The Sabres Report - October 3, 2015

Sabres coming off summer of radical changes   


‘Murray isn’t ready to predict how much better the Sabres might be. “I think on paper we’ve improved,” he said. “But I’m not impressed about anything, because you get a lot of pats on the back and we haven’t done anything yet.”‘

Mandate for 2015-16 Sabres: Get up to speed   

Buffalo News:

‘“Playing at that pace and being able to maintain that pace is something we wanted to try to achieve,” the coach said. “We want to execute and play at a pace that’s higher than the opposition, one that forces them to deal with our team and our speed.’

Bylsma's approach to hockey starts with the small details   

Buffalo News:

‘“We’re talking about what we’re doing every day and how we do it every day,” Bylsma said. “It translates into results on the ice. It’s about how we work, how we play, how we come together. It’ll happen whether we win Game One of the season or we don’t. We’re going to play a certain way, and we’re going to build that every day.”’

Bring on the real thing: Sabres' preseason ends with loss to Columbus   

Buffalo News:

‘Lehner closed an up-and-down exhibition schedule with 20 saves on 25 shots. His teammates certainly let him down a few times, but the goalie also made bad mistakes. Lehner leaned the wrong way on Columbus’ second goal, allowing an easy dump-in on the short side. He got beat between the pads on the fourth goal.’

Sabres sent 8 players down to Rochester   

Buffalo News:

‘Ruhwedel, in his fourth season with the organization, hoped to turn a good year in Rochester into a starting job with Buffalo. The 25-year-old led Amerks defensemen and was fifth on the team in scoring with 10 goals and 36 points last season. He got bumped down the depth chart when the Sabres signed Cody Franson and Carlo Colaiacovo during the summer.’

On his own terms: Evander Kane basks in social media spotlight   

Buffalo News:

‘“Nothing really surprises me anymore,” said Kane, who is already a six-year NHL veteran. “It’s just something I think as a professional athlete everybody deals with no matter who you are. Whether you’re the most liked person in the world or the most hated, there’s going to be mixed views. People are going to have different opinions, but that’s being a person in the spotlight. You kind of know what you’re getting into when you do post stuff or tweet stuff out.”’

Sabres send eight to Rochester, including Kaleta   

Buffalo News:

‘The Sabres are at 30 players (16 forwards, 11 defensemen, three goalies) heading into their final preseason game Friday night against Columbus in First Niagara Center.’

Uncover your eyes, the Sabres’ rebuild has taken shape   

Buffalo News:

‘The first time he wore a Buffalo uniform, in a prospects tournament, Eichel assisted on the tying goal in the closing minutes and scored the winner in overtime on a breakaway. In his first preseason game, Eichel scored the winner on a breakaway while short-handed. He has the ability to turn any game into a must-see event.’

Prospecting: A glimpse into the Sabres’ future   

Buffalo News:

‘Hudson Fasching: The junior at Minnesota is a power forward who loves to go to the net. He had 26 points last year (12 goals, 14 assists) and had offseason surgery to remove bone chips in his knee. This could be his last year of college hockey.’

Cunneyworth returns to Rochester with a win-win philosophy   

Buffalo News:

‘“You try to form some sort of picture what a guy can do, what he needs to work on, how he can fit into the NHL club,” Cunneyworth said. “So over the last couple of years, I’ve been getting to know some of these guys making the jump to pro hockey and being part of our organization. You can put them into the best position to succeed by knowing them as well as making them more effective players.”’

Sabres close preseason with ugly loss   

Olean Times Herald:

‘Don’t let the 6-4 final score fool you. Six days before the season opener, a team using mostly AHL players and devoid of stars embarrassed the Sabres early on.’

Sabres’ Josh Gorges OK after minor surgery   

Olean Times Herald:

‘Gorges’ presence would greatly help a defense corps that was down six players earlier this week. Bylsma said he has no new timeframe for Zach Bogosian, who’s week-to-week with a lower-body injury.’

Saturday's Columbus Coverage

Call-ups meet the challenge (Columbus Dispatch)
Jackets jump out to big lead, hold on vs. Sabres (
Photo gallery (
Photo gallery (Buffalo News)

Curb the Sabres optimism: Better doesn’t mean good   

New York Post:

‘Honestly, the Sabres are going to better, but in the Atlantic, better than whom? Not the Canadiens, Lightning, Red Wings, Senators or Panthers. The Bruins probably won’t be good, nor will the Leafs — but that’s the competition for the Sabers. Let’s keep it in perspective.’

Sabres send eight to AHL   

The Sports Xchange:

‘In addition, forwards Matt Ellis and Patrick Kaleta were released from their tryouts and will report to Rochester for training camp.’