Sabres News & Rumors: Jeanneret, Thompson & Quinn

In this edition of Buffalo Sabres News & Rumors, Rick Jeanneret’s banner-raising ceremony is announced, Tage Thompson is placed in COVID-19 protocols, and Jack Quinn earns a call up to the Sabres for his NHL debut.

Jeanneret to be Honoured with a Banner-Raising Ceremony April 1

In his 51st and final year as the Sabres’ play-by-play announcer, Jeanneret’s name will be raised to the rafters of KeyBank Center ahead of Buffalo’s game vs. the Nashville Predators on April 1. The announcement came on Friday that “RJ Night” will feature tributes to Jeanneret throughout the night, and the first 10,000 fans at the arena will receive a replica banner.

Rick Jeanneret is the 2012 Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame inductee. (AP Photo/David Duprey. File).

In the release, Chris Ryndak writes “Jeanneret’s calls — from “May Day” to “Scary Good” to “Top Shelf Where Momma Hides The Cookies” — have immortalized some of the most memorable plays in Sabres history.”

Jeanneret, a Sabres legend who hails originally from St. Catharines (Ontario), is no less than Jeanneret. He stuck with the team through thick and thin for more than five decades and will be formally recognized as one of Buffalo hockey’s greatest icons when his banner is raised on April 1. He is already a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame as well as the Sabres Hall of Fame. The Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame and Buffalo Broadcasters Hall of Fame adds another amazing feat to his accomplishments.

Thompson is in COVID-19 Protocols.

The Sabres lose their top points-getter Thompson was placed in COVID-19 protocolsMonday. The 24-year-old is enjoying a stellar year with 23 points (12 goals, 11 assist) in 34 games. In his absence, Buffalo will be in need of other players, particularly with the upcoming games against Nashville Predators and Tampa Bay Lightning.

Tage Thompson, Buffalo Sabres
Tage Thompson, Buffalo Sabres (Amy Irvin/ The Hockey Writers

Thompson is a very entertaining player to see this season. He builds confidence, discovers his role, and unlocks his potential in Year 2, of his three-year Sabres contract. Part of the St. Louis Blues’ return package that sent former Sabres forward Ryan O’Reilly out of Buffalo, Thompson is starting to show why he was targeted in the deal.

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When he returns from COVID-19 protocols, he’ll look to pick up where he left off. The 2016 first-round selection is playing his best hockey, but he has a lot more to prove. The Sabres will fight to keep Thompson at bay while they play some tough competition.

Quinn Will Make His NHL Debut Tuesday, as Quinn is Called up to the Taxi Squad

Thompson is also placed in COVID-19 protocols. Quinn, a highly-touted Sabres prospect, is also on the scene called up to Buffalo’s taxi squad. The 20 year-old was drafted eighth at the 2020 NHL Entry Draft by the Sabres. With 26 points (12 goals, 13 assists) in 20 games, he ranks second among Americans.

Jack Quinn Ottawa 67's
Former Ottawa 67’s forward Jack Quinn (Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Following the Sabres’ practice on Monday, head coach Don Granato revealed that Quinn will make his NHL debut on Tuesday against the Lightning.

“I got to see another game in Rochester on Friday and enjoyed watching him with many others on that team,” Granato told WGR 550. “I’m excited for him, because he’s done so well in the American Hockey League, and there are a lot of things in that league that are just easy for him now after gaining the experience of a year ago and building on it. He’s ready for this next new challenge. The timing’s right for him.”

It’s an exciting time for Sabres fans as the future core of the team slowly trickles into the NHL roster, with Quinn being the latest addition. Quinn, who could be a part of the solution to Buffalo’s problems without Thompson, is needed as a player. On January 1, the puck drops at KeyBank Centre Tuesday at 7:15 p.m. ETWhen the back-toback Stanley Cup champion Lightning visit Buffalo for the second season, hoping for their first win in Buffalo since Dec. 31, 2019,