Gorges’ TO hatred turns into Sabres’ gain

‘“Most people weren’t as happy that I chose here as much as I didn’t choose Toronto,” a smiling Gorges said at the start of training camp in First Niagara Center. “It’s one of those things I felt was best for me and my family. It’s been great. I’ve been very shocked at how nice and genuine the people are, not just in the organization but Buffalo. It’s been a good couple weeks.”’

A trim Ristolainen is no longer pound foolish

‘The Buffalo Sabres defenseman has cut back significantly on the burgers and fries, and the results are obvious. The 19-year-old weighed 230 pounds when he walked into his first training camp last year, but he weighed in at a svelte 205 this time.’

Sabres’ Enroth ready for shot at No. 1

‘”You always want to be the guy,” Enroth said Friday morning after the first practice session of training camp at the First Niagara Center.’

Friends Jhonas Enroth and Michal Neuvirth ready to battle for Sabres’ starting goalie job

‘“We kind of bonded a little bit getting hurt,” Enroth said. “So we’re good friends.”’

‘Hate’ of Maple Leafs kept Josh Gorges out of Toronto

‘“Before it gets misconstrued with that word ‘hate,’ it’s not an individual player, it’s not the city, it’s not the organization … It’s just Toronto-Montreal … It’s the most historical rivalry in hockey,” the personable Gorges said.’

Buffalo Sabres’ Brian Gionta knows all about Canadiens-Maple Leafs hatred

‘“There’s teams you (don’t like),” Gionta admitted on Friday. “In Montreal, you learn not to like Toronto and Boston. That’s just how it is.”’

Gorges has new sights following breakup with Habs

‘“It takes some time,” Gorges told Sportsnet on Friday. “I was in Montreal for most of my career and in a day, in a minute, it changes. … You’re searching for answers at the time and you’re going: ‘Why did this happen? Did I do something wrong? Did I piss somebody off?’’

Sabres Myers is ready for a new beginning

‘Myers play improved quite a bit after Nolan showed up. He was allowed to carry the puck again which he wasn’t allowed to do under Ron Rolston. Rolston wanted him to support the rush, not lead it. Myers likes the fact the Nolan puts trust in him, “The confidence level I ended off with last year, I think that’s exactly where I want to take it here at the start of camp. Ted showed a lot of confidence in me when he came in and seeing that and knowing that, it just helped me along. For me it’s focusing on keep building, don’t get too comfortable with where I am and just focus on getting better.”’

Battle of the blue paint

‘“They both want to be No. 1 which is a good thing. That’s one good thing about training camp is you battle,” coach Ted Nolan said. “You put them in, you see how training camp goes and you let the war begin to see who wants it.”’

The Kelowna connection

‘Myers and Gorges have spent significant time practicing together during the offseason in Kelowna, British Columbia, and the familiarity with each other’s style of play will be beneficial moving forward.’

Nolan happy with 1st day on ice

‘“I loved their first day,” Nolan said. “The guys’ energy level was there, their focus, they were energized. They seemed like they really wanted to be on the ice. With the additions we made this summer, you could just kind of tell that it overflowed in the room. So I was really, really happy with today.”’

Buffalo players hand deliver tickets to Port Colborne season ticket holder

‘“I don’t hate the Sabres, I just like the Bruins better,” he said with a laugh when asked about replacing black and gold in his hockey wardrobe with blue and gold.’

Sabres aim to bottle early enthusiasm

‘“You’re almost to the point where you couldn’t sleep very well with the anticipation of getting things going here,” coach Ted Nolan said, “especially with all the work we did in the offseason, new acquisitions, new coaching staff. Everybody in the league looks forward to the new beginnings, and we’re no different.”’

Kaleta finds himself playing for roster spot

‘“We don’t want to take away what he does best, and that’s be aggressive and first on the forecheck and being an antagonizer, but there’s that line you don’t want to cross,” Nolan said. “We talked about that line for quite some time, and he had a long time to think about it, too.”’

Sabres tickets delivered with a personal touch

‘Having Kim Pegula – or Tyler Ennis or Ted Nolan – deliver your season tickets in person doesn’t happen every day.’