The Sabres Report - October 8, 2015

Sabres Gionta is injured   


‘Gorges said last week he thought he’s be ready for game number one. On Wednesday after practice he said, “I feel really good. I think we’ll reevaluate things in the morning and we’ll know more tomorrow, but I don’t think there’s any reason why I wouldn’t be able to go, but we’ll find out.”’

Sabres' Reinhart has a mentor on the team   


‘“He’s a great guy and there are a lot of them in this dressing room. This team coming in, there’s no question that it’s a lot closer and for a guy like him there’s no question he’s a reason why the team’s close,” Reinhart said.’

Gionta day-to-day as Sabres hold final practice ahead of opener

‘Brian Gionta sustained a lower-body injury late in practice on Tuesday and is day-to-day, Sabres coach Dan Bylsma announced following Wednesday’s practice. Sam Reinhart filled in for Gionta on the right wing on a line with Evander Kane and center Jack Eichel.’

Thursday's Rochester Coverage

Don Cherry reflects on Rochester Amerks’ 1960s dynasty (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)

The Sabres Report - October 7, 2015

Sabres’ Murray taking cautious approach   

Buffalo News:

‘“That’s what I said to our coaches, ‘I want everybody to be positive. I’m the only guy in the organization allowed to be negative.’ That’s the way I wanted it. If I’m the most negative guy in the city about the team, that’s pretty good.”‘

Eichel’s rite of passage: He’s officially No. 15   

Buffalo News:

‘“A lot of family and friends coming in, so it’s going to be a special moment for me,” Eichel said. “It’s something I’ve dreamed of my whole life, stepping foot on the ice. You’ve made the NHL.’

Sabres launch art contest to spruce up HarborCenter loading dock doors   

Buffalo News:

‘That will make the artwork very visible from Canalside across the street.’

Sabres captain Brian Gionta still going strong at 36   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“I can’t say this unequivocally because I haven’t had him as a captain,” Bylsma said, “(but) in looking at him, in terms of the leadership, both in how you play and how you act and what you’re able to say, Brian is … one of the best choices for a captaincy.”’

Jack Eichel still wearing No. 41; Sabres roster set   

Olean Times Herald:

‘When will the second overall pick switch to the No. 15 he chose in July? “Thursday night maybe?” Eichel said. “I don’t know.”’

Puck dropping on the Eichel Era Thursday   

Lowell Sun:

‘Eichel will center Buffalo’s second line Thursday and his play away from the puck has pleased coach Dan Bylsma, according to reports.’

Buffalo hopes to bury recent dismal seasons   


‘With the additions of new coach Dan Bylsma on down to rookie center Jack Eichel, the Sabres no longer have the appearance of a patchwork team of mostly journeymen and castoffs who spent the past two years losing an NHL-high 102 games, scoring a league-low 303 goals.’

At 18, center Jack Eichel set to make NHL debut with Sabres   


‘”It’s going to be a special moment for me,” Eichel said after practice Tuesday. “It’s something I’ve dreamed of my whole life, stepping foot on the ice. I made the NHL. I’m trying to soak it all in right now.”‘

Contest to choose artwork for new Buffalo sports arena   


‘Entrants are urged to produce artwork that pays tribute to Buffalo’s history, especially its role in the Erie Canal.’

Sabres' Eichel taking the next step   


‘Eichel doesn’t want to be treated differently from any other rookie which is why he’s been saying since June that things go in steps and one step is to make the team. Eichel said, “It is the next step. I’ve made the team to play the first game and I think every game is still another point for me to prove myself and prove that I deserve to be on this team.”’

Eichel waits for 'official word' on roster spot   


‘“I don’t deserve any special treatment. Nobody else does. That’s what makes a team. Everyone has the same mindset, everyone is treated the same way there’s nobody that’s above the team that’s one of the most important things in a hockey locker room,” said Eichel.’