The Sabres Report - October 22, 2014

Sabres fans rooting for losing are already coveting Connor McDavid   


‘It goes beyond social media. Some fans have already had “McDavid 97″ Sabres jerseys made up and wear them to games that he’s not even eligible to play in.’

Sabres will try to make amends against Ducks   

Buffalo News:

‘“I don’t think they saw our best game. I think we’ve had times where we’ve been able to skate with the top teams, and I don’t think we showed that at all. We’re going in wanting to prove ourselves, that we can play with them and steal a couple points in their rink.”’

McDavid paying visit with Otters   

Buffalo News:

‘Buffalo gets the chance to see the phenom at 7 tonight when First Niagara Center hosts its first Ontario Hockey League game between McDavid’s Erie Otters and the Niagara IceDogs.’

Zadarov practicing hard despite uncertainty   

Buffalo news:

‘“I don’t think it’s my choice,” Zadorov said. “It’s not my job to make the decision with all that. I’m going to be there when they’re going to tell me to be. I’m going to keep working hard, keep playing hard. It doesn’t matter where.’

Connor McDavid can’t avoid Sabres fans on Twitter   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“You can’t really do too much of that, you just got to worry about yourself and playing your game, doing all the right things,” he said. “If Buffalo happens to be the one that drafts me, that’ll be great, then I’ll be thrilled. It’s the NHL. You kind of go where you’re picked. Every city and organization is first class.”’

Wednesday's Anaheim Coverage

Ducks expect more than ‘pee-wee’ effort from Sabres tonight (Los Angeles Times)
Sabres-Ducks Preview (AP)
Buffalo Sabres (1-5-0) at Anaheim Ducks (5-1-0) (The Sports Network)
Sabres seek scoring visiting Ducks (

Sabres fans might get peek at future as McDavid visits   

USA Today:

‘Black said if there was a strong walk-up sale, the crowd could reach 12,000.’

Sabres Reinhart has a huge resource here   


‘Reinhart was the last player off the ice Tuesday because he was practicing face-offs and getting pointers from one of the best centermen of all-time in Bryan Trottier. Reinhart is only winning 26.5 percent of his draws. He really enjoyed the tutoring on Tuesday, “He was going over desperate situations when you’re not necessarily trying to win the draw, but you scramble and give the rest of the guys a chance. It’s a tough thing to win them clean, so that’s a big part of it.”’

Sabres' Nolan got extra in practice   


‘Nolan has said many times that you play the way you practice. He said, “We were creating bad habits in our work ethic, so I wanted to adjust that. I looked at the tape over and over, we had individual meetings, we had line meetings and we all came to a consensus that we have to compete harder.”’

Sabres energized at Tuesday's practice

‘“Each and every one of us, we’ve got to be better. We had a nice sit-down discussion about it and I liked to see the way the guys really took their words into action today,” Nolan said. “Hopefully it’s the start of turning this thing around.”’

Wednesday's Rochester Coverage

AHL’s new overtime format draws favorable reviews (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)

The Sabres Report - October 21, 2014

It’s all about learning for Reinhart   

Buffalo News:

‘“You can only be told so many times what it’s like to try and move up into the league and until you experience it, you don’t really get a first-hand view of what it’s like,” Reinhart said.’

Sabres set to retire Hasek’s ‘39’ on Jan. 13   

Buffalo News:

‘It is the seventh jersey that the Sabres have retired. Hasek joins Gilbert Perreault (No. 11, retired in 1990), Rick Martin (No. 7, retired in 1995), Rene Robert (No. 14 retired in 1995), Tim Horton (No. 2, retired in 1996), Danny Gare (No. 18, retired in 2005) and Pat LaFontaine (No. 16 retired in 2006).’

Looking for sea change on long road trip   

Buffalo News:

‘“Yeah for sure,” Sabres captain Brian Gionta said. “We’ve got an extra day going out a day early. You need that time. A lot of new guys, a lot of new faces. Time to get the guys together for some dinner and kinda get to know each other a little more and relax a bit.”’

Sabres still can't score goals   

Olean Times Herald:

‘Four Sabres have scored this season. Tyler Ennis, Marcus Foligno and Zemgus Girgensons all have two goals. Torrey Mitchell has one. That’s it.’