Sabres optimistic, believe new group of talent will create success

‘“I think our goal is to make the playoffs,” said Gionta, who won the 2003 Stanley Cup with New Jersey. “If you’re not looking at doing that coming into camp, you don’t have the right mindset.”’

Sabres rebuild after franchise record for losses

‘Buffalo finished last in the standings (21-51-10) and set a franchise record for losses. The Sabres also established a post-NHL-expansion-era low of just 150 goals.’

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‘If there was a Hockey Mensa Society, Sam Reinhart would be a member. The ability to think at a high level is required to play successfully in the NHL. Sam has a ‘next generation’ processor when it comes to playing. His ability to think ahead, anticipate what is unfolding and then act is a skill that sets him apart. Like a chess grandmaster, he manipulates the ice to the advantage of his team.’

Sabres Gorges already likes Buffalo

‘Gorges has been in town skating with his new teammates and he’s been pleasantly surprised with Western New York, “It’s been great, I’m very shocked at how nice and genuine people are, not just in the organization, but the city of Buffalo. It’s been a good couple of weeks. For myself it’s a fresh start, coming to a new team. I got in here a couple of weeks before camp to familiarize myself with the city and the guys and it’s been a great couple of weeks.’

Sabres Nolan is excited that this is his team

‘Some of those players were either not re-signed or bought out and the head coach is really excited that this year it will be his team and he gets to pick the players, “That to me is the most exciting part. Last year it was what it was and you deal with what you have. This time, we’re going to evaluate all that stuff like what they did in the summertime. You don’t come to camp out of shape and all of a sudden expect to get lots of minutes. We talked about it with the coaching staff, we have to have structure and we have to have discipline, so those are the fundamentals of what we want to do in training camp.”’

New captain could be named soon

‘“I believe in doing things early. If you’re going to do it, do it quick,” he said. “If you know basically know who the decision is then you try to do it as quick as you can, let it settle in and let the leaders lead.”’

Plenty of decisions ahead for Nolan, Sabres

‘Reinhart, the No. 2 pick in June, should get a long look during camp. Naturally, the Sabres haven’t said much about the 18-year-old’s future. But Nolan has spoken in the past about his belief very few youngsters can jump right from junior into the NHL.’

Bills-Pegula combination excites Sabres players

‘“It was an amazing feeling just to be there. It was awesome,” Angola native Patrick Kaleta said prior to the Sabres Foundation golf tournament Tuesday at Wanakah Country Club in Hamburg. “And then the performance they put on the field made the day even better. I went home a happy man.”’

Nolan’s trust goes deep with assistants he hired

‘“No disrespect to anybody that was here before, but I think that comfort zone and finding the right chemistry is really important,” Nolan said Tuesday. “Coming up with the group that we had here was taxing, but in the end it was well worth it.”’

Sabres’ Nolan anxious to get season started

‘It’s an eclectic group. Trottier’s a legend who also his paid dues as an assistant coach before briefly coaching the New York Rangers. Irbe, the goalie coach, is a former NHL All-Star and Nolan’s assistant with Latvia. Coolen and Flynn, Nolan’s assistant with the New York Islanders, are veteran coaches with junior, college and European experience.’

Stewart ready to strut stuff for Sabres

‘“Getting traded and having my season cut short in March, it was a downer,” Stewart said. “It’s been a long summer, that’s for sure. Being hurt and watching hockey for two, three months, it’s definitely something else.”’

Zadorov benched as Sabres lose again

‘Buffalo was trailing the Stars 4-0 in the second period and Cassidy decided to end Nikita Zadorov’s afternoon. Cassidy said the benching was a message, “It was a coach’s decisions.” I asked what he didn’t like about his game and Cassidy said, “Effort level, not good enough. We got a lot of guys here trying to make a NHL team in the next week or so and I wouldn’t specifically say he was maybe the only one, but maybe the biggest offender. We just didn’t like his effort and we had to make a decision on it.” Cassidy said it’s a one game thing and Zadorov will be in the lineup Tuesday against St. Louis.’

Gionta thrilled to be back home with Sabres

‘”We’re excited to be there,” Gionta, who signed a three-year, $12.75 million contract July 1, said earlier this month. “It’s been a while since I’ve been that close to home, and I think it’s a great fit for myself on the team but also for my family in the community.”‘

Improved scoring, shot prevention top Sabres wish list

‘”The type of players they are and not only are they going to bring a good game on the ice, but a lot of the guys are veteran guys that’ll bring experience to the locker room I think we needed,” defenseman Tyler Myers said. “Watching what happened this summer with us, I’m really excited with the direction we’re heading.”‘

Sabres aim to bounce back after last-place finish

‘”Last year was a mess,” forward Drew Stafford said. “With guys getting moved, getting out of the lineup, signing new guys, there were a lot of tryouts for spots it seemed even later on in the year or mix and matching the lineup quite a bit. … It’s still going to be a challenge, it’s still going to be a struggle at times, but definitely I expect it to be better than last year.”‘