Deslauriers raises his comfort level

‘“I feel more comfortable here, which is weird,” Deslauriers said Saturday in First Niagara Center. “I was there five years with rookie camp and everything, but I feel so much more comfortable. The staff’s been awesome since I got here last year. It’s just been amazing.”’

Sabres’ Zac Dalpe facing some stiff competition for roster spot

‘Dalpe chose a hard lineup to crack when he signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Sabres on July 13. Only three or so forward jobs are available this training camp. The Sabres have strong depth up front. A few players will be squeezed out before the Oct. 9 season opener.’

Deslauriers fitting in after summer in Buffalo

‘“He’s like any of our younger players. He has some growing to do and some maturing to do. But he has the right attitude and the right approach to it,” Nolan said. “It’ll just be a smooth transition whether he gets on the third line consistently or whether he gets on the second line. That’s yet to be determined, but all indications right now, he’s moving in the right direction.”’

Stewart turns up the intensity as Sabres fall to Leafs

‘Stewart scored twice during the first period and interrupted his pursuit of a hat trick to pummel a Toronto player during Buffalo’s 6-4 loss in First Niagara Center.’

Schaller catches Nolan’s eye

‘“This young man, every day he just kind of grew on you,” Nolan said before the preseason game. “With training camp, that’s what’s so unique about it. You never know what’s going to happen.’

Sabres reassign 11 to Rochester Americans

‘Adam must clear waivers before he officially joins the Amerks. He is expected to be placed on waivers for 24 hours beginning at noon Saturday.’

Michal Neuvirth struggles, Chris Stewart shines in Sabres’ preseason loss to Leafs

‘“A tough game, not a lot of shots,” Neuvirth said. “It seemed like every time they had a shot it ended up in our net. I just couldn’t get in the game to make a big save.”’

Saturday’s Toronto Coverage

Maple Leafs get big game from Tyler Bozak in pre-season win over Sabres (Toronto Sun)
Maple Leafs’ Bozak and Clarkson score in return from injury (Toronto Star)
Tallinder’s tryout bid with Leafs suddenly in jeopardy (TSN)
Photo gallery (Buffalo News)

Reimer Makes 34 Saves, Maple Leafs Beat Sabres 6-4

‘Toronto defenseman Henrik Tallinder had to be helped off the ice after being shoved face-first into the boards by Mike Weber.’

Toronto 6, Buffalo 4

‘Chris Stewart supplied two goals and Cody McCormick and Jake McCabe also scored for Buffalo.’

Bozak strong in pre-season debut for Leafs, who lose Tallinder to injury

‘As Toronto looks for depth on the blue-line, Tallinder’s chances of making the team were dealt a serious blow when he went shoulder-first into the boards on a hit from former Sabres teammate Mike Weber, who also landed on top of him. He did not return.’

Sabres coach Nolan switches stance on fighting

‘“People are always questioning whether I’ve softened,” Nolan said before Friday’s pre-season game against Toronto. “I’ve never softened. I don’t like bullies, I’ve never liked bullies and I don’t think there’s a place for them. And sometimes when bullies are out there you have to defend yourself; that’s what happened in the past (but) they’re not as relevant now.”’

Leafs Take Down Sabres 6-4

‘Michal Neuvirth struggled in net, stopping 16 of 22 shots.’

Sabres and Leafs rivals in the preseason too

‘I liked the fact that Drew Stafford answered the challenge and fought Dion Phaneuf despite it being a preseason game.’

The Sabres trim the roster by 13

‘Buffalo’s training camp roster is now at 38 players, 21 forwards, 12 defensemen and five goaltenders.’