The Sabres Report - May 11, 2015

Babcock declines comment after meeting with Sabres owner   

AP:

‘Babcock flew to Buffalo earlier in the day and spent the afternoon meeting with Pegula and general manager Tim Murray at the Sabres’ downtown arena. Babcock is still under contract with the Red Wings through June 30. The Red Wings are open to re-signing Babcock, but have granted him permission to interview with other teams.’

Babcock meets with Sabres   

WGR-AM:

‘Edmonton was once thought to be the favorite, but people close to the Oilers are saying they could be interested in hiring former Sharks coach Todd McLellan. Oilers management was impressed by the job Todd Nelson did after Dallas Eakins was fired and may want to keep him on as an assistant coach.’

The Sabres Report - May 10, 2015

Peeking inside the Sabres pipeline to the future   

Buffalo News:

‘Reinhart not only leads the centers, he’s the top prospect in the organization. The second overall pick from 2014 has the stats, international experience and pedigree to become a top center. Surprisingly for a team that hasn’t had a legitimate No. 1 middle man since Chris Drury and Daniel Briere left in 2007, Reinhart will have competition for first-line status.’

Rob Ray and partner opening Rayzor’s Dawg House in Eden   

Buffalo News:

‘As they have at the Springville stand, Ray and Mohr plan to feature blue-and-gold Sabres’ decor with a display of 32, Ray’s jersey number. Photographs from his playing career will adorn the walls.’

Babcock Watch: Weighing Red Wings coach's options   

AP:

‘On the downside, the Sabres are still a few years from being considered contenders.’

The Sabres Report - May 9, 2015

Red Wings give Babcock three weeks to test the market   

Buffalo News:

‘The Detroit Red Wings have granted coach Mike Babcock a three-week window to talk with other teams about working on their bench. If the sides come to an agreement, the hiring team would owe Detroit a third-round pick during the next three years.’

The Sabres Report - May 8, 2015

Sabres prospect Justin Bailey ready for pro hockey after big junior season   

Olean Times Herald:

‘Bailey, who played on a line with Sabres prospect Jean Dupuy with the Greyhounds, had his way with opponents all season, scoring 34 goals and 69 points in 57 regular-season games.’

The Sabres Report - May 7, 2015

Enroth's dig against former club: 'They had only one goal - to get the last'   

Hockey Sweden:

‘The Buffalo Sabres there is at least one opening and Enroth says he would sign a contract with the club without hesitation if it was an offer, but … I do not think they want me back actually, he laughs.’

Buffalo Sabres flaunt wide array of talented up-and-comers in 2014-15   

HockeysFuture.com:

‘In junior, Justin Bailey, Jean Dupuy and the powerhouse Soo Greyhounds are still battling Nick Baptiste and the Erie Otters in the OHL Western Conference Finals, while Eric Cornel’s Peterborough Petes were eliminated in the first round. Sam Reinhart’s Kootenay Ice, Brycen Martin’s Swift Current Broncos and Vaclav Karabacek’s Baie-Comeau Drakkar, however, were also eliminated in the early rounds of their respective leagues.’

The Sabres Report - May 6, 2015

Sabres should open the vault to land Babcock   

Buffalo News:

‘He would bring more than X’s and O’s. He would restore credibility and make the Sabres relevant again. He would open doors for top free agents. He would make the same impact Rex Ryan did with the Bills. But he also would bring the Red Wings’ secrets to success. And he should be available.’

Eichel Watch   

WGR-AM:

‘His game against Russia, was his best of the tournament, and a start-to-finish indicator of a player set to become an NHL star.’

The Sabres Report - May 3, 2015

Top-line right winger is a high priority   

Buffalo News:

‘Eichel could work his way up the depth chart as the season goes on, but it makes sense to start him in the middle of Gionta (a veteran who can offer tips) and Foligno (who would discourage teams from taking liberties with the rookie).’

Merrimack’s Tim Schaller had productive year in Buffalo Sabres organization   

Nashua Telegraph:

‘“I played 18 games in the NHL and I learned a lot,” Schaller said. “I learned what I need to do to succeed in that league. I’d be a third or fourth line guy. I have no doubt in my mind I can make Buffalo in the fall.’

The Sabres Report - May 2, 2015

Saturday's Rochester Coverage   

SabreSpace.com:

Chadd Cassidy fired as Amerks head coach (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Sabres fire Amerks coach Chadd Cassidy (Olean Times Herald)
Buffalo Sabres fire AHL Rochester coach Cassidy (AP)
Chadd Cassidy relieved of duties as Amerks’ head coach (Amerks.com)

The Sabres Report - May 1, 2015

Sabres have pieces that could attract Babcock   

Buffalo News:

‘While the Sabres seem to be in good position, other teams could join the bidding for Babcock. St. Louis, which is stacked at every position, is weighing the fate of coach Ken Hitchcock. Boston, which fired General Manager Peter Chiarelli after a disappointing season, might follow by ditching coach Claude Julien.’