The Sabres Report - September 23, 2014

Grigorenko makes push for Sabres job   

Buffalo News:

‘“The first practice I saw was by far the best I’ve ever seen him skate and pay attention in practice. He played a pretty good game and today he was pretty good in practice. He’s got some good skill sets that a lot of people would die for, so we’ve just got to get it out of him.”’

Sabres’ Reinhart reins in his emotions   

Buffalo News:

‘“I believe in putting kids in the fire right off the hop,” Nolan said. “You don’t put kiddie gloves on them and walk them through and hold their hands. We’re in a man’s game now so we’ve got to put them out there.”‘

Impressive training camp could earn Sabres prospect Mikhail Grigorenko roster spot   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“I think it’s a really big difference from last year and this year,” Grigorenko said. “I worked really hard this summer. My conditioning got real better. I got really stronger. I feel a lot stronger on the ice, better in battles and stuff.”’

Sabres Nolan not a fan of analytics   


‘“The information I’ve used is with my eyes and my soul and my heart. If I see someone who’s competing and I know he’s competing, that’s good enough for me. I don’t need a machine to tell me how hard he worked, I can see it for myself, but there’s some of that data that you can use for how many calories they burn, but my number one analytic is you score one more goal that the opposition, you win.”’

Earning his keep

‘Sabres coach Ted Nolan said Benoit has been as good as advertised so far through camp and expects him to mentor the younger players on the team the same way new additions Brian Gionta and Josh Gorges are. “He fits that same type of mold. He’s a veteran presence and he’s got some maturity, especially with some of the young kids we have on our team,” Nolan said. “He’s a real good character guy that is coming here looking for a fresh start. I see him as one of those guys that’s just going to have an impact on some of our young players.”’

Shouldering the load

‘“If I’m not hitting or finishing checks, it’s noticeable out there. It’s noticeable to the coaching staff and everyone,” he said. “To be healthy again, it’s great and I’m looking forward to going out there and being physical again.”’

The Sabres Report - September 22, 2014

Benoit brings character to Sabres’ blue line   

Buffalo News:

‘“We know each other from before, and it had a part to play in why he brought me here and wanted me to be a part of this,” Benoit said Sunday prior to the Sabres’ 1-0 loss in Washington that opened their preseason. “But even more, I’m really happy to be here and be part of a rebuild. It’s a good opportunity.’

Monday's Washington Coverage

Capitals defeat Sabres, 1-0, in preseason opener (Washington Post)
Burakovsky lifts Caps, lone goal in preseason opener (CSN Washington)
Recap: Caps edge Sabres, 1-0 (
Photo gallery (

Capitals beat Sabres 1-0 in Trotz's debut   


‘Washington coach Barry Trotz won in his first game with the team. He mixed veterans — including Holtby and Alex Ovechkin — with prospects, while Buffalo’s Ted Nolan used a relatively inexperienced lineup.’

Washington 1, Buffalo 0   

The Sports Network:

‘Nathan Lieuwen was able to stop the other 24 shots for the Sabres.’

Sabres start the preseason still struggling with goals   


‘Buffalo was shutout by the Caps 1-0 as a couple of kids messed up the only goal. I’ll get to that later, but on 25 shots, the Sabres really didn’t make Pheonix Copley or Braden Holtby make too many tough saves.’

Capitals edge Sabres in preseason opener

‘Burakovsky’s goal came 13:14 into the game when he took a nice pass from Jason Chimera and ripped a shot past Sabres goalie Nathan Lieuwen (24 saves).’

Sabres begin building against Capitals

‘“The one thing we tried to address from Day One of camp was effort, the way we compete and the way we battle,” Nolan said. “That doesn’t take a skill set, it just takes a will. These guys battled hard. That was a good team we played tonight, so I was happy with the effort.”’

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.”’