The Sabres Report - August 1, 2015

Brown's Willman hopes summer work pays off   

Providence Journal:

‘For the second summer in a row, Willman made a positive impression at Buffalo Sabres development camp during the second week of July. “I thought I skated with confidence and showcased some of my abilities and did pretty well,’’ said Willman, Buffalo’s fifth-round draft pick in 2014.’

Stouffville Spirit grad impresses at Buffalo Sabres' camp   

Stouffville Sun-Tribune:

‘What the 20-year-old Stouffville resident and former Stouffville Spirit defenceman did warranted him to earn a contract with their American Hockey League affiliate Rochester Americans, who inked him to a one-year, two-way contract, the AHL club announced Wednesday.’

The Sabres Report - July 31, 2015

Sabres goalie prospect Cal Petersen thriving at Notre Dame   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“I wasn’t guaranteed anything going in,” said Petersen, a lefty. “I was guaranteed if I came in and worked hard there would be an opportunity to play right away. I think as a goaltender that’s how I want it. It’s a battle from the beginning. I’m glad that I was able to get a majority of the games.”’

Sabres owner says 2 lost seasons were successful for future   

AP:

‘He says the seasons were “two of the most successful seasons we’ve ever had.”‘

The Sabres Report - July 30, 2015

Thursday's Rochester Coverage   

SabreSpace.com:

Home, sweet home, for Randy Cunneyworth behind Amerks bench (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Randy Cunneyworth happy to be back coaching Amerks (Olean Times Herald)
Amerks sign McPherson and Chapman to AHL contracts (Amerks.com)

The Sabres Report - July 29, 2015

Wednesday's Rochester Coverage   

SabreSpace.com:

Randy Cunneyworth returning to coach Amerks (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Sabres name Randy Cunneyworth Amerks coach (Olean Times Herald)
Cunneyworth returns for 2nd stint to coach Sabres’ AHL team (AP)
Randy Cunneyworth named head coach of the Rochester Americans (Amerks.com)
Amerks launch 60th anniversary season with commemorative logo (Amerks.com)

The Sabres Report - July 28, 2015

Brandon’s roles reflect synergy of franchises   

Buffalo News:

‘In recent months, Brandon had become increasingly involved with the Sabres’ business operations. Other members of the Bills’ front office, such as senior vice president of media and content Marc Honan, have already been doing Sabres-related work in addition to their Bills responsibilities.’

Brandon leading Bills, Sabres business operations no surprise   

Buffalo News:

‘Brandon had became increasingly involved with the Sabres’ business operation, and last June he accompanied co-owner Kim Pegula and others within the franchise’s hierarchy to the NHL Awards ceremony in Las Vegas. Several high-end sponsors making the trip also have sponsorship deals with the Bills, evidence that the amount of business crossover between the teams eliminated the need for each to have a president.’

Just like you, Brandon’s a fan   

Buffalo News:

‘For decades, Buffalo’s two major sports franchises competed against one another for entertainment dollars. Now, especially with Brandon watching over the larger Pegula Sports and Entertainment business plan, he can tie them together with season-ticket sales, sponsorships and other forces that drive revenue.’

McDavid-Eichel matchup will be on NBCSN   

Buffalo News:

‘The Sabres will appear on the national networks (NBC or NBCSN) only five times, six fewer than during the 2014-15 season. Only one Sabre game will be shown on NBC: the Feb. 21 home Sunday afternoon game against Pittsburgh.’

Sabres oust Ted Black, name Russ Brandon team president   

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle:

‘His most famous quote still lives in infamy. When deflecting criticism after the unveiling of the Sabres “third jersey” in 2013, Black said, “If it doesn’t sell, it won’t really mean anything to our bottom line,” Black said on WGR radio in Buffalo. It’s a third jersey. If it’s a turdburger, I’ll have to put it on a bun and eat it.”’

Sabres hire Russ Brandon as president to replace Ted Black   

Olean Times Herald:

‘Naturally, Brandon wants to market the Sabres as a regional franchise, something he has accomplished with the Bills, who hold training camp at St. John Fischer and once held a yearly game in Toronto. Having the Rochester Americans, the Sabres’ AHL affiliate, so close will help.’

Russ Brandon now president of both Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres   

Syracuse Post Standard:

‘While Brandon has gotten heat from fans for some football decisions, he will be relied on for his business ability in his new role. Brandon navigated the Bills through the sale of the franchise following Ralph Wilson Jr.’s death and is a big reason the franchise stayed in Western New York.’

Pegulas playing games with presidential appointees   

Delaware County Daily Times:

‘Buffalo has a longstanding love affair with its Bills, if only because that’s one of the few major league things left about the city. In baseball, as in business, the city is Triple-A rated; the NBA team left town decades ago, and the Sabres, well, they’ve been around a long time but aren’t such a popular draw of late, and always played a distant second fiddle to almighty football.’

Sabres shakeup: Brandon replaces Black as team president   

AP:

‘The announcement comes as a significant surprise, as Black had held the role since the Pegulas purchased the Sabres in February 2011. And the decision comes after the Pegulas added to their sports holdings in October, when they bought the Bills for an NFL-record $1.4 billion from the estate of Hall of Fame owner Ralph Wilson.’