired last week . ...

Bills fire GM Whaley, scouting staff 1 day after NFL draft

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Whether it was sitting together in a golf cart watching training camp or sharing dinner and drinks at a nearby restaurant, Bills owner Terry Pegula and general manager Doug Whaley were nearly inseparable last summer. Some nine ...

Bills add picks and character in selecting LSU DB White

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Bills rookie head coach Sean McDermott filled a need in Buffalo's backfield and added two valuable picks in overseeing his first NFL draft. In using the 27th pick to select LSU cornerback Tre'Davious White on Thursday, McDermott ...

GM McPhee weighs hopes of Vegas hitting NHL lottery jackpot

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Hockey Writer As jackpots go in Las Vegas, George McPhee wouldn't mind little lady luck being on the side of his Golden Knights expansion franchise when the NHL holds its draft lottery on Saturday. "That would be so like Vegas in its first lottery, winning it," the Golden ...

Rookie coach McDermott’s voice gains prominence with Bills

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Don't underestimate the impact Bills rookie coach Sean McDermott has already made on Terry Pegula. When Buffalo's multi-franchise owner outlined concerns of discipline, structure and character he found lacking in his NHL's Sabres ...

Bills claim safety Elston a day after being waived by Browns

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills have claimed safety Trae Elston off waivers. The Bills were awarded Elston on Friday, a day after he was cut by the Cleveland Browns. Listed at 5-foot-11 and 193 pounds, Elston spent part of last season on the Browns' practice squad. He was then ...

Pegula seeks established GM to instill discipline in Sabres

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Hockey Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula is strongly leaning toward hiring a general manager with a proven track record to strengthen a franchise lacking in discipline and communication. Pegula also says accountability starts with him and he ...

Police discover Bills lineman Kouandjio wandering in field

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Bills offensive lineman Cyrus Kouandjio was taken to the hospital for observation after police found him without any pants on in suburban Buffalo field. Erie County Sheriff's spokesman Scott Zylka said deputies were responding to a ...

O Canada: The Great White North returns to NHL playoffs

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Hockey Writer The hockey world has resumed revolving on its normal axis north of the border. A year after being shut out, Canada is making a return to the NHL playoffs in a big way. O Canada, is the buzz ever back across the Great White North: From Calgary's Red Mile bar ...

Sabres clean house by firing GM Murray and coach Bylsma

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Hockey Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — General manager Tim Murray ran out of time to rebuild the Buffalo Sabres into a contender. The team will need a new head coach, too. Sabres owner Terry Pegula cleaned house by firing Murray and coach Dan Bylsma on Thursday amid ...

Agents to AP: Eichel not pushing for Sabres coaching change

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Hockey Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — If Buffalo Sabres coach Dan Bylsma's job is in jeopardy, star forward Jack Eichel's representatives insist their client is not the one pushing for a change. Whether Bylsma returns for a third season won't have any effect on Eichel ...

Patriots sign Bills RB Gillislee to offer sheet

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A person with direct knowledge of the move confirms to The Associated Press the Buffalo Bills risk losing running back Mike Gillislee to their AFC East rival New England Patriots. The person says Gillislee signed the Patriots' two-year, ...

Vernon Downs delays start of harness racing amid losses

VERNON, N.Y. (AP) — The owner of Vernon Downs casino and race track in central New York says the seasonal start of harness racing will be delayed amid new gambling competition. Horse racing was set to start April 21. But owner Jeff Gural says opening day will be delayed as Vernon Downs ...

Bills sign quarterback T.J. Yates as backup to Tyrod Taylor

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills addressed their quarterback depth by signing free agent T.J. Yates on Monday. The sixth-year player meets the Bills' need to add an experienced backup behind returning starter Tyrod Taylor. Yates did not play a snap in his one and only season with ...

Sabres GM Murray says players need to be more accountable

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Hockey Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Tim Murray says he can't be alone in taking full responsibility for the Buffalo Sabres' disappointing season that ended with the team extending its franchise-record playoff drought to six years. The Sabres general manager on Wednesday ...

Cormier retains light heavyweight belt, retires Johnson

By DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — With a vicious choke, Daniel Cormier forced Anthony Johnson into submission and retirement. Cormier's next title challenger? Pick a fighter outside of the cage. Cormier easily defeated "Rumble" Johnson for the second time in two ...

AP source: Sabres’ Eichel misses out on $2 million bonus

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Hockey Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The mere hair of a fraction — 0.005 to be exact — is what separated Sabres forward Jack Eichel from cashing in on a $2 million contract performance bonus clause. The second-year player would have been due the bonus had he finished ...