The Sabres Report - January 28, 2015

Gaudreau, Hiller help Flames handle Sabres   

NHL.com:

‘”If we knew the answer we would try to fix it,” Stewart said. “I wouldn’t say its lack of effort. We’ve just got to get mentally tough. You look at the last 11 games. We’ve been up in those games. We were in those games. It’s been the same story. We’ve got to go back to the drawing board. We’re going to Edmonton and it’s a must-win game.’

Sabres unable to hold off Flames' rally   

Sabres.com:

‘“[It was a] perfect road game, a good 40 minutes for us. But it shows our fragility there going into the third,” he said. “To lose it mentally, kind of sitting back, waiting for something bad to happen instead of going out and initiating and trying to force things.”’

The Sabres Report - January 27, 2015

Sabres hoping to reset into winning mode   

Buffalo News:

‘“I still believe in the team we have. I believe we can play much better,” Gionta said. “The frustrating part is that we’ve shown it in the past. We just have to do it. … It’s that old cliché, you can’t get too high and you can’t get too low.”‘

Hackett, back from knee surgery, gets call-up   

Buffalo News:

‘“Goaltending is basically all between the ears, right?” Hackett said at HarborCenter, joining the Sabres on Monday. “My first game back I was sweating the whole time, I was so nervous. I didn’t know what to expect. Even just thinking about, ‘oh it could happen again. I could tear it again.’ But I trust it. I trust the doctors. The mental part will come. It just takes a few games to get back into it. After the first 10 minutes you kinda forget about it and get back in the swing of things.”’

Sabres hopeful long break can help rejuvenate season   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“The hope is to come back kind of renewed,” Gionta said. “It actually came at the right time. We were able to have a longer than normal break. We were able to get away from things, forget about some things and hopefully refresh and get a new attitude going forward.”‘

Nikita Zadorov gets stuck in Dominican Republic, suspended by Sabres   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“What can you do?” coach Ted Nolan said after the Sabres practiced without Zadorov inside HarborCenter. “The travel conditions sometimes get in the way. That’s how it is.”‘

Tuesday's Calgary Coverage   

SabreSpace.com:

Tonight: Calgary Flames host the Sabres (Calgary Sun)
Gameday #48: Buffalo Sabres vs. Calgary Flames (CFAC-AM)
Sabres-Flames Preview (AP)
Buffalo Sabres (14-30-3) at Calgary Flames (25-19-3) (The Sports Network)
Flames open six-game homestand against Sabres (NHL.com)

Sabres suspend Zadorov for missing practice   

AP:

‘Zadarov had two assists in 20 minutes in the Sabres’ last game, a 6-4 loss to Detroit on Jan. 18.’

Sabres suspend D Zadorov   

The Sports Network:

‘The Sabres also recalled goaltender Matt Hackett from Rochester of the American Hockey League to replace Michal Neuvirth, who Murray said will “miss some time” with a lower-body injury that he suffered while working out during the break.’

Sabres suspend D Zadorov   

The Sports Xchange:

‘In 34 games this season, Zadorov has two goals and six assists.’

Sabres get back to work   

WGR-AM:

‘The team was livelier at practice and Gionta said, “That’s the hope, to come back kind of renewed. It actually came at a good time. We had a longer than normal break and get away from things and forget about some things, refresh and get a new attitude going.” Gionta added that he hasn’t given up, “I still believe in the team we have and I think we can play much better which is the frustrating part is we’ve shown it in the past and we just have to do it.”’

Sabres suspend Zadorov   

WGR-AM:

‘The length of the suspension has yet to be announced but general manager Tim Murray said, “We anticipate Nikita joining the team at some point during this week’s western road trip.”‘

Many young players seeing ice time for rebuilding Buffalo Sabres team   

HockeysFuture.com:

‘After playing for three different teams in each of his past two seasons, Grigorenko has been with the Rochester Americans for most of the season, allowing him to get comfortable and play a more defined role. Currently the Amerks’ leading scorer with 30 points in 36 games, the talented Russian has certainly matured a lot physically. His strong performance under head coach Chadd Cassidy led to 12 appearances in the NHL, during which he collected a goal, an assist, and a minus-five rating.’

Zadorov suspended by Sabres   

Sabres.com:

‘“We anticipate Nikita joining the team at some point during this week’s western road trip,” said Sabres General Manager Tim Murray.’

Hackett & Ellis recalled from Amerks   

Sabres.com:

‘“Michal sustained a lower-body injury while working out during the All-Star break and will miss some time,” said Sabres General Manager Tim Murray. “He will not join the team for our trip out west this week.”’