The Sabres Report - September 19, 2014

'Hate' of Maple Leafs kept Josh Gorges out of Toronto   

Toronto Sun:

‘“Before it gets misconstrued with that word ‘hate,’ it’s not an individual player, it’s not the city, it’s not the organization … It’s just Toronto-Montreal … It’s the most historical rivalry in hockey,” the personable Gorges said.’

Sabres Myers is ready for a new beginning   

WGR-AM:

‘Myers play improved quite a bit after Nolan showed up. He was allowed to carry the puck again which he wasn’t allowed to do under Ron Rolston. Rolston wanted him to support the rush, not lead it. Myers likes the fact the Nolan puts trust in him, “The confidence level I ended off with last year, I think that’s exactly where I want to take it here at the start of camp. Ted showed a lot of confidence in me when he came in and seeing that and knowing that, it just helped me along. For me it’s focusing on keep building, don’t get too comfortable with where I am and just focus on getting better.”’

Battle of the blue paint   

Sabres.com:

‘“They both want to be No. 1 which is a good thing. That’s one good thing about training camp is you battle,” coach Ted Nolan said. “You put them in, you see how training camp goes and you let the war begin to see who wants it.”’

The Kelowna connection   

Sabres.com:

‘Myers and Gorges have spent significant time practicing together during the offseason in Kelowna, British Columbia, and the familiarity with each other’s style of play will be beneficial moving forward.’

Nolan happy with 1st day on ice   

Sabres.com:

‘“I loved their first day,” Nolan said. “The guys’ energy level was there, their focus, they were energized. They seemed like they really wanted to be on the ice. With the additions we made this summer, you could just kind of tell that it overflowed in the room. So I was really, really happy with today.”’

Buffalo players hand deliver tickets to Port Colborne season ticket holder   

Welland Tribune:

‘“I don’t hate the Sabres, I just like the Bruins better,” he said with a laugh when asked about replacing black and gold in his hockey wardrobe with blue and gold.’

Sabres aim to bottle early enthusiasm   

Buffalo News:

‘“You’re almost to the point where you couldn’t sleep very well with the anticipation of getting things going here,” coach Ted Nolan said, “especially with all the work we did in the offseason, new acquisitions, new coaching staff. Everybody in the league looks forward to the new beginnings, and we’re no different.”’

Kaleta finds himself playing for roster spot   

Buffalo News:

‘“We don’t want to take away what he does best, and that’s be aggressive and first on the forecheck and being an antagonizer, but there’s that line you don’t want to cross,” Nolan said. “We talked about that line for quite some time, and he had a long time to think about it, too.”’

Sabres tickets delivered with a personal touch   

Buffalo News:

‘Having Kim Pegula – or Tyler Ennis or Ted Nolan – deliver your season tickets in person doesn’t happen every day.’

A new focus for Sabres' Kaleta    

Olean Times Herald:

‘Kaleta’s ready for a dogged fight to earn back his roster spot. Doctors cleared him Thursday morning. He said the right knee he injured Nov. 29 isn’t quite 100 percent. “But it’s strong,” he said. “Nothing’s going to happen to it. They say it can be up to a year where you start feeling like nothing happened. I’m still going to get sore.”’

Sabres optimistic, believe new group of talent will create success   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“I think our goal is to make the playoffs,” said Gionta, who won the 2003 Stanley Cup with New Jersey. “If you’re not looking at doing that coming into camp, you don’t have the right mindset.”’

Sabres rebuild after franchise record for losses   

AP:

‘Buffalo finished last in the standings (21-51-10) and set a franchise record for losses. The Sabres also established a post-NHL-expansion-era low of just 150 goals.’

TSN.ca's 2014-15 NHL Season Preview: Buffalo Sabres   

TSN:

‘If there was a Hockey Mensa Society, Sam Reinhart would be a member. The ability to think at a high level is required to play successfully in the NHL. Sam has a ‘next generation’ processor when it comes to playing. His ability to think ahead, anticipate what is unfolding and then act is a skill that sets him apart. Like a chess grandmaster, he manipulates the ice to the advantage of his team.’

Sabres Gorges already likes Buffalo   

WGR-AM:

‘Gorges has been in town skating with his new teammates and he’s been pleasantly surprised with Western New York, “It’s been great, I’m very shocked at how nice and genuine people are, not just in the organization, but the city of Buffalo. It’s been a good couple of weeks. For myself it’s a fresh start, coming to a new team. I got in here a couple of weeks before camp to familiarize myself with the city and the guys and it’s been a great couple of weeks.’

Sabres Nolan is excited that this is his team   

WGR-AM:

‘Some of those players were either not re-signed or bought out and the head coach is really excited that this year it will be his team and he gets to pick the players, “That to me is the most exciting part. Last year it was what it was and you deal with what you have. This time, we’re going to evaluate all that stuff like what they did in the summertime. You don’t come to camp out of shape and all of a sudden expect to get lots of minutes. We talked about it with the coaching staff, we have to have structure and we have to have discipline, so those are the fundamentals of what we want to do in training camp.”’