The Sabres Report - January 27, 2015

Sabres suspend D Zadorov   

The Sports Xchange:

‘In 34 games this season, Zadorov has two goals and six assists.’

Sabres get back to work   

WGR-AM:

‘The team was livelier at practice and Gionta said, “That’s the hope, to come back kind of renewed. It actually came at a good time. We had a longer than normal break and get away from things and forget about some things, refresh and get a new attitude going.” Gionta added that he hasn’t given up, “I still believe in the team we have and I think we can play much better which is the frustrating part is we’ve shown it in the past and we just have to do it.”’

Sabres suspend Zadorov   

WGR-AM:

‘The length of the suspension has yet to be announced but general manager Tim Murray said, “We anticipate Nikita joining the team at some point during this week’s western road trip.”‘

Many young players seeing ice time for rebuilding Buffalo Sabres team   

HockeysFuture.com:

‘After playing for three different teams in each of his past two seasons, Grigorenko has been with the Rochester Americans for most of the season, allowing him to get comfortable and play a more defined role. Currently the Amerks’ leading scorer with 30 points in 36 games, the talented Russian has certainly matured a lot physically. His strong performance under head coach Chadd Cassidy led to 12 appearances in the NHL, during which he collected a goal, an assist, and a minus-five rating.’

Zadorov suspended by Sabres   

Sabres.com:

‘“We anticipate Nikita joining the team at some point during this week’s western road trip,” said Sabres General Manager Tim Murray.’

Hackett & Ellis recalled from Amerks   

Sabres.com:

‘“Michal sustained a lower-body injury while working out during the All-Star break and will miss some time,” said Sabres General Manager Tim Murray. “He will not join the team for our trip out west this week.”’

Tuesday's Rochester Coverage   

SabreSpace.com:

Amerks sign Evan Rankin to AHL contract (Amerks.com)

The Sabres Report - January 25, 2015

Girgensons wins race in skills event   

Buffalo News:

‘The Sabres center gave Team Foligno a clean sweep in the Fastest Skater competition, the first event of the night. After watching teammates Phil Kessel, Jonathan Drouin and Jiri Sekac win their races, Girgensons downed St. Louis’ Vladimir Tarasenko.’

Art community urges Sabres to go local   

Buffalo News:

‘When news about Sabres’ commission of a painting by an artist from outside this art-crazed region hit Facebook, the reaction from Buffalo’s creative community was swift and merciless. Disappointment deepened into anger.’

Sabres All-Star Zemgus Girgensons left lasting mark with ‘family’ in Vermont   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“Very, very coachable,” Line said. “You tell him to do something, he does it the next time. But very, very mature beyond his years, and certainly calculated in the way he goes about his business.”‘

Sunday's Rochester Coverage   

SabreSpace.com:

Amerks finish first half of year with loss (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Amerks’ All-Star Phil Varone opted for a degree in hockey (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Ortio stops Amerks, and Flames surge to victory (Glen Falls Post Star)
Photo gallery (Glen Falls Post Star)
Amerks head into All-star break with 4-1 loss to Flames (Amerks.com)
German powers Flames past americans (AdirondackFlames.com)

The Sabres Report - January 24, 2015

The stars are aligning for Girgensons   

Buffalo News:

‘“It’s fun for his country with all the votes and everything, but he deserves all the credit,” Sabres left wing Nicolas Deslauriers said. “You’ve got to take the votes out. He’s been our top guy. If you needed to choose a guy from each team, I would pick him.”’

Saturday's Rochester Coverage   

SabreSpace.com:

Amerks’ Armia dazzles, and the best is yet to come (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Photo gallery (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Late penalties cost Flames (Glen Falls Post Star)
Armia wows as Amerks beat Flames (WGR-AM)
Varone’s late third period goal lifts Amerks to 3-2 win over Flames (Amerks.com)
Flames drop narrow 3-2 decision in Rochester (AdirondackFlames.com)

The Sabres Report - January 23, 2015

Tanking or trying? Sabres answer   

ESPN:

‘”It does require patience,” Black said. “What we’re doing on-ice with the rebuild, if you project to next year’s draft, we will have been in a four-year draft cycle where we will have had 17 first- and second-round picks. That’s the most in franchise history.”‘

Sabres' Girgensons looks forward to All-Star weekend   

NHL.com:

‘”They take pride in hockey. Latvian fans are absolutely crazy about it. First thing they always look forward to is the World Championship every year. Whenever there is an NHL player from Latvia, they admire the guy that has taken that route and they support him.”‘