Previewing the East: Buffalo

‘The signings should make the Sabres more competitive in the upcoming season. But more importantly, the addition of veteran leaders like Moulson, Gionta and Gorges should help with the development of younger Sabres players, most notably this year’s second overall draft pick Sam Reinhart, as he transitions from juniors to the NHL.’

Sabres sign d Benoit to one-year, $800k deal

‘Benoit, 30, scored seven goals and added 21 assists in 79 games with the Colorado Avalanche in 2013-14.’

Sabres’ Ennis delighted with new deal

‘ “I think I’m ready to take that step and be that leader, take charge and elevate my game,” Ennis said. “I’m due for a big season. There’s been so much change in the last few years. It’s nice to be stable and have that direction.”’

Sabres’ big defensemen set to compete for jobs

‘”It’s going to be tight come fall here,” Pysyk said. “That’s good. All these good, young defensemen and some older guys as well, it’s going to be a tight race. It’s going to push everyone to be better.”‘

Little-known goalie Linus Ullmark rapidly developing into one of Sabres’ top prospects

‘He’ll play one more season with MODO before coming to North America in 2015-16. By then, Ullmark could have a chance to seize a job with the Sabres.’

Josh Gorges: Surprising trade still sinking in

‘“I would’ve loved to stay and try to achieve my ultimate goal in Montreal and win a Stanley Cup there, but that wasn’t meant to be,” Gorges said. “Whatever the reasons, that’s not our job as players to figure out. Our job is to show up and play the way we’re supposed to play and do our jobs and help our team win. It’s the management’s job to put their team together and try to figure out how to make their team better and how to make their team succeed in the playoffs and succeed under a cap system.”‘

Williston Northampton’s Max Willman gets first taste of pro hockey at Sabres Development Camp

‘It has been a meteoric rise for Willman, who was playing public high school hockey with his hometown, Barnstable, only two years ago. He led his team in scoring in his junior and senior seasons, so when he had the opportunity to do a post-grad year at a Division I prep school, he jumped at it.’

Rebuilding Sabres boast size, skill in young forwards

‘A major key to the future comes from the forwards they’ve collected through the draft and trades, and the spotlight is on Sam Reinhart, taken with the No. 2 pick of the 2014 NHL Draft.’

Prospects in goal bode well for Sabres’ future

‘That’s why the Sabres’ prospect pipeline in goal is so important. New General Manager Tim Murray has openly professed to liking big goalies, hardly an endorsement of the 5-foot-10 Enroth or even the 6-foot-1 Neuvirth.’

Murray making forward progress for Sabres

‘“I have to look down the road when I feel we’re going to be a competitive team. Is he the No. 1 center on that team? He may not be. He may be this year, and next year he may be a No. 2 left winger. It depends on what we bring in here, depends how we surround him. That’s going to dictate how he fits.”’

Sabres made good deal on Ennis’ contract

‘“He’s a part of the team,” Murray said. “Is he a center, is he a winger? We’ve talked about that with his agent and where he fits. He fits somewhere on this team.”’

Development camp ends with competitive 3-on-3 tourney

‘“I think it’s the start of team building,” the Sabres’ GM said. “These guys will be together at certain points in the year and then some will play together…it’s the start of these guys creating relationships.”’

New deal shows Sabres’ long-term faith in Ennis

‘“Tyler wants to be a Buffalo Sabre,” Eustace King, Ennis’ agent, told The Buffalo News by phone Thursday from Los Angeles. “They were the team that took him in the first round. There were a handful of teams that considered him that year and Buffalo was the one that took him. You have to give them a lot of credit for believing in him.”’

The hits keep on coming from Compher

‘“I think that’s why Buffalo brought me in, to compete hard and do everything I can to win battles,” Compher said. “That’s what I’m trying to do in camp. Sometimes I get into it with guys, but it’s just hockey. It’s nothing personal.”’

Unknown Sabres prospect Maxwell Willman impressing at development camp

‘“He’s a guy that has really probably surprised me more than anyone here at camp,” Cassidy said.’