Thursday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks’ hopes ride on rookie goalie (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)

Sabres Enroth seems ready for the next step

‘Enroth has waited his whole career to get an opportunity at the number one spot, but he wasn’t devastated that it happened, “I was kind of disappointed, but I’m kind of glad it happened too if you understand me right because I got a chance to step back and see everything from a different point of view and I think that was good for me. It’s something I will take with me into next year and hopefully I’m going to grow from it.”’

Foligno faces higher expectations

‘“They’ve taught me a lot about what it takes to play in this league,” Foligno said. “They’ve been getting some messages across once in a while. If you’re ready to play every night, you’re going to get ice time. If you’re not, the ice time is going to slowly dwindle.”‘

Cassidy never flinched during Sabres’ dysfunction

‘”For me, honestly, it’s been a great opportunity,” said Cassidy, 40, who sees the water bottle always half full. “As difficult as it was at times, because you always want your main players in the lineup, I thought it was really good for me professionally to grow and be challenged like that every night. You don’t assume anything. Because you have so many new guys you have to make sure you’re always teaching.”‘

Sabres prospect Mikhail Grigorenko thriving with AHL Amerks

‘“Maybe the thing that I’m most happy about is his consistency,” Amerks coach Chadd Cassidy said. “I think he’s had one game where I didn’t think he was as good as he needed to be. But every other game I think he’s been pretty good.”‘

Conacher looks to rediscover scoring touch, help rebuilding Sabres

‘“I want to be with this team longer than I’ve been with Tampa and Ottawa,” Conacher said. “I want to help this team win games. I want to be part of the solution that Tim Murray and Teddy Nolan are planning with this team.”’

Christian Ehrhoff says he wants to stay with rebuilding Sabres after tough season

‘“I signed a long-term commitment with the team,” Ehrhoff said last week as the Sabres cleaned out their lockers inside the First Niagara Center. “As long as they want me to be here, I’m going to do my best for the team.”‘

Why are the Sabres admired?

‘So this is the talent the rest of the NHL can’t believe the Sabres have stockpiled. Many rank the Sabres number one with the prospects they have and they have so many more high picks to come. We live in a society of immediate gratification and in this case, you’re just not going to get it. Next season is going to be another tough one to swallow, but the cupboard is not bare. I think once the Sabres get out of this mess, we will have many playoff series to talk about for years to come.’

Tuesday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks’ Joel Armia dispels rumors (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)

Girgensons amazed by ‘A’ on jersey

‘“He earned it,” Sabres center Tyler Ennis said. “He plays so hard every night. He’s a good example of what everyone should play like.”’

Vanek deals spelled trouble for Isles’ GM

‘Whichever decision we make here on Long Island, it’s sure to be a good one. After all, the words “good decision” are pretty much synonymous with the New York Islanders and Garth Snow, right? (Please don’t answer that.)’

Sunday’s Rochester Coverage

Rochester Americans drop season finale (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Sam Carrick scores on breakaway as Toronto Marlies beat Rochester 4-3 (CP)
Amerks come up short to Marlies in regular season finale (
Amerks will play Chicago Wolves in first round of 2014 Calder Cup playoffs (
Wolves to face Rochester in Western Conference Quarterfinals (

Saturday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks’ Chad Ruhwedel impressive in return from concussion (Olean Times Herald)
Amerks rip Syracuse in front of big crowd (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Rochester Amerks crush Syracuse Crunch, 5-1 (Syracuse Post Standard)
Amerks win home finale, prepare prospects for playoffs (WGR-AM)
Amerks dispatch Crunch in regular season home finale (
Syracuse toppled by Rochester 5-1 (

Sabres’ ride reveals a lot in the rearview

‘The Sabres led after one period an NHL-low 12 times in 82 games, going 4-6-2 in those games for a .333 winning percentage. No other team was below .556 and there were 23 teams over .700 when leading after one.’

Alexander Sulzer still recovering from first concussion, open to returning to Sabres

‘“It’s more like pressure on my head I feel,” he said. “I have better days or worse days.”’