The Sabres Report - September 25, 2016

Lighter Lehner out to pull his weight with Sabres   

Buffalo News:

‘“I’ve got to go out and perform,” Lehner said. “That’s what I expect out of myself. That’s what I expect out of my teammates. That’s what they expect out of me. It’s a result-based game, and we’ve got to go out and perform this year.”’

Moulson has a lot to prove; scrimmage results; shorter Muse stands tall   

Buffalo News:

‘“I know this is a big camp, so it was a big summer for me,” he said. “I’m here to earn everything. I spent a lot of time with a trainer and a skating coach making sure my body is ready to go and be able to help this team. I think where I’m at physically right now is where I want to be.”’

Grant seeks return to NHL, and Wegmans, with Sabres   

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle:

‘”I actually couldn’t tell you what happened,” he said. “Maybe the fresh start, maybe the new place? I’ve worked hard and I think I’ve matured and grown. I tried to shoot the puck a lot more (he averaged 4.58 shots a game, compared to 2.45 the season before in Binghamton).”‘

Sabres’ Matt Moulson determined to prove doubters wrong   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“I think summer was about making sure I put in the work and believe in myself to get back to where I want to be. I think I’ve done that. I have a lot to prove.”’

Sabres' Moulson says he's put in the work   


‘So where did it go south for Matt Moulson? He said, “I think maybe there was a bunch of different things, but I can’t think about that, it’s just making sure that I’m going to be in the best possible physical shape, mental shape, to make sure I’m here to help this team win.” Moulson added, “When I’m a bit leaner and a little bit lighter, I feel better on the ice.”’

5 Sabres training camp observations: Day 2   


‘With about 20 minutes left in the final session of Saturday’s practice Jake McCabe showed he’s for real.’

The Sabres Report - September 24, 2016

Tyler Ennis says Sabres can 'be a real threat'

‘After consecutive 20-goal, 40-point seasons, Ennis missed most of last season with a concussion. He had three goals and eight assists in 23 games.’

With another fine summer, Reinhart eager to work more magic for Sabres   

Buffalo News:

‘“I still think there’s a lot of growth for him and his game,” coach Dan Bylsma said in HarborCenter. “I’d love to think it means the same kind of improvement we saw in him last year, even from when he came to camp through the first three months of the season and how much he improved in his game.’

Career twists have Nilsson in the right spot with the Sabres   

Buffalo News:

‘”I try not to think about it that much,” Nilsson said about the back-up label after his group session and scrimmage in HarborCenter Friday. “I know Robin is a really, really good goalie and it’s going to be a competition between him and me but he’s obviously a great goalie. So it’s going to be a battle but I can only focus on myself. Try to stop the puck and we’ll see what happens after that.”‘

Schneider shines with hat trick in Sabres' opening scrimmage   

Buffalo News:

‘”It definitely made it feel better coming into camp,” the 26-year-old said. “I was pretty happy at the end of last season that I got my first game at home in front of a bunch of friends and family. The goal is just get back here and play some more games at home.”‘

Roster spots open; Eichel coming back; Bylsma to meet with Kane   

Buffalo News:

‘“That doesn’t mean there’s not competition for how those 12 that are on there and how those six that are on there are going to play,” Bylsma said. “We have quite a bit of competition within our roster, whether it’s two or three or four different possibilities. That’s probably more than I’m accustomed to and more than I’ve had in the past.”’

Fresh off Calder Cup, Falk aiming for job with Sabres   

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle:

‘Justin Falk, who starts training camp intent on earning a job on defense with the Buffalo Sabres, quite likely will tell you that’s true. Especially after last season.’

Sabres’ Cody Franson healthy after career-worst season   

Olean Times Herald:

‘Franson’s left eye was moving about 20 percent slower than his right eye, creating all sorts of problems.’

Sabres hit the ice for training camp   


‘“I know what to expect this year,” McCabe said f “I know where I’m at with being a regular NHL player. I want to continue to try to make strides and become a better player each and every day. We got the team in place to make a playoff push and that’s our expectation. I think going into this camp, we’re really chomping at the bit to get at it and improve every day.”‘

5 Sabres training camp observations: Day 1   


‘Cole Schneider: Day 1 MVP.’