Hunwick, Holland each score twice, Maple Leafs rout Sabres

‘Derek Grant scored for Buffalo. Jason Kasdorf started for the Sabres and allowed four goals on 13 shots. He was replaced by John Muse at the start of the second, Muse surrendered four goals on 27 shots.’

Sabres GM: Ristolainen’s return unlikely to sway talks

‘Though Murray said the two sides are still negotiating, he wouldn’t say whether progress is being made with the restricted free agent two weeks before the Sabres open the regular season.’

Maple Leafs throttle Sabres 8-1

‘The good fortune continues for Derek Grant. He is standing at the side of the net and is able to backhand the puck home on a rebound chance off of Jhonas Enorth to tie the game. Grant had a hand in a couple of the goals here on Tuesday as well.’

Murray: No deadlines in Ristolainen negotiations

‘”As long as the talks are ongoing, something good could happen,” Murray said on WGR on Friday with Mike Schopp and the Bulldog. “If the talks ever break down and one side gets pissed off or doesn’t think their being treated fairly or negotiations aren’t going in the right direction that you have to worry, we’re certainly not at that place yet nor do I expect to be. We’ve been talking for a long time, and they have an argument and we have an argument.I don’t have a timeline, but really in fairness, there hasn’t been a deadline yet. There are looming deadlines now, so we’ll see where that takes us.”‘

Season Preview: Buffalo Sabres

‘Defensive problems suppress the offense more than their opponents do because they’re often unable to get the puck out of trouble. If Eichel and Reinhart don’t progress as expected, the Sabres may not be ready to return to the playoffs.’

5 Questions: Buffalo Sabres

‘While it seemed to be a given that Eichel would pile up goals and points in his first NHL season, Reinhart’s performance caught some by surprise. The rookie forwards, who played on the same line for most of the season, led the Sabres in goals; Eichel had 24 and Reinhart 23. The Sabres can’t afford to have either player go through a sophomore slump if they are to end their five-season playoff drought.’

Sabres Disappointed In Effort After Loss To Leafs

‘”They outplayed us,” Sabres captain Brian Gionta said. “They were on top of us all night. We didn’t have good reads. We weren’t good with the puck. We lost battles. Pretty much everything that could go wrong went wrong tonight.”‘

Quick hits: Sabres 1, Maple Leafs 0 (SO)

‘Buffalo eked out a 1-0 shootout victory over Toronto on Thursday, getting the only goal when Matt Moulson scored on the Sabres’ fourth attempt of the shootout. Buffalo has scored three regulation goals during its three preseason games.’

Ristolainen reports to camp as ‘good will’ move

‘“In the end, this made sense to him, at least in the short term.”’

Sabres’ Nilsson making the perfect first impression

‘“You always want to make a good impression, but what it comes down to is helping your team win games,” Nilsson said in Meridian Centre. “My job is to stop the puck, and I’m trying to do that every time I come to the rink no matter if it’s practice, a scrimmage or an exhibition game.”’

Sabres prospect Alexander Nylander enjoys special night against brother

‘“We fought a lot, there was a lot when we were playing knee hockey, shinny,” an excited Alexander Nylander said Thursday morning prior to the Sabres’ 1-0 preseason shootout win, their first-ever meeting at any level of hockey. “We always came clean after it and were best buddies again.”’

Rasmus Ristolainen practicing as ‘goodwill’ gesture to Sabres

‘Ristolainen’s agent, former NHL goalie Mike Liut, wrote in an email to the Times Herald his client wants to “build on his summer training.”’

Friday’s Toronto Coverage

Nylander happy to have Martin around in Leafs’ pre-season loss to Sabres (Toronto Sun)
Goalies steal show as Leafs drop pre-season tilt to Sabres (Toronto Star)
Sabres outlast Maple Leafs (Saint Catharines Standard)
Moulson scores shootout winner; Sabres top Leafs, 1-0, in pre-season play (Waterloo Region Record)
Nylander brothers face off for first time (TSN)
Nylander brothers share tender post-game moment (Sportsnet)

Moulson scores SO winner, Sabres top Leafs 1-0 in pre-season

‘Nilsson stopped 23 shots in regulation and overtime plus all four Toronto shooters. Meanwhile, Toronto goalies Garret Sparks and Kasimir Kaskisuo combined to stop all 38 Buffalo shots in regulation and overtime. Kaskisuo had stopped the first three Buffalo shooters before Moulson’s winner.’

What should the Sabres pay Rasmus Ristolainen?

‘It puts Buffalo general manager Tim Murray at a bit of a crossroads. There’s no denying the scoring impact Ristolainen had last year, and at the age of 21, there’s all the room in the world for him to make big strides in the next few years.’