The Sabres Report - September 27, 2014

Stewart turns up the intensity as Sabres fall to Leafs   

Buffalo News:

‘Stewart scored twice during the first period and interrupted his pursuit of a hat trick to pummel a Toronto player during Buffalo’s 6-4 loss in First Niagara Center.’

Schaller catches Nolan’s eye   

Buffalo News:

‘“This young man, every day he just kind of grew on you,” Nolan said before the preseason game. “With training camp, that’s what’s so unique about it. You never know what’s going to happen.’

Sabres reassign 11 to Rochester Americans   

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle:

‘Adam must clear waivers before he officially joins the Amerks. He is expected to be placed on waivers for 24 hours beginning at noon Saturday.’

Michal Neuvirth struggles, Chris Stewart shines in Sabres’ preseason loss to Leafs   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“A tough game, not a lot of shots,” Neuvirth said. “It seemed like every time they had a shot it ended up in our net. I just couldn’t get in the game to make a big save.”’

Saturday's Toronto Coverage   

SabreSpace.com:

Maple Leafs get big game from Tyler Bozak in pre-season win over Sabres (Toronto Sun)
Maple Leafs’ Bozak and Clarkson score in return from injury (Toronto Star)
Tallinder’s tryout bid with Leafs suddenly in jeopardy (TSN)
Photo gallery (Buffalo News)

Reimer Makes 34 Saves, Maple Leafs Beat Sabres 6-4   

AP:

‘Toronto defenseman Henrik Tallinder had to be helped off the ice after being shoved face-first into the boards by Mike Weber.’

Toronto 6, Buffalo 4   

The Sports Network:

‘Chris Stewart supplied two goals and Cody McCormick and Jake McCabe also scored for Buffalo.’

Bozak strong in pre-season debut for Leafs, who lose Tallinder to injury   

CP:

‘As Toronto looks for depth on the blue-line, Tallinder’s chances of making the team were dealt a serious blow when he went shoulder-first into the boards on a hit from former Sabres teammate Mike Weber, who also landed on top of him. He did not return.’

Sabres coach Nolan switches stance on fighting   

Sportsnet:

‘“People are always questioning whether I’ve softened,” Nolan said before Friday’s pre-season game against Toronto. “I’ve never softened. I don’t like bullies, I’ve never liked bullies and I don’t think there’s a place for them. And sometimes when bullies are out there you have to defend yourself; that’s what happened in the past (but) they’re not as relevant now.”’

Leafs Take Down Sabres 6-4   

WGR-AM:

‘Michal Neuvirth struggled in net, stopping 16 of 22 shots.’

Sabres and Leafs rivals in the preseason too   

WGR-AM:

‘I liked the fact that Drew Stafford answered the challenge and fought Dion Phaneuf despite it being a preseason game.’

The Sabres trim the roster by 13   

WGR-AM:

‘Buffalo’s training camp roster is now at 38 players, 21 forwards, 12 defensemen and five goaltenders.’

Bozak helps Maple Leafs past Sabres   

NHL.com:

‘Dion Phaneuf and Leo Komarov each had one goal and one assist for Toronto, which was outshot 38-22. James Reimer made 34 saves.’

Intensity runs high in Sabres' preseason loss to Toronto   

Sabres.com:

‘“Anytime you play a team in your division, it’s definitely going to be a big game whether it’s exhibition or whatever. With them being so close, your emotions run high.”’

Sabres assign 11 to Rochester; return 2 to junior clubs   

Sabres.com:

‘The following players have been assigned to Rochester: Forwards: Luke Adam (pending waivers), William Carrier, Daniel Catenacci, Colin Jacobs, Justin Kea, Jordan Samuels-Thomas, Kevin Sundher and Philip Varone. Defensemen: Brady Austin, Jerome Leduc and Chad Ruhwedel.’