Sabres top prospect Eichel signs sponsorship deal with Bauer

‘In a release issued Thursday, the company announced the player drafted second overall in June will exclusively wear its equipment. Bauer will also supply Eichel with its line of clothes.’

Former Penn State hockey coach Battista stepping down from role with Buffalo Sabres

‘“Been working on this (decision) with Terry and Kim since May,” Battista said in the text message. “I gave it a shot but being away from my family was taking its toll, as was driving up and down (U.S. Route) 219!”’

Sabres’ front office gets cleanup

‘Battista’s relationship with Pegula goes back decades, but his role with the Sabres never was quite clear. Even people inside the organization didn’t know how he earned his keep. Most assumed he helped with operations involving HarborCenter. General Manager Tim Murray had little use for him.’

Guhle inks with Sabres

‘“As soon as Buffalo called my name, my dad just turned to me and said ‘wow.’ It was a pretty surreal feeling, for sure.”’

AP sources: Battista stepping down as Sabres executive

‘The people say the decision was in the works for several months and is not related to team president Ted Black’s departure last week. Black was replaced by Buffalo Bills President Russ Brandon. The Bills and Sabres are owned by Terry and Kim Pegula.’

Revamped Sabres set to start climbing standings

‘More will be asked of the younger defensemen. Rasmus Ristolainen, 20, and Zach Bogosian, 24, will play in top-four roles again. It’s expected that 2010 first-round pick Mark Pysyk will be an everyday contributor, and 21-year-old Jake McCabe will have a chance to break into the lineup after he impressed Sabres coaches during the scrimmage.’

Lehner, Kane questions key to Sabres success

‘”I think he’s a No. 1 goalie,” Murray said after trading for Lehner at the 2015 NHL Draft. “I think he becomes a starter.”‘

Eichel, Reinhart among Sabres’ top five prospects

‘Eichel, 18, is expected to step into the Sabres lineup right away and join Ryan O’Reilly as one of their two scoring centers. Eichel excelled last season, but the jump from college to the NHL will be his biggest test. After he performed well for the United States at the 2015 IIHF World Championship, he should be ready for the challenge.’

Bylsma as coach gives Sabres reason for optimism

‘With that sort of experience, Bylsma seems like the perfect fit for a team with a lot of young talent and two potential star centers (Eichel and Sam Reinhart). Sabres general manager Tim Murray wanted to get a coach with a winning pedigree and found one.’

Brown’s Willman hopes summer work pays off

‘For the second summer in a row, Willman made a positive impression at Buffalo Sabres development camp during the second week of July. “I thought I skated with confidence and showcased some of my abilities and did pretty well,’’ said Willman, Buffalo’s fifth-round draft pick in 2014.’

Stouffville Spirit grad impresses at Buffalo Sabres’ camp

‘What the 20-year-old Stouffville resident and former Stouffville Spirit defenceman did warranted him to earn a contract with their American Hockey League affiliate Rochester Americans, who inked him to a one-year, two-way contract, the AHL club announced Wednesday.’

Sabres goalie prospect Cal Petersen thriving at Notre Dame

‘“I wasn’t guaranteed anything going in,” said Petersen, a lefty. “I was guaranteed if I came in and worked hard there would be an opportunity to play right away. I think as a goaltender that’s how I want it. It’s a battle from the beginning. I’m glad that I was able to get a majority of the games.”’

Sabres owner says 2 lost seasons were successful for future

‘He says the seasons were “two of the most successful seasons we’ve ever had.”‘

Thursday’s Rochester Coverage

Home, sweet home, for Randy Cunneyworth behind Amerks bench (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Randy Cunneyworth happy to be back coaching Amerks (Olean Times Herald)
Amerks sign McPherson and Chapman to AHL contracts (Amerks.com)

Wednesday’s Rochester Coverage

Randy Cunneyworth returning to coach Amerks (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Sabres name Randy Cunneyworth Amerks coach (Olean Times Herald)
Cunneyworth returns for 2nd stint to coach Sabres’ AHL team (AP)
Randy Cunneyworth named head coach of the Rochester Americans (Amerks.com)
Amerks launch 60th anniversary season with commemorative logo (Amerks.com)