The Sabres Report - September 23, 2016

Sabres' Kane blames legal woes on being targeted as athlete   


‘”These things unfortunately happen more often than not, and they’re becoming more and more prevalent each and every day if you look around other sports,” Kane said. “For me, it’s trying to stay out of that kind of stuff and kind of picking my spots better.”‘

Sabres' Kane very casual about his summer legal trouble   


‘Thursday is the first time Kane has spoken since being charged in a June harassment incident. Kane was very casual and matter of fact when talking about his legal issues. He said, “I’m not going to say too much. I’m here, I’m ready for camp and I’m looking forward to that process starting.” He added, “These situations are what they are, they happen to athletes or people in a position such as myself and those are things that you deal with and kind of come with territory, but it saying that, you have to be a little bit more aware and put yourself on a higher pedestal than maybe you think you are.”’

Sabres' Kane keeping focus on hockey   


‘”I would hope he wants to stay a little more low profile around things. You know on the ice, I think he can give us a certain dimension that we need and that we want — for a teammate to come in and work hard, the way he does, and play the way he does.”‘

Sabres open camp with playoff or bust mindset   


‘“There is no new system, there is no new style of play, everybody knows it and everybody knows what’s expected of them,” Gionta said. “That’s where coming out of camp we kind of want to pick up — where we left off the second half of last year. With the success we had down the stretch we want want to get back to that as quickly as we can.”’

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‘”That’s on us,” Sabres captain Brian Gionta said. “There is no new system, there’s no new style of play. Everybody knows it; everybody knows what’s expected of them. That’s where, coming out of camp , we want to kind of pick up where we left off at the end of last year with the success we had going down the stretch there. We want to get back to that as quickly as we can.”‘

The Sabres Report - September 22, 2016

Training camp means a fresh start, even for old hands like Brian Gionta   

Buffalo News:

‘“Everything around training camp is prepping for the opening of the season so getting yourself mentally, physically ready for that opening night here against Montreal is how I approach it,” Gionta said in HarborCenter Wednesday morning. Sabres camp opens Thursday with physicals. The first on-ice session is Friday.’

Former Sabre Richie Dunn dies at age 59   

Buffalo News:

‘In Rochester, his best season came in 1986-87 when he registered 32 points to lead all Amerks’ defensemen in scoring and earn First All-Team honors in the American Hockey League. In the postseason he had seven points in 18 games as the Amerks won the Calder Cup.’

Richie Dunn, former Amerks and Sabres defenseman, dies   

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle:

‘He died at his home in Clarence on Tuesday. The cause of death was not immediately known.’

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Olean Times Herald:

‘It can be argued no player is under more pressure than Lehner. The Sabres could rise or fall with the Swede’s play.’

Former Sabres defenseman Richie Dunn passes away at 59   

Olean Times Herald:

‘The undrafted Dunn played five seasons for the Sabres beginning in 1977-78 before moving to the Calgary Flames and Hartford Whalers. He returned to the Sabres organization in 1985, playing his final 47 NHL games over the next four years.’

Former NHL defenseman Richie Dunn dies at age of 59   


‘He had 36 goals and 140 assists in 483 career games from 1977 to 1989. Dunn broke into the NHL with the Sabres and eventually returned to Buffalo to spend his final four seasons. He retired after playing the 1989-90 season for the Sabres’ minor-league affiliate in Rochester.’

Former Sabres defeseman Richie Dunn passes away   


‘Dunn came to the Sabres organization as a free agent in 1977. He stayed until June of 1982 when he was sent to the Flames with Don Edwards and a 2nd round pick which turned out to be Richard Kromm for a first round pick which turned into Paul Cyr, a second round pick which became Jens Johansson and another second round pick which was John Tucker. Johansson never came to North America to play.’

Sabres alum Richie Dunn dies at age 59   


‘We’re still waiting for the details on exactly how he died.’

Sabres Top 20 Talents in 2016: No. 13 RW Hudson Fasching   


‘There’s no denying that Fasching and Justin Bailey are promising Sabres prospects, but everyone ranks the two players differently. Some believe Fasching has more upside, others think Bailey. Admittedly, I think it’s a toss-up. Fasching looked like a man amongst boys at Sabres Development Camp earlier in the summer, but Bailey looked like the better player at the Sabres Prospects Challenge earlier this week. It’s going to be very interesting to see how it plays out at training camp, but regardless of what happens, Sabres fans should be excited about Hudson Fasching — he’s like a grizzly bear on skates.’

Justin Bailey eager to take next career step to NHL

‘”I think for me, it starts right now,” Bailey said during the Sabres Prospects Challenge last weekend. “They saw me in July [at development camp] and now they’ll see me … in preseason games and so on. For me, it’s just keeping consistent.’