The Sabres Report - February 1, 2015

Sabres are disgusting, all right   

Buffalo News:

‘You may call it mission accomplished. But the mission doesn’t need to be an open disgrace.’

Trade deadline could produce draft picks   

Buffalo News:

‘The NHL trade deadline is a month away (March 2), and the Sabres’ general manager has made it clear he wants to move his pending unrestricted free agents. The Sabres have nine: forwards Stewart, Stafford, Mitchell and Patrick Kaleta; defensemen Andrej Meszaros, Tyson Strachan and Andre Benoit; and goaltenders Jhonas Enroth and Michal Neuvirth.’

Sunday's Rochester Coverage   

SabreSpace.com:

Amerks’ comeback attempt falls short (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Elson’s two-goal effort carries Flames to win (Glen Falls Post Star)
Amerks fall to Flames in Fullerton’s debut (Amerks.com)
Flames turn back Americans in 3-2 victory (AdirondackFlames.com)

The Sabres Report - January 31, 2015

Miller, Canucks have last word as Sabres end pointless month   

Buffalo News:

‘Whether the goal is Connor McDavid or not, it’s almost inconceivable any NHL team could go an entire month without a point – as the Sabres just did in an 0-12 January – or not find a way to get a single game into overtime in such a long stretch.’

Bettman doesn’t see any tanking by teams   

Buffalo News:

‘“I don’t have any concern. Our teams and our players are professionals and they play to win,” Bettman said, when asked by The Buffalo News about the evolution of the season. “You see every year when we get to the trade deadline, as it approaches teams make decisions as to whether or not they’re in a rebuilding mode or whether or not they have a shot of doing it all.’

Saturday's Vancouver Coverage   

SabreSpace.com:

Canucks rack up much-needed win over hapless Buffalo (Vancouver Province)
Canucks need to build momentum from their easy victory over listless Sabres (Vancouver Province)
Photo gallery (Vancouver Province)
Sabres the perfect foil for Canucks’ return to home-ice prowess (Vancouver Sun)
‘I have no interest in doing anything else,’ feisty Bettman says (Vancouver Sun)
Game Essentials (Vancouver Sun)
Photo gallery (Vancouver Sun)
From the Rafters (1.30.15) (Canucks.com)
Photo gallery (Canucks.com)
Photo gallery (Sabres.com)

Ryan Miller hands former team its 14th straight loss as Canucks down Sabres 5-2   

CP:

‘”When things go bad, things go bad,” said Sabres head coach Ted Nolan. “Every time we make a mistake it seems to be in our net. When things are like that, that’s what usually happens.”‘

Vancouver 5, Buffalo 2   

The Sports Network:

‘Chris Stewart had both the goals for the Sabres, who have also lost 14 straight games on the road. Matt Hackett allowed four goals on 37 shots in the loss.’

Canucks shake off slow start to beat Buffalo   

The Sports Xchange:

‘”It’s disgusting if you think about it. It’s not from a lack of effort. Teams kick you when you’re down and they’re not going to take it easy on you. No one wants to be the team that gives up that losing streak. We have to forget about this one tonight.”‘

Miller, Canucks Hand Sabres 14th Straight Loss   

WGR-AM:

‘Buffalo has now lost 14 straight and 18 of 19 games.’

The goalies are the story in Vancouver   

WGR-AM:

‘”I really liked Matty [Hackett] tonight,” said Ted Nolan. “I thought he gave us a chance. He was competitive and played the puck. I really liked his game.”‘

Canucks send Sabres to 14th straight loss   

NHL.com:

‘Chris Stewart scored twice for last-place Buffalo (14-33-3), which has lost 14 straight games, all in regulation. It’s the longest losing streak in the NHL since 2003; the Sabres are three shy of matching the NHL record set by the expansion 1974-75 Washington Capitals and matched by the second-year San Jose Sharks in 1992-93.’

Stewart scores a pair in loss at Vancouver   

Sabres.com:

‘“It stings. It stings for sure,” Stewart said. “We’ve got such a good group of guys in this room and no one’s happy about it. It’s disgusting when you think about it.”‘

Saturday's Rochester Coverage   

SabreSpace.com:

Amerks fall in Syracuse (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Syracuse Crunch holds off Rochester Amerks, 6-4 (Syracuse Post Standard)
Amerks drop 6-4 decision in Syracuse (Amerks.com)
Vermin and defensemen lead Crunch past Amerks, 6-4 (SyracuseCrunch.com)

The Sabres Report - January 30, 2015

Friday's Vancouver Coverage   

SabreSpace.com:

Miller to keep emotions in check facing Sabres for first time since leaving Buffalo (Vancouver Province)
Zack Kassian hasn’t lost his drive in a lost season (Vancouver Province)
Canucks goalie Ryan Miller has pending paternity on his mind (Vancouver Sun)
Canucks to give their Latvian a look against Sabres (Vancouver Sun)
Game Day: Canucks draw potential slump-buster as lowly Sabres hit town (Vancouver Sun)
Miller: Playing against Sabres will be ‘strange’ (24 Hours Vancouver)
Miller set to face old team for the first time when Canucks host Sabres (CP)
Sabres-Canucks Preview (AP)
Buffalo Sabres (14-32-3) at Vancouver Canucks (26-17-3) (The Sports Network)
Canucks goalie Miller eager to face Sabres (NHL.com)
Canucks goalie Miller to face Sabres for first time (NHL.com)
Game 47: Canucks vs. Sabres (01.30.15) (Canucks.com)