Stafford likely to stay with Sabres

‘“It changes things, absolutely, but it’s not going to be in my mind unless I get asked about it,” Stafford said. “I’m focused on being the best player I can be, trying to help this team turn the ship around. When I’m contributing and playing the way I need to play, I want to be part of the solution.”’

Walking tall

‘“As soon as Ted came in, my first meeting with him, hearing him say, ‘Go out there,’ – I don’t want to say, encourage me to make mistakes – but basically, ‘Don’t worry about it if I do,’” Myers said. “It helped me out a lot. I thought positive strides were taken for me this year and it’s just a matter of building on that.”’

Wednesday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks trying to turn it on (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)

Former Sabres standout John Tucker knew life would bring him back to Buffalo

‘“I love coaching. I love teaching. I like to teach the kids,” Tucker said following a session of the team’s “fresh faces” camp. “It’s great to be able to do that, and people talk about giving back, but it’s real nice to be able to still enjoy the game.”‘

Tuesday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks’ Jamie Tardif: Locker room leader (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Road games in Amerks-Wolves playoff series to be televised on Time Warner Cable Sportschannel (Amerks.com)

Girgensons’ shift to center puts Hodgson out on a wing

‘The surprising move could benefit the team and player both offensively and defensively. Hodgson has a rocket for a slap shot, and he was able to use it more often while skating along the boards. His passing skills were highlighted, too, as Hodgson had time to spot teammates cutting toward the middle or the crease.’

Sunday’s Rochester Coverage

Rochester Americans even playoff series (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Photo gallery (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Amerks hold late lead, tie series against Wolves (Olean Times Herald)
Americans 3, Wolves 2 (The Sports Xchange)
Amerks’ young D-men drive Game 2 victory – even series (WGR-AM)
Amerks clain Game 2 with bounce-back win over Wolves (Amerks.com)
Wolves edged 3-2 as Rochester evens series (ChicagoWolves.com)

Saturday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks lose lead, drop Game 1 in OT (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Photo gallery (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Wolves 4, Americans 3 (OT) (The Sports Xchange)
Amerks drop Game 1 in OT (WGR-AM)
Amerks drop Game 1 with 4-3 overtime loss to Wolves (Amerks.com)
Wolves cap furious Game 1 rally with Jaskin’s OT winner (ChicagoWolves.com)

Playoffs are full of ex-Sabres

‘This is not an attempt to say the aforementioned players and coaches should have stayed in Buffalo or would have led the Sabres into the postseason. That’s not the point at all. Ruff needed to be fired. Roy needed to leave. Things were so bad in Buffalo that the Sabres had no choice but to trade the others.’

Off-season game plan: Buffalo Sabres

‘It’s one thing to have an aggressive plan, but if Murray is going to wait for his draft picks to mature as NHL players, there’s no magical way to expedite that process. Sure, it’s possible that the Sabres could move picks for young talent, but players develop on their own timeline and it’s going to take time for 18-and-19-year-olds to become difference-makers in the NHL.’

Friday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks start playoff run tonight (Buffalo News)
Amerks hungry to succeed (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Sabres prospect Tim Schaller developing into all-around talent with Amerks (Olean Times Herald)
Wolves have playoff work cut out for them on road (Chicago Tribune)
Amerks open playoffs: 5 things to watch for (WGR-AM)
Amerks ready for Wolves in Round 1 (Amerks.com)

Taking flight

‘“I need to be more consistent. I’m happy that I beat my last career-high at 20 so I’m glad I got 21,” Ennis said. “But I want to get 30. I want to get 40. You want to set high goals, so I’m going to set high goals for myself.”’

Thursday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks’ hopes ride on rookie goalie (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)

Sabres Enroth seems ready for the next step

‘Enroth has waited his whole career to get an opportunity at the number one spot, but he wasn’t devastated that it happened, “I was kind of disappointed, but I’m kind of glad it happened too if you understand me right because I got a chance to step back and see everything from a different point of view and I think that was good for me. It’s something I will take with me into next year and hopefully I’m going to grow from it.”’

Foligno faces higher expectations

‘“They’ve taught me a lot about what it takes to play in this league,” Foligno said. “They’ve been getting some messages across once in a while. If you’re ready to play every night, you’re going to get ice time. If you’re not, the ice time is going to slowly dwindle.”‘