‘Sabres general manager Tim Murray said the move was being considered as recently as two weeks ago. It follows a near-complete teardown of the roster.’
‘”Everything’s new and let’s see how it all comes together in training camp,” Murray said. “I think we’ve taken big strides.”‘
‘Hodgson is already a slow skater and Tim Murray said he was also in poor condition. Many teammates have told me that Hodgson is also not very coachable. He has a way he thinks hockey should be played and he’s not interested in any other way of doing it.’
‘“There are certainly a lot of different possibilities that could be there and training camp is going to see some of those scenarios play themselves out,” Bylsma said. “The depth of our team is a lot of different at the forward position than it was a few days ago.”’
‘Forwards Jerry D’Amigo, Johan Larsson, Tim Schaller, Philip Varone; defensemen Jerome Leduc and Mark Pysyk; goaltender Nathan Lieuwen.’
‘Though this summer’s class of unrestricted free agents is underwhelming, a highlight is actually among left-handed defensemen. Here’s a look…’.
‘“He’s going to put on size. He comes from an athletic background. I really firmly believe he will be a top-six defenseman in the NHL.”’
‘O’Reilly is not a Sidney Crosby type player that completely changes the franchise, but he has been proven to be a well above average NHL player that is worth trading and paying for. He will fit in well with a Sabres team being built around two-way players. As the team improves and builds around Jack Eichel, his offensive zone time will increase.’
‘“Tim does surprising things,” amateur scouting director Greg Royce said Saturday in BB&T Center. “We didn’t know what magic he’d pull off but I think in the last 48 hours he pulled some rabbits out of the hat, some tricks up his sleeve that I’d never imagine.”’
‘“I feel much better about our team,” Murray said in BB&T Center. “We’ve taken big strides.”’
‘“He can really skate,” Sabres General Manager Tim Murray said. “We had some concerns, a little bit about his defensive game. There are some things he has to improve, but I know the one thing we can teach as an organization and that’s how to check. He’s talented and he’s very athletic.”’
‘The Sabres selected defensemen with their first three picks on Saturday…’.
‘“I said, ‘Tim, I think we got more than a little bit better,’” Bylsma joked. “He said, ‘No, we just got a little bit better.’ That’s certainly true. From the outside, where we started (Friday) morning to the end of the day, a lot changed and a lot was added to the team.”’
‘“He’s an unbelievable athlete,” Sabres general manager Tim Murray said. “He tested off the charts, can really skate.”’
‘“I said, ‘Tim, I think we got more than a little bit better,’” Bylsma said this morning at the NHL Draft inside the BB&T Center. “He said, ‘No, we just got a little bit better.’ That’s certainly true. From the outside, where we started the yesterday morning to the end of the day, a lot changed and a lot was added to the team.”’