Apr 11, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; A general view of the game between the Buffalo Sabres and the Montreal Canadiens at the First Niagara Center. Canadiens beat the Sabres 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Sabres Daily: Buffalo Bills, Top Prospects, Elmira Jackals

Thank goodness for UB, Sports Law expert says Buffalo Bills will remain in Buffalo.  [UB News Center].

I am not saying she isn’t a smart lady – or has her connections to the sports world, but one word comes to mind when I read this – ‘duh’.

Of course the Buffalo Bills are going to stay in Buffalo – the league knows it has a rapid fan base, and without Ralph Wilson in the picture, the ability to possibly put a new stadium in Buffalo (which some would argue is unnecessary).  Come on you would have to be dumb to think that the team has all but punched its ticket out of the Nickel City.

I mean, is there any real guarantee that the Buffalo Bills will remain in town?  No way.  Donald Trump is connected elsewhere, Bon Jovi is connected to Toronto – so the team has options, but the primary remains staying in Western New York.

Buffalo Sabres have eight prospects in ESPN top 100 prospect list.  [Die By The Blade].

So you need an ESPN Insider account to actually gain access to the full list, but with the internet, everyone is your buddy when it comes to lists like this.  Only one prospect hits into the top ten, with Sam Reinhart leading the list at number 5.  Which is impressive because their are two  players on the list who have seen the NHL and others who have seen the AHL regularly.

No other NHL team boasted as many players on the list.  The Buffalo Sabres prospects on the list are:

#5 – Sam Reinhart

#17 Mikhail Grigorenko

#21 Nikita Zadorov

#44 Hudson Fasching

#51 J.T. Compher

#60 Joel Armia

#69 Gustav Possler

#72 Jak McCabe

I don’t know that I completely agree with the list.  Where is Zemgus Girgensons?  I frankly have him succeeding more in the NHL both as a prospect and a long term player than Mikhail Grigorenko.

You could also make the case for any other prospect that is thought of highly – but how much of that is home town bravado and how much of that is realistic candor?  Either way, nice to see the blue and gold getting some list love, even if it is in the off season.

Elmira Jackals add Ryan Rashid, and three other rookies to 2014-2015 roster.  [Star Gazette].

Rashid rejoins the Jackals for his “rookie” campaign after joining the team last year after the Purple Eagles were knocked out of the playoffs.  In addition to Rashid, the Elmira Jackals added a rookie goaltender and two rookie defenseman.

Tony Capobianco signed a standard player contract – a necessary move because their last goalie signing decided to jump the pond and head over to the Austrian Hockey League last week.  Like Rashid, Capobianco played with the Jackals for a short period last year after his NCAA eligibility was up, he played for Canisius.

Capobianco played in just one game for the Jackals, a loss, but he does have three games in the AHL with the Adirondack Phantoms, boasting a 1-2 record.

“Tony is a big goaltender who takes up a lot of net.”–Jackals Head Coach Jamie Russell.

Isaac MacLeod from Caleb Sunderman round out the Monday signing announcements on the blue line.  Macloed played his college hockey at Boston College, and helped the Eagles win a D-1 hockey championship in 2011-2012.  Sunderman comes from a D-3 program at Concordia University.

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