The Sabres Report - August 20, 2016

Vesey chooses Rangers, but Sabres have plenty to be excited about   

WKBW-TV:

‘If you’re annoyed, It’s totally warranted — but just think about how exciting it was to watch Eichel, Renihart and O’Reilly last season. As a matter of fact, the Sabres top-six will look at a lot different this year than it did just a few years ago.’

Vesey spurns Sabres, picks Rangers   

WIVB-TV:

‘The Rangers visit the Sabres on December 1st.’

The Sabres Report - August 17, 2016

Nhl season preview: Buffalo Sabres   

CSN Mid-Atlantic:

‘My praise of Buffalo may have been premature last year, but this season I like them to at least compete for a playoff spot. They won’t threaten teams like Washington or Pittsburgh for the conference, but this is the year you see real progress on the ice for Buffalo.’

The Sabres Report - August 16, 2016

Sabres Brian Gionta splits his Western New York baseball allegiances   

Buffalo News:

‘The Rochester native donned a Buffalo Bisons cap Monday night to throw out the first pitch at Coca-Cola Field. The Buffalo Sabres captain was on hand with teammate Zemgus Girgensons to sign autographs at the ballpark. It was somewhat awkward that the Rochester Red Wings were in the visiting dugout.’

Agent: Vesey set to take patient approach as NHL free agent   

AP:

‘”Tomorrow, we start to find out what our opportunities are, but I can tell you from Buffalo’s standpoint, Jimmy is pleased with what they’ve done and said thus far,” Fish said.’

Sabres' Bylsma uses numbers in different ways   

WGR-AM:

‘Coaches do have a big say in how players analytics come out. Bylsma said, “Corsi and some of the shot based analytics, you have to be a little careful about how you read them and where you read them. There are players in the league that have a high Corsi that are protected players, like where they start and who they play against lead into the number that they have. The quality of competition they go against plays into that as well, so you can pickoff a Corsi number and say that player’s got a positive Corsi number and he should play more and the deeper numbers lay in where they start, who they play against, who they’re playing with.”’

The best fit for Vesey   

WGR-AM:

‘In addition, the Toronto Maple Leafs are believed to be in on the Vesey sweepstakes. Vesey’s father, Jim, is a scout for the organization and his brother, Nolan, was drafted by the Leafs in the sixth round of the 2014 NHL Draft.’

The Sabres Report - August 15, 2016

Vesey closing in on free agency   

Buffalo News:

‘Vesey has had nearly seven weeks to sign with the Sabres but he and his representatives have been steadfast in their approach that they would wait until his UFA period before making a decision. And although the likelihood of Vesey signing with Buffalo may be diminished, it’s hardly been eliminated either as the sides have maintained contact.’

Jimmy Vesey’s hype the product of modern times   

Olean Times Herald:

‘Of course, Vesey, who will almost certainly become an unrestricted free agent Tuesday, is a fine young player. Still, the high-scoring winger is a product of modern times, of the public’s insatiable desire for any information on the next “big thing.”’

Vesey is set to become a free agent, but Sabres are still talking   

WGR-AM:

‘Many people have claimed to have sources and that has ranged from the Sabres being a huge long shot, the Bruins being out and the finalists being the Rangers, Devils and Blackhawks. What all that is is folks connecting the dots and calling it sources.’

Report: Vesey and Sabres engaging in last minute talks   

WKBW-TV:

‘”There are no front runners. Jimmy will go through the process and Buffalo will be part of that process. Everything said or read until that time is speculation.”‘

The Sabres Report - August 13, 2016

Sabres need more defense depth   

Olean Times Herald:

‘One through six, the defense looks pretty impressive, with Rasmus Ristolainen, Dmitri Kulikov, Zach Bogosian, Jake McCabe, Josh Gorges and Cody Franson. Remember, two years ago the Sabres dressed Andre Benoit and Andrej Meszaros, two of the NHL’s worst. The defense has come a long way.’

The Sabres Report - August 11, 2016

Source: Vesey unlikely to play for Sabres   

WKBW-TV:

‘According to a source, Vesey still isn’t 100-percent certain where he’ll sign, but Buffalo isn’t in his plans at this point in time. That same source also said to not be surprised if Vesey chooses to play for either the New York Rangers or Chicago Blackhawks.’

The Sabres Report - August 8, 2016

NHLer, friends use star power to net dollars for new school   

Kelowna Daily Courier:

‘Routley said Gorges used to love to play ball hockey when he attended St. Joseph’s, so a good old-fashioned street hockey tournament was a fun way to celebrate and raise money.’

Reasons for optimism, questions facing Sabres   

NHL.com:

‘Coach Dan Bylsma wanted the Sabres to be harder to play against, and general manager Tim Murray did his part by signing free agent forward Kyle Okposo to a seven-year contract and acquiring defenseman Dmitry Kulikov from the Florida Panthers. Okposo and Kulikov, along with the core group of defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen and forwards Ryan O’Reilly, Jack Eichel, and Sam Reinhart, give the Sabres plenty of reason to think big.’