Buffalo Sabres make more front office moves. [Fox Sports].
No one was hired, no one was fired. But the Buffalo Sabres did announce some “position” changes within the organization. Kevin Devine, who used to served as the team’s chief scout and assistant general manager – now has the title of Player Personnel Director.
Randy Cunneyworth remains with the organization, but gets a promotion from the Rochester Americans, and gets a call up to the big leagues as a player development coach. With the proximity of the Buffalo Sabres and Rochester Americans, and the fact that Terry Pegulas pays the payroll for both clubs – I don’t see much of a change in the duties for Cunneyworth – who will still likely work with both clubs.
Former assistant coach Jerry Forton will slide over to the scouting department, and will be scouting the NCAA ranks for the Buffalo Sabres.
Other reorganizations under Tim Murray are:
James Long – Coordinator of player development
Corey Smith – Video Coach
Jim Kovachik – Pro Scout
Seamus Kotyk & Victor Nybladh – Amateur Scouts.
Rory Fitzpatrick – fan favorite on any team. [Rochester D&C].
He wasn’t anything special – a depth player, but his career spanned ten years, with stops in six NHL cities. He spent a lot of time with the Rochester Americans and Buffalo Sabres.
He played a total of 287 NHL games, only mustering ten goals and twenty-five assists. He appeared in twenty playoff games, netting one playoff goal and five assists.
That didn’t stop him from almost becoming an NHL All-Star – with fans pushing for a write in ballot for Fitzpatrick – and almost succeeding.
Fitzpatrick remains active in the hockey community as part of the Buffalo Sabres organization, coaching the Buffalo Jr Sabres U12 squad.
Connor McDavid coming to Buffalo early. [SI.com]
Connor McDavid plays his junior hockey with the Erie Otters, and the Buffalo Sabres want their fans to get an up close look at the anointed number one draft pick of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
If the Buffalo Sabres are leading in anything this year, it will be the number of press conferences, as the front office will gather again today to announce the Erie Otters will come to Buffalo to play a regular season game at First Niagara Center.
Connor McDavid will get his first glimpse of First Niagara Center, and for many – they don’t want it to be the only time he skates on the ice at the FNC in a home sweater.
McDavid will get more of a look at Buffalo – attending the 2015 NHL Combine at the HarborCenter, and if things play out for the Buffalo Sabres – he will join the team for training camp prior to the 2015-2016 NHL regular season.
McDavid isn’t just a potential first round draft pick, he is a generational player that could alter the future of the whomever is lucky enough to draft him.