Draft lottery a win-win for the Buffalo Sabres

‘”Connor is a tad younger, and he weighs 195, but he’s going to get stronger. I think Jack has a better size-strength game because he is more physically mature. They are both going to be productive, impactful players for a long time. I think Connor will be viewed as more of a high-skill finesse guy. And Jack will be seen as a power-skill guy.”‘

Friday’s Rochester Coverage

Cassidy knows review of Amerks staff is next for Murray (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)

Sam Reinhart would relish Connor McDavid as Sabres teammate

‘”There’s nothing you can say bad about the guy,” Reinhart said. “Most people know what kind of player he is but he’s a better guy in the locker room, a humble guy, which is my view is more important.”’

Sabres goalie Anders Lindback wants to return following strong run as starter

‘“Unfortunately for Chad, he got hurt,” Lindback said. “It really opened a window for me to get playing time. I think that’s what’s been missing for me – playing, getting into a rhythm. It was a long time ago I got to play this much. I’ve just been feeling more comfortable for every game that’s passed.”’

Sabres ‘Blueprint’ Goes the Distance

‘Once the “blueprint” was decided, as right or wrong as it may be, it would take all aspects of the organization rowing together to ensure its success. Ted Nolan tipping his hand to the media and the public about running things the way he sees fit, about criticizing his GM for leaving defenseman Mark Pysyk in Rochester all season, and almost projecting a sense of schadenfreude as the worries over 30th place went the distance, made him unpalatable to the future of the franchise.’

Sabres’ Reinhart has learned a lot this season

‘OK, we’ve all seen McDavid play, but we haven’t been on the ice with him. Reinhart likes many things, “I think the speed he’s able to generate, his hockey sense is right up there with the best.”’

Sabres sharpshooters missing in action

‘“This is by far the worst year I’ve had statistically in my whole life, not just in the National Hockey League,” Hodgson said on locker cleanout day. “Individually, as a team, it just wasn’t a success. That’s tough on everybody and takes a toll on you throughout the year.”’

Zadorov says he’s learned his lesson

‘“It was tough,” he said. “I made a couple mistakes this year off the ice, and it’s all maturity. I’m not going to make them anymore.”’

Sabres GM Tim Murray challenges Nikita Zadorov to grow up

‘“Be more mature, don’t be a kid anymore,” he said. “It’s a men’s league. It’s all the pros, just keep it simple.”’

Nolan was in lose-lose situation

‘Despite having the worst roster in the league, the Sabres played hard for Nolan. With a good percentage of fans — and some members of the Western New York media — openly rooting for the Sabres to lose, they didn’t lock up last place in the standings until the second-to-last night of the regular season.’

Inside the tank: Sabres reporter recalls horrific, surreal season

‘Poor Ted was in the worst position possible.’

If Sabres don’t win lottery, here’s who should

‘Thirteen other teams — perish the thought — have a chance to win the lottery too. Here’s who this Sabres fan would root for from that batch, in reverse order…’.

Sabres Captain Brian Gionta Comments on Firing of Ted Nolan

‘”You go out and play hard for a bunch of reasons…Nobody wanted the coaches to get fired. Being in the business for as long as we have, we know it’s an unfortunate result of where we finished.” Gionta continues “We battled hard, we had ourselves in 90% of those games, but unfortunately for certain reasons we didn’t come out on top.”‘

Wednesday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks’ Mark Pysyk given the go-ahead to return (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Pysyk looks to make his return Friday (WGR-AM)

As Sabres start shopping, coaching candidates abound

‘“We’re not going to put a timetable on it,” General Manager Tim Murray said. “If I get a call out of the blue and it’s so-and-so and he’d like to interview and he comes across as a great interview and he’s got pedigree and everything else and you have to make a snap decision, then that may happen.”‘