Forget Connor McDavid dream and enjoy Sabres’ turnaround

‘On defense, Ristolainen and Zadorov can make you throw sponge pucks at the TV set with some of the mistakes they make. But they’re stuffed with talent like Santa’s sleigh is stuffed with toys and Buffalo’s coaches are wisely staying the course with them.’

Sabres return Grigorenko to AHL Rochester

‘Grigorenko was called up on Monday to fill in after Torrey Mitchell was hurt blocking a shot in a 5-4 shootout win over Ottawa.’

Sabres reassign C Grigorenko

‘In Tuesday night’s 5-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets, Grigorenko played 16:42 with one shot on goal.’

Jets jump all over streaking Sabres

‘Cody Hodgson lost a faceoff and got beat down the ice on Michael Frolik’s back-breaking short-handed goal that put the Jets ahead for good, 2-1, at 11:35 of the second period. To that point, Hodgson had played just 4 minutes, 55 seconds in the game. He never saw the ice again.’

Grigorenko glad to be back; Adam traded

‘“I’ve never been that happy about anything,” Grigorenko said after skating for about 20 minutes in the early afternoon, a few hours before faceoff. “I was really excited. I’m still really excited and really happy to be here again.”’

Change of scenery

‘Adam, who often centered stars Jason Pominville and Thomas Vanek, scored his 10th goal and 20th point in his 32nd game in 2011-12. He never recorded another point that season.’

Wednesday’s Winnipeg Coverage

Give Jets’ depleted ‘D’ an ‘A’ (Winnipeg Free Press)
Time to deal yourself in, Chevy (Winnipeg Free Press)
No Trouba? No trouble (Winnipeg Free Press)
Photo gallery (Winnipeg Free Press)
Jets thrash Sabres 5-1 (Winnipeg Sun)
Frolik delivers knockout punch in win over Sabres – again (Winnipeg Sun)
Winnipeg Jets suffer huge blow with loss of Jacob Trouba to injury (Winnipeg Sun)
Photo gallery (WinnipegJets.com)
Photo gallery (Sabres.com)

Rick Jeanneret: ‘There were some dark times’

‘“I can tell you, there were some dark times. Anybody who’s been through it knows what I’m talking about. You’re sitting there wondering, ‘Is this working? Am I going through all this pain and everything only to be told at the end it didn’t work and you’re dying anyway?’ Whether you try to bar those thoughts from your mind, they’re there.”’

Mark Scheifele’s three-point night gives Jets a 5-1 win over Sabres

‘”Maybe not physically, but mentally,” Nolan said. “We just made a couple of crucial mistakes at bad times.”‘

Sabres, Blue Jackets swap minor-league forwards

‘The 23-year-old D’Amigo is from Binghamton, New York, and had three goals and four assists in 29 games for Columbus’ AHL Springfield affiliate this season. Selected in the sixth-round of the 2009 draft by Toronto, he had a goal and two assists in 22 games with the Maple Leafs last season.’

Latvia loves Sabres’ Girgensons in All-Star vote

‘The second-year player had nearly 1.1 million votes Tuesday. That’s nearly double the total of each of the next two forwards: Chicago’s Patrick Kane (586,310) and Jonathan Toews (573,198).’

Winnipeg 5, Buffalo 1

‘”Maybe not physically but mentally, we just made a couple of crucial mistakes at bad times,” said Buffalo head coach Ted Nolan. “I liked our first period and then all of a sudden a couple of big mistakes and then we are playing catch up the rest of the game.”‘

Sabres, Blue Jackets swap forwards

‘The 23-year-old has not played in the NHL this season, but has tallied three goals and seven points in 28 contests for Springfield (AHL).’

Scheifele scores two as Jets trip Sabres

‘”Clearly, that’s what you want to limit. You give teams in this league that many chances, they’re going to make you pay.”‘

Sabres, Blue Jackets swap forwards

‘The 24-year-old Adam had 15 goals and 11 assists for 26 points and 32 penalty minutes in 87 career NHL games for the Sabres. In 237 AHL games, he has 85 goals, 161 points and 181 penalty minutes.’