The Sabres Report - March 5, 2015

Sabres' Grigorenko wants to show he belongs   

WGR-AM:

‘Grigorenko has maintained his new, great attitude the whole season and Thursday was no different, “Or course, anytime you get called up and anytime you get to play hockey, it’s a good opportunity whether it’s the AHL, junior, the NHL, World Juniors, I think anytime people can see you play, it’s a good opportunity, so I’ll try to make the best of it and I’m really excited.”’

Johnson eager for 1st start Friday   

Sabres.com:

‘Johnson last started on Feb. 28 against Carolina. This season, he’s 8-8-1 with a .889 save percentage and a 3.08 goals-against average, but mentioned that one bad stretch of games has caused his numbers to balloon. In his past five games, he’s 2-2-1, and has stopped 159 of 170 shots (.935 save percentage).’

Sabres’ departures open a rare door   

Buffalo News:

‘“Come to the rink with a good attitude. Be all ears at all times,” Varone said. “Whenever someone has a pointer for me, always take it in and take in as much as I can. I’m just trying to enjoy the moment. Obviously it’s not every day you get to play a lot of minutes in the NHL, so I’m just doing what I can with it.”’

Sabres’ Phil Varone ready to seize best chance of young career   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“It’s not about not getting an opportunity anymore,” Varone said. “I’m getting my opportunity, so it’s on me.”’

Sabres Undaunted in the Race to the Bottom   

Artvoice:

‘What emerges as key games that could decide this race happen on March 26 and March 30, when the Sabres and Coyotes square off home and home. The dynamics and drama of that first game in Buffalo will be off the charts, the player and fan reactions intense, and will showcase the craziness that this season has become in all its glory.’

Varone, Larsson seizing new opportunities   

Sabres.com:

‘“For young guys who really believe that they can play in the National Hockey League, they’re really going to have an opportunity to prove that they can,” Sabres coach Ted Nolan said after the team’s practice at HARBORCENTER on Wednesday.’

Thursday's Rochester Coverage   

SabreSpace.com:

Amerks push Comets to shootout despite departures (Rochester D&C)
Comets beat Amerks in shootout at Aud (Utica Observer Dispatch)
Hackett shines in 3-2 shootout loss to Utica (Amerks.com)
Final: Comets 3 vs Amerks 2 (SO) (UticaComets.com)

The Sabres Report - March 4, 2015

Sabres post-trade lineup plays out same old story   

Buffalo News:

‘The Sabres finished last year 2-16-2 over their last 20 games to easily finish last overall. They didn’t win the draft lottery but were more than satisfied to take Sam Reinhart with the No. 2 pick. There’s a pretty good chance the final 20 games this year will be equally as putrid.’

11 goalies have suited up since Miller left   

Buffalo News:

‘Seriously. Eleven. In just 53 weeks. With so many stories among them.’

Sabres' GM Murray did ugly job well   

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle:

‘In fact, Buffalo is now shackled with what many believe is the worst goaltending tandem in the NHL. Well played, Tim.’

Wednesday's Tampa Bay Coverage   

SabreSpace.com:

Vasilevskiy deals first shutout as Bolts blank Buffalo 3-0 (Tampa Tribune)
Trades not enough to make Bolts unique (Tampa Tribune)
Carle ‘progressing’ six weeks after surgery (Tampa Tribune)
Vasilevskiy earns first NHL shutout in Lightning’s victory over Sabres (Tampa Bay Times)
Braydon Coburn makes Lightning debut (Tampa Bay Times)
Braydon Coburn shocked, but excited to join Lightning (Fox Sports Florida)
Photo gallery (Fox Sports Florida)
Andrei Vasilevskiy earns first career shutout; Bolts beat Sabres 3-0 (TampaBayLightning.com)
Bolts take care of business with Buffalo (TampaBayLightning.com)
Three things we learned from Andrei Vasilevskiy’s first shutout (TampaBayLightning.com)
Photo gallery (TampaBayLightning.com)
Photo gallery (Sabres.com)

Lightning rookie Vasilevskiy earns 1st NHL shutout   

AP:

‘Buffalo coach Ted Nolan is determined to remain positive in front of his rebuilding team. “I’m the senior guy. These kids are young men,” he said. “Before they know it, their careers are going to be over, so our job is to make sure that they stay focused and become the best players they can under the most difficult situation.”‘

Sabres call up 3, including Grigorenko, from AHL Rochester   

AP:

‘Grigorenko is Buffalo’s 2012 first-round draft pick, who has four goals and six assists in 55 career games with the Sabres.’

Tampa Bay 3, Buffalo 0   

The Sports Network:

‘”They’re one of the best teams in the league,” said Buffalo head coach Ted Nolan. “Overall I liked the effort.”‘

Lightning rookie Vasilevskiy shuts out Sabres   

The Sports Xchange:

‘”Obviously, we’re going to give up some shots. That’s kind of going to be the theme of the year a little bit,” said Sabres center Philip Varone. “We had chances to score. We had a chance to make a game of it, if we don’t take that five-on-three. Stuff like that happens, and you just move forward.”‘