With World Cup looming, Ristolainen not worried about Sabres contract situation

‘”It doesn’t bother me at all. I don’t worry about it,” Ristolainen told The Buffalo News Thursday at Air Canada Centre. “I’m 100 percent here for Team Finland. Then let’s see what happens with Buffalo after the tournament. I’ve never been in this situation before so I really don’t know how long it takes or how the contract things work.”‘

After unexpected season, Sabres’ Ullmark ready for anything

‘“It’s been a long summer unfortunately,” Ullmark said during physicals in First Niagara Center. “It’s good to be back with the boys, and I’m looking forward to it. I’ve been on the ice back home in Sweden, but it’s nothing compared to being here with your own team. That’s the best part of it.”’

Eichel may keep straying from middle as Team North America seeks line combos that mesh

‘”I think we all kind of knew this was going to be a four-line team,” Eichel said. “We have 13 forwards who can score. If you’re trying to match up on a line or two, a guy or two, there’s a lot of other guys who can pick it up.”‘

O’Reilly thrilled to get the call

‘”I was at home getting ready for dinner and got the call,” O’Reilly said. “Obviously it was great. It was a team I wanted to be on from the beginning. You hate it to be from somebody’s misfortune but to be here wearing that sweater and having a job to do, it’s awesome.’

Sabres prospects will fight for jobs in rookie camp

‘While Bailey might start in the AHL again, a strong camp could position him to begin the season in Buffalo if there’s an injury or be the first winger recalled.’

World Cup gives Sabres’ Ristolainen chance to prove his worth

‘“He’s a physical player. He’s tough to play against. Seeing Risto playing for Finland now, he’s leading their team in ice time.”’

Sabres, MSG Networks Announce 2016-17 Telecast Schedule

‘The Buffalo Sabres and MSG Networks today announced the 2016-17 telecast schedule, with 74 games set to air exclusively on MSG, including the team’s opening-night matchup against the Montreal Canadiens on October 13. The remaining eight games will be broadcast on NBCSN.’

Sabres Top 20 Talents: No. 17 – G Robin Lehner

‘I think Lehner plays the entire season, and I think he’ll play well.’

O’Reilly added to Team Canada roster for World Cup

‘O’Reilly will replace Dallas Stars standout Tyler Seguin, who has been ruled out due to a knee injury. O’Reilly becomes the fourth Sabres player to make the tourney, joining Jack Eichel (Team North America), Rasmus Ristolainen (Finland) and Dmitry Kulikov (Russia). Goaltender Robin Lehner was chosen to play for Sweden but elected to withdraw from the tournament to remain in Buffalo and continue rehab on his surgically repaired ankle.’

Sabres’ Ryan O’Reilly added to Canada’s World Cup roster

‘O’Reilly has won the last two gold medals representing Canada at the world championship. The 25-year-old was the Sabres’ lone NHL All-Star last season.’

Team Canada adds O’Reilly to replace injured Seguin

‘”Any time your country calls, it’s a great honor and is something every kid from Canada dreams about getting the chance to do,” Seguin said in a statement put out by the Dallas Stars, his NHL team. “While I’m upset that I don’t get the opportunity to play, I understand the situation Team Canada is in with a short tournament.”‘

Sabres’ O’Reilly added to Team Canada

‘In 35 World Championship games for Team Canada, the Sabre has 7 goals and 19 assists for 26 points. On the past two goal medal wining teams he has 19 points in 20 games.’

Sabres Top 20 Talents in 2016: No. 18 – LW Marcus Foligno

‘I think Foligno has similar numbers this year to what we saw last season. If he’s not playing with Larsson and Gionta the numbers will likely drop — but if he’s still consistent in the Sabres end he’ll earn his new contract. His long term future with the organization remains up in the air, but I expect to see Foligno in blue and gold for two more seasons.’

Sabres goalie Robin Lehner on different look, weight loss: ‘New choices, new me’

‘“I’ve lost a decent amount of weight, got in shape,” Lehner said Monday after skating inside HarborCenter. “I’ve done some life changes. It’s not always going in a straight line, you know?”‘

Sabres’ Lehner is ready for camp

‘“I stayed here this summer, I’ve been working out every day with a friend of mine from Sweden and we’ve been down to Western New York MMA every day and it’s been a good summer. I feel in good shape.” With a major concussion, Lehner couldn’t workout at all last summer. He said, “A lot of headaches after a concussion, I couldn’t think right, I didn’t feel good at all for many months and I got into the wrong habits and I didn’t get to show who I am to my team and to the fans.”’