The Sabres Report - April 13, 2014

Sabres' Ehrhoff has a rough afternoon   


‘Christian Ehrhoff has been on the ice for all three Boston goals and is minus six in his last four games.’

Bruins win to clinch Presidents' Trophy

‘The Sabres (21-51-9) lost their sixth in a row. Goaltender Matt Hackett sustained a leg injury in the third period and was taken from the ice on a stretcher.’

Sabres lose 5 players due to injury as Bruins clinch President's Trophy

‘“There’s not much to say. I’ve never seen anything like that. To go through that on the bench, that’s quite a bit of a challenge,” Sabres alternate captain Drew Stafford said. “…That’s a heck of a team over there. That’s going to be a challenge with four lines and six D let alone we’ve got two lines and four D maybe after a while.”‘

Sunday's Rochester Coverage

Amerks win fifth straight in shootout (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Varone scores shootout winner as Americans slip past Bulldogs (CP)
Amerks extend win streak to five with shootout win over Bulldogs (
Amerks squeeze past ‘Dogs 4-3 in shootout (

The Sabres Report - April 12, 2014

Flynn’s versatility earns him ice time with Sabres   

Buffalo News:

‘“I got a lot of experience this year, and being versatile maybe helps you stay in the league a little longer,” Flynn said. “Obviously, I will play whatever position I have to play to be in the lineup.”’

Saturday's Boston Coverage

Sabres-Bruins Preview (AP)
Buffalo Sabres (21-50-9) at Boston Bruins (53-18-9) (The Sports Network)
Bruins look to wrap up Presidents’ Trophy vs. Sabres (
Snapshots: Bruins vs. Sabres (

Sabres Nolan likely to let his staff go at seasons end   


‘Doug McKenney has been the Sabres strength and conditioning coach for 20 years. Nolan has been very vocal in the past month about how he thinks the Sabres are not well conditioned which he feels has led to numerous injuries. Nolan also wants to see drastic changes to the offseason training program.’

Sabres send Makarov to Rochester. Knapp called up.   


‘Knapp was a 6th round pick in 2009 and just last year was ahead of Nathan Lieuwen and Makarov on the depth chart. He went 1-6 in Rochester and was sent down to the East Coast League and this could very well be the only time he’ll ever be in a NHL uniform.’

Connor Knapp Recalled From Rochester

‘Knapp (5/1/90, 6’5″, 206 lbs) joins the Sabres for the first time since being acquired by the club in the sixth round (164th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. He was recalled by Rochester from the ECHL on March 17.’

Saturday's Rochester Coverage

Amerks defeat Toronto, remain in playoff hunt (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Photo gallery (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Makarov makes 27 saves as Americans slide into playoff spot by beating Marlies (CP)
Makarov leads Amerks to fourth straight win (WGR-AM)
Makarov, Amerks down Marlies for fourth straight win (

The Sabres Report - April 11, 2014

Nash’s late goal foils Sabres’ game effort   

Buffalo News:

‘The second period was as one-sided as they come, with one huge exception – the scoreboard. New York outshot the Sabres, 18-1, but both teams scored once to enter the final period knotted at 1-1.’

Rangers looking forward to playoffs   

Buffalo News:

‘New York ranks third in the NHL with a road record of 25-14-1. The Rangers moved to 20-17-4 in Madison Square Garden with Thursday’s 2-1 victory over Buffalo.’

Sabres rookie Jake McCabe acclimating to NHL life after college career ends   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“It’s been a whirlwind but it’s been a blast,” he said. “It’s been a dream come true here.”’

Friday's New York Coverage

Rangers, in Their Home Finale, Slip Past the Last-Place Sabres (New York Times)
Sloppy NY Rangers rally to topple Sabres (New York Daily News)
Nash’s goal gives Rangers win against league-worst Sabres (New York Post)
Rangers clinch second place and home ice in first round of playoffs (Newsday)
Ryan McDonagh misses fourth straight game, could play Saturday in Montreal (Newsday)
Photo gallery (Newsday)
Rangers fend off Sabres, 2-1 (Bergen Record)
Ryan McDonagh working to get back on ice (Bergen Record)
Rangers beat Sabres 2-1, clinch first-round home ice (White Plains Journal News)
Rangers-Sabres in review (White Plains Journal News)
Rangers Clinch Home Ice, but McDonagh Remains a Mystery (Wall Street Journal)
Rangers beat Sabres, clinch home ice (ESPN New York)
Photo gallery (
Photo gallery (

Sabres buying in to Nolan's system   


‘”Don’t look at the record. You look at individuals,” said former Sabre Rob Ray, who is around the team all the time now as a broadcaster. “You look at [Tyler] Ennis, [Drew] Stafford, [Tyler] Myers, all these guys who have improved tenfold since [Nolan] got here. Guys that are going to be cornerstones to our organization, how they’ve improved. He has a way of just making them relaxed, feel comfortable.”‘