10:30 a.m. – Noon
All eyes were on the defense during the first session of the day at First Niagara Center.
The early group featured 2013 first-round picks Rasmus Ristolainen and Nikita Zadorov, as well as 2012 second-round selection Jake McCabe and 2010 first-rounder Mark Pysyk, who made his NHL debut last season, playing 19 games for the Sabres.
For the approximately 500 fans in attendance, it was their first chance to see Ristolainen and Zadorov skating with a Sabres logo on their chests.
Adding the two defensemen to the organization on draft day not only gave the Sabres more depth on the blue line, but more size, too. Ristolainen is 6-foot-4 and 207 pounds while Zadorov is 6-foot-5 and 221 pounds. Just don’t tell Zadorov that he’s young in the face.
“I’m big and I play a physical game. I didn’t know before that I’m young in the face, but maybe [I am] a little bit,” Zadorov said with a laugh. “But [if] I play hard, it doesn’t matter what my face [looks like]. I just play hockey and do my job.”
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Zadorov was visibly excited to be taking the next step toward fulfilling his dream of playing in the NHL.
“It’s amazing. It’s my first practice and I feel great right now,” he said.
The coaching staff started the practice with about 30 minutes worth of skating tests. After the ice crew resurfaced the rink, the players came back out with the goaltenders for one-on-one drills that focused on passing and shooting. The players then took to one side of the ice, turned the nets around and ran a rotating, two-on-two scrimmage with both goaltenders.
After practice, the group had lunch and prepared for an afternoon meeting, followed by some off-ice training.
3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
The second session featured more skating drills, this time highlighted by Brayden McNabb, Chad Ruhwedel, Mikhail Grigorenko and Daniel Catenacci.
Grigorenko has worked a lot in the offseason to improve his skating.
“I think it’s better. It’s more powerful,” he said after practice. “I have more balance and I think I got faster.”
For McNabb, just being back on the ice is a thrill. He injured his knee in March and has been rehabbing ever since.
“This camp, I’m just trying to get back on my feet,” he said. “I haven’t skated since the injury really, so this is good for me to get back on my feet and continue to get better each day.”
During practice, the Rochester Americans, Buffalo’s American Hockey League affiliate announced that they had signed defenseman Alex Lepkowski and forwards Frederick Roy and Michael Zigomanis to AHL contracts. When the news came down, Lepowkski was on the ice.
He was drafted by the Sabres in the fifth round of the 2011 NHL Draft (No. 137), but was not offered a contract. The West Seneca, N.Y. native signed the deal with Rochester earlier in the week.
“It’s great to be a part of this organization still and to be part of the Amerks,” Lepkowski said. “I’m really excited for the season to come.”
Daniel Catenacci – Mikhail Grigorenko – Colin Jacobs
Connor Hurley – J.T. Compher - Justin Bailey
Brad Navin – Sean Malone – Christian Isackson
Tyler Gjurich – Judd Peterson
Brayden McNabb – Chad Ruhwedel
Alex Lepkowski – Jerone Gauther-Leduc
Kevin Czuczman – Anthony Florentino
All 19 of the Sabres' picks from the 2012 and 2013 NHL drafts should be there, as well as five of their six picks from 2011.
Three invitees -- Mikhail Grigorenko, Mark Pysyk and Chad Ruhwedel -- played with the Sabres last season. Defenseman Brayden McNabb played 25 games in Buffalo during the 2011-12 season.
Twelve members of last season's Rochester Americans squad are set to be in attendance as well, including McNabb, Pysyk, Zemgus Girgensons, Daniel Catenacci, Jerome Gauthier-Leduc and Connor Knapp.
Tyler Gjurich, an undrafted invitee, scored 97 points in 53 games for the Buffalo Jr. Sabres in 2012-13.
Camp concludes with “Sabres Summer Fan Fest” on Friday, featuring a scrimmage at 4 p.m. and an outdoor concert by 10,000 Maniacs at Canalside. Fans can purchase tickets for the event here.
