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.’

Top NHL prospect McDavid in town

‘“If you haven’t heard the name Connor McDavid and you’re a hockey fan, you’re dead,” Sherry Bassin, the Otters general manager/managing partner, cracked Thursday in First Niagara Center. “You gotta check your pulse because you need a mortician.”’

Connor McDavid impressed with Sabres, can see himself playing in Buffalo

‘“It’s a pretty nice spot,” he said about Buffalo. “The fans are crazy here.”’

Don’t hold your breath for McDavid

‘Don’t get me wrong — I think landing McDavid would be huge for the Sabres. But I think Ted Nolan is the kind of coach that won’t let his team be bad enough to contend for a draft pick derby.’

Friday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks sign, MacKenzie, Irwin (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Amerks sign Irwin and MacKenzie to AHL contract (Amerks.com)

McDavid, Eichel both to play at First Niagara Center

‘Of biggest importance to the Sabres is the fact that the team with the worst record will only drop to No. 2 if it does not win the lottery in 2015. That’s what happened to the Sabres this year, as they finished 14 points behind every other team but lost the lottery to the Florida Panthers and thus took Sam Reinhart with the No. 2 pick.’

Sabres shake up front office again, reassign Kevin Devine and promote Randy Cunneyworth

‘Cunneyworth, a noted talent developer, coached Montreal on an interim basis in 2011-12. He coached the Americans from 2000-08. He also played 866 NHL games, including 35 with the Sabres.’

Lottery changes won’t hurt Sabres

‘McDavid, perhaps the best draft prospect since Sidney Crosby, is coveted. Teams would likely become laughingstocks for a crack at the 17-year-old, a potential franchise-changing talent.’

Sabres centre Tyler Ennis sees role growing on team

‘“I think everyone goes through ups and downs, I had a really bad start to the year,” said Ennis, taking part at Perry Pearn’s 3-on-3 conditioning camp. “We went though a coaching change, management change, it was nice to finish off with new coaches and some stability. I think we’re optimistic this year. I think Tim Murray did some good work picking up some great players.”‘

Sabres shift Devine to player personnel director

‘Devine previously served as the team’s chief scout and assistant general manager. Those roles were filled by Greg Royce and Mark Jakubowski earlier this month.’