Matt Ellis

Matt Ellis signs an AHL contract with Rochester


Matt Ellis will return to the Buffalo Sabres organization for an eighth season.

The 33-year-old has signed a one-year, American Hockey League contract with the Rochester Americans for the 2015-16 season.

The forward appeared in 39 games with the Buffalo Sabres last season scoring one goal and one assist while averaging 8:19 in time on ice.

Ellis also played 38 AHL games with the Americans scoring seven goals and six assists.

He has split the past three seasons between Buffalo and Rochester.

In 356 career NHL games split between the Sabres and Detroit Red Wings, Ellis has scored 21 goals 49 points.

Buffalo acquired Ellis off of waivers from the L.A. Kings during the 2008 preseason.

Video: Sabres’ Ellis scores first goal of the season to down Maple Leafs


Matt Ellis scored his first goal of the season for the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday, and it turned out to be the game winner, as they defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs by a final score of 4-3.

Tanks to a bad line change and some sloppy defending on Toronto’s part, the 33-year-old Ellis was able to take a pass, walk in alone and make a move to the backhand, sliding the puck past a sprawled out Jonathan Bernier.

The Sabres are now only two points back of the Arizona Coyotes for 29th in the NHL’s overall standings, as the race in the Connor McDavid sweepstakes, um, heats up?


Filling the void: Sabres recall Grigorenko


Mikhail Grigorenko is back on his way to the bigs.

The Russian forward, Buffalo’s first-round pick (12th overall) at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, has been recalled to the Sabres from AHL Rochester, the club announced on Tuesday.

Also headed up from the Amerks are forwards Tim Schaller and Jerry D’Amigo.

The trio has been brought up to replace Brian Flynn, Torrey Mitchell and Chris Stewart, all three of whom were traded at Monday’s deadline. Between those departures and the injuries to Josh Gorges, Zemgus Girgensons and Patrick Kaleta (Evander Kane too, lest we forget), Buffalo will be icing a forward group that projects to look like this:

Matt Moulson-Tyler Ennis-Brian Gionta

Marcus Foligno-Mikhail Grigorenko-Cody Hodgson

Johan Larsson-Phil Varone-Zac Dalpe

Nicolas Deslauriers-Schaller-Matt Ellis

D’Amigo would be the 13th forward, presumably.

As for Grigorenko, most eyes will likely be on him as he gets another stint with the parent club. He’s been good in Rochester this year, scoring 31 points in 38 games, but only had one goal and one assist in 12 games with the Sabres earlier this year. His last NHL game came on Jan. 9.

Sabres waive Ellis, send Armia to AHL


The Buffalo Sabres made a pair of noteworthy moves on Tuesday, waiving veteran forward Matt Ellis while sending Joel Armia — their first-round pick (16th overall) at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft — to their minor-league affiliate in Rochester.

Ellis, 33, is a veteran of over 300 NHL contests, including 50 last year for Buffalo (in which he scored four goals and six points). The former Red Wing and King has been with the Sabres since the 2008-09 campaign, and scored a career-high 13 points during the ’09-10 season.

Armia, who missed time last season with a broken hand, was up-and-down in his first American League campaign, scoring 27 points in 54 games before breaking out with three goals and six points in five playoff contests. While he’s one of just three top-20 picks from the ’11 Draft yet to make his NHL debut (Colorado’s Duncan Siemens and Chicago’s Mark McNeill are the others), Armia only turned 21 in May and could be in line for a call-up this season.

Sabres stop Blue Jackets’ winning streak at eight, Bobrovsky pulled


The Columbus Blue Jackets had been rolling right along, then they ran into the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday.

Against the worst team in the Eastern Conference, the Blue Jackets saw their winning streak come to an end at a franchise-best eight games, after losing 5-2 to the Sabres on a night when goalie Sergei Bobrovsky was yanked early in the second period.

Bobrovsky faced only 10 shots in just over 23 minutes, but gave up three goals, including a pair of long, soft ones to Matt Ellis on the backhand and Christian Ehrhoff on a short-handed slap shot from the point with no real traffic in front.

“We’re so used to seeing him play at a high level,” Columbus head coach Todd Richards said, as per

“He really has just about this whole month in the games he’s been a part of. You don’t expect those pucks to go in.”

The Blue Jackets outshot the Sabres 38-22, with Ryan Miller making 36 saves and recording the win for Buffalo.