Sabres’ Ennis feeling confident after offseason moves

‘”It definitely helps when you have a top-end center like that,” Ennis said. “When you have a franchise guy. It’s nice that he’s a big centerman, especially with the skill that he has. With Jack, I haven’t heard a bad thing about him. I hear he has Ryan Getzlaf’s passing ability combined with Mike Modano’s skating.’

Buffalo Sabres GM Tim Murray knows how to pick winners

‘”I bought my first horse when I was 20 making $250 a week at a horse sale in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. I haven’t been to a sale since,” Murray says. “Most of my life, I have been involved to some degree — it’s my interest outside of hockey. I just love when the yearling catalogues start coming in.”‘

Sources: Sabres working to land Franson on two-year deal

‘According to two NHL sources, the Sabres are trying to lure former Toronto and Nashville blueliner Cody Franson by offering a two-year contract. Franson, who turned 28 on Aug. 8, has been linked in the rumor mill this month with teams such as Boston, Pittsburgh and Columbus but is almost certainly seeking a multi-year deal. His has played on one-year contracts the last three seasons. He made $3.3 million last season.’

Buffalo forward Tyler Ennis says Sabres’ quick rebuild generating optimism

‘“I think it’s like Edmonton right now, there is a lot of turnover and changes in coaches and we have some high-end prospects coming in and there is a lot of optimism,” Ennis said following a session at Perry Pearn’s 3-on-3 camp Thursday. “It’s really exciting, we made some really good moves, I think. I feel like the rebuild is finally coming to fruition. It’s been a tough couple of years but it’s going to be worth it, because we have a lot of great players and a lot of guys to be excited about, coming in.”’

Friday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks announce 2015-16 regular season schedule (Amerks.com)

Sabres cap season ticket sales at 16,000

‘The Sabres had 96 percent of season ticket holders renew their tickets for the 2015-16 season, marking the 10th consecutive year featuring a renewal rate higher than 90 percent.’

Sabres cap season ticket sales at 16,000

‘“The fact that we had such a high rate of renewal from our season ticket holders is really a testament to the direction our organization is headed,” Sabres president Russ Brandon said. “There’s a tremendous amount of excitement surrounding our team and we can’t wait to get on the ice.”’

Backyard to big time: How hard work drove Dan Bylsma to NHL success

‘“A vast majority of my successes happened within this 5 acres,” Bylsma said. “A vast majority of my learning and education in sports happened in this 5 acres. We didn’t travel to Detroit. I didn’t get lessons from somebody. It happened here for me. I’ve won a lot of major championships, but they’ve all been in this backyard.”’

Sabres star O’Reilly’s drunk driving case put over until September

‘O’Reilly’s next court appearance was set for Sept. 10.’

Season preview: Buffalo Sabres

‘The Sabres can make things interesting and will be in the mix for the postseason for the majority of the season, but will ultimately fall short. Still, they’re on the right track and after the worst two-year stretch in team history, fans will likely just be happy to see their team competitive again.’

Cherishing Habs memories, Sabres veteran Gorges is excited for future in Buffalo

‘“As a player, that’s exciting to be a part of. We spoke about whatever’s happened in the past is not to be talked about any more. It’s only looking ahead at what we have in front of us and that’s a great way to look at things.”’

Bauer outfits Eichel in Sabres’ blue and gold

‘“The money is one thing, but the most important thing is being comfortable in your equipment and that you can trust it. They make a great product, they’re always trying to innovate, and I’m happy where they’re headed. There are a lot of good people involved with the company; I’m really happy with everything about it.”’

Sabres top prospect Eichel signs sponsorship deal with Bauer

‘In a release issued Thursday, the company announced the player drafted second overall in June will exclusively wear its equipment. Bauer will also supply Eichel with its line of clothes.’

Former Penn State hockey coach Battista stepping down from role with Buffalo Sabres

‘“Been working on this (decision) with Terry and Kim since May,” Battista said in the text message. “I gave it a shot but being away from my family was taking its toll, as was driving up and down (U.S. Route) 219!”’

Sabres’ front office gets cleanup

‘Battista’s relationship with Pegula goes back decades, but his role with the Sabres never was quite clear. Even people inside the organization didn’t know how he earned his keep. Most assumed he helped with operations involving HarborCenter. General Manager Tim Murray had little use for him.’