Tag: Jake McCabe

New York Islanders v Buffalo Sabres

Sabres send McCabe and Pysyk to AHL

The Buffalo Sabres have assigned defensemen Jake McCabe and Mark Pysyk to AHL Rochester.

Neither McCabe, 21, nor Pysyk, 22, have played this season; both have been recovering from injuries.

The Sabres already had eight healthy d-men on the roster: Andre Benoit, Josh Gorges, Andrej Meszaros, Tyler Myers, Rasmus Ristolainen, Tyson Strachan, Mike Weber, and Nikita Zadorov.

Buffalo hosts Florida on Friday.

Kaleta, Hackett among six Sabres placed on IR

Matt Hackett

The Buffalo Sabres announced roster moves on Tuesday, confirming that the following six players have been placed on IR: Matthew Hackett (pictured), Patrick Kaleta, Johan Larsson, Jake McCabe and Mark Pysyk.

Earlier today, head coach Ted Nolan said that McCabe, 20, was going through a “maintenance day.” That gives the feeling that he isn’t that far off from being game-ready, but then again, it’s really just as opaque as referring to someone as day-to-day.

Pysyk, 22, was at least healthy enough to do some charitable work on Tuesday:

There’s no word regarding whether any of these moves might help Mikhail Grigorenko get some NHL reps. With Sam Reinhart likely to test the waters at the highest level, that might need to wait, if such an opportunity was in the cards in the first place.

Buffalo isn’t without good news today overall, as they announced new captain Brian Gionta as well alternates Josh Gorges and Matt Moulson.

Ehrhoff: If Sabres ‘want to move me, they can move me’

Christian Ehrhoff

We welcomed Christian Ehrhoff to the trade rumor mill back in February, so let’s re-welcome him now.

From the Buffalo News:

The 31-year-old is just three seasons into a 10-year contract signed in 2011. He has a limited no-trade clause, but the Sabres asked him to supply a list of teams to which he’d accept a trade. Nothing came of the talks, but there’s reason to believe chatter will begin again.

“I think if they want to move me, they can move me,” said Ehrhoff, who thinks he’ll be back next season. “So far, I do. We’ll see. Obviously, it’s not up to me and that remains to be seen.”

Whether he wants to be part of the Sabres’ rebuild is another matter.

“Um,” Ehrhoff said before taking a long pause. “I signed a long-term commitment with the team, and as long as they want me to be here I’m going to do my best for the team. That’s it.”

It stands to reason that Ehrhoff — who’s 10-year, $40 million deal was one of ex-Sabres GM Darcy Regier’s biggest moves — might not be in Buffalo’s future plans (another of Regier’s big gambles, Ville Leino, appears primed to be bought out this summer.)

Even without the Regier factor, Ehrhoff doesn’t seem like an ideal fit for the Sabres right now. He turns 32 in July and would be more suited to play on a team closer to winning a Cup, or at least contending for the playoffs. Buffalo also has a wealth of young blueline talent — Rasmus Ristolainen, Nikita Zadorov, Jake McCabe, Mark Pysyk — that could probably use minutes at the NHL level rather than have them eaten by Ehrhoff, who the News said “often appeared uninterested as the season dragged on.”

Ehrhoff didn’t exactly downplay that assertion, either.

“It’s definitely tough with the season we had,” he said. “With a season like that, you’re glad to get it over with and start fresh with the new season.”

Video: Bruins’ Paille knocked out of game by Sabres’ McCabe

Chicago Blackhawks v Boston Bruins

The Boston Bruins could be headed into the postseason a bit more banged up than they hoped.

Bruins forward Daniel Paille was knocked out of their 4-1 win against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday afternoon. Paille was put down on the ice after a big hit at the blue line by Sabres rookie defenseman Jake McCabe.

McCabe was given a five-minute major for interference and a game misconduct. Paille was led off the ice straight to the locker room where he did not return. Bruins coach Claude Julien did not offer an update on Paille after the game. Paille missed time with a concussion back in early March and suffered from concussion-like symptoms in December.

The debate here is if this hit was worthy of a major penalty. The better debate might be whether it was worth a penalty at all. Have a look:

Bruins clinch Presidents’ Trophy with 4-1 win against Sabres

Christian Ehrhoff, Shawn Thornton

Give it up to the Boston Bruins, they are the class of the NHL regular season.

The Bruins clinched the Presidents’ Trophy for the league’s best record in the regular season after they took out the Buffalo Sabres 4-1 on Saturday afternoon.

David Krejci had two goals and Patrice Bergeron scored his 30th goal of the season to lead the way for Boston. Tuukka Rask made 24 saves to get the win.

It’s the first time the Bruins have won the Presidents’ Trophy since the 1989-1990 season. That year, the Bruins lost to Mark Messier and the Edmonton Oilers in the Stanley Cup Final.

It wasn’t all good news for Boston, however, as Bergeron departed the game after the second period with what Claude Julien called a “very minor” injury and Daniel Paille was knocked out of the game after a big hit by Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe.