Sabres Notes: 14 players reassigned

Conboy, Stuart and Whitmore must clear waivers.

Is Mancari Good Enough for the Big Leagues?

“I don’t have an answer for it,” Mancari, who has two goals and five points in 16 NHL games, said recently. “I feel when given an opportunity, when I came up last year and played a few times with (Derek) Roy and (Thomas) Vanek, I thought that I played well. I thought that I played to a level where I could be here.

Sabres&#8217 new jerseys add to hometown pride

‘“The alternate takes you back to the Bisons [Buffalo’s original hockey team] days, with the same exact font as the Buffalo lettermark on the new alternates, as well as a new, unique tribute to the old era and old colors of the 1970’s era,” Wulf said.’

Neck ailment nags Sabres’ Kaleta

‘"I have a little bit of stiffness, but it’s more of resting to make sure I’m healthy, getting ready for the actual season. I’m sure I’ll be in a couple games in the next couple of days here, but I feel fine. I feel good. I’m excited and ready to go."’

Thursday’s Portland Coverage

Sabres send 12 players to Portland (Portland Press Herald)

Dineen preps for season ahead (Maine Hockey Journal)

Yet another preseason game canceled by the Pirates (Maine Hockey Journal)

Pirates Cancel Saturday Pre-Season Game (PortlandPirates.com)

Buffalo Sabres trim preseason roster to 35

‘The moves came Wednesday, a day before the Sabres (2-1-0) continue their preseason schedule at Montreal.’

Sabres trim roster by 14 players

‘Heading to Portland are: forwards Jacob Lagace, Maxime Legault, Dennis McCauley, Brian Roloff, Felix Schutz, Colin Stuart (pending waivers), Corey Tropp, Travis Turnbull and Derek Whitmore (pending waivers); defensemen Alex Biega, Tim Conboy (pending waivers) and Nick Crawford. In addition, two players were also returned to their junior teams: forward Marcus Foligno (Sudbury, OHL) and defenseman Brayden McNabb (Kootenay, WHL).’

Sabres Edge Sens in Unique Hockeyville Contest

“When it’s up for review in 2012, I don’t think there’s any chance they can think about closing it down,” Forth said.

Sabres see Gerbe as goal scorer

‘"I just want them to know I’m ready, that I’m ready to be here, ready to play in the NHL," Gerbe said Tuesday. "Not just play, but be an impact player each night. I’m trying."’

Sabres players help brighten dreary day

‘"They come and stand in the rain, so I just wanted to be part of the day that way," Montador said. "Kids calling on you, it pulls you in. … Just to be a part of it that way, it adds to the excitement."’

Wednesday’s Ottawa Coverage

Sens lose tune-up to Sabres (Ottawa Sun)

Dundas great Hockeyville host (Ottawa Sun)

Loss will sting Senators’ cuts (Ottawa Citizen)

Hockeyville returns NHL players to their roots (Ottawa Citizen)

Photo gallery (Ottawa Citizen)

Sens edged by Sabres in Kraft Hockeyville game (OttawaSenators.com)

Senators embracing the Hockeyville buzz (OttawaSenators.com)

Photo gallery 1 (OttawaSenators.com)

Photo gallery 2 (OttawaSenators.com)

Photo gallery (Sabres.com)

Photo gallery (AP)

NHL returns to its roots, at least for a night

‘Hundreds of schoolchildren pressed their noses against the glass, beginning with the morning skate, for a look at the big-time players. Their cameras really started humming a few hours later when Don Cherry and Ron MacLean showed up.’

Sabres edge Senators 2-1 in Dundas

‘“It was pretty tight out there. We couldn’t make a lot of plays. With big bodies, there wasn’t a lot of room to move in the offensive zone. I thought it was a great experience, though. Both teams gave a good, hard effort.”’

Sens, Sabres represent the most subtly competitive division in the NHL

‘“You look at the team which could make some strides and that’s Toronto,” Buffalo Sabres coach Lindy Ruff told the Spec. “And that makes our division even tougher. If they’re in the mix, obviously, with the number of games we play against each other, it’s going to have to drop down one of the teams a bit.”’

The game of a lifetime in Hockeyville

‘“People are enjoying being here in our tiny arena,” said Oliver St. John. “But it’s usually livelier for a (Dundas) McCoys (senior hockey) game, when there’s more at stake.”’