Jack has a decision to make

‘“I have no expectation. He’s not our property,” Sabres general manager Tim Murray said after Saturday night’s draft lottery in Toronto. “I haven’t spoken to him. That will be probably the second thing I say to him after the draft: ‘Congratuations and what are your plans?’’

Leafs, Sabres had best chances

‘At that point, a Buffalo News analysis of the 1,001 possible combinations reveals there were only five of the 14 non-playoff teams remaining who could win the draw on the final ball — Buffalo, Toronto, Edmonton, Carolina and Columbus.’

Murray needed filter after losing lottery

‘Wow. You would expect a little humility from a GM who had just presided over the two worst seasons in franchise history. Not to mention a little PR savvy. It’s amazing, if not altogether surprising, that his own PR people allowed Murray to be so ill-prepared for an event of this magnitude.’

Most Sabres fans looking forward to Eichel’s contract

‘“We took one second to be a little bit upset that we didn’t get the first guy,” said Sarah Stanton of Orchard Park, who was enjoying a glorious day on a rooftop patio at Pearl Street Grill & Brewery with friends Kerry Chella of Orchard Park and Jeff Teplitsky, who now lives in Cleveland. “But as soon as we got the second, everyone is welcoming, we are ready to go.”’

It’s a great day Sabres fans

‘If you’re thinking Tim Murray isn’t happy about that, relax. The Sabres General Manager is coming under fire for some of his comments made right after the lottery was completed. Murray’s comments, to me, are basically the same as many of you. Clearly, he wanted McDavid as did the rest of us. Why wouldn’t you want the player judged to be the best one available in the draft? But I don’t look at what Murray said as comments that will make Eichel feel like a consolation prize and convince him to stay at Boston University.’

Monday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks defeat Adirondack 5-3 in season finale (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Flames linger after final loss (Glen Falls Post Star)
Fans flock to the Flames’ final game (Glen Falls Post Star)
Amerks close out 2014-15 season with 5-3 win over Flames (Amerks.com)
Flames season ends with 5-3 loss to Rochester (AdirondackFlames.com)

Second coming

‘“If you can pick 1 or 2, you’re going to choose 1,” Murray told reporters in the Ritz-Carlton Hotel after the lottery draw was held next door in the Sportsnet studios. “If you’re going to make a trade and they offer you the best defenseman in the league or the second-best defenseman in the league, you’re going to want the best. Anytime you can get 1 vs. 2 in any walk of life, you’re going to want No. 1. But we came up here with an expectation we’d probably be picking No. 2 and we’re going to deal with it. There’s no issue there.”’

Big picture: Sabres still get to draft a true No. 1 center

‘Eichel has all the tools to become a franchise player, which is what the Sabres wanted all along. What’s the gap between him and McDavid? Is there a gap between him and McDavid?’

Sabres lose lottery to Oilers, will draft Jack Eichel with No. 2 pick

‘But Eichel wouldn’t commit to leaving school and turning professional. He just lost the national championship game. Perhaps another run to the Frozen Four could lure him back to college.’

Sabres Will Likely Deal With Eichel As Consolation Prize

‘McDavid, “the next one,” will be shipped off to the hockey wasteland that is Edmonton, where No. 1 picks go to die. The Oilers had their chance when they finished last in 2010 and drafted Taylor Hall. They weren’t good enough, so they won the lottery as the second-worst team the following year and drafted Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. How’d that work out? Oh, they finished seventh-worst, won the lottery again and picked Nail Yakupov. Those three talents made them so much better that they picked No. 7 the following year, and were back at No. 3 last year.’

Oilers euphoric, Sabres notsomuch with draft lottery

‘Make no mistake – Murray has been against the lottery process from the get-go. He was the only GM to vote against the format last season, sticking to his guns that the last place team should automatically get the top selection.’

Mitchell, Flynn went from hockey hell to heaven

‘“It’s a completely different atmosphere coming to the rink here and showing up here every day,” said Mitchell. “We’re pushing to win the Stanley Cup and it wasn’t like that in Buffalo.’

Sabres will not get McDavid

‘Now that the Sabres know they’ll get Eichel, the question is would Murray listen to offers. He said, “No, we would never hang the phone up, we don’t want to trade the number two pick, I said if we won the lottery maybe we’d make calls, but we’ve seen in this league time after time and we’ve seen the best player in this league get traded, so it doesn’t cost me anything to listen, listening is free, so I would listen definitely, but realistically I can’t imagine a scenario where anything would happen.”’

Sabres to select 2nd overall at 2015 draft

‘“We’ve said all along there are two top-end, impact – if not franchise – players in this draft,” he said after the results were announced. “They both play the right position in my opinion for rebuilding. As disappointed as we are for not having the No. 1 pick, we’re extremely happy to be able to pick 2 still.”’

Sunday’s Rochester Coverage

Sluggish Amerks shut out by Binghamton (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Amerks’ finale a reunion for Reinhart brothers (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
B-Sens finish with a flurry in a win over Rochester (Binghamton Press and Sun Bulletin)
Amerks get blanked by B-Sens, 5-0 (Amerks.com)
B-Sens End Season with 5-0 Shutout (BinghamtonSenators.com)
Newcomer Garbowsky feels at home in Rochester (TheAHL.com)