Sabres look to build after tumultuous season

‘”That was our message to our players: It’s a fresh beginning,” said Nolan, who hired a new staff that includes former NHL star Bryan Trottier. “What we went through last year, we don’t want to go through that again. So we’ll try to get better.”‘

Sabres Preview-Capsule

‘The Sabres can’t be much worse after setting a franchise record for losses during a tumultuous season in which they changed their coach and general manager, and purged much of their veteran core, including trading goalie Ryan Miller. They’ve added veteran leadership (Gionta and Gorges) to complement their youth movement. And yet, the Sabres have too many questions marks — particularly in net, where Jhonas Enroth and Michal Neuvirth are competing for the starting job — to consider them playoff contenders.’

Reinhart’s roster spot not a given at this point

‘“It’s getting a little frustrating,” Reinhart admitted after practice Tuesday in First Niagara Center. “I think the biggest thing is I’m getting chances, trying to create. I’m just going to stick with it and focus on the bigger picture. But obviously that’s part of my game and I think that’s going to have to come.”’

Kaleta’s injury will cost him a month or more

‘“Kaleta is not as serious as we thought but it’s still serious,” Nolan said. “Instead of maybe being a three-month thing, it could be down to less than a month so we’re very thankful for that.”‘

Sabres’ Reinhart running out of time

‘Through three appearances, Reinhart has zero points, just two shots on goal and a minus-1 rating while averaging 16 minutes, 16 seconds of ice time. Incredibly, he’s only attempted three shots.’

Patrick Kaleta and Johan Larsson could be back in Sabres lineup soon

‘Nolan doesn’t think Granberg hit Larsson intentionally.“I don’t know the real history of that player, but he doesn’t look like that type of player,” he said. “He just kind of turned around in an awkward situation.”

Sabres demote 7 to minors, including Matt Ellis

‘Ellis and defenseman Drew Bagnall, who was also demoted, must first clear waivers.’

The Sabres trim their roster

‘Heading to Amerks training camp are Andrey Makarov, Nathan Lieuwen, Joel Armia, Matt Ellis, Tim Schaller, Drew Bagnall and Nick Petrecki.’

Sabres’ Kaleta out a month or so

‘“They’re both going to be out for a little while. It’s upper body and we all know where the upper body is, (head) Kaleta is not as serious as we thought, but he’s still serious. It started off as maybe a three month thing, but it could be down to less than a month and we’re very thankful for that.”’

Seven players assigned to Rochester

‘The Sabres’ training camp roster is now at 30 players: 17 forwards, 10 defensemen and three goaltenders.’

Reinhart, Grigorenko expected to play final 2 preseason games

‘Reinhart, the second-overall selection in year’s draft, is doing everything he can to make the team. He’s ineligible to play in the American Hockey League this season, so he either has to be in the NHL or go back to his junior team, the Kootenay Ice of the Western Hockey League.’

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Sabres compete for jobs

‘“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

‘“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

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