The Sabres Report - September 21, 2014

Sabres need time to iron out their crease   

Buffalo News:

‘“We’re going to give them every opportunity to grab that No. 1 spot,” Sabres coach Ted Nolan said in First Niagara Center.’

Zadorov is big, but his play may be too small   

Buffalo News:

‘“He needs more time,” coach Ted Nolan said, “but is he too big for junior? Is he too strong for junior? Who knows? I think that’s what training camp is all about.”’

Buffalo Sabres’ Nikita Zadorov seeks consistency   

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle:

‘“Now I know what’s going on here,” Ristolainen said. “I want to make the team.”’

Sabres’ Matt Moulson feels at home back in Buffalo   

Olean Times Herald:

‘Buffalo, Moulson said, “is my home now.”‘

With Miller gone, the Sabres have a goaltender battle   


‘Tim Murray has said that he likes big goaltenders and he’s not alone. Many around the NHL think you have to have a big body in net. Enroth is one of the smallest goalies in the NHL, but he doesn’t think it hurts him at all, “I’ve been feeling fine with my size my whole career and I think I can play on this level. I think it’s a little bit ignorant to say you only need big goalies because there are some not some great things too if you’re a big guy, so it’s give and take.”’

Kaleta cleared to play, ready to prove himself

‘“It was horrible. I’m not going to sugarcoat it,” Kaleta said. “It was probably the worst year of my professional career with everything that happened and then my injury.”’

Reinhart to make preseason debut Sunday

‘“Some of the veteran players will get the last two or three games and let them get their footing in. Early, we’ll see some guys who are really going to be battling for jobs,” Nolan said on Saturday. “We kind of put a ghost lineup [together] for all six games and as hockey goes, it’s all subject goes.”’

The Sabres Report - September 20, 2014

Reinhart finds his footing as Sabres open camp   

Buffalo News:

‘“I felt comfortable out there, so it’s a good start,” Reinhart said in First Niagara Center. “My focus isn’t too far in the future. Getting adjusted to the pace and comfortable with the guys is my main focus right now.”’

Gorges’ TO hatred turns into Sabres’ gain   

Buffalo News:

‘“Most people weren’t as happy that I chose here as much as I didn’t choose Toronto,” a smiling Gorges said at the start of training camp in First Niagara Center. “It’s one of those things I felt was best for me and my family. It’s been great. I’ve been very shocked at how nice and genuine the people are, not just in the organization but Buffalo. It’s been a good couple weeks.”’

A trim Ristolainen is no longer pound foolish   

Buffalo News:

‘The Buffalo Sabres defenseman has cut back significantly on the burgers and fries, and the results are obvious. The 19-year-old weighed 230 pounds when he walked into his first training camp last year, but he weighed in at a svelte 205 this time.’

Sabres' Enroth ready for shot at No. 1   

Rochester D&C:

‘”You always want to be the guy,” Enroth said Friday morning after the first practice session of training camp at the First Niagara Center.’

Friends Jhonas Enroth and Michal Neuvirth ready to battle for Sabres’ starting goalie job   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“We kind of bonded a little bit getting hurt,” Enroth said. “So we’re good friends.”’

'Hate' of Maple Leafs kept Josh Gorges out of Toronto   

Toronto Sun:

‘“Before it gets misconstrued with that word ‘hate,’ it’s not an individual player, it’s not the city, it’s not the organization … It’s just Toronto-Montreal … It’s the most historical rivalry in hockey,” the personable Gorges said.’

Buffalo Sabres' Brian Gionta knows all about Canadiens-Maple Leafs hatred   

Toronto Sun:

‘“There’s teams you (don’t like),” Gionta admitted on Friday. “In Montreal, you learn not to like Toronto and Boston. That’s just how it is.”’

Gorges has new sights following breakup with Habs   


‘“It takes some time,” Gorges told Sportsnet on Friday. “I was in Montreal for most of my career and in a day, in a minute, it changes. … You’re searching for answers at the time and you’re going: ‘Why did this happen? Did I do something wrong? Did I piss somebody off?’’