The Sabres Report - April 16, 2015

Sabres' Reinhart has learned a lot this season   


‘OK, we’ve all seen McDavid play, but we haven’t been on the ice with him. Reinhart likes many things, “I think the speed he’s able to generate, his hockey sense is right up there with the best.”’

The Sabres Report - April 15, 2015

Sabres sharpshooters missing in action   

Buffalo News:

‘“This is by far the worst year I’ve had statistically in my whole life, not just in the National Hockey League,” Hodgson said on locker cleanout day. “Individually, as a team, it just wasn’t a success. That’s tough on everybody and takes a toll on you throughout the year.”’

Zadorov says he’s learned his lesson   

Buffalo News:

‘“It was tough,” he said. “I made a couple mistakes this year off the ice, and it’s all maturity. I’m not going to make them anymore.”’

Sabres GM Tim Murray challenges Nikita Zadorov to grow up   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“Be more mature, don’t be a kid anymore,” he said. “It’s a men’s league. It’s all the pros, just keep it simple.”’

Nolan was in lose-lose situation   

Batavia Daily News:

‘Despite having the worst roster in the league, the Sabres played hard for Nolan. With a good percentage of fans — and some members of the Western New York media — openly rooting for the Sabres to lose, they didn’t lock up last place in the standings until the second-to-last night of the regular season.’

Inside the tank: Sabres reporter recalls horrific, surreal season   

Yahoo! Sports:

‘Poor Ted was in the worst position possible.’

If Sabres don't win lottery, here's who should   


‘Thirteen other teams — perish the thought — have a chance to win the lottery too. Here’s who this Sabres fan would root for from that batch, in reverse order…’.

Sabres Captain Brian Gionta Comments on Firing of Ted Nolan   


‘”You go out and play hard for a bunch of reasons…Nobody wanted the coaches to get fired. Being in the business for as long as we have, we know it’s an unfortunate result of where we finished.” Gionta continues “We battled hard, we had ourselves in 90% of those games, but unfortunately for certain reasons we didn’t come out on top.”‘

Wednesday's Rochester Coverage

Amerks’ Mark Pysyk given the go-ahead to return (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Pysyk looks to make his return Friday (WGR-AM)

The Sabres Report - April 14, 2015

As Sabres start shopping, coaching candidates abound   

Buffalo News:

‘“We’re not going to put a timetable on it,” General Manager Tim Murray said. “If I get a call out of the blue and it’s so-and-so and he’d like to interview and he comes across as a great interview and he’s got pedigree and everything else and you have to make a snap decision, then that may happen.”‘

Nolan knew job security was not part of the deal   

Buffalo News:

‘Yes, Nolan was set up to fail this season. It’s not even open to debate. Murray tore down the roster long before the season began and continued his demolition as the season carried along. He traded away his top two goaltenders. He said all the right things while massaging his roster to lose just enough without making it obvious.’

Kaleta hoping to stay in blue and gold   

Buffalo News:

‘“This organization, my teammates and the Buffalo Sabres crest means so much to me that it’s hard for me to explain,” Kaleta said in First Niagara Center. “I would do anything to be back here next year and for years to come.”’

Ted Nolan's fate sealed when 'tank' became goal   

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle:

‘I believe he’s a good guy and a good coach — he’s won at the major, junior and NHL levels. But it’s also true that dysfunction seems to follow him. Whether that’s bad luck, bad timing or his own bad decisions fuels plenty of bar stool debates.’

Plenty of interesting names could be available to coach Sabres   

Olean Times Herald:

‘What is Murray looking for in his next coach? “I haven’t thought of that,” he said. “Certainly, in a perfect world, it would be somebody we have a good relationship and respect each other and communicate with each other, if not every day, on a regular basis. I think that’s what every GM wants.”’

Sabres’ Josh Gorges feels players’ professionalism suffered   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“We’re not going to go through this again,” he said. “The way things happened, we won’t accept it as players. I’m sure the coaches won’t accept it – management, everybody. We need to change the way the culture is here. We understand what happened this year and trying to get our future put in place, but now it’s time to take a step forward.”‘