Rick Jeanneret on cancer, criticism and why you never heard him talk about tanking

‘“In some cases, I know I can’t hit the high notes like I used to be able to,” he said. “That’s progression and time, that’s all that is. I have to work a little harder at the games to maintain my concentration. It all came so naturally at one point. As you get older, some of your skills erode.’

Sabres’ Rodrigues came for opportunity

‘It’s funny, in typical Buffalo Fan fashion the first question I got was why didn’t he go someplace else, why did the Sabres get him? The answer is simple, he wanted to be here, “The biggest thing was just opportunity, they’re in a bit of a rebuild and it’s a place that just felt right that I could go in and really showcase my talents and the opportunity was there, I don’t think there was as much of an opportunity anywhere else.”’

Friday’s Rochester Coverage

After frustrating season, Amerks’ captain Drew Bagnall hopes to return to Rochester (Amerks.com)

Eichel’s BU linemate Rodrigues signs with Sabres

‘In some respects, Rodrigues played in the shadow of a talented freshman class at Boston University, particularly the one cast by Eichel. The forward from Etobicoke, Ont., was at times overlooked as the attention stayed on Eichel.’

High-scoring college free agent Evan Rodrigues sees fit with Sabres

‘“I see potential that’s there,” Rodrigues, who’s from Toronto, told the Times Herald by phone Wednesday after the deal was announced. “Obviously, my hometown isn’t too far from there. I think it was just when you put it all together with the opportunity, it was just one I felt was right for myself. I can’t wait to start.”

Sabres sign Eichel’s BU teammate Rodrigues to 2-year deal

‘The Sabres, who finished last, have the No. 2 pick after losing the draft lottery to Edmonton on Saturday. That puts Buffalo in a position to select Eichel, who is projected to go second behind Erie Otters center Connor McDavid.’

Sabres sign F Rodrigues

‘The 5-foot-11, 176-pound Rodrigues recently finished his senior season at Boston University, recording 61 points (21 goals, 40 assists) while helping the Terriers advance to the championship game of the NCAA Tournament.’

Sabres ink Eichel’s winger at BU

‘In his four seasons at Boston University, Rodrigues amassed 121 points (42+79) in 146 games played and registered a 0.83 points-per-game average. He was also named a Hockey East Second Team All-Star in his sophomore and senior seasons.’

Sabres sign forward Evan Rodrigues

‘“Evan is a very talented young player who has displayed exceptional growth during his four years at BU,” said Buffalo Sabres General Manager Tim Murray. “We look forward to adding another talented piece to our group.”’

No reason for unrest with Sabres picking second

‘I wish Sabres general manager Tim Murray delivered that message more effectively Saturday night. I’ve defended Murray’s actions in tearing down the middling-to-awful team he inherited. He’s been a refreshingly honest quote. You tend to believe 95 percent of what he says, with about 5 percent lip service, the reverse ratio of most sports executives. But his honesty and lack of perspective in the heat of the moment shined a less-flattering light Saturday.’

Reports: Sabres sign Evan Rodrigues, Jack Eichel’s college linemate

‘The 21-year-old Rodrigues just finished a huge senior season beside Eichel, scoring 21 goals and 61 points in 41 games. Rodrigues ranked second in the NCAA in scoring behind Eichel, the likely No. 2 pick by the Sabres in June, who had 70 points.’

Learning to live with lotteries

‘The NHL lottery was set up so that it was almost a foregone conclusion that the Sabres would get Eichel and not McDavid. As the league’s worst team, Buffalo had a 20-percent chance to draw first, and an 80-percent chance to pick second. So while Sabres’ fans and general manager Terry Murray complained about the outcome, no one should have been surprised.’

What Kane trade could actually cost the Jets

‘All things being equal, Kane was the best player in that Winnipeg-Buffalo trade if he can get healthy and find a way to fit better within the fabric of his new team. If that starts happening next fall, the trade that seems so one-sided in favour of the Jets right now will start to acquire a very different hue.’

Sabres’ Kaleta doesn’t want it to end here now

‘Kaleta believes that the future is very bright for this team. He is very clear about wanting to stay, “I would do anything to be back here for next year and years to come. If I could give my right arm to be here I would.”’

Sabres prospect Sam Reinhart hopes for NHL success with new style

‘“It’s obviously a step up from junior,” Reinhart said about the AHL. “Guys are bigger and stronger, a little bit faster. It’s a perfect opportunity for me to come in and kind of measure myself to see how I progressed over the year.”’