Archives for September 2013

Sabres one above roster limit after waiving Sulzer

‘The departure of Sulzer leaves the Sabres with seven healthy defensemen – Christian Ehrhoff, Tyler Myers, Mike Weber, Henrik Tallinder, Mark Pysyk, Rasmus Ristolainen and McBain – so the team is expected to cut at least one of its 15 forwards in order to reach the roster limit.’

Amerks captain Matt Ellis happy to be back with Sabres organization: ‘This is where I wanted to be’

‘“It means there’s a lot of mutual respect between myself and the coaching staff, management and this organization as a whole,” Ellis said. “I think we have a good understanding on both sides of what the role is and what’s expected.”‘

A work in progress: Rolston does it his way

‘“Ronnie is a completely different person behind closed doors when he is in his comfort zone,” Cassidy said. “When it’s hockey, it’s 100 percent serious, and it’s work, and this is how you do it.”‘

Sabres hope new-found camaraderie will be enough to overcome shortcomings

‘“If you’re prepared and confident and know what to do every night, it shouldn’t continue to snowball,” Ennis said. “Preparation is pretty key. I think we did a good job with that in the summertime and now.”’

Snapshot of Sabres’ past shows the picture’s unchanged

‘“It’s tough to say,” Vanek said. “I don’t know how this team is going to be. I like our back end. I like our goaltenders. Up front, our bottom six are very deep. Our top six need to be good every night to compete. I don’t know how good we’re going to be in January and February. For me, it’s going to be day by day.”‘

New divisions, playing every team cloud Sabres’ playoff hopes

‘“You’re talking one of the best divisions to play in. I personally love it and I know we’re all looking forward to it.”’

Amerks hope mix of veterans, young players is ripe for playoff run

‘While Buffalo Sabres fans have been warned by management they will likely endure some suffering this season, the Amerks may have the right balance of prospects and veteran depth to win a playoff series for the first time since 2005.’

Sabres’ TV booth feels like fate for Dunleavy

‘“So many connections to Buffalo,” Dunleavy said. “I think that destiny has just kind of worked its magic here. Now it’s up to me to respect the opportunity, the path that Rick Jeanneret and Ted Darling have paved here.”’

Original logo remains near and dear to Sabreland’s fans

‘Initial reactions to the uniform were hugely positive, but support quickly started to wane among fans who missed the old Blue & Gold. The late Jim Kelley, the Hall of Fame writer from the Buffalo News, was among the most prominent voices who dubbed the chest logo a “goat head” and the name stuck.’

Ott is the Sabres’ mouth that roars

‘“It’s unbelievable. You can chirp him about anything and not even a half-second goes by and he’s got something to say,” said Ott’s best friend, Sabres defenseman Mike Weber. “Anything he can find to chop a guy down – emotionally or physically – he’s going to find it to get an edge. It’s something to see.”’

Sabres got lots of answers in good preseason

‘It appears all eight healthy defensemen still on the roster will make the team. The team still has to trim two forwards, with Brian Flynn and Johan Larsson both able to go back to Rochester without going through waivers. Larsson was not on a line at Saturday’s practice.’

Sabres’ Mike Weber endured long road to opening-night duty

‘“He’s never gotten himself down low and quit on everything his whole entire life,” Ott said. “He’s always found a way to battle through it and put in extra work and be better. He always felt like if there was reason he couldn’t be in the opening lineup … you need to work harder and get better.”’

Nikita Zadorov’s cut finger won’t force Sabres to keep rookie

‘“It just kind of smashed it on the tip,” Rolston said inside the First Niagara Center.’

Sabres number one pick has made the team

‘He’s been as steady as any veteran has been on the ice. Part of that is playing two seasons in the Finnish Elite League. Another part is working with assistant coach Teppo Numminen. Ristolainen said, “He’s a really good coach and he a lot of experience and he knows with things how to do, so he helps me a lot.”’

Sabres waive Luke Adam

‘lo also waived Luke Adam to send him to Rochester. Rolston said he’s still deciding on what to do with the roster. Players on the bubble are Jamie McBain, Alex Sulzer, Kevin Porter, Brian Flynn, Johan Larsson and Zemgus Girgensons.’