2009-10 Buffalo Sabres Preview

‘The young Sabres are still trying to establish their identity and it’s difficult to say whether the club will take a step forward or back in 2009-10. Buffalo needs to improve in the scoring department and that could be difficult considering the Sabres are relying on largely the same players as it did last year. Still, a playoff appearance is certainly within reach, especially if the Sabres are able to keep Vanek and Miller healthy for the entire season.’

Sabres’ Tallinder fighting for his job

‘Tallinder is making $3.25 million this year in the final year of his contract, and that’s probably what prevented a trade. Among Buffalo defensemen, only Craig Rivet ($3.5 million) makes more.’

Forward Ennis among 14 Sabres demoted to minors

‘Ennis’ demotion to AHL Portland was announced Tuesday, a week after the forward signed a three-year contract. He was drafted 26th overall in 2008.’

Sabres release two; send 14 to Portland

‘Portland starts its training camp Friday and has its first exhibition game Saturday night against Lowell. The Sabres, meanwhile, host the Toronto Maple Leafs Wednesday night at 7 in HSBC Arena.’

Sabres assign 14 players to Portland

‘The moves leave the Sabres with 33 players remaining in camp: 19 forwards, 11 defensemen and three goaltenders.’

Lalime sharp in Sabres’ win

‘Next for the Sabres (2-1) will be a Wednesday night game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at HSBC Arena.’

Tuesday’s Washington Coverage

Stars Cannot Push Capitals to a Victory (Washington Post)

Capitals’ stars shaky in first preseason action (Washington Times)

Postgame Notebook: Sabres 2, Capitals 1 (WashingtonCaps.com)

Photo gallery (WashingtonCaps.com)

Buffalo 2, Washington 1

‘Patrick Kaleta’s second-period goal and 19 saves from Patrick Lalime lifted Buffalo over Washington, 2-1, in preseason action.’

Sabres score two goals 11 seconds apart, beat Caps

‘Drew Stafford and Patrick Kaleta scored 11 seconds apart to lift the Buffalo Sabres to a 2-1 victory over the Washington Capitals on Monday night in a preseason game.’

Sabres’ McCormick working on skill set

‘"I’ve never really been told that before, but I knew that was something I had to work on this summer," McCormick said after a recent practice in HSBC Arena. "That really helps my game when I get on the forecheck and backcheck, and that’s something I really want to bring to the team."’

Miller preserves Sabres’ victory

‘"You want to start as early as you can to come together as a team," Miller said. "We’re going to have to be a team that gets through these tight games and finds ways to battle through and not get frustrated. I think [Saturday night] was an example of just wanting to accomplish something out there."’

Sabres say they’re more accountable now

‘”Leaving the season, we talked about having the right kind of attitude in the locker room,” Miller said. “That was something we addressed, and we’re hoping it does come together where these guys are here for all the right reasons.”‘

Sunday’s Detroit Coverage

Wings drop exhibition game (Detroit Free Press)

Howard calm after deflections (Detroit Free Press)

Photo gallery (Detroit Free Press)

Jury is still out on Red Wings backup goalie Jimmy Howard (Detroit News)

Jimmy Howard beaten on two deflected shots in Red Wings’ preseason loss to Sabres (Booth Newspapers)

Jeremy Williams, Kris Newbury competing for roster spot with Red Wings (Booth Newspapers)

Photo gallery (DetroitRedwings.com)

Roy, Vanek lift Sabres to 3-1 win over Red Wings

‘Paul Gaustad added an empty-net goal and Ryan Miller stopped 42 shots for Buffalo.’

Buffalo 3, Detroit 1

‘Thomas Vanek scored the eventual game-winner midway through the final period, as the Sabres scored three times in the third to top the Red Wings, 3-1, in preseason action.’