John Scott has signed a one-year extension worth $750,000 to stay with the Buffalo Sabres.
He would have been able to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. He received a decent raise after making $600,000 last season. Scott skated in 34 games with the Sabres in 2013 and amassed 69 penalty minutes.
Jhonas Enroth made 26 saves in Sweden's 5-1 win over Switzerland in Sunday's gold-medal game of the IIHF World Championship.
The Swedes become the first team to win the title on home ice since the Soviet Union in 1986 and Enroth captured the Best Goalkeeper in the tournament honor for his efforts. His play under pressure should be a positive sign for the Sabres, who may trade starter Ryan Miller in the off-season.
There is a very good chance that Ryan Miller will be traded this off-season.
Given the fairwell-like send off he recieved from the Sabre faithfull and his reaction to it, it seems the team and Miller would welcome the change. With only one year left on his contract before he becomes an unrestricted free agent, Miller should be a target for a number of contending teams willing to offer up some picks or young players to acquire the veteran netminder. Stay tuned.
Jhonas Enroth made 39 saves in regulation and overtime in Team Sweden's 3-2 shootout win over Canada at the World Hockey Championships on Thursday.
The victory sent Sweden into the semifinal round and it sent Canada home. "Jhonas is one of the most competitive players I've ever seen," Sweden defenseman Erik Gustafsson said. "He showed that in the shootout. Nerves of steel." The Swedes will meet their co-hosts from Finland in one match-up, while the United States will play Switzerland in the other.
Buffalo coach Ron Rolston likes the leadership that Mike Weber displayed during the 2013 season.
"Mike Weber is one of those players that made a real big jump this year in terms of what he meant to our hockey team, how he plays the game, just the potential that he has to continue to grow on this team," Rolston said. "It put a player like Mike in more of a leadership role because of what he did and because of the minutes that he had. He was in the lineup every night blocking shots, sacrificing for his teammates. He's put himself in a situation where he can be one of those guys that are in the room and holding guys accountable." He suited up in 42 of the Sabres' 48 games after starting as a healthy scratch and was voted as the "Unsung Hero" by his teammates. Weber won't provide you with many points, but he can chip in PIMs, blocks and hits.
Brian Flynn appeared in 26 games with the Sabres this past season and he feels like he belongs at the NHL level.
"I have the belief that I can play here," Flynn said. "This is where I belong. I know how hard you have to work to stay up here. It took a long time, a lot of hard work, a lot of hours to get here. This is where I really want to play. I'm willing to do whatever it takes to stay here." He led the team's rookie group with six goals, while finishing with 11 points, 49 shots and 20 blocks. Flynn could develop into a decent two-way forward, but for now he shouldn't be expected to contribute much in fantasy hockey.
Cody Hodgson was effective offensively in his first full season with Buffalo, but he needs some work defensively.
According to BehindTheNet.ca, which is a statistics website dedicated to hockey, the Sabres averaged 2.91 goals per 60 minutes when Hodgson skated in five-on-five situations, but the club's opponents averaged 3.64 goals against him per 60 minutes while skating at even strength. "It's been a productive year, but there's always room for improvement," said Hodgson, who notched 15 goals and 34 points in 48 games.