The Sabres Report - March 1, 2015

Loss sends some Sabres into limbo   

Buffalo News:

‘The Sabres were outshot, 47-14, and the Panthers had a monstrous 76-30 advantage in shot attempts in the game. The shots on goal over the final two periods were an eye-popping 37-8, but Neuvirth was again stellar in giving his team a chance.’

Seriously, Gretzky best fit to coach Sabres   

Buffalo News:

‘Gretzky’s biggest joy while coaching Phoenix from 2005 to 2009 was working with young guys such as Peter Mueller, Keith Yandle, Kyle Turris and Viktor Tikhonov. Gretzky urged the organization to keep the teens and 20-year-olds on the roster even though it meant more losses on his coaching record.’

Pysyk OK after pickup basketball game collapse   

Buffalo News:

‘Word came shortly after the Sabres’ 5-3 loss to Florida that Pysyk had been discharged from the hospital. Sabres coach Ted Nolan told reporters a couple of players had received texts from Pysyk as well.’

Sabres prospect Mark Pysyk released from hospital, doing well after collapse   

Olean Times Herald:

‘In a short statement, the Rochester Americans said Pysyk “is doing well.” Pysyk has had no known medical issues since the Sabres drafted him 23rd overall in 2010.’

Sunday's Florida Coverage   

SabreSpace.com:

Jaromir Jagr’s presence felt in Panthers debut — a win (Miami Herald)
Panthers trade Tomas Fleischmann to Ducks for Dany Heatley, draft pick (Miami Herald)
Photo gallery (Miami Herald)
Jagr arrives but Pirri stars in Panthers’ 5-3 victory over lowly Sabres (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
Jaromir Jagr makes Panthers’ debut a winning one (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
Jagr makes winning entrance; is there more ahead? (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
Panthers trade Tomas Fleischmann to Ducks for Dany Heatley and third-round pick (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
Though not on scoresheet, Jaromir Jagr imparts wisdom in first game with Panthers (Fox Sports Florida)
Photo gallery (Fox Sports Florida)
Panthers swing another deal, trade Fleischmann for Heatley (AP)
Ducks nab Fleischmann for Heatley, pick (The Sports Network)
Ducks acquire F Fleischmann from Panthers (The Sports Xchange)
Florida Panthers Acquire F Dany Heatley & 2015 Third-Round Draft Choice from Anaheim in Exchange for F Tomas Fleischmann (FloridaPanthers.com)
Florida Panthers Reassign F Garrett Wilson to San Antonio (FloridaPanthers.com)
Photo gallery (FloridaPanthers.com)
Photo gallery (Sabres.com)

Jagr makes Florida debut in Panthers' win over Sabres   

AP:

‘The Sabres scored two goals on their first three shots. Hodgson opened the scoring with a shot from the top of the left circle that got past Luongo on the stick side 2:57 in. Meszaros took a soft shot from above the left circle that went five-hole on Luongo at 7:18.’

Sabres farmhand Pysyk collapses during pickup basketball   

AP:

‘The Americans said Pysyk was being evaluated at the hospital.’

Florida 5, Buffalo 3   

The Sports Network:

‘”Against a team like Buffalo who hasn’t had the best year, those are games you gotta win,” said Upshall.’

Jagr makes presence felt in Panthers' win   

The Sports Xchange:

‘Center Cody Hodgson had a goal and an assist for Buffalo (19-39-5), and defenseman Andrej Meszaros and center Torrey Mitchell also scored.’

Sabres' Pysyk out of hospital after collapsing   

The Sports Xchange:

‘Pysyk, 23, was released from the hospital after several hours, and Sabres coach Ted Nolan said, “It seems everything is OK and that’s a great thing.”‘

Florida Storms Back to Beat Sabres 5-3   

WGR-AM:

‘After giving up the first six shots of the third period, the Sabres did manage to put some pressure on Roberto Luongo, though their best chance came on a Nic Deslaurier one timer that was fired wide. Buffalo would would tie the game up just a few minutes later as Torrey Mitchell scored his third goal in two games knotting up the score at 3. That would be short-lived however, as Scottie Upshall threw one past Neuvirth to put the Cats back up by a goal.’

Gameday: Panthers Take Down Sabres 5-3   

WGR-AM:

‘Some nice passing by the Sabres allows Torrey Mitchell to slide the puck underneath the goaltender and even this game at three. Matt Moulson made the pass, he has been playing bery well as of late since this line, along with Brian Gionta was put together.’

Pysyk has made it clear he belongs in Buffalo   

WGR-AM:

‘“I have high expectations,” the Sabres’ GM said. “We want him to continue to not just play well and play safe, but to do more. That’s been the message. If you watched his games he’s played in this (last) callup, he’s done that. He’s gotten up in the play.”’

Pirri scores twice, Panthers top Sabres in Jagr's debut   

NHL.com:

‘”Michal’s been playing great for us,” Nolan said. “He stops the shots he should and some he shouldn’t. He gave us a chance.”‘

Power-play chances push Panthers past Sabres   

Sabres.com:

‘Our discipline wasn’t there tonight,” Sabres coach Ted Nolan said.’