What we learned on the first day of training camp

‘”That’s on us,” Sabres captain Brian Gionta said. “There is no new system, there’s no new style of play. Everybody knows it; everybody knows what’s expected of them. That’s where, coming out of camp , we want to kind of pick up where we left off at the end of last year with the success we had going down the stretch there. We want to get back to that as quickly as we can.”‘

Former NHL defenseman Richie Dunn dies at age of 59

‘He had 36 goals and 140 assists in 483 career games from 1977 to 1989. Dunn broke into the NHL with the Sabres and eventually returned to Buffalo to spend his final four seasons. He retired after playing the 1989-90 season for the Sabres’ minor-league affiliate in Rochester.’

Sabres’ prospects take the ice as Buffalo tournament nears

‘The Buffalo Sabres’ youngsters gathered in HarborCenter to prepare for the team’s prospect challenge this weekend. Buffalo will face off against hopefuls from the New Jersey Devils and Boston Bruins in a round-robin tournament. It begins Saturday night when the Sabres take on New Jersey.’

O’Reilly’s career ascent continues at World Cup

‘”It’s amazing how quick things can change in this game. And for me, it’s really been for the better,” O’Reilly, 25, told The Buffalo News here this week. “I love where we’re at in Buffalo. I love the city. It’s been great for my career, a really excellent change. I was driving from Buffalo to Pittsburgh for the exhibition game, going down I-90 like I used to do to go to Erie when I played in junior, and now I was joining Team Canada. I couldn’t really believe it.”‘

Sabres’ Nylander eager to show he belongs in Buffalo

‘“I get two games going into training camp, so this is a lot of help,” Nylander said after the inaugural practice. “I haven’t played a game since last season, so this is very good for me. I feel ready, and I’m just going to have fun and play the best I can.”’

Sabres prospect Nick Baptiste building off rookie season

‘“He was a typical first-year guy, you maybe at times think it’s going to be a little bit easier than it is,” said Amerks coach Dan Lambert, a Buffalo assistant last season. “The American League’s a really good league, and there’s not many guys that come from junior … that step into the league and rip it up.”‘

Sabres’ Nylander trying to get better every day

‘The Sabres will have a tough decision to make with Nylander. They could send him back to juniors, he could play in the AHL with the Rochester Americans or he could flat out make the Sabres roster.’

Since His Childhood, Rodrigues Has Refused To Take No For An Answer

‘”Yeah, I think so,” Rodrigues said. “Even growing up, my whole life, I was always the smaller guy. I had my growth spurt a little later and developed a little later so you know, I’m always out there to try and prove myself and continue to let people know that I can play.’

Nylander Impresses Lambert At Practice

‘”What we’re trying to do is help their details and habits of their game,” Rochester Americans coach Dan Lambert said. “What we’re trying to teach them, they can bring back to wherever they’re playing and hopefully do a job there. We’re not trying to reinvent the wheel. It is ice hockey, there’s no doubt, but we are trying to incorporate how we want to play in Buffalo and Rochester.”‘

With World Cup looming, Ristolainen not worried about Sabres contract situation

‘”It doesn’t bother me at all. I don’t worry about it,” Ristolainen told The Buffalo News Thursday at Air Canada Centre. “I’m 100 percent here for Team Finland. Then let’s see what happens with Buffalo after the tournament. I’ve never been in this situation before so I really don’t know how long it takes or how the contract things work.”‘

After unexpected season, Sabres’ Ullmark ready for anything

‘“It’s been a long summer unfortunately,” Ullmark said during physicals in First Niagara Center. “It’s good to be back with the boys, and I’m looking forward to it. I’ve been on the ice back home in Sweden, but it’s nothing compared to being here with your own team. That’s the best part of it.”’

Eichel may keep straying from middle as Team North America seeks line combos that mesh

‘”I think we all kind of knew this was going to be a four-line team,” Eichel said. “We have 13 forwards who can score. If you’re trying to match up on a line or two, a guy or two, there’s a lot of other guys who can pick it up.”‘

O’Reilly thrilled to get the call

‘”I was at home getting ready for dinner and got the call,” O’Reilly said. “Obviously it was great. It was a team I wanted to be on from the beginning. You hate it to be from somebody’s misfortune but to be here wearing that sweater and having a job to do, it’s awesome.’

Sabres prospects will fight for jobs in rookie camp

‘While Bailey might start in the AHL again, a strong camp could position him to begin the season in Buffalo if there’s an injury or be the first winger recalled.’

World Cup gives Sabres’ Ristolainen chance to prove his worth

‘“He’s a physical player. He’s tough to play against. Seeing Risto playing for Finland now, he’s leading their team in ice time.”’