Sabres’ Matt Moulson knows he must score goals

‘“It’s tough when you’re not doing that,” Moulson said about scoring goals. “I think you put a lot of internal pressure on yourself. All guys do that that score goals. I think you take it personally when you’re not getting those.”’

Estephan sounds off with 4-point night over weekend

‘Blanked in two games last weekend to start the Western Hockey League schedule, Giorgio Estephan (2015, sixth round) stepped it up a notch Saturday with a career-high four points to earn the game’s No. 1 star as Lethbridge skated to a 5-1 victory at Kootenay.’

Tuesday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks’ Lieuwen healthy and playing (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Amerks open 2015-16 season with home games Friday, Oct. 9 and Saturday, Oct. 10 (
Amerks send four players to Elmira (

Sabres dealing with a baker’s dozen at forward

‘“There’s 13 guys out there that easily could play in our opening-day roster, and we’ll have a decision to make on that,” coach Dan Bylsma said Sunday. “Right now, it looks as if we’re going to have one guy that’s going to be out of that mix, but lots of things happen between now and then.”’

Sam Reinhart won’t stay with Sabres as scratch

‘If Reinhart, the second overall pick in 2014, doesn’t earn a regular spot, don’t expect him to watch in Buffalo as a healthy scratch. Reinhart can be sent to the AHL freely this year. Bylsma would rather have the youngster play regularly with the Rochester Americans.’

Sabres assign F O’Reilly to AHL

‘The Buffalo Sabres assigned forward Cal O’Reilly to the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League pending waivers on Sunday.’

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)
Amerks rout B-Sens in preseason finale (