Hodgson fighting a bum rap

‘”If anybody knew this kid, this young man, to know what he went through mentally and physically for two summers trying to find out what the heck was wrong with him — of course they dealt with his issues more than anybody else in the organization because he was injured and they couldn’t figure out what was wrong with him.’

Folgino, McNabb face great expectations

‘While most Buffalo Sabres players were failing to meet expectations, Marcus Foligno and Brayden McNabb were setting them.’

Foligno hits his stride

‘”It wasn’t magic or anything,” Rochester coach Ron Rolston said. “All of those young guys we have in the organization have great attitudes and they work extremely hard after practice and in the weight room. They have that mind-set that they want to get better every day.”‘

Friday’s Rochester Coverage

Rochester Amerks impressed by Ryan Grimshaw (Rochester D&C)
Amerks players praise coach Rolston on cleanout day (WGR-AM)

Sabres increase ticket prices

‘The largest per-game hike in terms of dollars is for 200 Level End, which will rise $8 from $75 to $83 (10.7 percent). The 200 Level Club is increasing $7 from $92 to $99 (7.6 percent).’

An Advanced Stats perspective on Gillis Hodgson comments

‘That quote may come off as sour grapes from a GM whose team was just eliminated. It may indicate he will be a pain for the Sabres, maybe not. We won’t know the answer to that question for at least another year.’

Thursday’s Rochester Coverage

Early playoff ouster still bothers Rochester Amerk Derek Whitmore (Rochester D&C)

Sabres production lagged – across the board

‘”It’s so hard to pinpoint what the difference is,” Gerbe said. “You take a bounce here and there, and it changes everyone’s confidence in a way. I know for myself if you get a bounce it changes the way things go throughout the year.”‘

Gillis: Hodgson wanted out

‘”We made a determination that he didn’t want to be here; we built him into something we could move. There were six young players that I would have traded him for if any of them were ever made available. One was made available at the trade deadline and it was Zack.”‘

Hodgson wore out his welcome, Gillis says

‘”There clearly were issues that were ongoing,” Gillis said of Hodgson. “I spent more time on Cody’s issues than every other player combined on our team the last three years.”‘

Kassian upbeat about his future

‘“There clearly were issues that were ongoing and I spent more time on Cody’s issues than all our players combined over the last three years,” said Gillis. “We made a determination that he didn’t want to be here, built him into something that we could move.”‘

Wednesday’s Rochester Coverage

Some silver linings in Rochester Amerks’ cloudy finish (Rochester D&C)

Tuesday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks done for the season (Buffalo News)
Sweep ends season, dream for Amerks (Rochester D&C)
Amerks season ends in sweep by Toronto (Canandaigua Daily Messenger)
Marlies blank Amerks, sweep series (Toronto Sun)
Toronto Marlies complete sweep of Rochester Americans in first-round playoff series (Toronto Star)
Marlies sweep Americans with decisive 3-0 win; Toronto advances in AHL playoffs (CP)
Amerks eliminated from Calder Cup playoffs (WGR-AM)
Amerks season ends with 3-0 loss to Marlies (Amerks.com)

Welcome to the NHL, T.J. Brennan of Moorestown

‘“The most important thing is how much support I’ve gotten from the community and from my family back home. Coming from a smaller town, I’ve gotten very lucky and have gotten a lot of support from everyone. It’s great knowing that there’s so much support,” he said. “Times get tough sometimes so it’s great to know how much support I have. I’m very thankful for everything.”

Tropp Not Satisfied

‘“You have to be as versatile as possible. I feel like I can play a hard nosed game, finish my checks and bring energy to the 4th line but the goal for myself is to try and earn more minutes and work my way up the depth chart.”’