Plenty of decisions ahead for Nolan, Sabres

‘Reinhart, the No. 2 pick in June, should get a long look during camp. Naturally, the Sabres haven’t said much about the 18-year-old’s future. But Nolan has spoken in the past about his belief very few youngsters can jump right from junior into the NHL.’

Bills-Pegula combination excites Sabres players

‘“It was an amazing feeling just to be there. It was awesome,” Angola native Patrick Kaleta said prior to the Sabres Foundation golf tournament Tuesday at Wanakah Country Club in Hamburg. “And then the performance they put on the field made the day even better. I went home a happy man.”’

Nolan’s trust goes deep with assistants he hired

‘“No disrespect to anybody that was here before, but I think that comfort zone and finding the right chemistry is really important,” Nolan said Tuesday. “Coming up with the group that we had here was taxing, but in the end it was well worth it.”’

Sabres’ Nolan anxious to get season started

‘It’s an eclectic group. Trottier’s a legend who also his paid dues as an assistant coach before briefly coaching the New York Rangers. Irbe, the goalie coach, is a former NHL All-Star and Nolan’s assistant with Latvia. Coolen and Flynn, Nolan’s assistant with the New York Islanders, are veteran coaches with junior, college and European experience.’

Stewart ready to strut stuff for Sabres

‘“Getting traded and having my season cut short in March, it was a downer,” Stewart said. “It’s been a long summer, that’s for sure. Being hurt and watching hockey for two, three months, it’s definitely something else.”’

Zadorov benched as Sabres lose again

‘Buffalo was trailing the Stars 4-0 in the second period and Cassidy decided to end Nikita Zadorov’s afternoon. Cassidy said the benching was a message, “It was a coach’s decisions.” I asked what he didn’t like about his game and Cassidy said, “Effort level, not good enough. We got a lot of guys here trying to make a NHL team in the next week or so and I wouldn’t specifically say he was maybe the only one, but maybe the biggest offender. We just didn’t like his effort and we had to make a decision on it.” Cassidy said it’s a one game thing and Zadorov will be in the lineup Tuesday against St. Louis.’

Gionta thrilled to be back home with Sabres

‘”We’re excited to be there,” Gionta, who signed a three-year, $12.75 million contract July 1, said earlier this month. “It’s been a while since I’ve been that close to home, and I think it’s a great fit for myself on the team but also for my family in the community.”‘

Improved scoring, shot prevention top Sabres wish list

‘”The type of players they are and not only are they going to bring a good game on the ice, but a lot of the guys are veteran guys that’ll bring experience to the locker room I think we needed,” defenseman Tyler Myers said. “Watching what happened this summer with us, I’m really excited with the direction we’re heading.”‘

Sabres aim to bounce back after last-place finish

‘”Last year was a mess,” forward Drew Stafford said. “With guys getting moved, getting out of the lineup, signing new guys, there were a lot of tryouts for spots it seemed even later on in the year or mix and matching the lineup quite a bit. … It’s still going to be a challenge, it’s still going to be a struggle at times, but definitely I expect it to be better than last year.”‘

Sabres’ Murray keeping close watch on team’s future

‘”I think you look at three prospects on the back end [Ristolainen, Zadorov, McCabe] and there’s a great competition,” Murray said. “Sam [Reinhart] thinks that if he has a good camp he can play on our team and he should think that way. It’ll be up to us to make those decisions and make the right decisions for everybody involved. But we certainly don’t want to draft players that think they can’t make our team.”‘

Myers glad he’s remained with Sabres

‘“My focus throughout the entire summer was to get better for the Buffalo Sabres,” he said after skating with more than two dozen teammates at Riverside Park. “If a moment ever comes that I hear confirmation I’m not a Buffalo Sabre, then the mindset will change. But as of right now, I’m a Sabre and I want to be a Sabre.”‘

Sabres lose and are eliminated from winning in Traverse City

‘For the second straight game, Buffalo was stymied by good goaltending. The difference in this contest is Buffalo got good goaltending too from Francois Brassard. Brassard made 33 saves while MacKenzie Skapski stopped 36 pucks.’

Many Buffalo Sabres prospects looking to have big seasons in 2014-15

‘As the 2014-15 season approaches, many of those prospects are expected to make huge strides in their development. Not all of the players will meet or exceed their expectations, but the idea is to set high standards and keep improving. Some of the prospects, including Rasmus Ristolainen, are on the cusp of becoming regular NHL players, while others are fighting for their chance to become a part of the Sabres’ long-term plans, such as Mikhail Grigorenko.’

Sabres’ Trottier excited to be behind bench again

‘After almost a week’s worth of calls from Nolan, Trottier was added to Buffalo’s coaching staff Aug. 4, along with Danny Flynn, Arturs Irbe and Tom Coolen, Nolan’s assistant with the Latvia national team.’

Sabres see slight drop in ticket renewals

‘It all added up to a total of 16,000 season-ticket holders, including those added from the Blue & Gold Club. The Sabres capped season-ticket sales at 16,000 last season, too.’