The Sabres Report - August 27, 2016

Lehner pulls out of World Cup, Enroth replaces him on Sweden's roster   

Buffalo News:

‘Team Sweden Rikard Gronborg has reportedly said Lehner’s ankle is not 100 percent and that’s why he’s not playing in the tournament. While that may sound ominous, Lehner has been in Buffalo working out most of the summer and that includes on-ice sessions in HarborCenter.’

Sabres goalie Robin Lehner out of World Cup   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“As Robin continues to progress during the offseason in his rehab from last season’s ankle injury, he felt that it was best to withdraw from Team Sweden for the upcoming World Cup,” Sabres general manager Tim Murray said in a statement. “Robin felt it was important to continue rehab in Buffalo to prepare for training camp. He has been working out both on and off the ice and we look forward to seeing him on the ice with our team next month.”’

Enroth replaces injured Lehner for Sweden at World Cup   


‘”We really wanted to give Robin the opportunity to recover from his injury from last year, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough time for him to feel 100 percent recovered,” coach Rikard Gronborg said Friday in a statement released by the Swedish Ice Hockey Association.’

Sabres season ticket sales capped at more than 16,000

‘“A 97 percent season ticket renewal rate is a remarkable achievement for any professional team,” Sabres president Russ Brandon said. “We’re lucky to have a fan base that consistently provides so much support and we look forward to rewarding our fans’ passion by building on last season’s improvement.”’

The Sabres Report - August 26, 2016

Ticket talk: How dynamic are the Sabres' new approaches?   

Buffalo News:

‘While I don’t particularly like either change, folks who don’t get outside the 716 much need to understand the Sabres are not reinventing the wheel in these cases either. Both moves are becoming the norm in professional sports.’

Former Peterborough Petes marketing director Jeff Crisp named Buffalo Sabres head scout   

Peterborough Examiner:

‘Crisp’s primary responsibility will be scouting players for the NHL Entry Draft, but he will also have special projects such as evaluating both amateur and pro prospects in other organizations for potential trades.’

The Sabres Report - August 25, 2016

Sabres' box office ticket prices will fluctuate based on demand   

Buffalo News:

‘As tickets are purchased, the price may either rise or fall based on demand, according to the team.’

Tyler Ennis suffered through a long, dark season with his concussions in Buffalo   

Edmonton Journal:

‘Ennis admitted he was scared. He couldn’t drive and needed people to shuttle him to the rink. The forecast was certainly gloomy with some breaks of sunlight over the final three months of the season. He did get into some practices in April with the team.’

Sabres Announce New Dynamic Ticket Pricing Structure   


‘”The new pricing plan was developed through a partnership with Qcue, a dynamic pricing company that has previously partnered with several other sports and entertainment organizations. The plan categorizes each game into one of three pricing tiers to determine the initial box office ticket price for individual game tickets. Games are categorized based on the opponent, time of the year, day of the week, classic rivalries and games against marquee players.”‘

Winger Kyle Okposo the 'elder statesman' with Sabres   


‘”I’m not old, but it feels old when you walk in the room,” he said. “You’ve got a lot of 20 and 21 year old staring back at you. Just try to get some experience and do what I can to help out.”‘

Sabres announce new dynamic ticket pricing structure

‘The team also announced that single-game tickets for the 2016-17 regular season will go on sale on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 10 a.m. Tickets for the team’s 2016 preseason home games will go on sale today at 10. a.m. Buffalo will play two home games during the preseason: Sept. 27 vs. Ottawa and Sept. 30 vs. Toronto.’

The Sabres Report - August 23, 2016

Tuesday's Rochester Coverage

Friday will be Hockey Night in Rochester for Amerks (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Amerks announce 2016-17 regular season schedule (

The Sabres Report - August 21, 2016

Few came off well during Vesey Watch   

Buffalo News:

‘The circus tents that surrounded Vesey were pitched outside of Buffalo. The Sabres never really had a chance in this race and, from an outside view, the amount of tampering that had to be taking place in recent weeks looks ridiculous.’

The Sabres Report - August 20, 2016

Vesey chooses Rangers over Sabres, other suitors   

Buffalo News:

‘”The thing that jumped out to me was they really wanted me and really needed to have me in their lineup,” Vesey said in a conference call with New York reporters Friday night.’

Jimmy Vesey signs with Rangers   

Olean Times Herald:

‘Vesey might be gambling by choosing the Rangers, a strong but aging team whose young talent isn’t on par with the other clubs. However, they met both of his reported demands: playing time and an East Coast locale.’