Sabres’ Murray taking cautious approach

‘“That’s what I said to our coaches, ‘I want everybody to be positive. I’m the only guy in the organization allowed to be negative.’ That’s the way I wanted it. If I’m the most negative guy in the city about the team, that’s pretty good.”‘

Eichel’s rite of passage: He’s officially No. 15

‘“A lot of family and friends coming in, so it’s going to be a special moment for me,” Eichel said. “It’s something I’ve dreamed of my whole life, stepping foot on the ice. You’ve made the NHL.’

Sabres launch art contest to spruce up HarborCenter loading dock doors

‘That will make the artwork very visible from Canalside across the street.’

Sabres captain Brian Gionta still going strong at 36

‘“I can’t say this unequivocally because I haven’t had him as a captain,” Bylsma said, “(but) in looking at him, in terms of the leadership, both in how you play and how you act and what you’re able to say, Brian is … one of the best choices for a captaincy.”’

Jack Eichel still wearing No. 41; Sabres roster set

‘When will the second overall pick switch to the No. 15 he chose in July? “Thursday night maybe?” Eichel said. “I don’t know.”’

Puck dropping on the Eichel Era Thursday

‘Eichel will center Buffalo’s second line Thursday and his play away from the puck has pleased coach Dan Bylsma, according to reports.’

Buffalo hopes to bury recent dismal seasons

‘With the additions of new coach Dan Bylsma on down to rookie center Jack Eichel, the Sabres no longer have the appearance of a patchwork team of mostly journeymen and castoffs who spent the past two years losing an NHL-high 102 games, scoring a league-low 303 goals.’

At 18, center Jack Eichel set to make NHL debut with Sabres

‘”It’s going to be a special moment for me,” Eichel said after practice Tuesday. “It’s something I’ve dreamed of my whole life, stepping foot on the ice. I made the NHL. I’m trying to soak it all in right now.”‘

Contest to choose artwork for new Buffalo sports arena

‘Entrants are urged to produce artwork that pays tribute to Buffalo’s history, especially its role in the Erie Canal.’

Sabres’ Eichel taking the next step

‘Eichel doesn’t want to be treated differently from any other rookie which is why he’s been saying since June that things go in steps and one step is to make the team. Eichel said, “It is the next step. I’ve made the team to play the first game and I think every game is still another point for me to prove myself and prove that I deserve to be on this team.”’

Eichel waits for ‘official word’ on roster spot

‘“I don’t deserve any special treatment. Nobody else does. That’s what makes a team. Everyone has the same mindset, everyone is treated the same way there’s nobody that’s above the team that’s one of the most important things in a hockey locker room,” said Eichel.’

Secret’s out

‘“I got to play with Ennis at World Championships and he’s – for a guy with his size, with his presence out there – he’s so strong on his skates and his puck control is amazing,” O’Reilly said. “Getting to play with him again, I’m really looking forward to that.”’

Bylsma confirms 23-man roster after tuesday’s practice

‘Buffalo still has 27 men listed on its camp roster, but four of those players have been out of practice due to injuries and could begin the season on injured reserve. Of the players on that list, defenseman Zach Bogosian was expected to contribute the most ice time at the NHL level.’

Wednesday’s Rochester Coverage

Q&A with Amerk coach Randy Cunneyworth (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
After battling concussion symptoms, Lieuwen ready to return to Amerks (WGR-AM)

Gionta will again wear ‘C’ on Sabres jersey

‘“I have a picture of him leading the way throughout this training camp to this point. I knew Brian a little bit before and his leadership qualities, talked to him this summer, but he’s done it with his play and how he’s led on the ice.”’