The Sabres Report - April 13, 2016

Glad to be a Sabre, Kane sees a path toward improvement   

Buffalo News:

‘“I’m excited to be coming back to Buffalo,” said Kane, who has two years left on his contract. “Buffalo treated me really well this year. I’m really appreciative of all the support I got throughout the city and made quite a few new friends here. It’s something that I’ve really enjoyed throughout the process of going through this year and looking forward to the future here.”’

McCabe named to U.S. world championship team; O'Reilly clears waivers   

Buffalo News:

‘He’ll wear the red, white and blue beginning May 6 in Russia. Other players who will represent the United States include Nick Foligno, Noah Hanifin and probable No. 1 overall draft pick Auston Matthews.’

Sabres goalie Chad Johnson hopes to start somewhere   

Olean Times Herald:

‘Very quietly, Johnson posted strong numbers – 22-16-1 with a 2.36 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage – across the board.’

Buffalo Sabres year in review: part one — statistical gains   

Auburn Citizen:

‘In terms of goals for vs. goals against, the Sabres made major gains. In 2014-15, Buffalo scored a league-low 153 goals while allowing 269, which was second-worst. This year, the Sabres had 199 goals for — still just 25th in the league, but a drastic improvement. Their defense stepped up significantly, as the Sabres tied for 15th-best in the NHL allowing 215 goals.’

Former Amherst Knight living the dream   

Amherst Bee:

‘“Walking into the room (Buffalo’s dressing room) was the first time it really hit me. It was an awesome feeling,” Schneider said Monday after his first two games in the NHL.’

Sabres off-season to-do list   

WGR-AM:

‘2016-17 will be the equivalent of the doctor giving the Sabres the “All Clear”. Playoffs should be the expectation.’

Sabres' McCabe makes the U.S. team   

WGR-AM:

‘Michigan forward JT Compher also made the team. Compher was a second round pick of the Sabres in 2014, but was traded to Colorado in the Ryan O’Reilly deal.’

Grading every Sabre's 2015-16: Forward edition   

WGR-AM:

‘The Sabres gave up a haul to bring in the 24-year-old and got more than their money’s worth.’

Could the Sabres land Harvard star Jimmy Vesey?   

WKBW-TV:

‘Now, according to CSN New England, Vesey could be interested in playing alongside Sabres center Jack Eichel.’

Wednesday's Rochester Coverage   

SabreSpace.com:

Cal O’Reilly assigned to Rochester (Sabres.com)
Amerks recall Prapavessis from Elmira (Amerks.com)

The Sabres Report - April 12, 2016

Wave of optimism   

Buffalo News:

‘Murray has not yet started contract discussions with the agent for Rasmus Ristolainen, who will be a restricted free agent this summer. Murray has not heard from Ristolainen’s camp about whether it would like a short- or long-term deal. Murray said short term has advantages because Eichel and Reinhart are still on entry-level deals and the Sabres have money to add other impact players in the coming years.’

GM, coach developing a healthy rapport   

Buffalo News:

‘There’s a lot more talking to be done. Now comes the tough part. It will be more difficult to get from 81 to 95 points than it was go to from 54 to 81. Whether they’re agreeing or whether they’re banging heads, it seems like Murray and Bylsma are off to a good start together fixing this mess Murray inherited. After a late rush in 2011, it’s now five years and counting with no playoffs under Terry Pegula’s ownership for starters.’

Season of growth has Sabres optimistic about future   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“To be a playoff team, a contending team, you have to have an established starting goaltender who may not be your best player, but your hardest-working player,” Murray said. “You have to get a certain number of games out of him, and we haven’t done that yet.”’

Blood clots will force Sabres’ Cody McCormick to retire   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“I want to evaluate how much risk there might be to playing,” McCormick said then. “And if there’s any risk, it’s not worth it for me to try to play with where I’m at in life and put my family in the position where they would worry about me every game.”‘

Youth-laden Buffalo Sabres finally showing signs of progress   

AP:

‘”We did take steps, and that’s good to see,” Gorges said. “We’re going to need to take more of them next year.”‘