The Sabres Report - July 24, 2014

Sabres prospect J.T. Compher earning notice by agitating opponents   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“I just think anything you can do on the ice or get a team off their game or win the game yourself, every little bit helps,” Compher said. “I’m obviously not as skilled as Mikhail Grigorenko, but if I can play against and get a hit on him, get in his face a little bit, hopefully he thinks of me a little bit when he’s playing and I can get him off his game a little bit.”’

Sabres sign free-agent Andre Benoit to 1-year deal   

AP:

‘The Sabres have plenty established depth at defense, making Benoit a candidate to spend time with Buffalo’s AHL affiliate in Rochester.’

Sabres sign D Benoit   

The Sports Network:

‘Benoit played in 79 regular-season games with the Colorado Avalanche last season, totaling a career-high 28 points with seven goals and 21 assists.’

Sabres sign D Benoit   

The Sports Xchange:

‘Prior to being signed by Colorado in July 2013, the 30-year-old Benoit played parts of two seasons with the Ottawa Senators. In 120 career NHL games, Benoit has registered 39 points (10 goals, 29 assists) and 40 penalty minutes.’

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.”’