The Sabres Report - February 23, 2017

Clint Malarchuk never had autographed 'the photo,' but he had a decision to make last weekend   

Buffalo News:

‘”Despite the psychological damage it caused me,” Malarchuk told me, “it is my trademark.”‘

Sabres can't be beat - in the ratings on Sunday   

Buffalo News:

‘The Sabres game had an 8.3 rating on NBCSN, which is 25 to 30 percent higher than the season average.’

10 years later...   


‘It still remains as one of the best game that I have ever attended, and one of the most memorable moments I share with my father. And like many others, any time that you hear the highlights with Rick Jeanneret and Jim Lorentz, you feel the chills go up and down your spine.’

Dunleavy: Total team commitment kept Sabres in race

‘ Gone are the years of wondering who would lead this team to the next chapter, gone – for me, anyway – is the question as to who will be the next starting goaltender to carry the load of leadership on the ice, and have the backbone to take all the shots that will come his way on an off night.’

Thursday's Rochester Coverage

Nylander in middle of pack for AHL 18-year-olds (Buffalo News)
After traveling globe, Kennedy finally comes home to Buffalo (Buffalo News)
Quick hits: Amerks 3, Comets 2 (OT) (Buffalo News)
Amerks defeat Utica in overtime in game played in Buffalo (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Sabres prospect Vaclav Karabacek slowly finding game with Amerks (Olean Times Herald)
Comets rally again, but fall in OT to Amerks (Utica Observer Dispatch)
O’Reilly’s OT winner lifts Amerks over Comets at KeyBank Center (
Photo gallery (
Comets fall short in overtime (

The Sabres Report - February 22, 2017

Should the Sabres deal Evander Kane?   


‘I’m not pounding the table demanding they trade Kane but I’d be worried about giving him a big contract because of his off ice missteps. The Sabres don’t have to do anything for now. They can’t pursue an extension until after July 1st so they could let this all play out into next season. They can see if Kane behaves himself this summer and then open extension talks with the intent to sign him. If they can’t reach an agreement they could always move him at next year’s trade deadline.’

Lambert: Bailey's game growing at NHL level   


‘”A big part of the master plan of me being in Buffalo last season was to learn the Sabres’ systems and to use the same language that Dan [Bylsma] and his staff use,” Lambert said with Howard Simon on Monday on WGR. “We were able to do that with our players here and we try to practice the same way they do.”‘

Potential assets for the Sabres as they approach trade deadline -- #2 Dmitry Kulikov   


‘Not to sound like a broken record, but I’d imagine Kulikov could be moved for a third round pick. If a team that misses out on Shattenkirk really wants to make a move then maybe Kulikov could bring in a second, but from the way he’s played this year that may be a little lofty.’

Gionta: Discussing the NHL bye week

‘I’m not quite sure how I feel about the bye week yet. I’m kind of on the fence. It compresses the schedule a lot in another areas, so I’m not sure if the five-day break makes up for not having the two or three days we normally have between games every once in a while.’

Wednesday's Rochester Coverage

Amerks’ inexperience is evident in record, stats (Buffalo News)
Game 53 preview: Comets at Amerks (Utica Observer Dispatch)
Amerks close out weekend with win, play in Buffalo this week (
Comets and Americans meet on the big stage (

The Sabres Report - February 21, 2017

While Sabres are away, their foes will play   

Buffalo News:

‘If the other clubs continue their pace, they could leave Buffalo behind this week.’

Sabres send Bailey, Baptiste, Rodrigues back to Amerks   

Buffalo News:

‘The latest call-up has gone well for all three players. Bailey has a goal and assist in 10 games while earning a spot alongside center Ryan O’Reilly and right wing Kyle Okposo. Rodrigues has centered Brian Gionta and Marcus Foligno, putting up two assists in six games. Baptiste, who played for sick Sam Reinhart over the weekend, had a goal and assist in two games.’

Sabres Mailbag: Kane, prospects, defense depth and more   

Buffalo News:

‘The only way General Manager Tim Murray should trade Kane is if he believes the left winger won’t re-sign with Buffalo. Kane is set to be an unrestricted free after next season. The sides can sign an extension July 1. If Murray doesn’t think the 25-year-old is in Buffalo for the long haul, he needs to find someone who is.’

February turnaround has Sabres knocking on playoff door   

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle:

‘For the first four months of this season, the Sabres were like watching a one-legged man in a butt kicking contest.

Sabres assign Bailey, Baptiste, Rodrigues to AHL   

The Sports Xchange:

‘Bailey, 21, has two goals and an assist in 19 games for the Sabres this season. He also has 29 points (19 goals, 10 assists) in 39 games with Rochester.’