Friday’s Minnesota Coverage

Wild ends preseason with 6-1 victory over Buffalo (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Minnesota Wild bury Sabres 6-1 in preseason finale (Saint Paul Pioneer Press)
Forward Zac Dalpe brought back for preseason finale (Saint Paul Pioneer Press)
Wild Defeat Sabres In Final Preseason Game (
Photo gallery (

Wild rout Sabres 6-1 in preseason finale

‘Tim Schaller scored for Buffalo, and Chad Johnson made 36 saves.’

Impaired driving case involving Sabres star O’Reilly adjourned until Oct. 22

‘The star forward wasn’t at Thursday’s court date. A lawyer for the 24-year-old appeared on his behalf.’

Wild Slam Sabres 6-1

‘Chad Johnson stopped 36 of 42 shots and Tim Schaller scored the lone goal.’

Wild rout Sabres to conclude preseason

‘Tim Schaller scored an unassisted goal and Chad Johnson made 36 saves for Buffalo (4-2-0), which plays its final preseason game Friday against the Columbus Blue Jackets at First Niagara Center.’

Sabres’ Bylsma primed to win Jack Adams Award

‘Hired on May 28, Bylsma has experience with immediate turnarounds. He took over a Pittsburgh Penguins team 10th in the East with 25 games left in 2008-09 and led it to an 18-3-4 finish and its first Stanley Cup championship in 16 years. He also won the Jack Adams Award in 2011 after guiding the Penguins to 49 wins despite Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal missing a combined 119 games because of injuries. His .668 winning percentage (252-117-32) is the best of anyone in history with at least three full seasons coached.’

Sabres fall behind early in loss to Minnesota

‘“There [were] two teams at two different levels,” he said. “We didn’t move our feet and got out-competed at pretty much every turn.”’

Friday’s Rochester Coverage

Chapman (very) willing to battle for a job with Amerks (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Amerks fall to B-Sens in preseason opener (

O’Reilly not going to Minnesota, Eichel likely to sit as well

‘Coach Dan Bylsma was evasive about the lineup expected to meet the Wild, other than to say it would probably have the minimum eight veteran players in it. Chad Johnson will start in goal. As for Jack Eichel, Bylsma wasn’t very definitive but seemed to indicate he did not want Eichel, or anyone else for that matter, playing three games in a row. That would seem to indicate Eichel would take Thursday off and play in the exhibition finale here Friday against Columbus.’

Delayed twice, another O’Reilly hearing Thursday

‘“It’s a long process. I don’t know. I’m sorry,” O’Reilly told reporters after practice Wednesday in First Niagara Center. “I don’t have enough information right now. My lawyer and I have a plan to talk so I can give you guys more information.”’

Sabres goalie Chad Johnson confident after tough season

‘“I’m always pushing for more,” Johnson said Wednesday inside the First Niagara Center. “I’m confident in my game, what I can do in this league. I’ve played a lot of big games, had good seasons. Last year wasn’t a good fit. I’m confident in my game here.”‘

Sabres’ Brendan Guhle not concussed; Jake McCabe ready to play

‘The Sabres will field a lineup filled with AHL players Thursday in St. Paul, their second trip to Minnesota this season. Bylsma said the Sabres had trouble getting to the eight-veteran minimum. He mentioned rookie center Jack Eichel, as a first-round pick, counts as a veteran, although he wouldn’t reveal if he would play.’

Evan Rodrigues making a strong impression in camp

‘But from development camp to the prospects tournament to NHL training camp, Rodrigues has proven that the Sabres’ decision to sign him was more than just a favor to their No. 2 overall pick. Rodrigues can play.’

Sabres’ O’Reilly not sure if he’ll attend his hearing

‘There really wasn’t much O’Reilly could say after practice about his hearing. He said it’s still scheduled, but he hadn’t spoken to his lawyer yet and will Wednesday afternoon.’


‘Bylsma had more good news regarding his injured defensemen on Wednesday. After leaving the game due to a hard hit by Dion Phaneuf on Tuesday night, Brendan Guhle has showed no signs of concussion-like symptoms, according to Bylsma.’