The Sabres Report - April 26, 2016

Tuesday's Rochester Coverage

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The Sabres Report - April 22, 2016

Sabres' Fasching added to U.S. world championship team   

Buffalo News:

‘Fasching, who played seven games for the Sabres after leaving the University of Minnesota, has a long history with USA Hockey. He was part of the National Team Development Program for two years and played on the world junior and under-18 teams.’

Sabres prospect Brendan Guhle comfortable in pro hockey   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“I can play in this league … and feel comfortable,” said Guhle, who had one goal and four points. “I made mistakes and I patched those up. I think overall I can play AHL hockey.”‘

Sabres' Fasching added to Team USA   


‘Fasching joined the Sabres for their final seven games after signing out of the University of Minnesota where he spent three seasons.’

The Sabres Report - April 21, 2016

Sabres Gionta not ready to quit   


‘Gionta knows the final 41 games won’t carry over in October, but he says it shows the team what they need to do to take the next step “You go back 40 plus games you’re almost .600 winning percentage (point percentage was .573 over the final 41 games which would give them 94 points), so that’s what you want to be throughout the year.”’

Thursday's Rochester Coverage

Amerks’ up-and-down season ends with 3 losses (
Bailey turns in productive rookie season (

The Sabres Report - April 20, 2016

Amerks say good riddance to disappointing season   

Buffalo News:

‘“On paper, I think we had one of the best teams in the league, but unfortunately we didn’t pull through in the right times,” center Tim Schaller told the Rochester media. “I just don’t think guys were consistent enough. I think some guys thought it was OK to take some nights off.”’

Sabres goalie prospect Linus Ullmark confident after tough stretch   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“Yeah, it’s been tough,” Ullmark said. “Looking back, (no worries), it’s all about that. There’s nothing you can worry about, and that’s the hard part. If you get into that mindset, you start worrying about stuff that happened before, it’s hard to focus on what’s important.”‘

Buffalo Sabres year in review: part two — examining positional groups   

Auburn Citizen:

‘The Sabres could stand to use a little more production from Evander Kane, who was acquired at the trade deadline in 2015 and carries a $5.2 million cap hit. Kane was mildly productive — 20 goals and 35 points in 65 games — but the Sabres need more from someone they expect to be a top-line winger. Numbers closer to his career-best of 30 goals and 57 points in 2011-12 with the Winnipeg Jets should be the expectation, but might be a reach considering Kane has only played over 70 games twice in his seven-year career. Still, he’ll only be 25-years-old when next season begins.’

Fasching returns to finish out degree   

Minnesota Daily:

‘The Gophers forward turned professional two days after his junior season ended and joined the Buffalo Sabres. He temporarily missed classes while playing seven games in the NHL, but he stayed on track to graduate early from the Carlson School of Management. Fasching said he spent nights before games reviewing PowerPoint presentations and writing one-page case studies on different businesses in his hotel room.’

Grading every Sabre's 2015-16: Defensemen edition   


‘ The Sabres’ 8th overall pick in 2013 has emerged as a legitimate No. 1 defenseman, playing in all situations and posting 41 points, which was good for 24th in the NHL, just behind Duncan Keith. Dan Bylsma and the coaching staff have praised Ristolainen’s growth as a physical presence. He had memorable battles with Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby. The only negative on Risto’s record is that he had poor Corsi Percentage and Goals For Percentage. At 21, it is expected that these numbers will improve as he grows into the No. 1 role, especially if Tim Murray can provide the Finnish D-man with a puck-moving partner.’

The Sabres Report - April 19, 2016

Despite down year in Rochester, Kaleta holding on to his NHL dream   

Buffalo News:

‘“When I was in there, I did what I needed to do,” Kaleta told Rochester media Monday as the Amerks cleaned out their lockers and looked toward the offseason. “It’s just going to be focusing on getting back to the NHL. I’m pretty hungry. I have a chip on my shoulder, and I really think I can help out hopefully with the Sabres the younger group of guys with creating some space and knowing they have a little bit of backup.’

Popular Amerks veteran Matt Ellis pondering future   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“I’ve thought about it this year more than I’ve ever thought about it,” he said. “There’s a lot of days where I had a lot of time to kind of chew on things. Physically, I still feel good.”’

Tuesday's Rochester Coverage

For the Amerks, it was a season of unfulfilled promise (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)

The Sabres Report - April 18, 2016

Eichel and Reinhart a dynamic duo in the making for Sabres   

Buffalo News:

‘“On-ice chemistry starts off the ice, and your personal relationship with someone can definitely help the way you play on the ice,” Eichel said. “I think that’s the case here. Sam and I have a really good relationship off the ice. We do a lot together. We room on the road together. It seems like we’re always together.’