Pegula’s mantra to fix Buffalo Sabres inspiring but not convincing

‘Murray said himself he was left to do his own thing by Pegula while Bylsma was pretty much left to do his own thing by Murray. How is that possible? But then, structure and communication faults also hastened Ryan’s dismissal with the Bills.’

Sabres captain Brian Gionta ‘shocked’ by housecleaning

‘“It’s a business, pro sports, I’ve been around and I know how it works,’’ said Gionta, who spoke Thursday night at the Rochester Press-Radio dinner where he received the prestigious Major Don Holleder Award. “But my views haven’t changed. I’d love to see this through. I think there is potential with the team and I’d love to be part of that, but at end of the day it’s on the new management team and ownership to see what direction that is.’’’

Amerks coach Dan Lambert a likely casualty of Sabres shakeup

‘Lambert, 47, can’t be eliminated as a candidate to return to the Amerks as coach but it’s not likely.’

Buffalo Sabres fire GM Tim Murray and coach Dan Bylsma

‘The owners expect to discuss more about their decision Friday morning. The Pegula family also owns the Sabres’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Rochester Americans.’

Buffalo Sabres’ Jack Eichel has nowhere to hide after housecleaning

‘As the “savior” of the franchise who undercut his coach, threw teammates under the bus and pouted before the media after missing a $2 million bonus by the smallest of percentage points for not finishing in the Top 10 of points-per-game scoring in the NHL, Eichel has only one way to live this down: deliver a Stanley Cup to the starving hockey masses of western New York.’

Sabres give Alex Nylander summer homework: Get stronger

‘“He’s going to put in the work, I truly believe that,’’ Amerks coach Dan Lambert said. “He’s a wonderful young man who wants to be an NHLer and who has the skills and ability. There are a few things he needs to do, and certainly strength is one, and his compete level — his willingness to play north. But those are things he did learn this season and got better at.’’’

Gionta, Sabres interested in keeping marriage made in heaven

‘Gionta earned $3.25 million on the final year of his deal, making him 10th-highest paid on the Sabres. Well-known for his high level of physical fitness and disciplined life style, he appeared in all 82 games for the first time since 2010-11 with his 16 minutes and 36 seconds of average ice time per game consistent with his career (17:46).’

Sabres finally give No. 1 pick Alex Nylander a shot

‘William Nylander (22-37) is tied with Mitch Marner (18-41) for second in team scoring on the Maple Leafs with 59 points behind rookie sensation Auston Matthews (38-28 – 66). The trio represent Toronto’s last three No. 1 picks (8, 4 and 1 overall) and have the Maple Leafs (38-24-15, 91 points) poised to make the playoffs for the first time in four years.’

Brian Gionta’s 1,000-game milestone one for the underdog

‘“For sure,’’ said Gionta, 38, the Greece native and pride of Aquinas Institute. “When you put it all together like that, 100 percent. I’ve been fortunate enough to pretty much do everything you can in the game. I’m thankful obviously for the support I’ve had from my family but also some of the people within the hockey community who believed in me, too. Without having the chance to prove yourself, I wouldn’t be where I am.’’’

Andrew Peters crossed line by striking youth hockey player

‘I’ve been involved in youth hockey for 16 seasons as a coach and parent. And whether I’m coaching or someone else is, whether it’s a house league team or Tier-I travel, whether they are 8 or 18, the expectations are the same: The coach is responsible for creating a fair and safe learning environment. The coach will be a positive role model in what he says and what he does. The coach will teach respect for opponents and officials. And when everyone else is losing their minds in what is a very emotional game, he must keep his cool.’

February turnaround has Sabres knocking on playoff door

‘For the first four months of this season, the Sabres were like watching a one-legged man in a butt kicking contest.

Buffalo Sabres’ Jack Eichel didn’t need to poke fans for booing

‘If they want to boo the Sabres for what, to that point, had been a brutal performance, then Eichel needs to suck it up and take it. He doesn’t have to like it, but he also doesn’t need to call the fans out for it.’

Sabres recall Ullmark from Amerks for game against Flyers

‘With Robin Lehner battling the flu, Sabres coach Dan Bylsma summoned Ullmark late in the afternoon to back up starter Anders Nilsson. It is Ullmark’s third recall of the season but he has yet to see any action. He did appear in 20 games for Buffalo last season, earning wins in his last three games to finish 8-10-2 with a 2.60 goals against average and .913 save percentage.’

Sabres’ Jack Eichel, Bills’ Kyle Williams to speak at AGR Awards

‘“I’ve always felt that high school athletes work extremely hard and set good examples for other students in their communities,” Eichel said. “I’m looking forward to being part of the prestigious AGR event this summer.”‘

When it comes to TV, Amerks in sync with Sabres, Bills

‘MSG Networks have carried Sabres action since 2005 and had the highest local TV ratings of any NHL team in the United States last season.’