The Sabres Report - August 29, 2015

Buffalo Sabres GM Tim Murray knows how to pick winners   

Hamilton Spectator:

‘”I bought my first horse when I was 20 making $250 a week at a horse sale in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. I haven’t been to a sale since,” Murray says. “Most of my life, I have been involved to some degree — it’s my interest outside of hockey. I just love when the yearling catalogues start coming in.”‘

The Sabres Report - August 28, 2015

Sources: Sabres working to land Franson on two-year deal   

Buffalo News:

‘According to two NHL sources, the Sabres are trying to lure former Toronto and Nashville blueliner Cody Franson by offering a two-year contract. Franson, who turned 28 on Aug. 8, has been linked in the rumor mill this month with teams such as Boston, Pittsburgh and Columbus but is almost certainly seeking a multi-year deal. His has played on one-year contracts the last three seasons. He made $3.3 million last season.’

Buffalo forward Tyler Ennis says Sabres' quick rebuild generating optimism   

Edmonton Sun:

‘“I think it’s like Edmonton right now, there is a lot of turnover and changes in coaches and we have some high-end prospects coming in and there is a lot of optimism,” Ennis said following a session at Perry Pearn’s 3-on-3 camp Thursday. “It’s really exciting, we made some really good moves, I think. I feel like the rebuild is finally coming to fruition. It’s been a tough couple of years but it’s going to be worth it, because we have a lot of great players and a lot of guys to be excited about, coming in.”’

Friday's Rochester Coverage   

SabreSpace.com:

Amerks announce 2015-16 regular season schedule (Amerks.com)

The Sabres Report - August 27, 2015

Sabres cap season ticket sales at 16,000   

The Sports Xchange:

‘The Sabres had 96 percent of season ticket holders renew their tickets for the 2015-16 season, marking the 10th consecutive year featuring a renewal rate higher than 90 percent.’

Sabres cap season ticket sales at 16,000   

Sabres.com:

‘“The fact that we had such a high rate of renewal from our season ticket holders is really a testament to the direction our organization is headed,” Sabres president Russ Brandon said. “There’s a tremendous amount of excitement surrounding our team and we can’t wait to get on the ice.”’

The Sabres Report - August 22, 2015

Backyard to big time: How hard work drove Dan Bylsma to NHL success   

Buffalo News:

‘“A vast majority of my successes happened within this 5 acres,” Bylsma said. “A vast majority of my learning and education in sports happened in this 5 acres. We didn’t travel to Detroit. I didn’t get lessons from somebody. It happened here for me. I’ve won a lot of major championships, but they’ve all been in this backyard.”’

The Sabres Report - August 21, 2015

Sabres star O'Reilly's drunk driving case put over until September   

CP:

‘O’Reilly’s next court appearance was set for Sept. 10.’

The Sabres Report - August 17, 2015

Season preview: Buffalo Sabres   

CSN Washington:

‘The Sabres can make things interesting and will be in the mix for the postseason for the majority of the season, but will ultimately fall short. Still, they’re on the right track and after the worst two-year stretch in team history, fans will likely just be happy to see their team competitive again.’

The Sabres Report - August 15, 2015

Cherishing Habs memories, Sabres veteran Gorges is excited for future in Buffalo   

Montreal Gazette:

‘“As a player, that’s exciting to be a part of. We spoke about whatever’s happened in the past is not to be talked about any more. It’s only looking ahead at what we have in front of us and that’s a great way to look at things.”’

The Sabres Report - August 14, 2015

Bauer outfits Eichel in Sabres’ blue and gold   

Buffalo News:

‘“The money is one thing, but the most important thing is being comfortable in your equipment and that you can trust it. They make a great product, they’re always trying to innovate, and I’m happy where they’re headed. There are a lot of good people involved with the company; I’m really happy with everything about it.”’

Sabres top prospect Eichel signs sponsorship deal with Bauer   

AP:

‘In a release issued Thursday, the company announced the player drafted second overall in June will exclusively wear its equipment. Bauer will also supply Eichel with its line of clothes.’

The Sabres Report - August 5, 2015

Former Penn State hockey coach Battista stepping down from role with Buffalo Sabres   

Centre Daily Times:

‘“Been working on this (decision) with Terry and Kim since May,” Battista said in the text message. “I gave it a shot but being away from my family was taking its toll, as was driving up and down (U.S. Route) 219!”’

The Sabres Report - August 4, 2015

Sabres’ front office gets cleanup   

Buffalo News:

‘Battista’s relationship with Pegula goes back decades, but his role with the Sabres never was quite clear. Even people inside the organization didn’t know how he earned his keep. Most assumed he helped with operations involving HarborCenter. General Manager Tim Murray had little use for him.’

Guhle inks with Sabres   

Grande Prairie Daily Herald-Tribune:

‘“As soon as Buffalo called my name, my dad just turned to me and said ‘wow.’ It was a pretty surreal feeling, for sure.”’