The Sabres Report - September 29, 2014

Sabres' Benoit was a late bloomer   


‘It seemed rather strange that Colorado didn’t resign him. As a matter of fact, nobody resigned him until Buffalo got his name on a contract 23 days into free agency. The defenseman said, “Right off the bat I thought I was going to be able to resign there, but they decided to go another direction and it fell through.”’

Hodgson’s new spot takes wing; Sabres fall to Leafs   

Buffalo News:

‘Hodgson skated Sunday in his second preseason game, on a line centered by Mikhail Grigorenko that also included Chris Stewart. He had a team-high seven shots on goal and chipped in a nifty assist on the game’s first goal, setting up Grigorenko to tally after 25 seconds of the second period with a beautiful backhand pass to the middle while streaking down the wing.’

Meszaros getting opportunity with Sabres   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“This is a new chapter for me, a new home,” Meszaros said. “I’m going to start fresh.”’

Patrick Kaleta and Johan Larsson injured early in Sabres’ preseason loss to Leafs   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“They both took some serious hits there,” Nolan said.’

Monday's Toronto Coverage

Maple Leafs edge Sabres but injuries mount (Toronto Sun)
Leafs beat Sabres but it comes with price (Toronto Star)
Toronto Maple Leafs hopeful Josh Leivo leaves his mark in win over Buffalo Sabres (National Post)

Leafs beat Sabres 3-2 in shootout -- but lose Franson and Booth to injury   


‘The Sabres (1-2-1) also fell victim to injuries on Sunday, losing forwards Patrick Kaleta and Johan Larsson. Mikhail Grigorenko and Nicolas Deslauriers scored for Buffalo.’

Injuries pile up in Sabres-Leafs game with Franson, Booth, Kaleta and Larsson out   


‘Sabres Johan Larsson skated into the elbow of an unsuspecting Petter Granberg and headed for the dressing room with a minute left in the first.’

Toronto 3, Buffalo 2 (SO)   

The Sports Network:

‘Mikhail Grigorenko and Nicolas Deslauriers lit the lamp for the Sabres. Andrey Makarov made 27 stops.’

Leafs come back to beat Sabres 3-2 in shootout   


‘Neither team was able to score in the five-minute overtime period. The Sabres were able to extend the shootout twice with goals in their last chance, but Peter Holland’s goal in the sudden death round was enough to help beat Buffalo.’

Some kids look good in Toronto   


‘Andrej Makarov did not look good at all in Traverse City and hasn’t looked much better in practice. I wasn’t expecting much in Toronto on Sunday, but in the first period the kid was great.’

Confident Grigorenko shines in preseason loss to Toronto

‘“I’m a strong believer in good things happening when you do the right thing more often than not,” Sabres coach Ted Nolan said. “He did the right thing this summer by working himself into better shape. He came into camp with a real positive attitude, wanted to earn things versus just [being] given things.”‘

The Sabres Report - September 28, 2014

Sabres’ McCabe showing he belongs at top level   

Buffalo News:

‘“You look at McCabe, he wants one of those spots,” coach Ted Nolan said Saturday. “The last couple games he’s really turned it up a notch.”’

Deslauriers raises his comfort level   

Buffalo News:

‘“I feel more comfortable here, which is weird,” Deslauriers said Saturday in First Niagara Center. “I was there five years with rookie camp and everything, but I feel so much more comfortable. The staff’s been awesome since I got here last year. It’s just been amazing.”’

Sabres’ Zac Dalpe facing some stiff competition for roster spot   

Olean Times Herald:

‘Dalpe chose a hard lineup to crack when he signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Sabres on July 13. Only three or so forward jobs are available this training camp. The Sabres have strong depth up front. A few players will be squeezed out before the Oct. 9 season opener.’

Deslauriers fitting in after summer in Buffalo

‘“He’s like any of our younger players. He has some growing to do and some maturing to do. But he has the right attitude and the right approach to it,” Nolan said. “It’ll just be a smooth transition whether he gets on the third line consistently or whether he gets on the second line. That’s yet to be determined, but all indications right now, he’s moving in the right direction.”’