Prospecting: A glimpse into the Sabres’ future

‘Hudson Fasching: The junior at Minnesota is a power forward who loves to go to the net. He had 26 points last year (12 goals, 14 assists) and had offseason surgery to remove bone chips in his knee. This could be his last year of college hockey.’

Cunneyworth returns to Rochester with a win-win philosophy

‘“You try to form some sort of picture what a guy can do, what he needs to work on, how he can fit into the NHL club,” Cunneyworth said. “So over the last couple of years, I’ve been getting to know some of these guys making the jump to pro hockey and being part of our organization. You can put them into the best position to succeed by knowing them as well as making them more effective players.”’

Sabres close preseason with ugly loss

‘Don’t let the 6-4 final score fool you. Six days before the season opener, a team using mostly AHL players and devoid of stars embarrassed the Sabres early on.’

Sabres’ Josh Gorges OK after minor surgery

‘Gorges’ presence would greatly help a defense corps that was down six players earlier this week. Bylsma said he has no new timeframe for Zach Bogosian, who’s week-to-week with a lower-body injury.’

Saturday’s Columbus Coverage

Call-ups meet the challenge (Columbus Dispatch)
Jackets jump out to big lead, hold on vs. Sabres (
Photo gallery (
Photo gallery (Buffalo News)

Curb the Sabres optimism: Better doesn’t mean good

‘Honestly, the Sabres are going to better, but in the Atlantic, better than whom? Not the Canadiens, Lightning, Red Wings, Senators or Panthers. The Bruins probably won’t be good, nor will the Leafs — but that’s the competition for the Sabers. Let’s keep it in perspective.’

Sabres send eight to AHL

‘In addition, forwards Matt Ellis and Patrick Kaleta were released from their tryouts and will report to Rochester for training camp.’

Columbus upends Buffalo 6-4

‘There are just a few roster spots still available for head coach Dan Bylsma to sort through, and tonight is the last chance to make an impression.’

Sabres trim eight from the roster

‘Six players were sent down, William Carrier, Chad Ruhwedel, Nathan Lieuwen, Jerome Leduc, Evan Rodrigues and Tim Schaller.’

Sabres’ Gorges shouldn’t miss any games

‘With all the new faces here on defense, it’s going to look a lot different next week. Gorges has gotten a chance to take it in as he rehabbed and he’s liked what he’s seen, “It’s kind of a good mix of everything, I think the guys we’ve brought in, some veteran guys that have been around the game a long time, they know what it takes to win, they know what it takes to compete, but it’s a group that I find can all move the puck, they all seem to communicate very well which is important when you’re talking about defense and talking about D partners and we’re changing a lot of things with the way we’re going to be playing the game, but I find each game we’re getting better and better or each practice it’s becoming more easy.”’

Blue Jackets hold on to defeat Sabres

‘The Sabres scored four times in the third period before Bjorkstrand hit the empty net with 1:19 remaining. Jamie McGinn had two goals, and Zemgus Girgensons and Evander Kane scored for Buffalo.’

Third-period rally comes up short in loss to Blue Jackets

‘“I think we played together,” McGinn said of the Sabres’ late comeback attempt. “We put pucks in the right area and we moved our feet. We won the battles; we were first to pucks so I think that’s the biggest thing.”’

Saturday’s Rochester Coverage

Kaleta, others to join Amerks (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Sabres announce roster moves; Amerks camp roster grows (

Sabres piece together lineup, beaten badly by Minnesota

‘The Wild outshot Buffalo, 42-11, in dropping the Sabres to 4-2 in exhibition play. Only a 36-save night from Buffalo goaltender Chad Johnson kept the margin from being worse.’

Friday’s Minnesota Coverage

Wild ends preseason with 6-1 victory over Buffalo (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Minnesota Wild bury Sabres 6-1 in preseason finale (Saint Paul Pioneer Press)
Forward Zac Dalpe brought back for preseason finale (Saint Paul Pioneer Press)
Wild Defeat Sabres In Final Preseason Game (
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