The Sabres Report - April 17, 2016

Patrick Kaleta frustrated by Amerks stint   

Olean Times Herald:

‘Despite a full year away, Kaleta believes he has a future with the Sabres, the team he grew up rooting for and took great pride in representing. “I think I do,” he said. “I think I can help out that team. I think they can benefit from someone like me and what I bring and maybe create a little bit more space for those young guys to do what they do.’

Sunday's Rochester Coverage

Amerks fall in Toronto, 3-1 (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Marlies goalie Antoine Bibeau made the most of Sparks’s absence (Toronto Star)
Guhle scores as Amerks drop first of two with Marlies (
Marlies Top Americans (

The Sabres Report - April 16, 2016

Sabres Ryan O’Reilly is a classic leader by example   

Buffalo News:

‘O’Reilly is in the perfect spot to hold others accountable for two reasons. First, his seven-year, $52.5 million contract kicks in this summer, making him the highest-paid Sabres player ever. Secondly, no one is harder on themselves than O’Reilly. If the team’s leader doesn’t get a pass, no one should.’

Sabres’ Tyler Ennis confident he’ll regain old form   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“He knows he has to prepare more before practice,” Murray said. “When he hits the ice, practice with a purpose, practice seriously. He’s come to these conclusions through this injury and watching our team play from the sideline. So this may make him a better, more serious hockey player, and we hope so.”‘

Wisconsin Rapids native makes his NHL debut   

Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune:

‘”When I stepped out on the ice for my first shift it was surreal,” said Nelson, who played his college hockey for Minnesota State University-Mankato. “It was an unbelievable feeling to be skating in the NHL. It’s what you dream about as a kid.’

Saturday's Rochester Coverage

Amerks home finale was a lot like the entire season (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Danis sets shutout record as Devils win in Rochester (Albany Times Union)
Amerks blanked by Devils, 5-0 (
Photo gallery (
Danis Ties Record As Devils Hit 100 Points (

The Sabres Report - April 15, 2016

Sabres’ Girgensons blames his down year on man in the mirror   

Buffalo News:

‘“It’s definitely on me how I played. It’s just bearing down on chances I had, more focus, more drive, more passion for the goals and offense I should have.”’

It's safe to like Sabres again   

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle:

‘Granted, getting from 81 points to 95 — the elusive plateau that usually gets a half dozen teams into the playoffs — will be harder than going from 54 to 81. The last few miles of a marathon are always the hardest.’

Sabres prospect Justin Bailey thriving with Amerks   

Olean Times Herald:

‘The prospect has developed rapidly in less than half a season, scoring 15 goals and 32 points in his last 28 games. He became Buffalo’s first AHL rookie to score 20 times since Luke Adam with the Portland Pirates in 2010-11. Bailey’s also the first Amerk to score 20 goals since Adam in 2013-14.’

Friday's Rochester Coverage

Guhle making most of end-of-season time with Amerks (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)

The Sabres Report - April 14, 2016

Mike Harrington (of all people) finds 23 positives in the Sabres’ season   

Buffalo News:

‘It doesn’t matter if the Sabres have a good team or have been terrible. They can’t lose in SAP Center, aka “The Shark Tank.” They made it five straight there and 9-0-1 in the last 10 games against the Sharks overall with a 3-1 win Feb. 26.’

Confident in his abilities, Lehner looks ahead to full summer of training

‘”I went in and showed what I can do – with complications, with a high-ankle sprain. I’m very confident in myself,” he said. “I know I’m a good goalie and the best thing I can take out of this is I’m going to come out next season with no issues. I did the surgery on my foot. I’m not going to have any problems with my foot going forward.’

The Sabres Report - April 13, 2016

Glad to be a Sabre, Kane sees a path toward improvement   

Buffalo News:

‘“I’m excited to be coming back to Buffalo,” said Kane, who has two years left on his contract. “Buffalo treated me really well this year. I’m really appreciative of all the support I got throughout the city and made quite a few new friends here. It’s something that I’ve really enjoyed throughout the process of going through this year and looking forward to the future here.”’

McCabe named to U.S. world championship team; O'Reilly clears waivers   

Buffalo News:

‘He’ll wear the red, white and blue beginning May 6 in Russia. Other players who will represent the United States include Nick Foligno, Noah Hanifin and probable No. 1 overall draft pick Auston Matthews.’

Sabres goalie Chad Johnson hopes to start somewhere   

Olean Times Herald:

‘Very quietly, Johnson posted strong numbers – 22-16-1 with a 2.36 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage – across the board.’