The Sabres Report - April 18, 2014

Friday's Rochester Coverage   

SabreSpace.com:

Colton Gillies makes most of his chance with Amerks (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)

The Sabres Report - April 17, 2014

Sabres target elite trio in draft   

Buffalo News:

‘“We’ve got a lot of needs,” Buffalo General Manager Tim Murray said. “We’re just going to take the best player available, whether we feel that’s a forward or a defenseman.”’

Coaching changes get underway   

Buffalo News:

‘There was no word on whom Nolan will hire as his assistants. One addition could be Randy Cunneyworth, a longtime friend and former teammate of Nolan who is already in the organization as liaison between the Sabres and their minor-league club Rochester. Nolan, who is also coach of the Latvian national team, has spoken highly of the country’s goalie coach, Arturs Irbe.’

Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth believes injury gave him new perspective   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“It’s not like we don’t expect it,” Enroth said about the rabid support. “It’s more like we don’t really think about it too much when we’re playing. So it’s definitely a good thing. You can tell how passionate the fans here in Buffalo are. It’s something I picked up, something I learned from that.”‘

Sabres fire assistant coaches from old regime   

Olean Times Herald:

‘Despite all their struggles as a team, the six goalies the Sabres used this season posted a combined .918 save percentage.’

Elmira Jackals to affiliate with Buffalo Sabres   

Elmira Star Gazette:

‘The opportunity to work closely with NHL personnel also drew Freeman and Cook to the Sabres. They said the Jackals, Americans and Sabres plan to share resources, such as specialty coachesand trainers.’

Jackals align with Buffalo Sabres as an affiliate   

Corning Leader:

‘“Fourteen years ago, we dropped the first puck in this facility. We’ve had a really great history here,” Santulli said. “This is a great opportunity to rekindle the energy and the life that this place had when this place first opened up. It was a place to come and have fun, even if you didn’t know a lot about hockey. We need to take this opportunity and run with it.”’

Sabres coach Nolan shuffling staff of assistants   

AP:

‘The moves come three days after the Sabres finished in last place. The shake-up doesn’t come as a surprise. Nolan inherited the staff in November, after being hired on an interim basis to replace Ron Rolston.’

Sabres Announce Coaching Changes   

Sabres.com:

‘Assistant coaches Joe Sacco and Jerry Forton have been offered reassignment within the organization’s hockey department; the contract of assistant coach Teppo Numminen will not be renewed; goaltending coach Jim Corsi will not return as part of the team’s staff next season.’

Sabres Sign Affiliation Agreement With Elmira Jackals Of ECHL   

Sabres.com:

‘“Proper development is essential in maintaining a competitive roster at the NHL level,” said Sabres general manager Tim Murray. “Having Elmira as an additional source to develop our young talent will certainly help our entire organization going forward. We’re proud to have the Jackals as part of our organization and, with the Amerks in Rochester, we now have the added bonus of working with minor-league affiliates that are no further than 150 miles from Buffalo.”’

Thursday's Rochester Coverage   

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Rochester Amerks clinch playoff berth (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Not a good feeling for Pelletier, Comets as playoff hopes die (Utica Observer Dispatch)
Amerks clinch playoff spot (WGR-AM)
Amerks clinch playoff berth with 4-1 win over Comets (Amerks.com)
FINAL: Comets 1 vs. Rochester 4 (UticaComets.com)

The Sabres Report - April 16, 2014

Sabres GM says season ‘was completely unacceptable’   

Buffalo News:

‘“This year was completely unacceptable,” Murray said during the team’s wrap-up news conference in the arena on Tuesday. “I told them it wasn’t all on them. It was on management, it was on the coaching staff. A lot of it was on injuries where we had to put people into positions that they aren’t ready for. So that’s out of our hands.”‘

Sabres lose out in draft lottery, will pick second in NHL draft   

Buffalo News:

‘“We’ll get a good player, and I think there’s a great chance we could get a guy that we have No. 1 on our list,” Murray said. “I think with the way the draft sets up, we probably have a better chance of getting the guy that we have No. 1 than we had a chance today of getting the first pick.”‘

Accountability in Sabreland will be a big deal with Murray   

Buffalo News:

‘Say what you will about the team, which was an abject disgrace this season, Murray and Nolan give suffering fans a reason for hope. It’s faint hope, but when your team has hit rock bottom, you’ll grab onto anything you can.’

Murray says Sabres need to earn NHL officials’ respect   

Buffalo News:

‘“I’ve had some talks with people in the league. We’ve had our ‘pee-pee’ slapped once here so I’ve got to be careful what I say,” Murray said, as laughter filled the press conference room in First Niagara Center. “I’m on notice and I don’t want to have to pay that fine.”’