Here’s a breakdown of how the Sabres acquired each player invited to camp, which opens Wednesday:
2013 NHL Draft
D Rasmus Ristolainen (Round 1-No. 8 Overall)
D Nikita Zadorov (1-16)
LW J.T. Compher (2-35)
C Connor Hurley (2-38)
RW Justin Bailey (2-52)
RW Nicholas Baptiste (3-69)
G Cal Petersen (5-129)
RW Gustav Possler (5-130)
D Anthony Florentino (5-143)
C Sean Malone (6-159)
C Eric Locke (7-189)
2012 NHL Draft
C Mikhail Grigorenko (1-12)
C Zemgus Girgensons (1-14)
D Jake McCabe (2-44)
C Justin Kea (3-73)
C Logan Nelson (5-133)
G Linus Ullmark (6-163)
D Brady Austin (7-193)
RW Judd Peterson (7-204)
2011 NHL Draft
C Daniel Catenacci (3-77)
C Colin Jacobs (4-107)
D Alex Lepkowski (5-137)
G Nathan Lieuwen (6-167)
C Brad Navin (7-197)
2010 NHL Draft
D Mark Pysyk (1-23)
D Jerome Gauthier-Leduc (3-68)
C Kevin Sundher (3-75)
D Matt MacKenzie (3-83)
RW Christian Isackson (7-203)
2009 NHL Draft
D Brayden McNabb (3-66)
G Connor Knapp (6-164)
Free Agent Signings
G Andrey Makarov (Signed 2012)
RW Jonathan Parker (Signed 2011)
D Chad Ruhwedel (Signed 2013)
C Tim Schaller (Signed 2013)
C Phil Varone (Signed 2012)
F Andrew Black
D Kevin Czuczman
F Tyler Gjurich
C Alex Iafallo
Note: LW Joel Armia (drafted by the Sabres with the 16th overall pick in 2011) and LW Johan Larsson (acquired via trade in 2013) have prior personal commitments and are unable to attend. The roster is subject to change.
Development Camp Schedule
Wednesday, July 10
Group 1: 10:30 a.m. - Noon
Group 2: 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 11
Group 1: 10:30 a.m. - Noon
Group 2: 2:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Friday, July 12
Blue & Gold Scrimmage - Begins at 4 p.m.
The Buffalo Sabres added some depth to the defensive corps over the weekend and brought back some familiar names.
Saturday morning, Sabres general manager Darcy Regier announced that the team had agreed to terms with free agents Alexander Sulzer and Drew Bagnall. Sulzer has played 32 games over the past two seasons for the blue and gold. On Sunday, the Sabres traded for defenseman Henrik Tallinder, who is no stranger to Buffalo.
Tallinder returns to the Sabres following a three-season absence. He was drafted by the Sabres in 1997 and played 468 games over parts of eight seasons with the franchise. He signed a four-year contract with the New Jersey Devils in the summer of 2010 and over the past two seasons, he’s been limited to 64 games and 10 points.
Sabres general manager Darcy Regier sent forward Riley Boychuk to the Devils in order to reacquire the 34-year-old Tallinder.
During the 2009-10 season – his last the Sabres – Tallinder was paired almost exclusively with Tyler Myers. Myers went on to win the Calder Trophy that year as the NHL’s top rookie. Tallinder was also on Buffalo’s top pair with Toni Lydman during the team’s runs to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2006 and 2007.
“We are excited to have [Tallinder] back in the mix on our blue line,” Regier said in a statement Sunday. “His experience will be invaluable not only in adding more stability to our back end, but also in the development of some of our younger defensemen.”
Sulzer, 29, signed a one-year contract. His 2012-13 campaign was cut short when he suffered a knee injury on Feb. 23, causing him to miss the final 28 games of the season. Sulzer was acquired at the 2012 trade deadline from Vancouver as part of the deal that brought center Cody Hodgson to Buffalo.
Bagnall is a 6-foot-3, 222-pound defenseman that played 47 games for the Houston Aeros, the Minnesota Wild’s affiliate in the American Hockey League. He also served as the team’s captain last season. Bagnall signed a multi-year, two-way contract, so it’s likely he’ll be a big veteran presence for the Rochester Americans of the AHL this upcoming season.
As September’s training camp approaches, keep an eye on how the Sabres’ defensive depth chart shakes out.
Defensemen on the roster from last season include Myers, Christian Ehrhoff, Mike Weber and rookies Mark Pysyk and Chad Ruhwedel. Factor in Tallinder, Sulzer and Jamie McBain, who was acquired from Carolina at the 2013 NHL Draft, and that’s eight spots right there.
Brayden McNabb and Rasmus Ristolainen, Buffalo’s top pick in 2013, are also candidates to crack the roster come October.
