Wednesday’s Ottawa Coverage

Brassard, Hammond standouts as Senators fall in Buffalo (Ottawa Sun)
“A mistake too overtime” (Le Droit)
Photo gallery (Buffalo News)

Buffalo Sabres 2016-17 NHL season preview

‘A big key to that will be Lehner’s health, which has been a constant source of concern since he entered the NHL in 2010. He has yet to appear in more than 36 games in a season.’

Tuesday’s Minnesota Coverage

Wild defeats Sabres 2-1 in exhibition (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Minnesota Wild win preseason opener on Jason Zucker’s goal (Saint Paul Pioneer Press)
Wild defeat Sabres in preseason opener (Wild.com)
Postgame Hat Trick: Wild 2, Sabres 1 (Wild.com)

NHL hits the Happy Valley ice

‘When the Sabres scored their lone goal in the first period, the student section began their traditional taunting of Minnesota goalie Alex Stalock. And like other standard nights in the arena, the student section gave its “Hockey Valley!” and “We are …” chants. “Those types of things don’t happen in the NHL,” said Michael Cross, Penn State’s assistant athletic director for new business development, who played a major role in landing the game. “You don’t get those types of cheers. I’m really happy to see that.”’

Penn State prepares to host its 1st NHL game at Pegula

‘Tickets are still available and prices have ranged from $25 for students up to $175 for the general public, according to Ticketmaster.com. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m.’

Guhle Taking Second Camp One Day At A Time

‘”That’s nice of him to say,” Guhle, Buffalo’s second-round pick in 2015, said. “I put on about eight pounds since last camp and my body fat is still the same, so it’s pretty much all lean muscle. I feel stronger out there, more powerful with my strides. I think it’s got to translate into the game though. That’s the most important thing.”‘

What we learned on the first day of training camp

‘”That’s on us,” Sabres captain Brian Gionta said. “There is no new system, there’s no new style of play. Everybody knows it; everybody knows what’s expected of them. That’s where, coming out of camp , we want to kind of pick up where we left off at the end of last year with the success we had going down the stretch there. We want to get back to that as quickly as we can.”‘

Former NHL defenseman Richie Dunn dies at age of 59

‘He had 36 goals and 140 assists in 483 career games from 1977 to 1989. Dunn broke into the NHL with the Sabres and eventually returned to Buffalo to spend his final four seasons. He retired after playing the 1989-90 season for the Sabres’ minor-league affiliate in Rochester.’

Sabres’ prospects take the ice as Buffalo tournament nears

‘The Buffalo Sabres’ youngsters gathered in HarborCenter to prepare for the team’s prospect challenge this weekend. Buffalo will face off against hopefuls from the New Jersey Devils and Boston Bruins in a round-robin tournament. It begins Saturday night when the Sabres take on New Jersey.’

O’Reilly’s career ascent continues at World Cup

‘”It’s amazing how quick things can change in this game. And for me, it’s really been for the better,” O’Reilly, 25, told The Buffalo News here this week. “I love where we’re at in Buffalo. I love the city. It’s been great for my career, a really excellent change. I was driving from Buffalo to Pittsburgh for the exhibition game, going down I-90 like I used to do to go to Erie when I played in junior, and now I was joining Team Canada. I couldn’t really believe it.”‘

Sabres’ Nylander eager to show he belongs in Buffalo

‘“I get two games going into training camp, so this is a lot of help,” Nylander said after the inaugural practice. “I haven’t played a game since last season, so this is very good for me. I feel ready, and I’m just going to have fun and play the best I can.”’

Sabres prospect Nick Baptiste building off rookie season

‘“He was a typical first-year guy, you maybe at times think it’s going to be a little bit easier than it is,” said Amerks coach Dan Lambert, a Buffalo assistant last season. “The American League’s a really good league, and there’s not many guys that come from junior … that step into the league and rip it up.”‘

Sabres’ Nylander trying to get better every day

‘The Sabres will have a tough decision to make with Nylander. They could send him back to juniors, he could play in the AHL with the Rochester Americans or he could flat out make the Sabres roster.’

Since His Childhood, Rodrigues Has Refused To Take No For An Answer

‘”Yeah, I think so,” Rodrigues said. “Even growing up, my whole life, I was always the smaller guy. I had my growth spurt a little later and developed a little later so you know, I’m always out there to try and prove myself and continue to let people know that I can play.’

Nylander Impresses Lambert At Practice

‘”What we’re trying to do is help their details and habits of their game,” Rochester Americans coach Dan Lambert said. “What we’re trying to teach them, they can bring back to wherever they’re playing and hopefully do a job there. We’re not trying to reinvent the wheel. It is ice hockey, there’s no doubt, but we are trying to incorporate how we want to play in Buffalo and Rochester.”‘