Reinhart sent down for seasoning in juniors

‘“I can’t keep him here and say, ‘Hey, hey, look what we did here. Our first-round pick played 82 games in his first year eligible.’ That’s craziness to me. It’s about doing what’s right for him and what’s right for the organization.”’

Strachan finally receives his chance to play

‘“I’ve made a career out of being ready when given the opportunity,” Strachan said. “It’s obviously difficult. We’re competitive people. You wouldn’t be at this level if you weren’t. You want to play every night, but I’m also comfortable in that role. I know I can do it. I’ve been there before.”’

Sabres confident top prospect Sam Reinhart will keep developing in junior

‘The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Reinhart just isn’t strong enough to play in the NHL yet. “It’s not hockey sense, it’s not skill,” Murray said. “It’s none of that. For me, it’s strength.”

GM Tim Murray undecided on Nikita Zadorov’s future

‘Since Zadorov doesn’t have a release from his Russian team, the Sabres lose control of him for the rest of the season if they send him back to the Ontario Hockey League’s London Knights.’

Saturday’s Pittsburgh Coverage

Sabres-Penguins Preview (AP)
High-scoring Penguins host struggling Sabres (NHL.com)
Digital Preview vs. Buffalo Sabres 11/1/14 (PittsburghPenguins.com)
Fan Guide: Penguins vs. Buffalo Sabres 11/1/14 (PittsburghPenguins.com)

Sabres did the right thing with Sam Reinhart

‘Even though the optics suggest the Sabres are tanking in order to be in position to pick McDavid first overall next summer, the atmosphere around the team is toxic right now. Reinhart certainly doesn’t need to be around that, especially since the Sabres are not going to win anything this year — except for, perhaps, the McDavid sweepstakes.’

Sabres assign No. 2 pick Reinhart to junior team

‘NHL rules stipulate that a drafted rookie can play in up to nine games on a trial basis. Once Reinhart played his 10th, he would’ve been committed to the NHL for the full season and started the clock on his rookie contract.’

Sabres send Reinhart back to junior

‘Buffalo’s decision to send Reinhart back to Kootenay of the Western Hockey League was not unexpected, as the 18-year-old had averaged just 10:21 of ice time while managing only one assist over his trial period.’

Sabres F Reinhart returns to juniors

‘The Sabres could play Reinhart, the second pick of the 2014 draft, in nine games before deciding on whether to keep him beyond his 10th game and start the clock on his three-year, entry-level contract, or return him to junior hockey. He played his ninth game Thursday night against the Boston Bruins.’

The Sabres send Reinhart back to junior

‘The 18 year old was overwhelmed at times and was at a physical disadvantage. Once Ted Nolan reduced his ice time, you could see he relaxed a little and improved some.’

Sabres’ Murray knew Reinhart had to be sent down

‘It seemed like it was a pretty obvious decision. One of the most obvious things in watching Reinhart play was how overmatched he was physically. Murray said, “He’s not going to learn a whole lot there on the ice, I told him I know he can go back there and be a 120 point guy in a full season playing three quarters speed, but that’s not what we want him to go back there and do.”’

Reinhart returned to junior

‘Buffalo’s first selection (second overall) in the 2014 Entry Draft, Reinhart had one assist in nine games played for the Sabres this season. Reinhart recorded his first career NHL point on October 25 in San Jose when he assisted on Nicolas Deslauriers’ game-winning goal.’

Murray: Assigning Reinhart to junior ‘the right thing’ for his development

‘“[He’s] not strong or heavy enough yet. Just by getting stronger, he’s going to get quicker and faster but strength was an issue for me,” Murray said. “Watching him play, watching how important he was here, the minutes he got here, the situations he played in here told me it was time to get back.”’

Friday practice report

‘Defenseman Tyson Strachan, who played in his second game of the season Thursday night, looks like he’ll be staying in the lineup for the foreseeable future. He skated with Mike Weber while Andrej Meszaros – a healthy scratch against the Bruins on Thursday – worked alongside Nikita Zadorov.’

Saturday’s Rochester Coverage

Rochester Amerks blank Syracuse (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Struggling Syracuse Crunch offense shrinks again in 3-0 loss to the Rochester Amerks (Syracuse Post Standard)
Syracuse Crunch already desperate for season U-turn after brutal 3-0 loss to Rochester Amerks (Syracuse Post Standard)
Makarov, Amerks shutout Crunch in Syracuse (Amerks.com)
Crunch special teams struggle in 3-0 loss to Amerks (SyracuseCrunch.com)