Friday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks hope to make 60th anniversary season special (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)

Finally, the Eichel era dawns for Sabres

‘”It went fine. We talked a lot about training camp,” Eichel said of the conversation. “I don’t really think I want to ease into the season. No one wants to ease into anything. I want to get out there and make an impression, make an impact right away. From my first shift, I want to do something positive to help this team win. Whatever that is. They want me to make an impact and I’m going to do my best to do that.”‘

Bylsma eager to step back behind an NHL bench

‘“It’s not quite like coaching your first game,” Bylsma said. “But there is a high level of excitement, getting ready for this game and the season to start.”’

‘Eich Daddy’ burger highlights new Sabres concessions

‘The burger modifies the classic combo of all-beef patty, American cheese, lettuce, onion and tomato by throwing on Thousand Island dressing, guacamole and a fried egg. Sitting on a brioche roll, the burger is one of the bolder taste options in the corrugated cardboard-bound world of stadium eats.’

Don Cherry is liking new look of Buffalo Sabres

‘“I’m picking on Hockey Night in Canada that Buffalo will be the most improved team in the National Hockey League,’’ Cherry, 81, said. “I love all the moves. I give Murray a tough time for a few things, but I’ve got to give him credit. If he gets Evander Kane straightened out, every guy he’s got is a character guy. So I’m picking the Sabres to be the most improved and as you know, I’m never wrong.’’’

Jack Eichel just one big piece for Sabres

‘At least six players, including Kane and O’Reilly, will make their Sabres debut tonight inside the First Niagara Center. Dan Bylsma, meanwhile, will coach his first NHL game since May 14, 2014.’

Sabres’ Jack Eichel ready to switch to No. 15

‘“He’s going to change, although he thought maybe he had done pretty well in training camp and he shouldn’t change,” he said. “I told him he played bad last game and freed him up to change.”’

Hope and questions face 2015 Sabres

‘Murray went on to “tank” the ship in Buffalo to draft Sam Reinhart and then Eichel. Since then, Murray has called in all the help he can get to raise that ship from the depths of the standings.’

There is hope in Sabre-land

‘Sure, the defense has the potential to be a giant sieve and Robin Lehner has a whopping 86 games of NHL experience between the pipes. If nothing else, at least the Sabres will be fun to watch.’

Eichel, Kessel are keys for Sabres, Pens

‘This club isn’t evolving into an instant winner simply because Eichel has arrived. The Sabres have enough question marks, and are deficient in enough areas, to remain a work in progress for a few more years. But Buffalo finally has a face for this franchise, one who personifies the city with his blend of work ethic and swagger. The future is brighter because of him.’

Thursday’s Ottawa Coverage

Senators-Sabres Preview (AP)
Ottawa Senators will put friendships aside for victory versus Buffalo (CP)
Sabres open Eichel era by hosting Senators (

What to expect from every Sabre in 2015-16

‘How will each player perform this year? Using Hockey Prospectus’s VUKOTA projection system mixed with some common sense adjustments based on likely playing time, linemates etc., we look at what to expect from every player on the opening roster. (Here is a look at last year’s article, which had some hits and *cough Cody Hodgson* misses)’

Sabres Gionta is injured

‘Gorges said last week he thought he’s be ready for game number one. On Wednesday after practice he said, “I feel really good. I think we’ll reevaluate things in the morning and we’ll know more tomorrow, but I don’t think there’s any reason why I wouldn’t be able to go, but we’ll find out.”’

Sabres’ Reinhart has a mentor on the team

‘“He’s a great guy and there are a lot of them in this dressing room. This team coming in, there’s no question that it’s a lot closer and for a guy like him there’s no question he’s a reason why the team’s close,” Reinhart said.’

Gionta day-to-day as Sabres hold final practice ahead of opener

‘Brian Gionta sustained a lower-body injury late in practice on Tuesday and is day-to-day, Sabres coach Dan Bylsma announced following Wednesday’s practice. Sam Reinhart filled in for Gionta on the right wing on a line with Evander Kane and center Jack Eichel.’