The Sabres Report - September 15, 2014

Sabres' Murray keeping close watch on team's future

‘”I think you look at three prospects on the back end [Ristolainen, Zadorov, McCabe] and there’s a great competition,” Murray said. “Sam [Reinhart] thinks that if he has a good camp he can play on our team and he should think that way. It’ll be up to us to make those decisions and make the right decisions for everybody involved. But we certainly don’t want to draft players that think they can’t make our team.”‘

The Sabres Report - September 14, 2014

Myers glad he’s remained with Sabres   

Buffalo News:

‘“My focus throughout the entire summer was to get better for the Buffalo Sabres,” he said after skating with more than two dozen teammates at Riverside Park. “If a moment ever comes that I hear confirmation I’m not a Buffalo Sabre, then the mindset will change. But as of right now, I’m a Sabre and I want to be a Sabre.”‘

Sabres lose and are eliminated from winning in Traverse City   


‘For the second straight game, Buffalo was stymied by good goaltending. The difference in this contest is Buffalo got good goaltending too from Francois Brassard. Brassard made 33 saves while MacKenzie Skapski stopped 36 pucks.’

Many Buffalo Sabres prospects looking to have big seasons in 2014-15

‘As the 2014-15 season approaches, many of those prospects are expected to make huge strides in their development. Not all of the players will meet or exceed their expectations, but the idea is to set high standards and keep improving. Some of the prospects, including Rasmus Ristolainen, are on the cusp of becoming regular NHL players, while others are fighting for their chance to become a part of the Sabres’ long-term plans, such as Mikhail Grigorenko.’

Sabres' Trottier excited to be behind bench again

‘After almost a week’s worth of calls from Nolan, Trottier was added to Buffalo’s coaching staff Aug. 4, along with Danny Flynn, Arturs Irbe and Tom Coolen, Nolan’s assistant with the Latvia national team.’

The Sabres Report - September 13, 2014

Sabres see slight drop in ticket renewals   

BUffalo News:

‘It all added up to a total of 16,000 season-ticket holders, including those added from the Blue & Gold Club. The Sabres capped season-ticket sales at 16,000 last season, too.’

Sabres lose to Carolina   


‘Considering all the first and second round picks the Sabres threw at Carolina on Friday, it’s rather shocking they lost 6-1 in game one of the Traverse City Prospects tournament.’

Cornel is ready as the Sabres start in Traverse City   


‘Cornel is going up again guys that that are either his age or within two years and that has to make him more comfortable, “Yes, knowing the guys you’re playing against on the other team and knowing the guys I’m playing with are a similar age to you, so I think as a young guy, it makes it a little more comfortable getting your first game in.”’

The Sabres Report - September 12, 2014

Sabres open camp Thursday with plenty of questions   

Buffalo News:

‘Here are five things fans can watch for as the Sabres prepare for the 2014-15 season…’

Sabres’ prospects intent on showing their best   

Buffalo News:

‘“Just starting to play games with the organization is something to look forward to and something I’ve been training for for quite some time,” Reinhart said by phone Thursday. “A lot of the guys that have gone in the past have only said good things about the tournament and Traverse City itself, so I’m excited about it.”’

Sabres prospect Nikita Zadorov believes strong training camp could earn NHL roster spot   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“I’m a year older, a year stronger – everything,” Zadorov said earlier this week. “I have experience.”’

Training camp set to open on September 18

‘The Sabres will then open their preseason slate of games on Sunday, Sept. 21, when they travel to Washington, DC, to face the Capitals in a 5 p.m. start. All of Buffalo’s preseason games will air on Sports Radio WGR550.’

The Sabres Report - September 11, 2014

Reviewing Terry Pegula's tenure as Buffalo Sabres owner   

CBS Sports:

‘It has been a bit of a disaster during the past three years. Some of the fault lies with the front-office personnel, but the buck stops with Pegula. He’s as complicit as anyone else in the organization’s recent struggles. But if there’s one thing you can say about him: he cares. Pegula is living what he called his lifelong dream of owning his favorite hockey team and it often shows.’

The Sabres Report - September 9, 2014

Sabres gunning for Traverse City title   


‘Sam Reinhart, Rasmus Ristolainen, Joel Armia and Nikita Zadorov head the list of 10 first- or second-round picks who will play this weekend. Buffalo is the only organization in the eight-team tournament that will send that many high selections.’

Sabres’ Andre Benoit paid dues to earn regular NHL gig   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“Sometimes you start to wonder if you’re going to get the break you need,” Benoit, who signed a one-year, $800,000 contract in July, said last week following a late-summer workout. “That’s not easy to come by all that time. But at the same time, you just have to keep motivated and keep plugging at it and never give up, because you never know when that opportunity’s going to come.”’