Saturday’s Rochester Coverage

Reinhart provides a glimpse of future in Amerks’ debut (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Photo gallery (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Corrado, Jensen lead Comets past Amerks (Utica Observer Dispatch)
Reinhart shines in debut for Amerks (WGR-AM)
Reinhart posts two points as Amerks fall to Comets in regular season home finale (
Final: Comets 3 @ Amerks 2 (

There are 14 NHL teams with eyes on the McDavid prize

‘McDavid’s influence, of course, goes even further than his impact on the ice. Some markets could use more season tickets. There would be impact on jersey sales in the home city and around the league online. Television ratings, especially local ones, would get a boost. And it’s widely believed Detroit’s Mike Babcock, a pending free agent coach who is looking to get paid with a capital “P” this offseason, would be keenly interested in a job in Buffalo or Toronto if the package included McDavid on the roster.’

McDavid will be in house when NHL reveals lottery slots

‘The league said McDavid and the two players expected to be the targets for most teams at No. 3, Erie forward Dylan Strome and Boston College defenseman Noah Hanifan, will also attend. Boston University forward Jack Eichel, the player the Sabres would presumably take at No. 2 if their 80 percent odds to claim that spot come through, is not scheduled to attend. A league spokesman said Eichel has a prior family commitment.’

What the 2015 NHL Draft means to Sabres fans – and where to watch it

‘A draft lottery involving the 14 teams that missed the playoffs this season will be conducted to determine the order of the 2015 draft, which will be held June 26 in Sunrise, Fla. Buffalo has a 20 percent chance of obtaining the first overall pick in the draft lottery and an 80 percent chance of picking second.’

Sabres’ Cody Hodgson on awful season: ‘I can’t explain what happened’

‘“This is by far the worst years just I’ve had in my whole life, not just in just in a National Hockey League year,” Hodgson said Sunday inside the First Niagara Center as the Sabres cleaned out their lockers following a 30th-place finish. “I can’t explain what happened or what happened in more than one instance.”‘

Draft lottery a win-win for the Buffalo Sabres

‘”Connor is a tad younger, and he weighs 195, but he’s going to get stronger. I think Jack has a better size-strength game because he is more physically mature. They are both going to be productive, impactful players for a long time. I think Connor will be viewed as more of a high-skill finesse guy. And Jack will be seen as a power-skill guy.”‘

Friday’s Rochester Coverage

Cassidy knows review of Amerks staff is next for Murray (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)

Sam Reinhart would relish Connor McDavid as Sabres teammate

‘”There’s nothing you can say bad about the guy,” Reinhart said. “Most people know what kind of player he is but he’s a better guy in the locker room, a humble guy, which is my view is more important.”’

Sabres goalie Anders Lindback wants to return following strong run as starter

‘“Unfortunately for Chad, he got hurt,” Lindback said. “It really opened a window for me to get playing time. I think that’s what’s been missing for me – playing, getting into a rhythm. It was a long time ago I got to play this much. I’ve just been feeling more comfortable for every game that’s passed.”’

Sabres ‘Blueprint’ Goes the Distance

‘Once the “blueprint” was decided, as right or wrong as it may be, it would take all aspects of the organization rowing together to ensure its success. Ted Nolan tipping his hand to the media and the public about running things the way he sees fit, about criticizing his GM for leaving defenseman Mark Pysyk in Rochester all season, and almost projecting a sense of schadenfreude as the worries over 30th place went the distance, made him unpalatable to the future of the franchise.’

Sabres’ Reinhart has learned a lot this season

‘OK, we’ve all seen McDavid play, but we haven’t been on the ice with him. Reinhart likes many things, “I think the speed he’s able to generate, his hockey sense is right up there with the best.”’

Sabres sharpshooters missing in action

‘“This is by far the worst year I’ve had statistically in my whole life, not just in the National Hockey League,” Hodgson said on locker cleanout day. “Individually, as a team, it just wasn’t a success. That’s tough on everybody and takes a toll on you throughout the year.”’

Zadorov says he’s learned his lesson

‘“It was tough,” he said. “I made a couple mistakes this year off the ice, and it’s all maturity. I’m not going to make them anymore.”’

Sabres GM Tim Murray challenges Nikita Zadorov to grow up

‘“Be more mature, don’t be a kid anymore,” he said. “It’s a men’s league. It’s all the pros, just keep it simple.”’

Nolan was in lose-lose situation

‘Despite having the worst roster in the league, the Sabres played hard for Nolan. With a good percentage of fans — and some members of the Western New York media — openly rooting for the Sabres to lose, they didn’t lock up last place in the standings until the second-to-last night of the regular season.’