Former Sabre John Scott and his odyssey of extremes

‘The three-team trade Jan. 15 made little sense, involving journeymen and broken prospects. Two weeks later, Darcy Regier left the Coyotes’ front office for personal reasons he hasn’t divulged publicly. Many around the league say Regier, the former Buffalo Sabres general manager who brought Scott to Buffalo in 2012, was mortified about the trade.’

Patrick Kaleta frustrated by Amerks stint

‘Despite a full year away, Kaleta believes he has a future with the Sabres, the team he grew up rooting for and took great pride in representing. “I think I do,” he said. “I think I can help out that team. I think they can benefit from someone like me and what I bring and maybe create a little bit more space for those young guys to do what they do.’

Sunday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks fall in Toronto, 3-1 (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Marlies goalie Antoine Bibeau made the most of Sparks’s absence (Toronto Star)
Guhle scores as Amerks drop first of two with Marlies (Amerks.com)
Marlies Top Americans (Marlies.ca)

Sabres Ryan O’Reilly is a classic leader by example

‘O’Reilly is in the perfect spot to hold others accountable for two reasons. First, his seven-year, $52.5 million contract kicks in this summer, making him the highest-paid Sabres player ever. Secondly, no one is harder on themselves than O’Reilly. If the team’s leader doesn’t get a pass, no one should.’

Sabres’ Tyler Ennis confident he’ll regain old form

‘“He knows he has to prepare more before practice,” Murray said. “When he hits the ice, practice with a purpose, practice seriously. He’s come to these conclusions through this injury and watching our team play from the sideline. So this may make him a better, more serious hockey player, and we hope so.”‘

Wisconsin Rapids native makes his NHL debut

‘”When I stepped out on the ice for my first shift it was surreal,” said Nelson, who played his college hockey for Minnesota State University-Mankato. “It was an unbelievable feeling to be skating in the NHL. It’s what you dream about as a kid.’

Saturday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks home finale was a lot like the entire season (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Danis sets shutout record as Devils win in Rochester (Albany Times Union)
Amerks blanked by Devils, 5-0 (Amerks.com)
Photo gallery (Amerks.com)
Danis Ties Record As Devils Hit 100 Points (TheAlbanyDevils.com)

Sabres’ Girgensons blames his down year on man in the mirror

‘“It’s definitely on me how I played. It’s just bearing down on chances I had, more focus, more drive, more passion for the goals and offense I should have.”’

It’s safe to like Sabres again

‘Granted, getting from 81 points to 95 — the elusive plateau that usually gets a half dozen teams into the playoffs — will be harder than going from 54 to 81. The last few miles of a marathon are always the hardest.’

Sabres prospect Justin Bailey thriving with Amerks

‘The prospect has developed rapidly in less than half a season, scoring 15 goals and 32 points in his last 28 games. He became Buffalo’s first AHL rookie to score 20 times since Luke Adam with the Portland Pirates in 2010-11. Bailey’s also the first Amerk to score 20 goals since Adam in 2013-14.’

Friday’s Rochester Coverage

Guhle making most of end-of-season time with Amerks (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)

Mike Harrington (of all people) finds 23 positives in the Sabres’ season

‘It doesn’t matter if the Sabres have a good team or have been terrible. They can’t lose in SAP Center, aka “The Shark Tank.” They made it five straight there and 9-0-1 in the last 10 games against the Sharks overall with a 3-1 win Feb. 26.’

Confident in his abilities, Lehner looks ahead to full summer of training

‘”I went in and showed what I can do – with complications, with a high-ankle sprain. I’m very confident in myself,” he said. “I know I’m a good goalie and the best thing I can take out of this is I’m going to come out next season with no issues. I did the surgery on my foot. I’m not going to have any problems with my foot going forward.’

Glad to be a Sabre, Kane sees a path toward improvement

‘“I’m excited to be coming back to Buffalo,” said Kane, who has two years left on his contract. “Buffalo treated me really well this year. I’m really appreciative of all the support I got throughout the city and made quite a few new friends here. It’s something that I’ve really enjoyed throughout the process of going through this year and looking forward to the future here.”’

McCabe named to U.S. world championship team; O’Reilly clears waivers

‘He’ll wear the red, white and blue beginning May 6 in Russia. Other players who will represent the United States include Nick Foligno, Noah Hanifin and probable No. 1 overall draft pick Auston Matthews.’