The Sabres Report - August 19, 2014

Sabres will host NHL Combine for two years   

Olean Times Herald:

‘The Sabres have submitted a bid for the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, team president Ted Black said. They want the NHL All-Star Game someday. They also plan to pursue the 2018 world junior championship “very aggressively,” he said. The Sabres hosted the event in 2011.’

Buffalo to host NHL combine next 2 years   

AP:

‘The combine had been held outside Toronto, inside a convention center that provided no on-ice testing and little room for fans.’

NHL Combine heads to Buffalo   

The Sports Xchange:

‘The event, slated for late May or early June, will be held at First Niagara Center and the HarborCenter complex that is scheduled to be completed soon. The combine will feature the top hockey talent from North America and Europe before the NHL Draft is held in June.’

Buffalo to host NHL combine in 2015 and 2016   

Sabres.com:

‘“The NHL Combine is an essential event for all of our Member Clubs in advance of the Draft, which continues to grow in importance,” said Colin Campbell, senior executive vice president of NHL Hockey Operations. “The League has pushed to improve the Combine each year and the state-of-the-art facilities in Buffalo will allow us to further enhance the quality of the event for our teams, prospects and media.”’

The Sabres Report - August 18, 2014

AP Sources: Buffalo to host next 2 NHL combines   

AP:

‘The NHL’s annual pre-draft scouting combine is moving to Buffalo for the next two years, two people familiar with discussions told The Associated Press on Sunday night.’

The Sabres Report - August 17, 2014

Sabres' Stewart seeks consistency in contract year   

NHL.com:

‘”I definitely have a chip on my shoulder,” said Stewart, who last season sustained a right ankle injury that limited him to five games in a Sabres sweater. “I wasn’t happy with my year last year, either. I feel like I have a lot to prove and it’s just going out and doing it. I’m going to come in and I’m going to be consistent. I think that’s been a knock on me. I’ve been able to put together good stretches and then go cold, but I think we have a coach like Ted Nolan who believes in you. I think it’s going to be hard not to have the best season of my career so far.”‘

Sabres hope top 10 prospects lead successful rebuild   

NHL.com:

‘Here’s a look at the Sabres’ top 10 prospects, according to NHL.com…’

Sabres expect rapid improvement after summer moves   

NHL.com:

‘”Probably the best couple of words I heard out of Tim’s mouth was when he said ‘five years,’” said Ted Nolan, who went 17-36-9 after taking over as interim coach and signed a three-year contract extension in March. “Who knows what’s going to happen five years from now? I always, as a coach, just worry about now. My now is preparing this team to be the best we can. If we get the players like we did this summer, it could be a very short rebuild and we get to the point to where we’re battling for what everybody wants, and that’s the Stanley Cup.”‘

Offense, battle in goal highlight Sabres' five questions   

NHL.com:

‘”If we’re going to compete with some of the best teams in the League, we have to be much stronger,” coach Ted Nolan said. “We have to be much more committed and we have to play with a lot more energy than with what we have been playing. We implemented that this summer and we’ll see what happens come the start of the season, but we have to prepare much better than we did in the past.”‘

Sabres hope veterans help prospects adjust to lineup   

NHL.com:

‘Josh Gorges and Andrej Meszaros will be counted on eat minutes and help the young players on defense. Gorges and Gionta in particular were considered two of the key leaders in the Montreal Canadiens dressing room.’

Sabres expect rapid improvement after summer moves   

NHL.com:

‘”Probably the best couple of words I heard out of Tim’s mouth was when he said ‘five years,’” said Ted Nolan, who went 17-36-9 after taking over as interim coach and signed a three-year contract extension in March. “Who knows what’s going to happen five years from now? I always, as a coach, just worry about now. My now is preparing this team to be the best we can. If we get the players like we did this summer, it could be a very short rebuild and we get to the point to where we’re battling for what everybody wants, and that’s the Stanley Cup.”‘

The Sabres Report - August 16, 2014

2014-15 NHL team previews: Buffalo Sabres   

CSN Washington:

‘The good news for the Sabres is that things can get only get better from here. After bottoming out last season with a last place finish in the NHL’s overall standings and trading away face-of-the-franchise Ryan Miller, Buffalo is ready to usher in a new era of Sabres hockey. It may just take some time before the team starts winning with regularity.’

The Sabres Report - August 15, 2014

Sabres' Myers thinks Nolan is the answer for him   

WGR-AM:

‘Myers totally changed his training last summer. Much of that was work with sports psychologist Barbara Meyer. Not much changed this summer for Myers, “I definitely saw the benefits of last year’s off season and I not only want to match that, but get more out of it. I think last summer was really good getting the guys together and it really shows me how hard I have to work to keep going every year.”‘

The Sabres Report - August 14, 2014

Reinhart leads deep, promising group of prospects in Buffalo Sabres’ 2014 Fall Top 20   

HockeysFuture.com:

‘The embarrassment of riches means that a few noteworthy prospects missed the cut. Among them were utility forward Johan Larsson, who did not have much success in the NHL last year, as well as Jordan Samuels-Thomas, a physical bruiser who has not yet played any pro games. Connor Hurley and Sean Malone also just missed the cut, as well as goaltender Nathan Lieuwen.’

The Sabres Report - August 13, 2014

Sabres' Trottier brings winning   

WGR-AM:

‘As you know Ted Nolan coached the New York Islanders after his first stint in Buffalo. Trottier is here because he became good friends with the Sabres head coach, “When he was just a young coach in the NHL, for whatever reason, I was walking from the old Aud back to the hotel in the middle of winter and I’m walking through the snow and Ted says, ‘Hey you want a ride’ and I jumped in and we had a quick five minute conversation and from that, a mini friendship was born.”‘