Player News - Sabres

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Nathan Lieuwen stopped 24 of 25 shots in the Buffalo’s 1-0 loss to the Washington Capitals on Sunday.

Lieuwen was between the pipes for the entire game. Washington rookie Andre Burakovsky was the only one to beat Lieuwan. Despite the solid performance, the 23-year-old goaltender will probably start the season in the American Hockey League, as the Sabres will likely go with Jhonas Enroth and Michal Neuvirth in goal.
Sep 21 - 8:08 PM

Sam Reinhart will get his first taste of NHL action in Buffalo's pre-season opener on Sunday against Washington.

The Sabres drafted Reinhart second overall in the 2014 NHL entry draft. If the 18-year-old center holds his own in training camp, he should have a good shot at making the Sabres. Buffalo is in the middle of a complete rebuild and they are looking to move forward with younger talent. Reinhart registered 36 goals and 105 points in 60 games with the Western Hockey League’s Kootenay Ice last season. He is someone to seriously consider in dynasty leagues.
Sep 21 - 10:09 AM

If you are looking for an under-the-radar bounce-back fantasy pick, consider the Sabres' Tyler Myers.

Myers' play has slipped the past three seasons after a very strong rookie campaign in 2009-10 in which he won the Calder Trophy as the league's top first-year player. However, there are a number of reasons to think Myers can bounce back. First, he played much better under Ted Nolan, who took over the team part-way through last season than he did under Lindy Ruff the past few years. Second, he wil be paired with his friend and fellow Kelowna BC native, Josh Gorges. A return to the 40-point level is certainly not out of the question for Myers in 2014-15.
Sep 20 - 10:02 AM

Rasmus Ristolainen reported to Sabres' camp in tremendous shape and seems poised to earn a roster spot in Buffalo.

He showed up 25 pounds lighter than he did last camp and looks faster and stronger than he did last season to Sabre coach Ted Nolan. "Rasmus is one of those kids that looks like he doesn't want to go anywhere but stay here in Buffalo," Nolan said. Ristolainen is in a battle with Nikita Zadorov, Andre Benoit, Mark Pysyk, Jake McCabe and Chad Ruhwedel for a couple of roster spots. We like his chances.
Sep 20 - 9:49 AM

The Sabres seem to be trying to settle their forward alignment right from the beginning of training camp.

At the team's opening practice the following top three units hit the ice: Matt Moulson-Tyler Ennis-Drew Stafford; Cody Hodgson-Zemgus Girgensons-Brian Gionta and Marcus Foligno-Sam Reinhart-Chris Stewart. It's early, but we wouldn't be surprised if that is very similar to how Buffalo will start the season up front. Looks like Cody Hodgson is the loser in this alignment.
Sep 20 - 9:43 AM

Sabres' top draft pick, Sam Reinhart, skated between Chris Stewart and Marcus Foligno in Buffalo's first practice on Friday.

That has the makings of a pretty interesting unit. Of course, Reinhart has to make the Sabres out of training camp for this line to stay intact. Most hockey experts believe that the 18-year-old will get at least a nine-game trial with the Sabres to begin the season. For his part Reinhart was pretty happy with his intial assingnment with the club. "It's obviously a great opportunity for me to practice with them, start skating with them already and get adjusted to the speed," Reinhart said. "I felt great out there and I'm looking forward to tomorrow." Keep an eye on Reinhart over the next two weeks as he could make a nice pick in dynasty leagues.
Sep 20 - 9:33 AM

Admittedly, Zadorov may not make the Sabres squad out of camp. But that doesn't mean he can't impress head coach Ted Nolan.

Training camp has a myriad of purposes, one of them is separating those who are ready from those who are not, even if he's had a cup of coffee in the NHL already. "I think that’s what training camp is all about," Nolan said. "We want to demonstrate to these young kids that they have to earn these positions and not just give it to them."
Sep 20 - 12:16 AM

Josh Gorges skated with Tyler Myers in British Columbia during the off-season and he would like to be paired with the former Calder Trophy winner during the 2014-15 campaign.

"We talked about it a lot, the possibility of us playing together," Gorges said. "I think it would be great. I think we would complement each other really well in what he does and what I do. Being left-handed and right-handed, everything kind of fits. If that's the case and how the coaches see us, I think it'll be a great opportunity for us to go out and have a great year together." Gorges was acquired from Montreal in July and he's expected to add some leadership to a young Sabres' defense corps.
Sep 19 - 7:45 AM

It sounds like it won't take coach Ted Nolan long to name a new captain of the Buffalo Sabres.

"If you're going to do it, do it quick," Nolan said. "If you basically know who the decision is, you try to do it as quick as you can, let it settle in and let the leaders lead." Off-season acquisition Brian Gionta, who served as the captain of the Montreal Canadiens, is viewed as a favorite to wear the "C" in Buffalo.
Sep 19 - 7:40 AM

Drew Stafford said the Sabres have higher expectations this season.

Buffalo finished last in the NHL standings last year and they aren't expected to be much better in 2014-15. However, the Sabres are entering the campaign with an upbeat attitude. "We're expecting a lot of improvements. We still know that there's going to be challenges ahead, Stafford said. "We still know there's going to be struggles, but we feel like we're definitely prepared to be ready for the worst, especially after what we went through last year."
Sep 19 - 7:31 AM

Patrick Kaleta has been cleared for all training camp activities.

He suffered a torn ACL last season after he was demoted to the minors, so he's eager to get back on track and wants to earn a roster spot with the Buffalo Sabres. Kaleta doesn't intend to change his aggressive style much, but he admitted that he needs to settle down a bit.
Sep 18 - 9:50 AM

Buffalo coach Ted Nolan is thrilled with the group of assistants that have been assembled by the team in the off-season.

"No disrespect to anybody that was here before, but I think that comfort zone and finding the right chemistry is really important," Nolan said. "Coming up with the group that we had here was taxing, but in the end it was well worth it." He inherited Ron Rolston's assistants last year, but now he has Bryan Trottier, Danny Flynn, Tom Coolen and Arturs Irbe.
Sep 17 - 10:17 AM

Rochester, N.Y. native Brian Gionta is looking forward to playing with the Buffalo Sabres.

"We're excited to be there," said Gionta, who signed a three-year, $12.75 million contract with the Sabres in July. "It's been a while since I've been that close to home, and I think it's a great fit for myself on the team but also for my family in the community." He had 18 goals and 40 points in 81 games last season with Montreal. He's expected to provide Buffalo with some leadership and he can chip in offensively.
Sep 16 - 8:18 AM

Chris Stewart has high expectations for himself going into the 2014-15 season.

"I want to re-establish myself as one of the best power forwards in the game," he said. "I think when I've been given that opportunity in my career to showcase what I can do, I've delivered." Stewart skated in just five games with the Buffalo Sabres after he was acquired from St. Louis in the Ryan Miller trade. He injured his ankle after the move, but is recovered now and he's looking to make a positive impact with his new club. Stewart's current contract expires after the upcoming season, so he has plenty of motivation to succeed.
Sep 16 - 7:17 AM

Tyler Myers isn't concerned with trade rumors.

"My focus throughout the entire summer was to get better for the Buffalo Sabres," he said. "If a moment ever comes that I hear confirmation I'm not a Buffalo Sabre, then the mindset will change. But as of right now, I'm a Sabre and I want to be a Sabre." He expects off-season additions Josh Gorges and Andrej Meszaros to help Buffalo's young defense corps and serve as leaders for the club.
Sep 15 - 10:10 AM

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