Tuesday’s Rochester Coverage

Friday will be Hockey Night in Rochester for Amerks (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Amerks announce 2016-17 regular season schedule (Amerks.com)

Few came off well during Vesey Watch

‘The circus tents that surrounded Vesey were pitched outside of Buffalo. The Sabres never really had a chance in this race and, from an outside view, the amount of tampering that had to be taking place in recent weeks looks ridiculous.’

Vesey chooses Rangers over Sabres, other suitors

‘”The thing that jumped out to me was they really wanted me and really needed to have me in their lineup,” Vesey said in a conference call with New York reporters Friday night.’

Jimmy Vesey signs with Rangers

‘Vesey might be gambling by choosing the Rangers, a strong but aging team whose young talent isn’t on par with the other clubs. However, they met both of his reported demands: playing time and an East Coast locale.’

Sabres lose out on Vesey, forward signs with Rangers

‘The New York Rangers announced Vesey had decided to sign with blue shirts, ending the saga.’

Eichel left speechless by Ed Reed

‘Not only did Reed seem to know who he was, he was wearing a Sabres jersey with Eichel’s name on the back. “That was probably one of the cooler things for me. He’s probably one of the best safeties of all time. To see him wearing my jersey was kind of cool. I was taken aback by that one,” he said.

Vesey signs with the Rangers

‘Vesey, 23, was a former third round pick in the 2012 NHL Draft of the Nashville Predators. After playing four years of college hockey at Harvard, Vesey decided to take the free agent route and explore his options for his NHL future.’

Vesey has decided on the New York Rangers

‘You only have 50 contracts and you can’t sign everybody. Picks are currency and Tim Murray wanted the chance to speak to Vesey in person to try to sell the Buffalo Sabres. By owning his rights he also got to speak with Vesey personally at least twice.’

Vesey chooses Rangers, but Sabres have plenty to be excited about

‘If you’re annoyed, It’s totally warranted — but just think about how exciting it was to watch Eichel, Renihart and O’Reilly last season. As a matter of fact, the Sabres top-six will look at a lot different this year than it did just a few years ago.’

Vesey spurns Sabres, picks Rangers

‘The Rangers visit the Sabres on December 1st.’

Nhl season preview: Buffalo Sabres

‘My praise of Buffalo may have been premature last year, but this season I like them to at least compete for a playoff spot. They won’t threaten teams like Washington or Pittsburgh for the conference, but this is the year you see real progress on the ice for Buffalo.’

Sabres Brian Gionta splits his Western New York baseball allegiances

‘The Rochester native donned a Buffalo Bisons cap Monday night to throw out the first pitch at Coca-Cola Field. The Buffalo Sabres captain was on hand with teammate Zemgus Girgensons to sign autographs at the ballpark. It was somewhat awkward that the Rochester Red Wings were in the visiting dugout.’

Agent: Vesey set to take patient approach as NHL free agent

‘”Tomorrow, we start to find out what our opportunities are, but I can tell you from Buffalo’s standpoint, Jimmy is pleased with what they’ve done and said thus far,” Fish said.’

Sabres’ Bylsma uses numbers in different ways

‘Coaches do have a big say in how players analytics come out. Bylsma said, “Corsi and some of the shot based analytics, you have to be a little careful about how you read them and where you read them. There are players in the league that have a high Corsi that are protected players, like where they start and who they play against lead into the number that they have. The quality of competition they go against plays into that as well, so you can pickoff a Corsi number and say that player’s got a positive Corsi number and he should play more and the deeper numbers lay in where they start, who they play against, who they’re playing with.”’

The best fit for Vesey

‘In addition, the Toronto Maple Leafs are believed to be in on the Vesey sweepstakes. Vesey’s father, Jim, is a scout for the organization and his brother, Nolan, was drafted by the Leafs in the sixth round of the 2014 NHL Draft.’