The Sabres Report - July 24, 2014

Sabres sign Benoit to 1-year deal   

Sabres.com:

‘Benoit (1/6/84, 5’11″, 191 lbs) played with the Colorado Avalanche in 2013-14, appearing in 79 regular-season games and recording a career-high 28 points (7+21). He also played in seven playoff games with the Avalanche, recording an assist. Prior to being signed by Colorado in July 2013, Benoit played parts of two seasons with the Ottawa Senators. In 120 career NHL games, Benoit has registered 39 points (10+29) and 40 penalty minutes.’

Previewing the East: Buffalo   

DetroitRedWings.com:

‘The signings should make the Sabres more competitive in the upcoming season. But more importantly, the addition of veteran leaders like Moulson, Gionta and Gorges should help with the development of younger Sabres players, most notably this year’s second overall draft pick Sam Reinhart, as he transitions from juniors to the NHL.’

The Sabres Report - July 23, 2014

Sabres sign d Benoit to one-year, $800k deal   

TSN:

‘Benoit, 30, scored seven goals and added 21 assists in 79 games with the Colorado Avalanche in 2013-14.’

Sabres' Ennis delighted with new deal   

Olean Times Herald:

‘ “I think I’m ready to take that step and be that leader, take charge and elevate my game,” Ennis said. “I’m due for a big season. There’s been so much change in the last few years. It’s nice to be stable and have that direction.”’

Sabres' big defensemen set to compete for jobs   

NHL.com:

‘”It’s going to be tight come fall here,” Pysyk said. “That’s good. All these good, young defensemen and some older guys as well, it’s going to be a tight race. It’s going to push everyone to be better.”‘

The Sabres Report - July 22, 2014

Little-known goalie Linus Ullmark rapidly developing into one of Sabres’ top prospects   

Olean Times Herald:

‘He’ll play one more season with MODO before coming to North America in 2015-16. By then, Ullmark could have a chance to seize a job with the Sabres.’

Josh Gorges: Surprising trade still sinking in   

Kelowna Daily Courier:

‘“I would’ve loved to stay and try to achieve my ultimate goal in Montreal and win a Stanley Cup there, but that wasn’t meant to be,” Gorges said. “Whatever the reasons, that’s not our job as players to figure out. Our job is to show up and play the way we’re supposed to play and do our jobs and help our team win. It’s the management’s job to put their team together and try to figure out how to make their team better and how to make their team succeed in the playoffs and succeed under a cap system.”‘

Williston Northampton's Max Willman gets first taste of pro hockey at Sabres Development Camp   

Springfield Republican:

‘It has been a meteoric rise for Willman, who was playing public high school hockey with his hometown, Barnstable, only two years ago. He led his team in scoring in his junior and senior seasons, so when he had the opportunity to do a post-grad year at a Division I prep school, he jumped at it.’

The Sabres Report - July 21, 2014

Rebuilding Sabres boast size, skill in young forwards   

NHL.com:

‘A major key to the future comes from the forwards they’ve collected through the draft and trades, and the spotlight is on Sam Reinhart, taken with the No. 2 pick of the 2014 NHL Draft.’

The Sabres Report - July 20, 2014

Prospects in goal bode well for Sabres’ future   

Buffalo News:

‘That’s why the Sabres’ prospect pipeline in goal is so important. New General Manager Tim Murray has openly professed to liking big goalies, hardly an endorsement of the 5-foot-10 Enroth or even the 6-foot-1 Neuvirth.’

The Sabres Report - July 19, 2014

Murray making forward progress for Sabres   

Buffalo News:

‘“I have to look down the road when I feel we’re going to be a competitive team. Is he the No. 1 center on that team? He may not be. He may be this year, and next year he may be a No. 2 left winger. It depends on what we bring in here, depends how we surround him. That’s going to dictate how he fits.”’

Sabres made good deal on Ennis’ contract   

Buffalo News:

‘“He’s a part of the team,” Murray said. “Is he a center, is he a winger? We’ve talked about that with his agent and where he fits. He fits somewhere on this team.”’

Development camp ends with competitive 3-on-3 tourney   

WGR-AM:

‘“I think it’s the start of team building,” the Sabres’ GM said. “These guys will be together at certain points in the year and then some will play together…it’s the start of these guys creating relationships.”’

The Sabres Report - July 18, 2014

New deal shows Sabres’ long-term faith in Ennis   

Buffalo News:

‘“Tyler wants to be a Buffalo Sabre,” Eustace King, Ennis’ agent, told The Buffalo News by phone Thursday from Los Angeles. “They were the team that took him in the first round. There were a handful of teams that considered him that year and Buffalo was the one that took him. You have to give them a lot of credit for believing in him.”’

The hits keep on coming from Compher   

Buffalo News:

‘“I think that’s why Buffalo brought me in, to compete hard and do everything I can to win battles,” Compher said. “That’s what I’m trying to do in camp. Sometimes I get into it with guys, but it’s just hockey. It’s nothing personal.”’