The Sabres Report - September 30, 2014

Sabres compete for jobs   

Buffalo News:

‘“The one thing we addressed the first day of training camp is we have to work,” Sabres coach Ted Nolan said after Monday’s practice. “We have to compete. We have to battle on a daily basis. We have to have some structure and discipline. To a man, they’re almost taking it to heart. They’re competing. They’re competing for jobs and they’re competing for ice time. When you have that going on, you’ve got a good environment.”’

Sabres expect big year from healthy Foligno   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“You’re not going to have amazing games every game, but you got to be effective,” Foligno said Monday following practice inside the First Niagara Center. “That’s my job this year. I’m obviously healthy now. I get the chance to … stay fresh and just be consistent. That’s the biggest thing, to be consistent. Your stock rises.”’

Injured Sabres Patrick Kaleta and Johan Larsson still being evaluated   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“Nothing official yet,” Nolan said inside the First Niagara Center. “We’ll just wait until the official reports.”’

Sabres' Benoit was a late bloomer   


‘It seemed rather strange that Colorado didn’t resign him. As a matter of fact, nobody resigned him until Buffalo got his name on a contract 23 days into free agency. The defenseman said, “Right off the bat I thought I was going to be able to resign there, but they decided to go another direction and it fell through.”’

Roster battles heating up as next round of cuts approaches

‘“That’s what you expect coming into camp. You’re not given anything so you have to earn it but that’s the way you want it to be,” Flynn. “You don’t want other guys playing poorly so you make the team. You want to go out there and get it.”’

The Sabres Report - September 29, 2014

Hodgson’s new spot takes wing; Sabres fall to Leafs   

Buffalo News:

‘Hodgson skated Sunday in his second preseason game, on a line centered by Mikhail Grigorenko that also included Chris Stewart. He had a team-high seven shots on goal and chipped in a nifty assist on the game’s first goal, setting up Grigorenko to tally after 25 seconds of the second period with a beautiful backhand pass to the middle while streaking down the wing.’

Meszaros getting opportunity with Sabres   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“This is a new chapter for me, a new home,” Meszaros said. “I’m going to start fresh.”’

Patrick Kaleta and Johan Larsson injured early in Sabres’ preseason loss to Leafs   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“They both took some serious hits there,” Nolan said.’

Monday's Toronto Coverage

Maple Leafs edge Sabres but injuries mount (Toronto Sun)
Leafs beat Sabres but it comes with price (Toronto Star)
Toronto Maple Leafs hopeful Josh Leivo leaves his mark in win over Buffalo Sabres (National Post)

Leafs beat Sabres 3-2 in shootout -- but lose Franson and Booth to injury   


‘The Sabres (1-2-1) also fell victim to injuries on Sunday, losing forwards Patrick Kaleta and Johan Larsson. Mikhail Grigorenko and Nicolas Deslauriers scored for Buffalo.’

Injuries pile up in Sabres-Leafs game with Franson, Booth, Kaleta and Larsson out   


‘Sabres Johan Larsson skated into the elbow of an unsuspecting Petter Granberg and headed for the dressing room with a minute left in the first.’

Toronto 3, Buffalo 2 (SO)   

The Sports Network:

‘Mikhail Grigorenko and Nicolas Deslauriers lit the lamp for the Sabres. Andrey Makarov made 27 stops.’

Leafs come back to beat Sabres 3-2 in shootout   


‘Neither team was able to score in the five-minute overtime period. The Sabres were able to extend the shootout twice with goals in their last chance, but Peter Holland’s goal in the sudden death round was enough to help beat Buffalo.’

Some kids look good in Toronto   


‘Andrej Makarov did not look good at all in Traverse City and hasn’t looked much better in practice. I wasn’t expecting much in Toronto on Sunday, but in the first period the kid was great.’

Confident Grigorenko shines in preseason loss to Toronto

‘“I’m a strong believer in good things happening when you do the right thing more often than not,” Sabres coach Ted Nolan said. “He did the right thing this summer by working himself into better shape. He came into camp with a real positive attitude, wanted to earn things versus just [being] given things.”‘