Sabres’ sights set on opener against Senators

‘“We have some things to work at and get better at in how we play and defending probably is at the top of the list,” Bylsma said. “Not only the defending part of it, but how we manage the puck coming out of defense and how we manage the puck through the neutral zone has caused us to have to play defense too much.’

A clean sheet: Sabres start new season with a sense of possibility

‘Since the NHL expanded to 22 teams in 1991, five organizations have leaped from last overall to a playoff spot, according to Elias Sports Bureau: the Philadelphia Flyers (2007-08), New York Islanders (2001-02), Boston Bruins (1997-98), Ottawa Senators (1996-97) and San Jose Sharks (1993-94). Change is the common denominator.’

It’s a long way up to the surface from the depths of the NHL

‘The Sabres are going to be dramatically better. That’s not hard given how bad they were (wink-wink) last season.’

New overtime format gives Sabres a lot to learn

‘“It’s one of those things” where “we haven’t spent a ton of time on it just yet,” Buffalo Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said. “We’ve talked a little bit more about it than we have practiced or played it.”’

Sabres coming off summer of radical changes

‘Murray isn’t ready to predict how much better the Sabres might be. “I think on paper we’ve improved,” he said. “But I’m not impressed about anything, because you get a lot of pats on the back and we haven’t done anything yet.”‘

Sabres send F Akeson to Rochester

‘The Sabres have 29 players on their training camp roster, including 15 forwards, 11 defensemen and three goaltenders.’

2015-16 NHL season preview: Buffalo Sabres

‘The Sabres added about five wins of talent to the roster this season which is the most of any team. It’s a huge injection of skill, but what it really shows is just how terrible Buffalo was last season. Take five wins off their current projection and you get a true-talent 69 point team. Most teams fall within the 80-to-100 point range, so a number below 70 is shockingly low. That’s the hill Buffalo has to climb to get out of the NHL’s basement and while this season is a good start, there’s a lot of mountain left for them.’

Sabres assign Akeson to Rochester

‘The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has assigned forward Jason Akeson to the Rochester Americans (AHL).’

Sunday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks Kaleta expects to miss ‘a month plus’ (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
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Mandate for 2015-16 Sabres: Get up to speed

‘“Playing at that pace and being able to maintain that pace is something we wanted to try to achieve,” the coach said. “We want to execute and play at a pace that’s higher than the opposition, one that forces them to deal with our team and our speed.’

Bylsma’s approach to hockey starts with the small details

‘“We’re talking about what we’re doing every day and how we do it every day,” Bylsma said. “It translates into results on the ice. It’s about how we work, how we play, how we come together. It’ll happen whether we win Game One of the season or we don’t. We’re going to play a certain way, and we’re going to build that every day.”’

Bring on the real thing: Sabres’ preseason ends with loss to Columbus

‘Lehner closed an up-and-down exhibition schedule with 20 saves on 25 shots. His teammates certainly let him down a few times, but the goalie also made bad mistakes. Lehner leaned the wrong way on Columbus’ second goal, allowing an easy dump-in on the short side. He got beat between the pads on the fourth goal.’

Sabres sent 8 players down to Rochester

‘Ruhwedel, in his fourth season with the organization, hoped to turn a good year in Rochester into a starting job with Buffalo. The 25-year-old led Amerks defensemen and was fifth on the team in scoring with 10 goals and 36 points last season. He got bumped down the depth chart when the Sabres signed Cody Franson and Carlo Colaiacovo during the summer.’

On his own terms: Evander Kane basks in social media spotlight

‘“Nothing really surprises me anymore,” said Kane, who is already a six-year NHL veteran. “It’s just something I think as a professional athlete everybody deals with no matter who you are. Whether you’re the most liked person in the world or the most hated, there’s going to be mixed views. People are going to have different opinions, but that’s being a person in the spotlight. You kind of know what you’re getting into when you do post stuff or tweet stuff out.”’

Sabres send eight to Rochester, including Kaleta

‘The Sabres are at 30 players (16 forwards, 11 defensemen, three goalies) heading into their final preseason game Friday night against Columbus in First Niagara Center.’