It’s safe to like Sabres again

‘Granted, getting from 81 points to 95 — the elusive plateau that usually gets a half dozen teams into the playoffs — will be harder than going from 54 to 81. The last few miles of a marathon are always the hardest.’

Sabres prospect Justin Bailey thriving with Amerks

‘The prospect has developed rapidly in less than half a season, scoring 15 goals and 32 points in his last 28 games. He became Buffalo’s first AHL rookie to score 20 times since Luke Adam with the Portland Pirates in 2010-11. Bailey’s also the first Amerk to score 20 goals since Adam in 2013-14.’

Friday’s Rochester Coverage

Guhle making most of end-of-season time with Amerks (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)

Mike Harrington (of all people) finds 23 positives in the Sabres’ season

‘It doesn’t matter if the Sabres have a good team or have been terrible. They can’t lose in SAP Center, aka “The Shark Tank.” They made it five straight there and 9-0-1 in the last 10 games against the Sharks overall with a 3-1 win Feb. 26.’

Confident in his abilities, Lehner looks ahead to full summer of training

‘”I went in and showed what I can do – with complications, with a high-ankle sprain. I’m very confident in myself,” he said. “I know I’m a good goalie and the best thing I can take out of this is I’m going to come out next season with no issues. I did the surgery on my foot. I’m not going to have any problems with my foot going forward.’

Glad to be a Sabre, Kane sees a path toward improvement

‘“I’m excited to be coming back to Buffalo,” said Kane, who has two years left on his contract. “Buffalo treated me really well this year. I’m really appreciative of all the support I got throughout the city and made quite a few new friends here. It’s something that I’ve really enjoyed throughout the process of going through this year and looking forward to the future here.”’

McCabe named to U.S. world championship team; O’Reilly clears waivers

‘He’ll wear the red, white and blue beginning May 6 in Russia. Other players who will represent the United States include Nick Foligno, Noah Hanifin and probable No. 1 overall draft pick Auston Matthews.’

Sabres goalie Chad Johnson hopes to start somewhere

‘Very quietly, Johnson posted strong numbers – 22-16-1 with a 2.36 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage – across the board.’

Buffalo Sabres year in review: part one — statistical gains

‘In terms of goals for vs. goals against, the Sabres made major gains. In 2014-15, Buffalo scored a league-low 153 goals while allowing 269, which was second-worst. This year, the Sabres had 199 goals for — still just 25th in the league, but a drastic improvement. Their defense stepped up significantly, as the Sabres tied for 15th-best in the NHL allowing 215 goals.’

Former Amherst Knight living the dream

‘“Walking into the room (Buffalo’s dressing room) was the first time it really hit me. It was an awesome feeling,” Schneider said Monday after his first two games in the NHL.’

Sabres off-season to-do list

‘2016-17 will be the equivalent of the doctor giving the Sabres the “All Clear”. Playoffs should be the expectation.’

Sabres’ McCabe makes the U.S. team

‘Michigan forward JT Compher also made the team. Compher was a second round pick of the Sabres in 2014, but was traded to Colorado in the Ryan O’Reilly deal.’

Grading every Sabre’s 2015-16: Forward edition

‘The Sabres gave up a haul to bring in the 24-year-old and got more than their money’s worth.’

Could the Sabres land Harvard star Jimmy Vesey?

‘Now, according to CSN New England, Vesey could be interested in playing alongside Sabres center Jack Eichel.’

Wednesday’s Rochester Coverage

Cal O’Reilly assigned to Rochester (
Amerks recall Prapavessis from Elmira (