Healthy Kane excited for upcoming season

‘”Tim’s a very unique character; I think it’s served him well,” Kane said. “I think he does a great job. I think he’s done a great job so far of building our team, and I’m sure he’s looking to add and make us better. As a player, that’s really all you can ask for and it’s up to us to use what he brings in to the best of our advantage.”‘

Sabres add Woods to coaching staff

‘Before his tenure with the Blades, Woods served as an assistant coach for the Anaheim Ducks from 2012 to 2014, and for the Washington Capitals from 2009 to 2012. Woods also served the Capitals organization as an assistant coach for the Hersey Bears (AHL) from the 2005-06 season to 2007-08 before being promoted to Hershey’s head coach 15 games into the season. During his tenure in Hershey, the Bears won the Calder Cup in 2006 and 2009 and finished as runners up in 2007.’

Sabres plan their picks ahead of NHL draft

‘“There’s five real good defensemen in the first round,” said Greg Royce, Buffalo’s director of amateur scouting. “We have two of that class of five that we’ve really targeted that we want, but we don’t know what the seven teams ahead of us − well, we know the first three are predictable − but four, five, six and seven – they could steal the two guys that we want.”’

Murray still looking to maneuver

‘Murray has a lot of draft picks he can parlay and still has some young talent to work with, although it’s clear he doesn’t want to give up much of it simply to move to the No. 4 slot. It’s time to get more NHL players.’

Eichel named to NHL All-Rookie Team

‘Eichel is joined on the All-Rookie team by Calder Trophy winner Artemi Panarin (Chicago), Edmonton’s Connor McDavid, St. Louis’ Colton Parayko, Philadelphia’s Shayne Gostisbehere and Anaheim’s John Gibson.’

As Auston Matthews heads to the Leafs, Toronto and Buffalo could be bitter rivals again

‘The hopes of Sabres fans everywhere are on the broad shoulders of Jack Eichel. But it’s a lot to ask an 18- or 19-year-old to rescue a downtrodden franchise on his own. Matthews doesn’t view himself as some kind of savior. He will join fellow newbies Mitch Marner and William Nylander atop the Leafs’ prospect corps.’

Luce, grandson of former Sabres great, learns to relish his roots

‘“When I started to develop as a player more and more people kept asking about my grandfather and how he was growing up,” Luce said earlier this month at HarborCenter after his fitness testing at the NHL Scouting Combine.’

One man’s quest to preserve the Sabres’ past

‘“We need to recover the past, and we have,” he said of the memorabilia. “Saving some of it, preserving the history of it, is a big deal.”’

Sabres’ recent drafts have yielded potential high-end talent

‘How good are the Sabres at drafting? Judge for yourself below. Since drafts usually don’t start paying dividends for a few years, here’s a look at their selections from 2008-13. Eighteen of Buffalo’s 47 picks over that span – 38.3 percent – have played at least one NHL game.’

Sabres’ Murray has a direction for the next few months

‘“I’m all about quality, I’m about top end guys,” Murray said. He made no bones about it that if top players are available, he has no problem with getting rid of others to make room.’

Sabres scouts ready, but draft picks may be gone as Murray’s willing to deal

‘“If we can trade a couple picks and improve our team, we’re going to continue to do that,” Murray said at a predraft news conference. “There’s been a lot of calls. There’s been a lot of framework or blueprints. It’s who you get back to or who gets back to you.’

Sabres release 2016-17 schedule with emphasis on Thursday, Saturday

‘The season will end with 10 straight games against Eastern Conference opponents. The home finale will be April 5 against Montreal. The Sabres will close the regular-season April 9 in Tampa Bay.’

Giving up the game a difficult choice for concussed NHL players

‘“It was the worst time of my life,” said the Buffalo Sabres goaltender. “I had migraines for not a day, I had it for months. I laid in my bedroom for probably one and a half months.’

Sabres will open NHL season at home vs. Canadiens

‘There are 11 Thursday home games and nine Saturday home games, making up 20 of the 41 home games.’

Jimmy Vesey just one part of Sabres’ summer plan

‘“We might potentially use Jack as a tool,” Murray said Tuesday, less than a day after acquiring Vesey’s rights from the Nashville Predators. “I guess I would be a tool not to.”’