'"I started out in the league as an offensive player, playing the power play in St. Louis," Hecht said Friday, Buffalo's first day of on-ice training camp workouts. "My second year I got shifted to the penalty killing line, and I think I made great strides in that area of my game."'
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'The Sabres will visit a number of Niagara area schools this afternoon, as well as the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Niagara Falls.'
'"It's the first time I was here, so I was nervous to see how I would do," said Paille, Buffalo's second pick (20th overall) in the first round of the 2002 entry draft. "I've been training all summer so I was excited and nervous. It's been hard to sleep."'
'"I'm not worried about it. I'm going to go out and play. The doctors have been great to me. They checked me out and told me everything's fine. I'm obviously going to have to change helmets this year and think about wearing a (face) shield. Other than that, I'm ready to go."'
'They said the hockey franchise's economic impact on Buffalo and Erie County has been estimated at $84 million a year.'
'The reason ticket sales are lagging is that Buffalo hockey fans were discouraged by what they saw last season. It wasn't just that the team missed the playoffs; that's bound to happen on occasion. What bothered them most of all is that the Sabres were wildly inconsistent, a team without an identity and, most damaging of all, exceptionally boring.'
'The Buffalo Sabres intrasquad scrimmage at the ESL Sports Centre on Thursday night may be a sign of things to come. The Sabres and rink management are discussing proposals that would bring at least a portion of the NHL training camp to Rochester in future years.'