Revamped Sabres set to start climbing standings

‘More will be asked of the younger defensemen. Rasmus Ristolainen, 20, and Zach Bogosian, 24, will play in top-four roles again. It’s expected that 2010 first-round pick Mark Pysyk will be an everyday contributor, and 21-year-old Jake McCabe will have a chance to break into the lineup after he impressed Sabres coaches during the scrimmage.’

Lehner, Kane questions key to Sabres success

‘”I think he’s a No. 1 goalie,” Murray said after trading for Lehner at the 2015 NHL Draft. “I think he becomes a starter.”‘

Eichel, Reinhart among Sabres’ top five prospects

‘Eichel, 18, is expected to step into the Sabres lineup right away and join Ryan O’Reilly as one of their two scoring centers. Eichel excelled last season, but the jump from college to the NHL will be his biggest test. After he performed well for the United States at the 2015 IIHF World Championship, he should be ready for the challenge.’

Bylsma as coach gives Sabres reason for optimism

‘With that sort of experience, Bylsma seems like the perfect fit for a team with a lot of young talent and two potential star centers (Eichel and Sam Reinhart). Sabres general manager Tim Murray wanted to get a coach with a winning pedigree and found one.’

Brown’s Willman hopes summer work pays off

‘For the second summer in a row, Willman made a positive impression at Buffalo Sabres development camp during the second week of July. “I thought I skated with confidence and showcased some of my abilities and did pretty well,’’ said Willman, Buffalo’s fifth-round draft pick in 2014.’

Stouffville Spirit grad impresses at Buffalo Sabres’ camp

‘What the 20-year-old Stouffville resident and former Stouffville Spirit defenceman did warranted him to earn a contract with their American Hockey League affiliate Rochester Americans, who inked him to a one-year, two-way contract, the AHL club announced Wednesday.’

Sabres goalie prospect Cal Petersen thriving at Notre Dame

‘“I wasn’t guaranteed anything going in,” said Petersen, a lefty. “I was guaranteed if I came in and worked hard there would be an opportunity to play right away. I think as a goaltender that’s how I want it. It’s a battle from the beginning. I’m glad that I was able to get a majority of the games.”’

Sabres owner says 2 lost seasons were successful for future

‘He says the seasons were “two of the most successful seasons we’ve ever had.”‘

Thursday’s Rochester Coverage

Home, sweet home, for Randy Cunneyworth behind Amerks bench (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Randy Cunneyworth happy to be back coaching Amerks (Olean Times Herald)
Amerks sign McPherson and Chapman to AHL contracts (Amerks.com)

Wednesday’s Rochester Coverage

Randy Cunneyworth returning to coach Amerks (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Sabres name Randy Cunneyworth Amerks coach (Olean Times Herald)
Cunneyworth returns for 2nd stint to coach Sabres’ AHL team (AP)
Randy Cunneyworth named head coach of the Rochester Americans (Amerks.com)
Amerks launch 60th anniversary season with commemorative logo (Amerks.com)

Brandon’s roles reflect synergy of franchises

‘In recent months, Brandon had become increasingly involved with the Sabres’ business operations. Other members of the Bills’ front office, such as senior vice president of media and content Marc Honan, have already been doing Sabres-related work in addition to their Bills responsibilities.’

Brandon leading Bills, Sabres business operations no surprise

‘Brandon had became increasingly involved with the Sabres’ business operation, and last June he accompanied co-owner Kim Pegula and others within the franchise’s hierarchy to the NHL Awards ceremony in Las Vegas. Several high-end sponsors making the trip also have sponsorship deals with the Bills, evidence that the amount of business crossover between the teams eliminated the need for each to have a president.’

Just like you, Brandon’s a fan

‘For decades, Buffalo’s two major sports franchises competed against one another for entertainment dollars. Now, especially with Brandon watching over the larger Pegula Sports and Entertainment business plan, he can tie them together with season-ticket sales, sponsorships and other forces that drive revenue.’

McDavid-Eichel matchup will be on NBCSN

‘The Sabres will appear on the national networks (NBC or NBCSN) only five times, six fewer than during the 2014-15 season. Only one Sabre game will be shown on NBC: the Feb. 21 home Sunday afternoon game against Pittsburgh.’

Sabres oust Ted Black, name Russ Brandon team president

‘His most famous quote still lives in infamy. When deflecting criticism after the unveiling of the Sabres “third jersey” in 2013, Black said, “If it doesn’t sell, it won’t really mean anything to our bottom line,” Black said on WGR radio in Buffalo. It’s a third jersey. If it’s a turdburger, I’ll have to put it on a bun and eat it.”’