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The Buffalo Sabres will be seeing a newer, slimmer, Robin Lehner during training camp this month.

Lehner reported dropped over 20 lbs. after going through mixed martial arts training. "It's a big year for me personally, but I think it's another big year for our team," he said. The Sabres will be looking to the young veteran to backstop them to a surprise playoff berth this season.
Source: NHL.com
Sep 25 - 6:12 PM

Anders Nilsson looked good in two intra-squad games on Friday and Saturday.

Nilsson has logged 30 minutes without allowing a goal as he attempts to solidify the Sabres' backup goalie position behind Robin Lehner. We like his chances over Linus Ullmark, who may need a little more minor league seasoning before making his mark in the NHL.
Sep 25 - 8:37 AM

If Matt Moulson is to rebound from his disastrous 2015-16 season and regain his scoring acumen, he's going to have to work his way up from the Sabres' fourth line.

That is where Moulson has started during Buffalo's scrimmages to date. He has ranked behind Kyle Okposo, Sam Reinhart and Brian Gionta on the right side and Evander Kane, Tyler Ennis and Marcus Foligno on the left. "I’ve spoken to Dan [Bylsma]," Moulson said. "He’s pretty blunt in what he says. He doesn’t mix words, so I know I have to earn everything, and that’s what I’m here to do". Although we expect a slight rebound from Moulson this season, don't expect any miracles.
Sep 25 - 8:32 AM

Sam Reinhart worked out hard during the summer.

The 20-year-old scored 23 goals in his sophomore season and his arrow appears to be trending up heading into this year. "I worked the hardest this summer that I ever have, and that’s saying a lot with the summer I had before," Reinhart said. "The gains I had two summers ago were pretty substantial, and I knew the improvements that could be had over a summer. I obviously went back to work and had another good summer and feel great coming in. I’m looking forward to getting started."
Sep 24 - 10:13 AM

Matt Moulson is using his disappointing 2015-16 campaign as motivation.

"I definitely have a chip on my shoulder coming in to prove a lot of people wrong who maybe lost a little belief," Moulson said. He was limited to eight goals and 21 points in 81 contests last season. That's a far cry from his three-straight 30-goal seasons from 2009-10 through 2011-12. We don't expect him to return to his old highs, but a rebound to 40 points wouldn't be shocking.
Sep 23 - 5:30 PM

Evander Kane insisted that he is staying focused on the upcoming season despite his off-ice issues.

He shrugged off his legal problems on Thursday when he spoke to the media. "I've been focused on hockey all summer," Kane said. "I haven't really put too much thought or emphasis on the other stuff. I've just kind of narrowed my focus and focused on hockey and my training, and I'm feeling pretty good about that." He is scheduled to return to court Oct. 31 where he is facing a misdemeanor criminal trespass and five noncriminal charges of disorderly conduct and harassment.
Sep 23 - 7:58 AM

Tyler Ennis is eager to get back to playing after missing most of the 2015-16 campaign due to a concussion.

"Incredibly frustrating, so I'm motivated," he said. "I'm excited. I'm glad it's in the past. I'm ready for a fresh start, and I'm looking to build on some things I learned over that time." Ennis was healthy at the end of the year and he's looking forward to playing in his first game since last Dec. 30. He also wants to bounce back after he went through some offensive inconsistencies a year ago.
Sep 23 - 7:49 AM

Kyle Okposo loves the potential of the Sabres.

"I think there's a lot of room to improve and the upside of this team is extremely high," Okposo said. "I've been through a rebuild before early in my career and have seen it come to kind of a fruition you can say. And there is light at the end of the tunnel and for this team I think it could come a lot quicker than my experiences with the Islanders just because of how talented the group is and how hard we work. So I'm really looking forward to that." He doesn't feel any additional pressure after he inked a seven-year, $42 million contract in the summer with Buffalo. Okposo is expected to bring some depth scoring and on-ice leadership to the team in 2016-17.
Sep 23 - 7:41 AM

Cody McCormick, who has technically retired due to a blood clot, did report to the Sabres to have his physical.

McCormick failed it and he'll be on the injured reserve list this season. He only has one season left on his three-year, $4.5 million contract so he won't need to go through this formality next year.
Sep 22 - 6:28 PM

Hudson Fasching will participate in his first NHL training camp this week.

Fasching joined the Sabres last year after completing his third season with the University of Minnesota. He picked up one goal and one assist in seven appearances with Buffalo and then earned two helpers in 10 games with Team USA at the IIHF World Championship. Fasching will try to earn a spot on the roster at camp, but he could start the 2016-17 campaign in the minors.
Sep 21 - 9:42 AM

Though technically the injury replacement for Tyler Seguin, Ryan O'Reilly will dress for the healthy Claude Giroux against the Czechs on Saturday.

O'Reilly is expected to center Canada's fourth line between Joe Thornton and Matt Duchene, which sounds like a line out of NHL '17. Should be fun to watch.
Source: Arpon Basu
Sep 17 - 7:19 PM

Alex Nylander is hoping to make an impression this fall.

The Sabres drafted Nylander with the eighth overall pick in last June's draft and there's a chance he could stick with the team this season. Nylander will play in two rookie tournament games before jumping into his first NHL training camp. "I get two games going into training camp, so this is a lot of help," Nylander said. "I haven’t played a game since last season, so this is very good for me. I feel ready, and I’m just going to have fun and play the best I can."
Sep 17 - 10:53 AM

Tyson Strachan has agreed to an AHL contract with the Rochester Americans.

The Americans are affiliated with the Buffalo Sabres. Strachan, 31, has played in 186 career NHL games including two with the Minnesota Wild last season.
Source: Amerks.com
Sep 14 - 7:21 PM

Ryan O'Reilly will serve as Team Canada's fourth-line center in Wednesday's exhibition game against Russia.

O'Reilly will play alongside Joe Thornton and Claude Giroux. O'Reilly was added to Canada's roster Tuesday night after it was revealed that Tyler Seguin was dealing with a lower-body injury.
Sep 14 - 1:44 PM

Ryan O'Reilly has been added to Team Canada's roster.

O'Reilly is filling in for the injured Tyler Seguin. Given that Seguin had been practicing as a fourth liner, we wouldn't expect O'Reilly to play a bigger role than that in the tournament. In fact he might end up as a scratch in favor of Claude Giroux. That's just the reality of Canada's immense depth.
Sep 13 - 9:44 PM


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