Buffalo to host NHL combine in 2015 and 2016

‘“The NHL Combine is an essential event for all of our Member Clubs in advance of the Draft, which continues to grow in importance,” said Colin Campbell, senior executive vice president of NHL Hockey Operations. “The League has pushed to improve the Combine each year and the state-of-the-art facilities in Buffalo will allow us to further enhance the quality of the event for our teams, prospects and media.”’

AP Sources: Buffalo to host next 2 NHL combines

‘The NHL’s annual pre-draft scouting combine is moving to Buffalo for the next two years, two people familiar with discussions told The Associated Press on Sunday night.’

Sabres’ Stewart seeks consistency in contract year

‘”I definitely have a chip on my shoulder,” said Stewart, who last season sustained a right ankle injury that limited him to five games in a Sabres sweater. “I wasn’t happy with my year last year, either. I feel like I have a lot to prove and it’s just going out and doing it. I’m going to come in and I’m going to be consistent. I think that’s been a knock on me. I’ve been able to put together good stretches and then go cold, but I think we have a coach like Ted Nolan who believes in you. I think it’s going to be hard not to have the best season of my career so far.”‘

Sabres hope top 10 prospects lead successful rebuild

‘Here’s a look at the Sabres’ top 10 prospects, according to NHL.com…’

Sabres expect rapid improvement after summer moves

‘”Probably the best couple of words I heard out of Tim’s mouth was when he said ‘five years,’” said Ted Nolan, who went 17-36-9 after taking over as interim coach and signed a three-year contract extension in March. “Who knows what’s going to happen five years from now? I always, as a coach, just worry about now. My now is preparing this team to be the best we can. If we get the players like we did this summer, it could be a very short rebuild and we get to the point to where we’re battling for what everybody wants, and that’s the Stanley Cup.”‘

Offense, battle in goal highlight Sabres’ five questions

‘”If we’re going to compete with some of the best teams in the League, we have to be much stronger,” coach Ted Nolan said. “We have to be much more committed and we have to play with a lot more energy than with what we have been playing. We implemented that this summer and we’ll see what happens come the start of the season, but we have to prepare much better than we did in the past.”‘

Sabres hope veterans help prospects adjust to lineup

‘Josh Gorges and Andrej Meszaros will be counted on eat minutes and help the young players on defense. Gorges and Gionta in particular were considered two of the key leaders in the Montreal Canadiens dressing room.’

Sabres expect rapid improvement after summer moves

‘”Probably the best couple of words I heard out of Tim’s mouth was when he said ‘five years,’” said Ted Nolan, who went 17-36-9 after taking over as interim coach and signed a three-year contract extension in March. “Who knows what’s going to happen five years from now? I always, as a coach, just worry about now. My now is preparing this team to be the best we can. If we get the players like we did this summer, it could be a very short rebuild and we get to the point to where we’re battling for what everybody wants, and that’s the Stanley Cup.”‘

2014-15 NHL team previews: Buffalo Sabres

‘The good news for the Sabres is that things can get only get better from here. After bottoming out last season with a last place finish in the NHL’s overall standings and trading away face-of-the-franchise Ryan Miller, Buffalo is ready to usher in a new era of Sabres hockey. It may just take some time before the team starts winning with regularity.’

Sabres’ Myers thinks Nolan is the answer for him

‘Myers totally changed his training last summer. Much of that was work with sports psychologist Barbara Meyer. Not much changed this summer for Myers, “I definitely saw the benefits of last year’s off season and I not only want to match that, but get more out of it. I think last summer was really good getting the guys together and it really shows me how hard I have to work to keep going every year.”‘

Reinhart leads deep, promising group of prospects in Buffalo Sabres’ 2014 Fall Top 20

‘The embarrassment of riches means that a few noteworthy prospects missed the cut. Among them were utility forward Johan Larsson, who did not have much success in the NHL last year, as well as Jordan Samuels-Thomas, a physical bruiser who has not yet played any pro games. Connor Hurley and Sean Malone also just missed the cut, as well as goaltender Nathan Lieuwen.’

Sabres’ Trottier brings winning

‘As you know Ted Nolan coached the New York Islanders after his first stint in Buffalo. Trottier is here because he became good friends with the Sabres head coach, “When he was just a young coach in the NHL, for whatever reason, I was walking from the old Aud back to the hotel in the middle of winter and I’m walking through the snow and Ted says, ‘Hey you want a ride’ and I jumped in and we had a quick five minute conversation and from that, a mini friendship was born.”‘

Trottier brings winning pedigree to staff

‘“My message for the young guys coming into camp is bring your best game. Bring your best game at the practice, bring your best game come gametime and we’re going to build a confidence,” he said. “We’re going to build a real consistentcy here so when you step on the ice, you’re building good habits.”’

Wednesday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks sign Allan McPherson to AHL contract (Amerks.com)

Sabres list range of ticket prices

‘Pricing in the five classifications (platinum, gold, silver, bronze and value) is based on opponent, day of week and time of year of the game and whether opponents have marquee players. The breakdown in the variable pricing is virtually identical to last season except there is one more silver game and one fewer gold game.’