Reinhart, Grigorenko expected to play final 2 preseason games

‘Reinhart, the second-overall selection in year’s draft, is doing everything he can to make the team. He’s ineligible to play in the American Hockey League this season, so he either has to be in the NHL or go back to his junior team, the Kootenay Ice of the Western Hockey League.’

Wednesday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks seek physical play from Brady Austin (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Aliu making the most of his time in Rochester, who’s turning heads (Amerks.com)

Sabres compete for jobs

‘“The one thing we addressed the first day of training camp is we have to work,” Sabres coach Ted Nolan said after Monday’s practice. “We have to compete. We have to battle on a daily basis. We have to have some structure and discipline. To a man, they’re almost taking it to heart. They’re competing. They’re competing for jobs and they’re competing for ice time. When you have that going on, you’ve got a good environment.”’

Sabres expect big year from healthy Foligno

‘“You’re not going to have amazing games every game, but you got to be effective,” Foligno said Monday following practice inside the First Niagara Center. “That’s my job this year. I’m obviously healthy now. I get the chance to … stay fresh and just be consistent. That’s the biggest thing, to be consistent. Your stock rises.”’

Injured Sabres Patrick Kaleta and Johan Larsson still being evaluated

‘“Nothing official yet,” Nolan said inside the First Niagara Center. “We’ll just wait until the official reports.”’

Sabres’ Benoit was a late bloomer

‘It seemed rather strange that Colorado didn’t resign him. As a matter of fact, nobody resigned him until Buffalo got his name on a contract 23 days into free agency. The defenseman said, “Right off the bat I thought I was going to be able to resign there, but they decided to go another direction and it fell through.”’

Roster battles heating up as next round of cuts approaches

‘“That’s what you expect coming into camp. You’re not given anything so you have to earn it but that’s the way you want it to be,” Flynn. “You don’t want other guys playing poorly so you make the team. You want to go out there and get it.”’

Tuesday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks’ Phil Varone focused on proving people wrong (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Open for business: Amerks open training camp Monday at Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex (Amerks.com)

Hodgson’s new spot takes wing; Sabres fall to Leafs

‘Hodgson skated Sunday in his second preseason game, on a line centered by Mikhail Grigorenko that also included Chris Stewart. He had a team-high seven shots on goal and chipped in a nifty assist on the game’s first goal, setting up Grigorenko to tally after 25 seconds of the second period with a beautiful backhand pass to the middle while streaking down the wing.’

Meszaros getting opportunity with Sabres

‘“This is a new chapter for me, a new home,” Meszaros said. “I’m going to start fresh.”’

Patrick Kaleta and Johan Larsson injured early in Sabres’ preseason loss to Leafs

‘“They both took some serious hits there,” Nolan said.’

Monday’s Toronto Coverage

Maple Leafs edge Sabres but injuries mount (Toronto Sun)
Leafs beat Sabres but it comes with price (Toronto Star)
Toronto Maple Leafs hopeful Josh Leivo leaves his mark in win over Buffalo Sabres (National Post)

Leafs beat Sabres 3-2 in shootout — but lose Franson and Booth to injury

‘The Sabres (1-2-1) also fell victim to injuries on Sunday, losing forwards Patrick Kaleta and Johan Larsson. Mikhail Grigorenko and Nicolas Deslauriers scored for Buffalo.’

Injuries pile up in Sabres-Leafs game with Franson, Booth, Kaleta and Larsson out

‘Sabres Johan Larsson skated into the elbow of an unsuspecting Petter Granberg and headed for the dressing room with a minute left in the first.’

Toronto 3, Buffalo 2 (SO)

‘Mikhail Grigorenko and Nicolas Deslauriers lit the lamp for the Sabres. Andrey Makarov made 27 stops.’