The Sabres Report - July 20, 2017

Sabres’ Kyle Okposo returns to ice   

Olean Times Herald:

‘Sabres general manager Jason Botterill said last month “everything’s looking great for Kyle” and the veteran will be ready for training camp.’

Sabres prospect Brett Murray happy at Penn State   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“I don’t think anybody knows yet, because he’s still growing into his young body,” Gadowsky said. “He’s … a big kid. He’s still got a long way (to go). Our strength coach is salivating over him because he sees how much potential he has to gain in his body. He’s already a very strong guy.”’

Sabres Okposo’s next rehab step: Summer league 4-on-4 game   

AP:

‘“Da Beauty League ” announced on its Twitter account that Okposo will make his debut on Wednesday night. The six-team league features a combination of mostly American-born professional and college players competing in four-on-four formatted games in Edina, Minnesota.’

Kyle Okposo returns to the ice   

WGR-AM:

‘There are many current, future, and former Sabres involved in the Da Beauty league. Zach Bogosian, Hudson Fasching, Casey Nelson, and Casey Mittlestadt are among current Sabres playing. Also, former Sabres Drew Stafford and Chris Stewart will lace up the skates. John Scott is the commissioner and Erik Rasmussen is a coach.’

Sabres' Okposo returns to the ice in Minnesota summer league   

WKBW-TV:

‘This is likely the best news Sabres fans have heard or read in a long, long time. We still don’t know all of the details about what led to Okposo’s hospitalization but admittedly, it was scary.’

Okposo plays in game for first time since illness   

NHL.com:

‘Okposo, who did not speak to media, gave a wave when the announcer drew the attention of fans during his first shift in the 4-on-4 game. He smiled before skating the puck down the ice with linemates Stu Bickel and Riley Tufte, and taking a shot that went just wide.’

The Sabres Report - July 19, 2017

Brian Gionta likely won’t return to Sabres   

Olean Times Herald:

‘[“While we haven’t slammed the door – and I don’t think they have, either – I think they’ve also been pretty honest that it’s probably going to be a fairly unlikely scenario,” Steve Bartlett told the Times Herald. “So I’ve been focusing on trying to look at other opportunities for him around the NHL.”’

Wednesday's Rochester Coverage   

SabreSpace.com:

Amerks sign Barry Goers and Adam Krause (Buffalo News)
Botterill, Sexton ready to restore Amerks to prominence (Amerks.com)
Amerks sign pair to AHL deals (Amerks.com)

The Sabres Report - July 18, 2017

Sabres hire Chris Hajt as assistant coach   

Buffalo News:

‘Hajt comes from the Los Angeles Kings’ AHL affiliate, the Ontario (Calif.) Reign, where he served as an assistant coach the last three seasons. When the Kings’ AHL affiliate was the Manchester Monarchs, Hajt helped them to a Calder Cup title in the 2014-15 season. The Reign made the playoffs each of the last two seasons and won a division title in 2015-16.’

Soupy's smash: Remembering Campbell's hit on Umberger   

Buffalo News:

‘Former Sabres defenseman Brian Campbell announced his retirement from the National Hockey League today, and if there was one specific moment that sticks out from his eight years in Buffalo, it’s his thunderous hit on the Philadelphia Flyers’ R.J. Umberger in overtime of Game 1 of the 2006 Eastern Conference quarterfinal.’

Bucky Gleason's Power Take: Lessons learned in Buffalo helped Campbell build long NHL career   

Buffalo News:

‘Campbell spent four years bouncing between the AHL and NHL before sticking with the Sabres in 2003-04. He was a healthy scratch for 29 games while trying to prove he was an NHL regular. He played in Europe during the lockout the following year and blossomed into one of Buffalo’s best defensemen in 2005-06.’

Sabres hire Chris Hajt as assistant coach   

Olean Times Herald:

‘The Buffalo-raised Hajt is the son of Sabres Hall of Famer Bill Hajt, one of greatest defensemen in franchise history.’

Sabres’ coach Phil Housley hires Chris Hajt as assistant   

AP:

‘The Sabres also announced that assistant coach Tom Ward has been retained. Ward spent the past two seasons as an assistant under Dan Bylsma, who was fired in April.’

Sabres tab Hajt as assistant   

The Sports Xchange:

‘”It’s been a process with that because we’re trying to do a thorough search for really good candidates and there’s a lot of really good coaches out there,” Housley told the Buffalo News last week of his coaching search. “But you wanna just make sure you do the right thing and look at everybody. We still have the coach that we’re looking at and trying to fill that position.”‘

Sabres add Hajt to coaching staff   

WGR-AM:

‘Hajt also spent time as an assistant coach with the Guelph Storm in the Ontario Hockey League from 2008 to 2014. In his time in Guelph, the Storm made the playoffs in all six seasons, and won the OHL championship in 2014.’