The Sabres Report - September 24, 2014

Goalie Jhonas Enroth, top line shine in Sabres’ preseason win against Hurricanes   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“I think it’s a preview of things to come for (Enroth),” Stafford said. “He’s been itching to get that starting job.”’

Wednesday's Carolina Coverage

Canes lose preseason game to Sabres and lose Jordan Staal to leg injury (Raleigh News and Observer)
Photo gallery (Raleigh News and Observer)
‘Canes C Jordan Staal Breaks Right Leg Vs Sabres (AP)
Jordan Staal breaks leg in Hurricanes’ preseason loss (The Sports Network)
Hurricanes’ Staal breaks leg (The Sports Xchange)
Canes Blanked by Sabres (
Jordan Staal Suffers Broken Bone In Leg (

Sabres' G Enroth Blanks Hurricanes 2-0   


‘Enroth was sharp in gaining the initial edge in a preseason-goalie competition with Michal Neuvirth for Buffalo’s vacant No. 1 job after Ryan Miller was traded in February.’

Buffalo 2, Carolina 0   

The Sports Network:

‘Drew Stafford and Tyler Ennis each had a goal and an assist to pace Buffalo offensively, with Matt Moulson assisting on both markers. The two scores came against Hurricanes netminder Drew MacIntyre in the second period.’

Sabres shut out Hurricanes 2-0   


‘Drew Stafford gave the Sabres a 1-0 lead after he finished off a scoring chance created by a turnover in the Buffalo zone. Nathan Gerbe coughed the puck up to Tyler Ennis, and Matt Moulson put the puck right on the stick of Stafford. The goal was the first of the preseason for the blue and gold.’

Sabres finally score as Enroth shines at the other end   


‘Jhonas Enroth was terrific in his first start since his leg injury in March. He made 35 saves for the shutout and looked very calm in the crease. My guess is Michal Neuvirth will get the call in Friday’s home game vs. Toronto.’

Sabres' motto for me: Do the best you can   


‘Despite the fact that most objective NHL experts surely will expect your team to compete for the league’s worst record, a distinction you easily attained last year, I’m even more excited for this year than usual.’

Enroth, Sabres shut out Hurricanes; J. Staal injured

‘Drew Stafford and Tyler Ennis scored 6:16 apart in the second period and assisted on each other’s goals. Matt Moulson had two assists.’

Top line, Enroth flourish in preseason home opener

‘“We have to be able to take care of the puck themselves. They may not have their full lineup, but at the same time, we have to be effective in our possession and hanging onto it,” Stafford said. “It is just preseason, but at the same time, we’re working on maintaining good habits and making sure we’re getting ready for the real deal. It was a great start.”’

The Sabres Report - September 23, 2014

Grigorenko makes push for Sabres job   

Buffalo News:

‘“The first practice I saw was by far the best I’ve ever seen him skate and pay attention in practice. He played a pretty good game and today he was pretty good in practice. He’s got some good skill sets that a lot of people would die for, so we’ve just got to get it out of him.”’

Sabres’ Reinhart reins in his emotions   

Buffalo News:

‘“I believe in putting kids in the fire right off the hop,” Nolan said. “You don’t put kiddie gloves on them and walk them through and hold their hands. We’re in a man’s game now so we’ve got to put them out there.”‘

Sabres' Grigorenko impressive in early going   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“I think it’s a really big difference from last year and this year,” Grigorenko said. “I worked really hard this summer. My conditioning got real better. I got really stronger. I feel a lot stronger on the ice, better in battles and stuff.”’

Sabres Nolan not a fan of analytics   


‘“The information I’ve used is with my eyes and my soul and my heart. If I see someone who’s competing and I know he’s competing, that’s good enough for me. I don’t need a machine to tell me how hard he worked, I can see it for myself, but there’s some of that data that you can use for how many calories they burn, but my number one analytic is you score one more goal that the opposition, you win.”’

Earning his keep

‘Sabres coach Ted Nolan said Benoit has been as good as advertised so far through camp and expects him to mentor the younger players on the team the same way new additions Brian Gionta and Josh Gorges are. “He fits that same type of mold. He’s a veteran presence and he’s got some maturity, especially with some of the young kids we have on our team,” Nolan said. “He’s a real good character guy that is coming here looking for a fresh start. I see him as one of those guys that’s just going to have an impact on some of our young players.”’

Shouldering the load

‘“If I’m not hitting or finishing checks, it’s noticeable out there. It’s noticeable to the coaching staff and everyone,” he said. “To be healthy again, it’s great and I’m looking forward to going out there and being physical again.”’