The Sabres Report - October 3, 2015

Columbus upends Buffalo 6-4   


‘There are just a few roster spots still available for head coach Dan Bylsma to sort through, and tonight is the last chance to make an impression.’

Sabres trim eight from the roster   


‘Six players were sent down, William Carrier, Chad Ruhwedel, Nathan Lieuwen, Jerome Leduc, Evan Rodrigues and Tim Schaller.’

Sabres' Gorges shouldn't miss any games   


‘With all the new faces here on defense, it’s going to look a lot different next week. Gorges has gotten a chance to take it in as he rehabbed and he’s liked what he’s seen, “It’s kind of a good mix of everything, I think the guys we’ve brought in, some veteran guys that have been around the game a long time, they know what it takes to win, they know what it takes to compete, but it’s a group that I find can all move the puck, they all seem to communicate very well which is important when you’re talking about defense and talking about D partners and we’re changing a lot of things with the way we’re going to be playing the game, but I find each game we’re getting better and better or each practice it’s becoming more easy.”’

Blue Jackets hold on to defeat Sabres

‘The Sabres scored four times in the third period before Bjorkstrand hit the empty net with 1:19 remaining. Jamie McGinn had two goals, and Zemgus Girgensons and Evander Kane scored for Buffalo.’

Third-period rally comes up short in loss to Blue Jackets

‘“I think we played together,” McGinn said of the Sabres’ late comeback attempt. “We put pucks in the right area and we moved our feet. We won the battles; we were first to pucks so I think that’s the biggest thing.”’

Saturday's Rochester Coverage

Kaleta, others to join Amerks (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Sabres announce roster moves; Amerks camp roster grows (

The Sabres Report - October 2, 2015

Sabres piece together lineup, beaten badly by Minnesota   

Buffalo News:

‘The Wild outshot Buffalo, 42-11, in dropping the Sabres to 4-2 in exhibition play. Only a 36-save night from Buffalo goaltender Chad Johnson kept the margin from being worse.’

Friday's Minnesota Coverage

Wild ends preseason with 6-1 victory over Buffalo (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Minnesota Wild bury Sabres 6-1 in preseason finale (Saint Paul Pioneer Press)
Forward Zac Dalpe brought back for preseason finale (Saint Paul Pioneer Press)
Wild Defeat Sabres In Final Preseason Game (
Photo gallery (

Wild rout Sabres 6-1 in preseason finale   


‘Tim Schaller scored for Buffalo, and Chad Johnson made 36 saves.’

Impaired driving case involving Sabres star O'Reilly adjourned until Oct. 22   


‘The star forward wasn’t at Thursday’s court date. A lawyer for the 24-year-old appeared on his behalf.’

Wild Slam Sabres 6-1   


‘Chad Johnson stopped 36 of 42 shots and Tim Schaller scored the lone goal.’

Wild rout Sabres to conclude preseason

‘Tim Schaller scored an unassisted goal and Chad Johnson made 36 saves for Buffalo (4-2-0), which plays its final preseason game Friday against the Columbus Blue Jackets at First Niagara Center.’

Sabres' Bylsma primed to win Jack Adams Award

‘Hired on May 28, Bylsma has experience with immediate turnarounds. He took over a Pittsburgh Penguins team 10th in the East with 25 games left in 2008-09 and led it to an 18-3-4 finish and its first Stanley Cup championship in 16 years. He also won the Jack Adams Award in 2011 after guiding the Penguins to 49 wins despite Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal missing a combined 119 games because of injuries. His .668 winning percentage (252-117-32) is the best of anyone in history with at least three full seasons coached.’

Sabres fall behind early in loss to Minnesota

‘“There [were] two teams at two different levels,” he said. “We didn’t move our feet and got out-competed at pretty much every turn.”’

Friday's Rochester Coverage

Chapman (very) willing to battle for a job with Amerks (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Amerks fall to B-Sens in preseason opener (