2014-15 NHL team previews: Buffalo Sabres

‘The good news for the Sabres is that things can get only get better from here. After bottoming out last season with a last place finish in the NHL’s overall standings and trading away face-of-the-franchise Ryan Miller, Buffalo is ready to usher in a new era of Sabres hockey. It may just take some time before the team starts winning with regularity.’

Sabres’ Myers thinks Nolan is the answer for him

‘Myers totally changed his training last summer. Much of that was work with sports psychologist Barbara Meyer. Not much changed this summer for Myers, “I definitely saw the benefits of last year’s off season and I not only want to match that, but get more out of it. I think last summer was really good getting the guys together and it really shows me how hard I have to work to keep going every year.”‘

Reinhart leads deep, promising group of prospects in Buffalo Sabres’ 2014 Fall Top 20

‘The embarrassment of riches means that a few noteworthy prospects missed the cut. Among them were utility forward Johan Larsson, who did not have much success in the NHL last year, as well as Jordan Samuels-Thomas, a physical bruiser who has not yet played any pro games. Connor Hurley and Sean Malone also just missed the cut, as well as goaltender Nathan Lieuwen.’

Sabres’ Trottier brings winning

‘As you know Ted Nolan coached the New York Islanders after his first stint in Buffalo. Trottier is here because he became good friends with the Sabres head coach, “When he was just a young coach in the NHL, for whatever reason, I was walking from the old Aud back to the hotel in the middle of winter and I’m walking through the snow and Ted says, ‘Hey you want a ride’ and I jumped in and we had a quick five minute conversation and from that, a mini friendship was born.”‘

Trottier brings winning pedigree to staff

‘“My message for the young guys coming into camp is bring your best game. Bring your best game at the practice, bring your best game come gametime and we’re going to build a confidence,” he said. “We’re going to build a real consistentcy here so when you step on the ice, you’re building good habits.”’

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Sabres list range of ticket prices

‘Pricing in the five classifications (platinum, gold, silver, bronze and value) is based on opponent, day of week and time of year of the game and whether opponents have marquee players. The breakdown in the variable pricing is virtually identical to last season except there is one more silver game and one fewer gold game.’

Sabres coaching staff full of former Wildcats

‘There is no doubt the reunion in Moncton reopened the door for Nolan in the NHL and he made sure to take Flynn with him as his right-hand man in Long Island. The duo managed to lift the sad-sack Isles into the playoffs their first year together, but Flynn wanted to be back in the Maritimes so he returned to the Wildcats that summer to be head coach and general manager.’

Lemieux a chip off the old block

‘Lemieux models his game after his dad and so far, he’s done a pretty good job of gaining a reputation as a great agitator. Lemieux scored 27 goals and 53 points for the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League this past season. He also racked up 145 penalty minutes.’

Variable ticket prices announced for 2014-2015 season

‘The pricing plan for the 2014-15 season includes one Platinum game (Nov. 15 vs. TOR), seven Gold games, 14 Silver games, 11 Bronze games and eight Value games.’

New Sabres signing Reinhart focused on making Canada’s junior team

‘If Buffalo decides the junior championship is not beneficial to Reinhart’s development — or if the forward is already playing for the Sabres at that point — there won’t be any individual redemption for Reinhart after last year’s fourth-place finish. “It’s not really on my mind right now,” he said. “I’m just trying not to think about it too much. When I have the opportunity to make my name in Buffalo, I’ll be focused there as well.”‘

Nolan puts finishing touches on coaching staff

‘Both Coolen and Irbe worked with Nolan as part of the Latvian national team staff. Coolen served as an assistant coach with Team Latvia the past two seasons, including last winter’s Olympic Games in Sochi.’

Sabres change up front office, name new coaching staff

‘Mark Jakubowski has been promoted to Murray’s assistant, the team announced Monday. Jakubowski was the assistant to the GM under Darcy Regier, Murray’s predecessor. Rob Murphy has been named scouting director. Greg Royce has been named amateur scouting director. Murray worked with Murphy and Royce with the Ottawa Senators.’

Trottier, Irbe hired as Sabres assistant coaches

‘Irbe will serve as goalie coach. He is a two-time All-Star goalie, who spent 13 seasons in the NHL, before leaving to play in Europe. From Latvia, Irbe worked with Nolan, who is coach of the country’s national team.’

Sabres hire coaches and add to Murray’s staff

‘“I’m very happy with the group of talented hockey minds we were able to assemble for our coaching staff,” Nolan said. “Each one of these coaches brings an extensive and different background from the hockey world and I’m confident they will help get our team to where it needs to go this season.”’