Williamsville’s Cole Schneider impressing Sabres

‘“He’s taking the opportunity right now to show he can make plays and he is a guy who can be counted on to put the puck in the net,” said coach Dan Bylsma, whose Sabres open their preseason home schedule tonight against the Ottawa Senators inside KeyBank Center.’

Tuesday’s Minnesota Coverage

Wild defeats Sabres 2-1 in exhibition (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Minnesota Wild win preseason opener on Jason Zucker’s goal (Saint Paul Pioneer Press)
Wild defeat Sabres in preseason opener (Wild.com)
Postgame Hat Trick: Wild 2, Sabres 1 (Wild.com)

NHL hits the Happy Valley ice

‘When the Sabres scored their lone goal in the first period, the student section began their traditional taunting of Minnesota goalie Alex Stalock. And like other standard nights in the arena, the student section gave its “Hockey Valley!” and “We are …” chants. “Those types of things don’t happen in the NHL,” said Michael Cross, Penn State’s assistant athletic director for new business development, who played a major role in landing the game. “You don’t get those types of cheers. I’m really happy to see that.”’

Wild Take Preseason Opener From Sabres 2-1

‘Anders Nilsson played the first two periods for the Sabres while Linus Ullmark entered the crease for the final frame.’

Sabres’ Ristolainen does not report to camp

‘All three players participate in the World Cup of Hockey. Ristolainen still doesn’t have a contract. Dan Bylsma didn’t seem too concerned, “I would love to have him with us right now, but I’m confident that will move to be getting done and he’ll be joining us at some point in time.”’

Sabres return six to juniors

‘The Sabres now have 29 forwards, 16 defensemen, and five goalies remaining on the training camp roster.’

5 observations from Sabres 2-1 loss to Wild

‘The Sabres scored halfway through the first period on a Zemgus Girgensons goal but couldn’t find the back of the net again. A late high-sticking penalty by Evander Kane ultimately cost the Sabres — Minnesota’s Jason Zucker scored on a rocket while on the power play with 4.6 seconds left. The score is one Sabres fans won’t be happy with, but there’s plenty of positives that can be taken from tonight’s game.’

Sabres’ Ristolainen hasn’t reported to camp just yet

‘The 21-year-old defenseman is a restricted free agent going into the 2016 season and is looking for a new deal. In 2015, Ristolainen had his best professional season with the Sabres — at least offensively. He finished with nine goals, 32 assists, and 41 points.’

Sabres Fall To Wild On Late Goal At Penn State

‘Evander Kane took a penalty with 32.2 seconds remaining in a 1-1 tie to give the Wild a 4-on-3 power play, and Jason Zucker took advantage with a one-time goal to earn the win for Minnesota with 4.6 seconds left on the clock.’

Sabres Return 6 To Junior Clubs

‘The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has returned forwards Vasily Glotov, Brandon Hagel and Cliff Pu, as well as defensemen Vojtech Budik, Austin Osmanski and Devante Stephens, to their respective junior clubs.’

After recovering from vision problem, Sabres’ Franson hopes to open some eyes

‘“Every time I’d turn I’d get lightheaded because my left eye was tracking a little slower than the right, so it was a very odd, very odd injury and tough to rehab,” Franson said in HarborCenter. “My rehab basically consisted of trying to retrain the muscles in my left eye to kind of speed back up with the way my right was going.”’

Sabres Notebook: Busy week with four preseason games; physical scrimmages

‘The Sabres have not announced their lineup, but the Wild is going with a youth-laden squad. Former Buffalo forward Chris Stewart and Charlie Coyle, Jason Zucker and Matt Dumba are among the few established players who will play for Minnesota. Alex Stalock, who came over from San Jose, is expected to start in net.’

Sabres’ arena complex makes impression

‘”Everything here is first class,” Buffalo defenseman Mac Bennett, who is new to the organization, said Sunday. “I was with Montreal the last two years, and I didn’t think it was going to get much better than that. They’ve definitely outdone Montreal with the facilities and the way we’re treated and on top of that everything we have at our disposal. It’s pretty cool to see.”‘

Sabres goalie Anders Nilsson used Russian job to jumpstart NHL career

‘“You know, it’s always a risk,” Nilsson, who was acquired July 2, said Friday after training camp opened inside HarborCenter. “But I felt … I was kind of going in the same footsteps. I felt I needed an environment to continue my development, so I felt it was the right way to go for me.”’

Penn State prepares to host its 1st NHL game at Pegula

‘Tickets are still available and prices have ranged from $25 for students up to $175 for the general public, according to Ticketmaster.com. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m.’