The Sabres Report - July 13, 2015

Oduya may be next on Murray’s list   

Buffalo News:

‘Buffalo still needs another quality left-shot blueliner and there’s plenty of chatter it put in a big free-agent offer to Oduya on July 1. To this point, it seems like Oduya, 33, would prefer to stay with the Blackhawks. But even after Friday’s big trade of Patrick Sharp to Dallas, the Hawks are still jammed by the salary cap.’

Chapman cherishes goal-den opportunity   

Buffalo News:

‘The defenseman was one of 14 undrafted and unsigned players brought in by Buffalo to fill out the camp roster. He made the most of the opportunity.’

Jason Kasdorf could be Sabres’ best goalie prospect   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“There’s no reason he can’t be an elite pro goalie and there’s no reason he can’t play in the National Hockey League down the road,” said Seth Appert, Kasdorf’s coach at R.P.I. and a former college goalie.’

Josh Chapman unlikely standout at Sabres development camp   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“It was really exciting,” an excited Chapman said in a hallway before leaving the First Niagara Center. “It’s kind of shocking, actually. I just kind of went in, did a little dipsy doodle, which was unusual for me, put a bar down shot in. I was happy and the guys were obviously giving me a hard time about it.”’

Sabres GM Tim Murray wants to find defenseman, hire coach for Amerks   

Olean Times Herald:

‘Murray’s willing to wait until right before the season, when some teams will need to pare salary to get underneath the cap.’

Sabres' Murray liked the week of camp   


‘We also talked about other topics with the GM. The biggest thing on everybody’s mind is getting a good, left handed shot defenseman and Murray isn’t going to settle, “We’ve looked at everybody that we feel are going to need waivers, we’re still talking trades, we’re still talking about a couple of guys that are still out there, but there’s no hurry.” Murray said he’s willing to wait into training camp if he has to.’

Young players impress Sabres coach, GM at camp

‘”I think you saw [improvement] in, and I don’t want to bring up names because I’m going to forget names, but I think the guys that were here last year for the first time vs. coming in for the second time this year showed great improvement,” Sabres general manager Tim Murray said. “And they know when they get here it’s going to be a lot of hard work and that they have to be ready for it.”‘

Chapman the unlikely hero in 3-on-3 tournament championship

‘“I gotta say I didn’t [have Chapman with the winner],” Rodrigues said, laughing. “Guys were actually joking after we came back from the locker room. Someone asked him how many goals he scored this year and he said ‘None.’ He said it was the biggest goal of his career.’

Reinhart wins Craig Ramsay Trophy as Hardest Working Player

‘“I thought he was outstanding. I thought he was one of the best players on the ice,” Murray said. “His team won the game and his line was a big part of it. I expected that.’

The Sabres Report - July 12, 2015

Bailey’s skills are growing on Sabres   

Buffalo News:

‘“There might be a couple guys ahead of me in management’s eyes,” Bailey said, “so that’s a little added incentive when it comes to getting in the weight room and getting some skates done the rest of the season.”’

Fasching wants to take leadership role   

Buffalo News:

‘“It was about being an experienced player,” the right winger said in First Niagara Center. “I’ve never really been a more experienced player on any team I’ve ever been on. Growing up, I was always the youngest kid on the team. I kind of fit into that role. I never really grew to understand leadership and how to really fulfill that.”‘

Sabres’ Dan Bylsma impressed by goalie coach Andrew Allen   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“Really word of mouth and had some great recommendations from people in Chicago,” Bylsma said Friday inside the First Niagara Center. “So I got to know him in the last week or 10 days and got him in here a little bit earlier this week.”’

Sabres' Reinhart boosted by extra year, Eichel arrival

‘”That was probably the hardest part about going back [to juniors],” Reinhart said. “When I got sent down after my nine games, [Sabres general manager Tim Murray] was aware that if I want to be in this position this year that I am in now, I would have to take some of my game away off the ice. When I went back to junior, it’s challenging. I want to be 100 percent every day when I went on the ice. But to be able to get in the gym and to be where I was at the end of the year, both on and off the ice, I think was essential for me.”‘

The Sabres Report - July 11, 2015

Fans get a glimpse of the Sabres’ future   

Buffalo News:

‘The fans upped their decibel level for the big boys, of course. After realizing Sam Reinhart had scored the third goal of the night, the noise rose from hearty applause to full-throated shouting.’

Scrimmage has festive Christmas-in-July feeling   

Buffalo News:

‘“This place was jammed around the rink,” said new coach Dan Bylsma, who was equally floored at how jammed his news conference was for early July too. “And even coming to the game with the weather, it had the feel and excitement of a playoff game almost with the people that were here. Seventeen thousand for July 10. Pretty awesome.”’