Sabres star Thomas Vanek hasn’t requested trade, would like team to add more veterans

‘Vanek would like more experience on the roster, even if Ellis and McCormick, NHL assets not long ago, return to the Sabres after finishing last year in Rochester. “Those are two veteran guys back there that would probably be beneficial to our team, help us regroup, this young core,” Vanek said.’

Sabres’ free agent Hodgson hasn’t earned a big contract

‘The Sabres’ likely No. 1 center is looking for a long-term, big-money deal at a time when the club would clearly prefer giving him a “bridge” contract to follow up his entry-level pact. Think the two-year, $5.6 million deal that Tyler Ennis signed in 2012.’

Sabres Vanek didn’t ask for a trade

‘There have been many rumors swirling this summer that Vanek asked to be traded. He said, “No, I never asked to be traded so when people do mention it, I’m surprised. Did I think I was going to get traded, no because I never once went in there and said I don’t want to be here. I said, ‘Right now I’m not looking for an extension, but not saying that I wouldn’t want one down the road, but right now I just want to see where it goes’.” Vanek added, “We’re a young team, we’re rebuilding and those are my words, so I’m keeping my options open.”’

Ryan Miller might be odd-goalie out at Sochi Games

‘Even though he’s just 33 years old, potentially in the prime of his career, there’s a chance he might not be at the Sochi Games. Miller has struggled to have success since the last Olympics for the Sabres, whose rebuilding efforts may include trading him with one year left on his contract.’

Ryan Miller upbeat about staying with Sabres: ‘I still fit into it somehow’

‘“We’ve had a couple tough years,” Miller told reporters today at USA Hockey’s Olympic camp in Arlington, Va. “It goes from a situation where as a goalie it’s about the hope you can bring to I’ve been there a long time and we haven’t done enough with the group that we had. It’s not about the hope anymore. It’s about the next generation of players or the next group of players. I think it’s still a feeling-out process about where I fit into that and the other guys fit into that. I don’t know.”’

Sabres’ Miller remaining low-key about his future

‘”Hopefully any of my seasons wherever I’m at don’t turn into something like that. You’re there to do a job, but it is a business. If you’re going to get traded, hopefully it is just … you’re traded. It is not like a huge buildup or a huge debate or anything. Hopefully it is a little more cut and dried than that.”‘

Source: Sabres hire Buffalo native Forton as assistant coach

‘A source has told The News that the Buffalo Sabres have added Buffalo native and former Niagara University assistant Jerry Forton as an assistant coach.’

Mind over matter

‘“I think I’ll be the first one to say I wasn’t anywhere near where I should’ve been last year,” the 23-year-old defenseman told Kevin Sylvester and Andrew Peters on Thursday’s edition of the Sabres Hockey Hotline radio show.’

Friday’s Rochester Coverage

Rochester Amerks’ schedule released (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
amerks announce 2013-14 regular season schedule (Amerks.com)

Buffalo Sabres centre Cody Hodgson makes a stop in Port Perry

‘“We’ve got a good young team and we’ll see what happens.”’

Sabres tab prospects for Traverse City Tournament

‘The roster includes two local prospects – right wing Justin Bailey of Williamsville, a second-round selection this year, and defenseman Alex Lepkowski of West Seneca, a fifth-round pick in 2011.’

Traverse City bound

‘The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team will be participating in the 2013 NHL Prospect Tournament, which runs Thursday, Sept. 5 to Monday, Sept. 9, at Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City, Mich. The Sabres return to this picturesque Northern Michigan city as defending champions, after defeating the New York Rangers 5-2 in the championship game of the 2011 tournament.’

Sabres boost season ticket cap to 16,000; Devils sold

‘“We again wanted to continue to try and reach the demand that exists for Sabres season tickets,” team President Ted Black said in a statement. “There have been thousands of very loyal and very patient fans in our Blue & Gold Club that have been waiting for years to be eligible to purchase season tickets.’

Sabres lineup has Miller, Vanek for now

‘Here is the projected 2013-14 lineup for the Sabres…’.

Rolston, Leino among Sabres’ questions

‘”Being able to come in during the season and coach 31 games, I think it gave me a good opportunity to get acclimated to the organization here, the players here and also the League,” Rolston said. “Now in the offseason, because of that experience it gives me an opportunity to hit the ground running and get a head start on what to expect and exactly what kind of team we’ll have.”‘