The Sabres Report - October 8, 2015

Buffalo charges towards a brighter future on the ice and in the city   

Ottawa Citizen:

‘“It does seem to be rejuvenated down here, a lot of construction, a lot of life being brought back to the city,” said Tyler Ennis. “There has been a big buzz and we feel it. Not only with us, but with the Bills, just an excitement about the city in general.”’

Sabres goalie Robin Lehner 'little bit nervous' to face former club   

Ottawa Sun:

‘”It was like, yeah, of course,” he said. “It’s going to be a good game. We play Ottawa a few times this season and it’s going to be fun. I know there’s a lot of guys over there that want to score on me and there’s a lot of guys I don’t want to let score. Hopefully, we just win.”‘

Jack Eichel could usher in new era for Sabres, American hockey   

CBS Sports:

‘Then there’s the power in his skating stride. His ability to separate in fewer steps than the average player is one of the reasons he could succeed early and produce at a rate higher than most rookies. Just watch him pull away here…’.

Sabres ready to get first look at ‘perfect fit’ Eichel   


‘“There’s a lot of guys playing tonight in the NHL,” he said without a crack of a smile. “He’s one of them, and I’m one of them. I’m just going to focus on the Sabres and our team and our game against the Ottawa Senators.”’

Friday's Rochester Coverage

Amerks hope to make 60th anniversary season special (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)

Finally, the Eichel era dawns for Sabres   

Buffalo News:

‘”It went fine. We talked a lot about training camp,” Eichel said of the conversation. “I don’t really think I want to ease into the season. No one wants to ease into anything. I want to get out there and make an impression, make an impact right away. From my first shift, I want to do something positive to help this team win. Whatever that is. They want me to make an impact and I’m going to do my best to do that.”‘

Bylsma eager to step back behind an NHL bench   

Buffalo News:

‘“It’s not quite like coaching your first game,” Bylsma said. “But there is a high level of excitement, getting ready for this game and the season to start.”’

'Eich Daddy' burger highlights new Sabres concessions   

Buffalo News:

‘The burger modifies the classic combo of all-beef patty, American cheese, lettuce, onion and tomato by throwing on Thousand Island dressing, guacamole and a fried egg. Sitting on a brioche roll, the burger is one of the bolder taste options in the corrugated cardboard-bound world of stadium eats.’

Don Cherry is liking new look of Buffalo Sabres   

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle:

‘“I’m picking on Hockey Night in Canada that Buffalo will be the most improved team in the National Hockey League,’’ Cherry, 81, said. “I love all the moves. I give Murray a tough time for a few things, but I’ve got to give him credit. If he gets Evander Kane straightened out, every guy he’s got is a character guy. So I’m picking the Sabres to be the most improved and as you know, I’m never wrong.’’’

Jack Eichel just one big piece for Sabres   

Olean Times Herald:

‘At least six players, including Kane and O’Reilly, will make their Sabres debut tonight inside the First Niagara Center. Dan Bylsma, meanwhile, will coach his first NHL game since May 14, 2014.’

Sabres’ Jack Eichel ready to switch to No. 15   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“He’s going to change, although he thought maybe he had done pretty well in training camp and he shouldn’t change,” he said. “I told him he played bad last game and freed him up to change.”’

Hope and questions face 2015 Sabres   

Batavia Daily News:

‘Murray went on to “tank” the ship in Buffalo to draft Sam Reinhart and then Eichel. Since then, Murray has called in all the help he can get to raise that ship from the depths of the standings.’

There is hope in Sabre-land   

Auburn Citizen:

‘Sure, the defense has the potential to be a giant sieve and Robin Lehner has a whopping 86 games of NHL experience between the pipes. If nothing else, at least the Sabres will be fun to watch.’

Eichel, Kessel are keys for Sabres, Pens   

Erie Times News:

‘This club isn’t evolving into an instant winner simply because Eichel has arrived. The Sabres have enough question marks, and are deficient in enough areas, to remain a work in progress for a few more years. But Buffalo finally has a face for this franchise, one who personifies the city with his blend of work ethic and swagger. The future is brighter because of him.’

Thursday's Ottawa Coverage

Senators-Sabres Preview (AP)
Ottawa Senators will put friendships aside for victory versus Buffalo (CP)
Sabres open Eichel era by hosting Senators (