Sabres’ Phil Varone ready to seize best chance of young career

‘“It’s not about not getting an opportunity anymore,” Varone said. “I’m getting my opportunity, so it’s on me.”’

Varone, Larsson seizing new opportunities

‘“For young guys who really believe that they can play in the National Hockey League, they’re really going to have an opportunity to prove that they can,” Sabres coach Ted Nolan said after the team’s practice at HARBORCENTER on Wednesday.’

Sabres post-trade lineup plays out same old story

‘The Sabres finished last year 2-16-2 over their last 20 games to easily finish last overall. They didn’t win the draft lottery but were more than satisfied to take Sam Reinhart with the No. 2 pick. There’s a pretty good chance the final 20 games this year will be equally as putrid.’

11 goalies have suited up since Miller left

‘Seriously. Eleven. In just 53 weeks. With so many stories among them.’

Sabres’ GM Murray did ugly job well

‘In fact, Buffalo is now shackled with what many believe is the worst goaltending tandem in the NHL. Well played, Tim.’

Wednesday’s Tampa Bay Coverage

Vasilevskiy deals first shutout as Bolts blank Buffalo 3-0 (Tampa Tribune)
Trades not enough to make Bolts unique (Tampa Tribune)
Carle ‘progressing’ six weeks after surgery (Tampa Tribune)
Vasilevskiy earns first NHL shutout in Lightning’s victory over Sabres (Tampa Bay Times)
Braydon Coburn makes Lightning debut (Tampa Bay Times)
Braydon Coburn shocked, but excited to join Lightning (Fox Sports Florida)
Photo gallery (Fox Sports Florida)
Andrei Vasilevskiy earns first career shutout; Bolts beat Sabres 3-0 (TampaBayLightning.com)
Bolts take care of business with Buffalo (TampaBayLightning.com)
Three things we learned from Andrei Vasilevskiy’s first shutout (TampaBayLightning.com)
Photo gallery (TampaBayLightning.com)
Photo gallery (Sabres.com)

Lightning rookie Vasilevskiy earns 1st NHL shutout

‘Buffalo coach Ted Nolan is determined to remain positive in front of his rebuilding team. “I’m the senior guy. These kids are young men,” he said. “Before they know it, their careers are going to be over, so our job is to make sure that they stay focused and become the best players they can under the most difficult situation.”‘

Sabres call up 3, including Grigorenko, from AHL Rochester

‘Grigorenko is Buffalo’s 2012 first-round draft pick, who has four goals and six assists in 55 career games with the Sabres.’

Tampa Bay 3, Buffalo 0

‘”They’re one of the best teams in the league,” said Buffalo head coach Ted Nolan. “Overall I liked the effort.”‘

Lightning rookie Vasilevskiy shuts out Sabres

‘”Obviously, we’re going to give up some shots. That’s kind of going to be the theme of the year a little bit,” said Sabres center Philip Varone. “We had chances to score. We had a chance to make a game of it, if we don’t take that five-on-three. Stuff like that happens, and you just move forward.”‘

New-Look Sabres Blanked In Tampa Bay 3-0

‘With both Rasmus Ristolainen and Andrej Meszaros in the box, Ryan Callahan’s one-timer from the top of the crease made it 2-0. Enjoying a 5-on-3 advantage, Valtteri Filppula and Tyler Johnson passed the puck to each other several times behind the Buffalo net before Johnson sent it out front for Callahan, who connected for his 20th of the season. Still on the power play, the Lightning made it 3-0 just 1:36 later on Victor Hedman’s 8th, a blast from the far faceoff circle.’

Newest Sabres relish opportunity

‘Schaller is looking forward to the opportunity presented by the call-up, adding, “that’s what I’m looking for. You know, take it day-by-day, game-by-game, you know, just do what I do and do my job and good things should happen so hopefully…I can finish the year here.” His first NHL goal came in front of his parents against the Boston Bruins on December 21st.’

Vasilevskiy’s first shutout lifts Lightning past Sabres

‘”These guys are frustrated with what happened the last couple days,” Sabres coach Ted Nolan said. “They lost close friends and they’re down. But they went out and worked for 60 minutes. We put some good chances together in the first but couldn’t get a goal. We know we’re going to have to win games 2-1 or 1-0 and that’s tough to do.”‘

Sabres shut out by Lightning in 1st game after deadline

‘“They’re very frustrated with what’s happened the last couple days. They lost a lot of close friends and what have you. Emotionally, they were down but I thought for 60 minutes during the hockey game, they forgot about it and worked,” Nolan said.’

Sabres recall forward trio from Rochester

‘The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has recalled forwards Mikhail Grigorenko, Tim Schaller and Jerry D’Amigo from the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League (AHL).’