The Sabres Report - August 27, 2015

Sabres cap season ticket sales at 16,000   

Sabres.com:

‘“The fact that we had such a high rate of renewal from our season ticket holders is really a testament to the direction our organization is headed,” Sabres president Russ Brandon said. “There’s a tremendous amount of excitement surrounding our team and we can’t wait to get on the ice.”’

The Sabres Report - August 22, 2015

Backyard to big time: How hard work drove Dan Bylsma to NHL success   

Buffalo News:

‘“A vast majority of my successes happened within this 5 acres,” Bylsma said. “A vast majority of my learning and education in sports happened in this 5 acres. We didn’t travel to Detroit. I didn’t get lessons from somebody. It happened here for me. I’ve won a lot of major championships, but they’ve all been in this backyard.”’

The Sabres Report - August 21, 2015

Sabres star O'Reilly's drunk driving case put over until September   

CP:

‘O’Reilly’s next court appearance was set for Sept. 10.’

The Sabres Report - August 17, 2015

Season preview: Buffalo Sabres   

CSN Washington:

‘The Sabres can make things interesting and will be in the mix for the postseason for the majority of the season, but will ultimately fall short. Still, they’re on the right track and after the worst two-year stretch in team history, fans will likely just be happy to see their team competitive again.’

The Sabres Report - August 15, 2015

Cherishing Habs memories, Sabres veteran Gorges is excited for future in Buffalo   

Montreal Gazette:

‘“As a player, that’s exciting to be a part of. We spoke about whatever’s happened in the past is not to be talked about any more. It’s only looking ahead at what we have in front of us and that’s a great way to look at things.”’

The Sabres Report - August 14, 2015

Bauer outfits Eichel in Sabres’ blue and gold   

Buffalo News:

‘“The money is one thing, but the most important thing is being comfortable in your equipment and that you can trust it. They make a great product, they’re always trying to innovate, and I’m happy where they’re headed. There are a lot of good people involved with the company; I’m really happy with everything about it.”’

Sabres top prospect Eichel signs sponsorship deal with Bauer   

AP:

‘In a release issued Thursday, the company announced the player drafted second overall in June will exclusively wear its equipment. Bauer will also supply Eichel with its line of clothes.’

The Sabres Report - August 5, 2015

Former Penn State hockey coach Battista stepping down from role with Buffalo Sabres   

Centre Daily Times:

‘“Been working on this (decision) with Terry and Kim since May,” Battista said in the text message. “I gave it a shot but being away from my family was taking its toll, as was driving up and down (U.S. Route) 219!”’

The Sabres Report - August 4, 2015

Sabres’ front office gets cleanup   

Buffalo News:

‘Battista’s relationship with Pegula goes back decades, but his role with the Sabres never was quite clear. Even people inside the organization didn’t know how he earned his keep. Most assumed he helped with operations involving HarborCenter. General Manager Tim Murray had little use for him.’

Guhle inks with Sabres   

Grande Prairie Daily Herald-Tribune:

‘“As soon as Buffalo called my name, my dad just turned to me and said ‘wow.’ It was a pretty surreal feeling, for sure.”’

AP sources: Battista stepping down as Sabres executive   

AP:

‘The people say the decision was in the works for several months and is not related to team president Ted Black’s departure last week. Black was replaced by Buffalo Bills President Russ Brandon. The Bills and Sabres are owned by Terry and Kim Pegula.’

The Sabres Report - August 2, 2015

Revamped Sabres set to start climbing standings   

NHL.com:

‘More will be asked of the younger defensemen. Rasmus Ristolainen, 20, and Zach Bogosian, 24, will play in top-four roles again. It’s expected that 2010 first-round pick Mark Pysyk will be an everyday contributor, and 21-year-old Jake McCabe will have a chance to break into the lineup after he impressed Sabres coaches during the scrimmage.’

Lehner, Kane questions key to Sabres success   

NHL.com:

‘”I think he’s a No. 1 goalie,” Murray said after trading for Lehner at the 2015 NHL Draft. “I think he becomes a starter.”‘

Eichel, Reinhart among Sabres' top five prospects   

NHL.com:

‘Eichel, 18, is expected to step into the Sabres lineup right away and join Ryan O’Reilly as one of their two scoring centers. Eichel excelled last season, but the jump from college to the NHL will be his biggest test. After he performed well for the United States at the 2015 IIHF World Championship, he should be ready for the challenge.’

Bylsma as coach gives Sabres reason for optimism   

NHL.com:

‘With that sort of experience, Bylsma seems like the perfect fit for a team with a lot of young talent and two potential star centers (Eichel and Sam Reinhart). Sabres general manager Tim Murray wanted to get a coach with a winning pedigree and found one.’