The Sabres Report - February 12, 2016

Sabres place Catenacci on IR; call up Varone from minors   


‘The Sabres are already down three forwards after Zemgus Girgensons (lower body) was placed on injured reserve on Wednesday.’

Sabres place F Catenacci on IR   

The Sports Xchange:

‘Catenacci was evaluated for a concussion after he had his head down and did not see the hit coming from Gudas in Buffalo’s 5-1 loss at Philadelphia.’

Stamkos to Buffalo a possibility?   


‘According to, the Sabres currently have $29,764,212 of cap space, and are projected to have $9,121,291 of cap space by the end of the season. Compared to all 30 NHL teams, the Sabres would have the fourth most room in the salary cap.’

Gudas will not be suspended   


‘One thing McCabe does have an issue with is Gudas, “I think you’ve got to know when he’s out there. I think he plays teetering that line. With his previous suspension, that speaks for itself. It’s one of those things you’ve got to be aware when he’s out there because he’ll come inside the dots and take a run at you.”’


‘Varone (5’10”, 193 lbs., 12/4/1990) leads Rochester with 12 goals in 38 games played this season. The Vaughan, Ontario native led the Amerks in points in each of the last two seasons and is tied for the Amerks team lead with 26 points (12+14) this year.’

Friday's Montreal Coverage

Canadiens-Sabres preview: Scrivens holds hot hand in goal (Montreal Gazette)
Canadiens-Sabres Preview (AP)
Sabres’ Catenacci out vs. Canadiens (
Game Day – Sabres – February 12 (
Game Preview: Canadiens vs. Sabres (

Another disheartening blowout for Sabres   

Buffalo News:

‘“It wasn’t our best effort by any stretch. We have to stick to what makes us successful, and we didn’t do that.”’

Williamsville native receives taste of good life with Sabres   

Buffalo News:

‘Bailey showed off his rapidly developing maturity by handling the nerve-racking moment with the aplomb of a 10-year veteran. He smiled and laughed away from the ice and skated determinedly on it while soaking in the atmosphere.’

Quick hits: Flyers 5, Sabres 1   

Buffalo News:

‘Even when the Sabres made a good play, it didn’t work out. They broke up a rush by high-scoring defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere, but the puck went to Wayne Simmonds and he easily beat Buffalo goaltender Robin Lehner. Michael Raffl scored on a breakaway with 4:03 left in the second.’

Friday's Philadelphia Coverage

Flyers, Umberger come to life in rout over Sabres (Philadelphia Inquirer)
Umberger ends goal drought in return to lineup (Philadelphia Inquirer)
Photo gallery (Philadelphia Inquirer)
Flyers’ Umberger finally can take a deep breath (Philadelphia Daily News)
Umberger first goal timely in Flyers’ win (Bucks County Courier Times)
Hakstol makes statement by scratching Read, Laughton (Bucks County Courier Times)
‘Ghost’ ties record, better late than never (Bucks County Courier Times)
Umberger finally finds net in Flyers’ win over Sabres (Delaware County Daily Times)
Flyers’ Umberger ends pair of personal streaks (Delaware County Daily Times)
R.J. Umberger, Flyers release demons in win over Sabres (Cherry Hill Courier Post)
Weal, Umberger step back from life as a healthy scratch (Cherry Hill Courier Post)
R.J. Umberger snaps goal drought, sparks Flyers’ rout of Sabres (CSN Philadelphia)
Sabres’ Marcus Foligno: Radko Gudas ‘an idiot and stupid’ (CSN Philadelphia)
Instant Replay: Flyers 5, Sabres 1 (CSN Philadelphia)
Sabre Rattling (
Photo gallery (
Photo gallery (

Umberger snaps 50-game scoreless drought, Flyers beat Sabres   


‘”Mental breakdowns, turnovers, lack of coverage, it’s a little bit of everything,” captain Brian Gionta said.’

Flyers' 5-1 victory cause for celebration   

The Sports Xchange:

‘After allowing four goals on 12 shots Tuesday before being yanked, Sabres goalie Robin Lehner (2-4-1) surrendered five more and stopped 23 shots Thursday.’

Flyers Cruise to 5-1 Win over Sabres   


‘Robin Lehner surrendered 5 goals on 28 shots while Philadelphia’s Steve Mason came up with 41 saves.’

Sabres-Flyers: From the Locker Room   


‘”I wish that me and D-Lo [Deslauriers] were out on the ice at that time. We could have done a little worse damage to him.”‘

Umberger lifts Flyers to victory

‘”We had disappointment in this game and disappointment in how we played,” Buffalo coach Dan Bylsma said. “But we’ve got to cut it loose here in 12 hours and get our focus to the next game and Montreal.”‘