The Sabres Report - July 15, 2014

Sam Reinhart eager to earn job with Sabres   

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle:

‘“Most of the guys at this stage are trying to get better every day,” Reinhart said. “From yesterday to today to tomorrow, we’ll keep getting better and continue to improve.”’

Sam Reinhart and deep prospect pool show Sabres could have bright future   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“Everybody knows how good he is,” Lemieux said about Reinhart. “I think what separates him from everybody else is how smart he is. I think that’s his strongest asset. He’s a really smart kid. Obviously, it’s exciting for me to be out there with guys like that. That’s the kind of caliber that I want to be with. I want to surround myself with the best players in the world.”’

Hulking prospect Jordan Samuels-Thomas ready for fresh opportunity with Sabres   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“I was excited about a new opportunity with an organization that’s really excited about changing the culture here,” Samuels-Thomas said Monday inside the First Niagara Center following the first session of development camp.’

Chris is latest Brown to grab hockey spotlight   

Birmingham Eccentric:

‘“I was very, very honored to be drafted by that organization,” Brown said. “I’m glad that they had the faith in me to take me. (Being drafted) wasn’t a sure thing so I wasn’t going to be disappointed if it didn’t happen, but it happened and hopefully it works out for the best.”’

Sabres Reinhart finally hits the ice   

WGR-AM:

‘Reinhart looked smooth in what he does, not a lot of wasted motion. He sent a no look pass out front finding a wide open Justin Bailey. The Sabres first round pick less than a month ago was glad to finally get on the ice, “It was great, it was a thrill to have that all over with and finally come here. It’s a lot more comforting to know that all of that’s over and you can really get down to business and enjoy the week. It’s my first experience at a NHL level, so I’m just taking it in stride and enjoying the process.”’

What should we expect from Grigorenko, Armia in 2014-15   

WGR-AM:

‘Will Armia and Grigo do it? At least the end of last season should make us feel more confident. Now it’s all about what the individuals carry it over and do with their opportunity.’

The Sabres Report - July 14, 2014

Sabres sign former Canucks winger Dalpe   

Buffalo News:

‘Dalpe had a two-way contract last year with Vancouver that paid him $550,000 in the NHL and $125,000 in the AHL. He’ll compete for a fourth-line spot with the Sabres at training camp and stands to be a good depth addition to fill the roster for Rochester as well.’

Plenty of intriguing Sabres prospects participating in development camp   

Olean Times Herald:

‘Seven first-round picks are participating in the team’s development camp this week. Seven of the 41 prospects played in the NHL last season, including center Zemgus Girgensons, who spent the entire campaign with the Sabres.’

Sabres sign Dalpe for one year   

The Sports Network:

‘In 96 NHL games over parts of four seasons with Carolina and Vancouver, Dalpe has recorded nine goals and 17 points.’

Sabres sign F Dalpe   

The Sports Xchange:

‘A second-round pick (No. 45) of the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2008 draft, Dalpe, 24, played a career-high 55 games with the Vancouver Canucks last season and had seven points (four goals, three assists). He has nine goals, 17 points and 10 penalty minutes in 96 NHL games.’

Sabres ink Dalpe to one-year deal   

Sabres.com:

‘Dalpe (6’1”, 195 lbs., 11/1/89) played a career-high 55 NHL games as a member of the Vancouver Canucks during the 2013-14 season, recording seven points (4+3). A former second-round draft pick (45th overall in 2008), Dalpe has appeared in a total of 96 NHL games in his one year with the Canucks and three previous seasons with the Carolina Hurricanes.’

The Sabres Report - July 13, 2014

Reinhart signs deal with Sabres   

Buffalo News:

‘“It only motivates you knowing where you’re going,” Reinhart said. “I’ve been familiar with this and have envisioned myself with this opportunity here with this organization. It’s a bit relaxing as well as motivating and knowing how much work really has to be done. I’ve been looking forward to this part of it for quite some time.”’

Sabres ink No. 2 pick Reinhart   

The Sports Network:

‘The 18-year-old captain led Kootenay with 105 points (30 goals, 69 assists). He also tallied six goals and 17 assists in 13 playoff games while helping his team advance three rounds before falling to the Portland Winterhawks in the Western Conference Championship.’

Sabres sign Reinhart to deal   

The Sports Xchange:

‘The Sabres also signed forward Jordan Samuels-Thomas to a one-year entry-level contract.’

Sabres sign Reinhart and Samuels-Thomas to entry-level deals   

WGR-AM:

‘Reinhart (6’1″, 190 lb.) was a star at the junior level. The captain of the WHL’s Kootenay Ice racked up 36 goals and 105 points in the 2013-14 season. He scored 254 points in 204 games across 4 seasons in the WHL. He’s the Sabres highest draft pick since taking Pierre Turgeon 1st overall in 1987.’