No matter length of Scott’s suspension, exorcism of the goons must wait

‘However, despite an impression to the contrary, Scott is not considered a repeat offender. He did touch off an altercation in a preseason game by threatening Toronto Maple Leafs star forward Phil Kessel and then making a move toward him, but Scott has not officially appeared in front of Shanahan before.’

Patient Pysyk performing as top pair defenseman for Sabres

‘“And he’s really consistent with it, which is the toughest thing to do for a young player,” Ehrhoff said after practice in First Niagara Center. “It’s impressive.”’

Sabres’ Steve Ott will keep playing fierce style that helped make him captain

‘“I want to play a fine line edge of the game,” Ott said Wednesday after the Sabres prepared for tonight’s road tilt against the New York Rangers. “But I also can’t be a deterrent to my teammates, no difference if I was a captain or was not a captain.”’

Sabres’ Ted Black talks hockey, HARBORcenter, in Hamburg

‘Black encouraged the audience to do more to spread the word about Buffalo’s attractions. “We don’t tell the world enough, what a great place this is,” he said. “We don’t brag about ourselves enough. I see a new Buffalo rising.”’

Thursday’s New York Coverage

Sabres-Rangers Preview (AP)
Buffalo Sabres (2-11-1) at New York Rangers (4-7-0) (The Sports Network)
Rangers get homestand started against Sabres (NHL.com)
Pregame Notes: Rangers Vs. Buffalo (NewYorkRangers.com)

Sabres Ennis needs to be a setup guy

‘Ennis was moved to the right wing, a position he’s hardly ever played with Cody Hodgson and newly acquired Matt Moulson and their was immediate chemistry.’

Tanking is wise, but also wrong

‘This Sabres season — and perhaps others to come — presents a challenging exercise for fans. Expectations are being steeply lowered. It won’t be a season of comparing the Sabres with the good teams and analyzing why they’re not as good. It won’t be one of checking out the standings all the time to see how many points out they are with how many games in hand.’

Thursday’s Rochester Coverage

Porter back with Rochester Americans (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)

Moulson fits in with new linemates

‘“I just think everyone was feeding off Matt’s energy,” Hodgson said after the Sabres’ practice Tuesday. “He had a ton of energy. He was great on the forecheck, picking up loose pucks and making good passes and obviously his shot is awesome too.’

Isles won’t pay all of Vanek’s salary

‘It’s the second time the Sabres have retained a salary, a new feature under last year’s new collective bargaining agreement. Last year, the Sabres retained salary of Jason Pominville when he was dealt to the Minnesota Wild.’

Sabres’ Matt Moulson endured long road to becoming elite NHL scorer

‘Since the start the 2009-10, Moulson has 120 goals in 305 games, the 10th-most in the NHL during that span, according to hockeyreference.com.’

Sabres retained money in Thomas Vanek trade with Isles; rookie Nikita Zadorov might stick in NHL

‘But, according to ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun, if that first-rounder is a top-10 pick, the Isles can defer it to 2015.’

As Buffalo Sabres Rebuild, Fans Say Team Should Also Reform

‘Angry fans in Buffalo, where hockey is practically a religion, have adopted their own phrase for this approach. “Embrace the tank,” they call it. Since last season, they have regularly chanted “Fire Darcy” at games at First Niagara Center.’

Was Toronto offered a chance to land Thomas Vanek?

‘Interestingly, Buffalo was reportedly willing to take on 20 per cent of the remaining year on Vanek’s salary, or just under $1.5 million. The lone taker was the Islanders, who sent Matt Moulson, a first round pick in 2014, and a second round pick the following year.’

Buffalo Sabres taking long road to rebuild, but right one

‘What makes the Sabres rebuild so much more interesting is that this looks like it is going to be one that first begins with stripping the club down to the studs and almost starting from scratch. It is the kind that is long and painful, but it may be the only thing Buffalo has left to try and build an eventual contending team. I don’t know that we’ve seen anything quite like it in the salary cap era.’