Cornel is ready as the Sabres start in Traverse City

‘Cornel is going up again guys that that are either his age or within two years and that has to make him more comfortable, “Yes, knowing the guys you’re playing against on the other team and knowing the guys I’m playing with are a similar age to you, so I think as a young guy, it makes it a little more comfortable getting your first game in.”’

Sabres open camp Thursday with plenty of questions

‘Here are five things fans can watch for as the Sabres prepare for the 2014-15 season…’

Sabres’ prospects intent on showing their best

‘“Just starting to play games with the organization is something to look forward to and something I’ve been training for for quite some time,” Reinhart said by phone Thursday. “A lot of the guys that have gone in the past have only said good things about the tournament and Traverse City itself, so I’m excited about it.”’

Sabres prospect Nikita Zadorov believes strong training camp could earn NHL roster spot

‘“I’m a year older, a year stronger – everything,” Zadorov said earlier this week. “I have experience.”’

Training camp set to open on September 18

‘The Sabres will then open their preseason slate of games on Sunday, Sept. 21, when they travel to Washington, DC, to face the Capitals in a 5 p.m. start. All of Buffalo’s preseason games will air on Sports Radio WGR550.’

Reviewing Terry Pegula’s tenure as Buffalo Sabres owner

‘It has been a bit of a disaster during the past three years. Some of the fault lies with the front-office personnel, but the buck stops with Pegula. He’s as complicit as anyone else in the organization’s recent struggles. But if there’s one thing you can say about him: he cares. Pegula is living what he called his lifelong dream of owning his favorite hockey team and it often shows.’

Sabres gunning for Traverse City title

‘Sam Reinhart, Rasmus Ristolainen, Joel Armia and Nikita Zadorov head the list of 10 first- or second-round picks who will play this weekend. Buffalo is the only organization in the eight-team tournament that will send that many high selections.’

Sabres’ Andre Benoit paid dues to earn regular NHL gig

‘“Sometimes you start to wonder if you’re going to get the break you need,” Benoit, who signed a one-year, $800,000 contract in July, said last week following a late-summer workout. “That’s not easy to come by all that time. But at the same time, you just have to keep motivated and keep plugging at it and never give up, because you never know when that opportunity’s going to come.”’

NHL 2014-15 preview: Buffalo Sabres

’2014-15 prediction: The Sabres will achieve their unspoken mandate of finishing as close to the basement as possible with an eye toward drafting either Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel, both viewed as future franchise centres.’

Roster takes shape for Sabres

‘The Sabres were the worst team in the NHL last season and still figure to be near the bottom this year. So why does it feel like there’s not going to be many competitions for jobs to watch at training camp?’

THN’s 2014-15 NHL season preview: Buffalo Sabres

‘The Sabres will have gumption in their game, but it won’t make up for the absence of experience and talent. Anything short of a 30th place finish and the first pick in the 2015 draft will be viewed as a failure this season.’

It’s the final sprint at HarborCenter

‘To hit the new deadline, the work site is active for 21 hours a day, starting as early as 4 a.m. and finishing as late as 1 or 1:30 a.m, said Ryan Poropat, lead project supervisor for Mortenson Construction, the general contractor.

Gorges excited for ‘new chapter’ with Sabres

‘”We’re a young team, a team with a lot of upside, a lot of potential,” he said of the Sabres. “Once we make that work, put the work boots on and play as a team, I think we have a lot of potential. I’m excited about it.”

Thursday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks won’t be facing Bears this season (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Amerks Announce 2014-15 Regular Season Schedule (Amerks.com)
Amerks Announce Preseason Games Vs. Toronto Marlies (Amerks.com)

Agenda clash adds intrigue for Sabres

‘Murray and Nolan aren’t about to hold a news conference saying as much, but they have different agendas. It doesn’t mean they have a contentious relationship. Murray will say that he wants to win ASAP because he can’t send any other message to his players, to the fans, to the league.’