After filling the net, Baptiste’s next goal is Buffalo

‘“My goal is to make the team,” Baptiste said. “When I was up there, I showed that I could play up there and play with those guys. For me, it’s bringing tons of speed. Obviously, my scoring ability is something that I’ve got to continue to do, bringing energy.’

With Tim Murray gone, Sabres goalie Robin Lehner a question mark as starter

‘Would the Sabres’ new GM protect Ullmark instead of Lehner? Could that move help 2013 draft pick Cal Petersen, Notre Dame’s starter and one of the NCAA’s best goalies, see a quick path to the Sabres? Petersen could opt for free agency instead of signing with Buffalo.’

‘I remember crying myself to sleep for two months’: former NHL coach Ted Nolan

‘Maybe I’ll be like Billy Martin for the New York Yankees and come back again. You never know in this crazy business, but I just hope the Sabres get the right thing going and win for the people of Buffalo because it’s a real good hockey town. I’ve never stopped thinking I wouldn’t go back. To get the other side to make that offer is the hard part. I love to coach and I love to make differences in people’s lives and, in hockey lives, it’s about winning. If you have an opportunity to formulate a good team with the right people, you’ve got a good chance. I’d love to (coach again in the NHL).’

Antipin could join Sabres after World Championship

‘It is believed that former Sabres general manager Tim Murray has wanted Antipin to come play in North America ever since his days with the Ottawa Senators organization. Even with Murray no longer in the picture in Buffalo, Kalnins’ report suggests that Antipin is still likely to join the Sabres organization.’

Sabres have intriguing options when it comes to filling their GM void

‘So who might they be?’

Report: Sabres still expected to land Antipin

‘This is fantastic news for the Sabres. No one knows if Antipin will translate to the NHL but it’s a low-risk, high reward kind of move for a team that desperately needs help on the blue line.’

Wednesday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks 2016-17 season in review (Amerks.com)

Sabres’ next bosses have a lot to fix on the ice

‘“We relied on our goalies way too much this year,” defenseman Zach Bogosian said. “They played well. They gave us chances to win basically on a nightly basis. We just didn’t get it done as a group, as a team – defense corps, forwards, everyone.’

Murray knew he needed to find Sabres’ perfect fit

‘Murray didn’t “do this again” the next year, but it was just two years later. Communication in the organization hadn’t improved with Dan Bylsma behind the bench. In some cases – most notably player relations – it got worse.’

Tim Graham’s Power Take: Thank you, Russ Brandon

‘Executive sources say the Sabres’ business practices have improved under Brandon, who brought an NFL mentality to what Mario Lemieux once called “a garage league.” A mix of executives from football and hockey — COO Bruce Popko, Frank Cravotta (creative services), Chuck LaMattina (finance), Erica Muhleman (business development), Mark Preisler (media and content), Brent Rossi (marketing) — have represented WNY well.’

Nice guys finish last in the sports world

‘It’s time for Pegula to stop being a fan and be an owner, and that means making some tougher, better decisions. Last week he fired both Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma and general manager Tim Murray, and late last year, he fired Rex Ryan as Bills head coach, replacing him with relatively unknown Sean McDermott.’

Blues fans shouldn’t take good hockey for granted

‘While the Blues have managed to retool on the fly and remain competitive — reaching postseason play six years in a row — the Sabres demonstrated how NOT to build teams.’

Is Sam Reinhart living up to his draft status?

‘His work paid off as he was Buffalo’s best player in front of the net with screens and tips. In his second season, Reinhart participated in very few of the extra workout and his attitude changed too. He acted like he had made it and became pretty arrogant in his demeanor and interviews. Only after he had to sit out a game for being late, did he become a regular after practice again. I think he had three tipped goals all season and wasn’t a force in front until late in the season.’

Columbus’ Bill Zito added to list of potential Sabres GMs

‘Zito has been with the Blue Jackets since 2013 and has seen the franchise reach the postseason in two of the past four years, including this season.’

Sabres general manager search is underway

‘During his press conference, owner Terry Pegula was asked if the next general manager would have experience in contrast to Tim Murray, who served as the assistant general manager for the Ottawa Senators and also ran their AHL affiliate prior to joining the Sabres. “I would say that’s probably a safe assumption,” Pegula told reporters Friday. “Experience is going to be key.” Pegula also admitted he wished he had been more involved with the hiring process three years ago.’