The Sabres Report - April 20, 2014

Girgensons amazed by ‘A’ on jersey   

Buffalo News:

‘“He earned it,” Sabres center Tyler Ennis said. “He plays so hard every night. He’s a good example of what everyone should play like.”’

Vanek deals spelled trouble for Isles’ GM   

Buffalo News:

‘Whichever decision we make here on Long Island, it’s sure to be a good one. After all, the words “good decision” are pretty much synonymous with the New York Islanders and Garth Snow, right? (Please don’t answer that.)’

Sunday's Rochester Coverage

Rochester Americans drop season finale (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Sam Carrick scores on breakaway as Toronto Marlies beat Rochester 4-3 (CP)
Amerks come up short to Marlies in regular season finale (
Amerks will play Chicago Wolves in first round of 2014 Calder Cup playoffs (
Wolves to face Rochester in Western Conference Quarterfinals (

The Sabres Report - April 19, 2014

Saturday's Rochester Coverage

Amerks’ Chad Ruhwedel impressive in return from concussion (Olean Times Herald)
Amerks rip Syracuse in front of big crowd (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Rochester Amerks crush Syracuse Crunch, 5-1 (Syracuse Post Standard)
Amerks win home finale, prepare prospects for playoffs (WGR-AM)
Amerks dispatch Crunch in regular season home finale (
Syracuse toppled by Rochester 5-1 (

The Sabres Report - April 18, 2014

Sabres’ ride reveals a lot in the rearview   

Buffalo News:

‘The Sabres led after one period an NHL-low 12 times in 82 games, going 4-6-2 in those games for a .333 winning percentage. No other team was below .556 and there were 23 teams over .700 when leading after one.’

Alexander Sulzer still recovering from first concussion, open to returning to Sabres   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“It’s more like pressure on my head I feel,” he said. “I have better days or worse days.”’

Friday's Rochester Coverage

Colton Gillies makes most of his chance with Amerks (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)

The Sabres Report - April 17, 2014

Sabres target elite trio in draft   

Buffalo News:

‘“We’ve got a lot of needs,” Buffalo General Manager Tim Murray said. “We’re just going to take the best player available, whether we feel that’s a forward or a defenseman.”’

Coaching changes get underway   

Buffalo News:

‘There was no word on whom Nolan will hire as his assistants. One addition could be Randy Cunneyworth, a longtime friend and former teammate of Nolan who is already in the organization as liaison between the Sabres and their minor-league club Rochester. Nolan, who is also coach of the Latvian national team, has spoken highly of the country’s goalie coach, Arturs Irbe.’

Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth believes injury gave him new perspective   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“It’s not like we don’t expect it,” Enroth said about the rabid support. “It’s more like we don’t really think about it too much when we’re playing. So it’s definitely a good thing. You can tell how passionate the fans here in Buffalo are. It’s something I picked up, something I learned from that.”‘

Sabres fire assistant coaches from old regime   

Olean Times Herald:

‘Despite all their struggles as a team, the six goalies the Sabres used this season posted a combined .918 save percentage.’

Elmira Jackals to affiliate with Buffalo Sabres   

Elmira Star Gazette:

‘The opportunity to work closely with NHL personnel also drew Freeman and Cook to the Sabres. They said the Jackals, Americans and Sabres plan to share resources, such as specialty coachesand trainers.’

Jackals align with Buffalo Sabres as an affiliate   

Corning Leader:

‘“Fourteen years ago, we dropped the first puck in this facility. We’ve had a really great history here,” Santulli said. “This is a great opportunity to rekindle the energy and the life that this place had when this place first opened up. It was a place to come and have fun, even if you didn’t know a lot about hockey. We need to take this opportunity and run with it.”’

Sabres coach Nolan shuffling staff of assistants   


‘The moves come three days after the Sabres finished in last place. The shake-up doesn’t come as a surprise. Nolan inherited the staff in November, after being hired on an interim basis to replace Ron Rolston.’

Sabres Announce Coaching Changes

‘Assistant coaches Joe Sacco and Jerry Forton have been offered reassignment within the organization’s hockey department; the contract of assistant coach Teppo Numminen will not be renewed; goaltending coach Jim Corsi will not return as part of the team’s staff next season.’