Sabres add some road games in HD

‘The Buffalo Sabres are expected to announce later today that 12 of their road games will be carried in high definition this season along with the 41 home games for a total of 53 games in HD.’

Saturday’s Portland Coverage

Back in the states, in a fine state (Portland Press Herald)

Pirates Back on Ice (PortlandPirates.com)

Kaleta picking sports for big hits

‘“I think confidence is the main thing,” Kaleta said. “If you have confidence, you can pretty much do anything or work at one thing. The third year at Peterborough I had 52 points. I’m hoping I can make that same sort of transition.”’

Sabres GM Regier can wait for season to start

‘”I have no desire to get ahead of ourselves or can hardly wait till the start of the season,” Regier said Thursday in HSBC Arena. “For me, these are important days.”‘

Sabres should make room for Myers

‘Basically, they have nine regular-season games to make up their minds.’

Friday’s Portland Coverage

A bit less uncertainty for Pirates right wing (Portland Press Herald)

Hecht hoping to put dismal season behind

‘“Just not to keep my head hanging, to stay positive, trust in myself as a player to play to my abilities out there,” Hecht said earlier this week, before he scored in the Sabres’ 3-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday at HSBC Arena. “ … It was tough last year sometimes. “There were quite a few stretches where I didn’t believe in myself, and that kept me frustrated and it kind of lost the fun a little bit,” he said. “I’m looking forward to this year and proving to everybody I can play.”’

Hecht’s new attitude takes wing for Sabres

‘"I still have something to prove," Hecht said Wednesday before scoring in a 3-2 preseason victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. "Every year in my career I improved a little bit, and last year I took a big step back. I have to prove to myself and to the coaches again that I can play on the top two lines and be an offensive threat and be reliable in our end."’

Paring The Roster

‘A lineup looking like this would again send Nathan Gerbe and Tim Kennedy back to Portland, which I am not a big fan of. I would rather see Hecht and Macarthur gone via any sort of transaction it takes, but management and the coaching staff seem married to the idea of Hecht being in the lineup every night.’

Buffalo mulls impact of Coyotes

‘”We have Canadian fans, obviously, who like the Buffalo Sabres, and it would be disappointing to lose some of those fans,” Sabres forward Derek Roy said. “Buffalo’s a small community to begin with, and losing fans from having three teams within 100 miles is maybe not a good idea.”‘

Thursday’s Toronto Coverage

MacDonald solid in loss (Toronto Sun)

Wilson: Calm down on Kadri speculation (Toronto Sun)

Leafs Nation crazy for ‘Kid’ (Toronto Sun)

Leafs Replay (Toronto Sun)

For Tlusty, it’s a start (Toronto Star)

Stalberg making huge strides (Toronto Star)

Leafs notebook (Toronto Star)

Youth shines in loss to Sabres (Toronto Globe and Mail)

Slow start catches up to Maple leafs (National Post)

Buffalo mulls impact of Coyotes (National Post)

Red Carpet Photo gallery (Sabres.com)

Fans Photo gallery (Sabres.com)

Photo gallery (Sabres.com)

Miller sharp, Sabres beat Maple Leafs 3-2

‘“He seems like he’s in midseason form,” added forward Jason Pominville(notes), who assisted on Buffalo’s first goal. “I can’t wait to see him when we get to the middle of the season.”’

Buffalo 3, Toronto 2

‘Nathan Paetsch and Jochen Hecht each scored for the Sabres, who received a 23- save effort from Ryan Miller.’

Sabres Win 3rd Straight, Top Leafs 3-2

‘The Sabres will hit the road for another exhibition game in Montreal on Saturday, followed by the preseason finale in Toronto on Sunday.’

No lie, Paetsch now up front with the Sabres

‘“If you look at our depth chart on defense, he’s in a tough spot,” Ruff said of Paetsch. “I liked what he did on left wing playing on a fourth-line scenario the last couple of games of the year. He can easily be our depth guy on defense. He’s going to have to try to push through and be a factor, I think, on the forward side of it to start the season, especially with the addition of (Steve) Montador,” he said.’