Intensity runs high in Sabres’ preseason loss to Toronto

‘“Anytime you play a team in your division, it’s definitely going to be a big game whether it’s exhibition or whatever. With them being so close, your emotions run high.”’

Sabres assign 11 to Rochester; return 2 to junior clubs

‘The following players have been assigned to Rochester: Forwards: Luke Adam (pending waivers), William Carrier, Daniel Catenacci, Colin Jacobs, Justin Kea, Jordan Samuels-Thomas, Kevin Sundher and Philip Varone. Defensemen: Brady Austin, Jerome Leduc and Chad Ruhwedel.’

Pegula’s purchase of Bills pleases Grier

‘“You can tell he loves the city,” Grier said of Pegula before coaching in the USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game. “He’s very passionate about all things Buffalo. From that point, I think it’s exciting to have another owner after Mr. Wilson passed away who is equally in love with the Bills and to keep them here and put some money into the organization.”’

Sabres Starting Fresh In Net With Enroth, Neuvirth

‘”That’s what our message was to our players: It’s a fresh beginning,” coach Ted Nolan said. “We appreciate everything Ryan did, but now it’s Jhonas and Neuvirth’s time.”‘

Ex-Canadiens defenceman Gorges stands by decision not to accept trade to Leafs

‘”I just said, ‘I’m a heart-and-soul player. It’s the only reason I can be good at this level is I have to play and commit with my heart,’” Gorges said in an interview with The Canadian Press on Wednesday after practice at First Niagara Centre. “And after playing against them for that many years of being our No. 1 rival, I just didn’t think it would’ve been fair to them. I wouldn’t have been the same player that they would’ve expected me to be.”‘

Nolan and the Sabres eye test

‘Mikhail Grigorenko can be used as a great example of how the eye test can tell the story for a young player. Many fans have bemoaned the fact that the 2012 first round pick did not play on one of the top lines with the blue and gold. That somehow he was almost set up to fail by the coaches. But by watching his play it became very evident very quickly that Grigorenko was struggling to keep up with the play early in his first season.’

Buffalo Sabres don’t buy last-place predictions

‘”Everyone outside the room doesn’t give us much of a chance,” said right wing Brian Gionta. “But our hope and goal is to make the playoffs.”‘

Sabres find the fun has returned

‘“There’s definitely a lot of new guys and fun guys. It’s nice to be in the locker room. It’s louder, a little bit more energy than last year, of course. I hope we can keep that going. It’s been a fun week, so I’m looking forward to the next days coming up.”’

Sabres’ Josh Gorges explains play that injured Jordan Staal

‘“The puck got moved up to him,” he said. “I stepped in front of him to try to separate him from the play. We got kind of tangled up. He tried to grab around me to switch positions. Next thing I know, he falls. He must’ve gotten tangled up, and I went right over top of him.’

Sabres Pysyk not expected to miss much time

‘“It’s not real serious, it’s probably day to day. It could be a week or two.”’

Pysyk to miss some time, opportunity knocks for others

‘“It’s unfortunate for the guy who got hurt, but all of a sudden, the door opens for the guy who’s battling with him,” Sabres coach Ted Nolan said. “Now, a couple others will have the chance to play a little bit more exhibition games than they previously thought. It’s an opportunity for them to try to grab it while Mark’s mending. But when Mark gets back, he’ll have that same opportunity.”’

Enroth sharp in goal as Sabres blank Canes

‘The top line of Tyler Ennis between Matt Moulson and Drew Stafford posted two points apiece, with Stafford and Ennis notching the goals. But the biggest talking point from this one was the strong work from Jhonas Enroth, who fired the first salvo in the battle for the No. 1 goaltending slot with Michal Neuvirth by making 35 saves.’

Lemieux not shy about desire to play, learn

‘“It’s obviously always fun to be in the NHL and get a chance to play,” Lemieux said. “My first preseason game has been a dream since I’ve been a little kid, and it’s just one more step in the right direction. I’m lucky to be here, and I’m really excited.”’

Goalie Jhonas Enroth, top line shine in Sabres’ preseason win against Hurricanes

‘“I think it’s a preview of things to come for (Enroth),” Stafford said. “He’s been itching to get that starting job.”’

Wednesday’s Carolina Coverage

Canes lose preseason game to Sabres and lose Jordan Staal to leg injury (Raleigh News and Observer)
Photo gallery (Raleigh News and Observer)
‘Canes C Jordan Staal Breaks Right Leg Vs Sabres (AP)
Jordan Staal breaks leg in Hurricanes’ preseason loss (The Sports Network)
Hurricanes’ Staal breaks leg (The Sports Xchange)
Canes Blanked by Sabres (
Jordan Staal Suffers Broken Bone In Leg (