The Sabres Report - May 29, 2015

New coach brings the will to win   

Buffalo News:

‘The Sabres had to hire Bylsma. Bylsma had to take this job. The only surprise is what took so long for it to happen after Babcock jilted Buffalo.’

Time off prepared Bylsma for Sabres job   

Buffalo News:

‘“I’ve done quite a bit of growing the last year looking at the game, so I plan to bring that to the coach I’ll be with the Sabres,” Bylsma said in First Niagara Center. “There is, I think, a bright future ahead for this team.”’

Bylsma is antidote for Sabres’ dysfunction   

Buffalo News:

‘Bylsma is still a good hire for the Sabres. If Babcock was more than Terry Pegula deserved, Bylsma is a very nice consolation prize. In some ways, he’s perfect for the job. He’s a big name in USA Hockey, and Pegula is making Buffalo a prime destination for youth hockey in America.’

Larry Bill, the Sabres 'Twister,' dies at 65   

Buffalo News:

‘He had a season ticket for several years, occupying an aisle seat at the locker room end of the Aud. The Sabres eventually presented him with a custom team jersey, bearing the name “Twister.”’

After Babcock snub, Sabres score on the rebound   

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle:

‘Those plums, along with a stellar young defense, some character veterans, a farm club in Rochester just 75 miles away, state-of-the-art facilities and oh yes, a billionaire owner, made Buffalo a nice landing pad for Bylsma, who was fired in a regime change last June in Pittsburgh despite a 109-point season, his fourth in six years.’

Dan Bylsma had eye on Sabres job   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“That is no way or shape the reason why I coached or want to coach or have any interest in coaching the Buffalo Sabres,” he said. “I look at the opportunity to come to an organization, develop with this team, develop into a winning culture on a winning team. I’m not coaching to prove anything to anybody else.”‘

Dan Bylsma will push offense as Sabres' new coach   

USA Today:

‘He will be different with a young team, but there is no doubt he will let the Sabres explore their offensive abilities.’

Sabres' Bylsma, Eichel could form dynamic coach-player duo   

Toronto Sun:

‘“Sure, I had heard all the praise he had received beforehand,” Bylsma recounted in a phone interview with the Postmedia Network on Thursday night. “But this wasn’t going to be a situation where you were playing against teenagers at the world juniors. Or against college kids. Here he was playing against men.”’

The Sabres Report - May 28, 2015

Bylsma can stand on his track record   

TSN:

‘Collectively, it seems that the criticism of Dan Bylsma as a head coach can be reduced to ‘he rode the talent of two amazing players to an impressive coaching record, yet at the same time couldn’t win enough’, which is equal parts ironic and specious. Look, there’s little doubt that having Sidney Crosby and/or Evgeni Malkin in the lineup helped things along, but again, these weren’t players who put in healthy 80+ game seasons year after year. In Dan Bylsma’s tenure alone, Sidney Crosby missed 121 regular season games, and Evgeni Malkin missed another 100 games. After a quick cross-reference, it brings us to 174 regular season games in which Dan Bylsma was without one or both of his premier talents.’

Dan Bylsma hired as Sabres new head coach   

Toronto Sun:

‘Bylsma won the Jack Adams Award in 2011 as the league’s “most outstanding coach” following a season that saw Pittsburgh overcome adversity to post one of the best regular-season records in franchise history. The Penguins went 49-25-8 and won the Atlantic Division that season despite ranking near the top of the league with 350 man games lost due to injury, including 119 from the team’s top three forwards in ice time per game (Sidney Crosby 41, Jordan Staal 39, Evgeni Malkin 39).’

Extra from Sabres' Bylsma and Murray   

WGR-AM:

‘When you move to the blue line, things are different. Bylsma said, “The pieces while they’re good, they’re young they’re developing defensemen, but they’re good players. The other players that are coming to the Sabres, Sam Reinhart, they’re going to be very, very good young players, but they are developing, but they’re surrounded with good people, they’re surrounded with Josh Gorges, their surrounded with Brian Gionta who I think are exceptional leaders.”’

Bylsma sees bright future with Sabres   

Sabres.com:

‘“To me, he’s a winner. He knows what it takes to get there, how to perform when you are there,” Sabres general manager Tim Murray said at Bylsma’s introductory press conference at First Niagara Center. “So there are a lot of lessons he can give to young players. That’s part of the culture. We’ve been trying to change the culture here every day. But this is a big swing to the positive.”’

Bylsma brings winning pedigree to Buffalo   

Sabres.com:

‘“Character guy, great teammate, fearless shot blocker, would do anything to win,” Van Boxmeer gushed on Thursday. “He was a thinking man’s player and a student of the game. Not loud or boisterous in the room, just a solid citizen.”’

Bylsma an 'excellent choice' to coach Sabres   

Sabres.com:

‘Bylsma integrated young defensemen into the lineup and helped them grow and expand their games. The Sabres have some very promising young defensemen on their team and in the pipeline and they will have an opportunity to do similar things under Bylsma.’

Dan Bylsma has a fan in the Bills football department   

BuffaloBills.com:

‘“If you want it and you have a case for something to make the Sabres a better team, a team that can consistently compete for championships, don’t ever hesitate to ask them,” he said he would tell the new Sabres coach. “They will give you anything and everything you need to get the job done.”’