The Sabres Report - September 23, 2016

Sabres' Gionta on Kane: 'Hopefully, he’s still maturing'   

Buffalo News:

‘”I would hope that he wants to stay a little more low profile around things,” Gionta said Thursday in KeyBank Center. “I think on the ice he can give us a certain dimension that we need and that we want for a teammate to come in and work hard the way he does and play the game hard. Hopefully, he’s still maturing as an individual off the ice.”‘

Five things to watch as Sabres open training camp   

Buffalo News:

‘This was the first summer in some time that Lehner has been able to fully train and he visibly is different – he’s dropped weight and added muscle, so much so that even defenseman Josh Gorges said he did a double take when he first saw Lehner a few weeks ago.’

Sabres’ Evander Kane says off-ice incidents ‘come with the territory’   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“I’m not going to say too much,” Kane said. “I’m here, I’m in camp.”’

Concussion recovery gave Sabres’ Tyler Ennis new appreciation   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“I enjoy being out there, but there’s things you can do to make sure your body’s feeling good before every practice, you’re taking every drill,” Ennis said. “You’re trying to get better before every drill. In the past, I probably was just enjoying being on the ice and skating and shooting around rather than maybe focusing on things that I could improve on and get better out of practice.”‘

Sabres weigh in on Phil Kessel tweet   

Olean Times Herald:

‘I thought that in 2014 in Sochi (Olympics) he was one of the best American forwards on the team, so I think he’s earned that right to say what he said. Me, being in a little bit different situation, I don’t think I have.“

Sabres' Kane blames legal woes on being targeted as athlete   


‘”These things unfortunately happen more often than not, and they’re becoming more and more prevalent each and every day if you look around other sports,” Kane said. “For me, it’s trying to stay out of that kind of stuff and kind of picking my spots better.”‘

Sabres' Kane very casual about his summer legal trouble   


‘Thursday is the first time Kane has spoken since being charged in a June harassment incident. Kane was very casual and matter of fact when talking about his legal issues. He said, “I’m not going to say too much. I’m here, I’m ready for camp and I’m looking forward to that process starting.” He added, “These situations are what they are, they happen to athletes or people in a position such as myself and those are things that you deal with and kind of come with territory, but it saying that, you have to be a little bit more aware and put yourself on a higher pedestal than maybe you think you are.”’

Sabres' Kane keeping focus on hockey   


‘”I would hope he wants to stay a little more low profile around things. You know on the ice, I think he can give us a certain dimension that we need and that we want — for a teammate to come in and work hard, the way he does, and play the way he does.”‘

Sabres open camp with playoff or bust mindset   


‘“There is no new system, there is no new style of play, everybody knows it and everybody knows what’s expected of them,” Gionta said. “That’s where coming out of camp we kind of want to pick up — where we left off the second half of last year. With the success we had down the stretch we want want to get back to that as quickly as we can.”’

What we learned on the first day of training camp

‘”That’s on us,” Sabres captain Brian Gionta said. “There is no new system, there’s no new style of play. Everybody knows it; everybody knows what’s expected of them. That’s where, coming out of camp , we want to kind of pick up where we left off at the end of last year with the success we had going down the stretch there. We want to get back to that as quickly as we can.”‘

The Sabres Report - September 22, 2016

Training camp means a fresh start, even for old hands like Brian Gionta   

Buffalo News:

‘“Everything around training camp is prepping for the opening of the season so getting yourself mentally, physically ready for that opening night here against Montreal is how I approach it,” Gionta said in HarborCenter Wednesday morning. Sabres camp opens Thursday with physicals. The first on-ice session is Friday.’

Former Sabre Richie Dunn dies at age 59   

Buffalo News:

‘In Rochester, his best season came in 1986-87 when he registered 32 points to lead all Amerks’ defensemen in scoring and earn First All-Team honors in the American Hockey League. In the postseason he had seven points in 18 games as the Amerks won the Calder Cup.’

Richie Dunn, former Amerks and Sabres defenseman, dies   

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle:

‘He died at his home in Clarence on Tuesday. The cause of death was not immediately known.’

5 storylines to follow during Sabres training camp   

Olean Times Herald:

‘It can be argued no player is under more pressure than Lehner. The Sabres could rise or fall with the Swede’s play.’

Former Sabres defenseman Richie Dunn passes away at 59   

Olean Times Herald:

‘The undrafted Dunn played five seasons for the Sabres beginning in 1977-78 before moving to the Calgary Flames and Hartford Whalers. He returned to the Sabres organization in 1985, playing his final 47 NHL games over the next four years.’