AROUND THE DIVISION
BOSTON: The Bruins made headlines Thursday, trading centers Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley and defenseman Ryan Button to the Dallas Stars for wing Loui Eriksson and prospects Joe Morrow, Matt Fraser and Reilly Smith. Boston is looking to restock its cupboards, as the team is likely to lose wings Nathan Horton and Jaromir Jagr in unrestricted free agency. - http://bruins.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=18890
The Bruins are also close to signing goaltender Tuukka Rask to a long-term contract extension, according to Boston general manager Peter Chiarelli. - http://bruins.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=18904&navid=DL|BOS|home
MONTREAL: After the Philadelphia Flyers used one of its two compliance buyouts on Daniel Briere, the 35-year-old forward had his choice of teams to play for. Buffalo Sabres general manager Darcy Regier said Tuesday that he had contacted Briere’s agent about a possible return to Buffalo. Briere, however, decided to play in his home province of Quebec, as he agreed to a two-year deal with the Canadiens on Thursday. Briere called choosing Montreal an “emotional decision.”
TORONTO: Mikhail Grabovski will become an unrestricted free agent. The Maple Leafs placed the 29-year-old center on unconditional waivers Thursday with the intention of using their second compliance buyout on him. Grabovski was held to 16 points in 48 games last season after scoring at least 20 goals in each of the two previous seasons. - http://mapleleafs.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=676500&navid=DL|TOR|home
Toronto also announced Wednesday that they would use their first compliance buyout on defenseman Mike Komisarek. - http://blog.mapleleafs.com/leafs-use-compliance-buyout-on-komisarek/
OTTAWA: The NHL’s Coach of the Year is staying in Ottawa. The Senators signed reigning Jack Adams Award winner Paul MacLean to a three-year contract extension Thursday. The deal will begin at the end of the upcoming season.
MacLean has been a finalist for the Jack Adams Award in each of his two seasons with the Senators. In his two years behind the Ottawa bench, he has compiled a record of 66-48-16 in 130 regular-season games, qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs both times. - http://senators.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=18908&navid=DL|OTT|home
FLORIDA: Stephen Weiss might be leaving the Panthers, but could stay within the division. Weiss, Florida’s all-time leader in games played, is set to become an unrestricted free agent Friday afternoon and the veteran of 11 NHL seasons could wind up in Detroit. - http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/07/04/3485425/stephen-weiss-time-with-florida.html
DETROIT: Red Wings general manager Ken Holland confirmed that he has been in contact with the agents of several upcoming unrestricted free agents including Weiss, Matt Cullen and Mike Ribeiro. Holland is working on re-signing Valtteri Filppula, Daniel Cleary and Damien Brunner, but said he will look to the free agent market if deals with those players can’t be reached. - http://redwings.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=676532&navid=DL|DET|home
Detroit will also use one of its two compliance buyouts on defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo. The Red Wings placed Colaiacovo on unconditional waivers Wednesday. - http://redwings.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=676419&navid=DL|DET|home
TAMPA BAY: The Lightning re-signed goaltender Cedrick Desjardins and defenseman Matt Taormina on Wednesday. Both contracts are one-year, two-way deals. - http://lightning.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=676484&navid=DL|TBL|home
The Buffalo Sabres will fly to Boston this afternoon, just 24 hours after the bombing of the Boston Marathon that left three dead and 144 injured.
With the postponement of Monday’s Bruins-Senators game, and the cancellation of tonight’s Celtics-Pacers NBA contest, Buffalo’s game on Wednesday against the Bruins will be the first sporting event in the city since the bombing.
Unfortunately, the Sabres have been in this position before. In October 2001, the Sabres and Rangers played the first game at MSG following the World Trade Center bombings. Then on February 13, 2009, just one day after 50 people were killed in the crash of Continental Airlines flight 3407 in Clarence Center, NY, the Sabres hosted a home game against the San Jose Sharks that featured an incredibly emotional moment of silence before the game.
Sabres general manager Darcy Regier was part of both games, and immediately saw the connections.
“I actually found myself thinking about 9/11 when I heard about that, knowing we were going to Boston. We had gone into New York shortly after 9/11. Actually right after it, we flew down to South Carolina for training camp. That obviously affects all of us. It’s tragic and it’s horrific. But I don’t have any reservations. You just move forward.
“You can’t help but think in terms of the families that are involved and how difficult it must be. The only thing you can do is that thoughts and prayers are with them and their families. It’s terrible.”
Regier said he had yet to receive official word from the league on the status of Wednesday’s game, saying that it’s still business as usual for the team in terms of preparing for it from both a hockey and logistical standpoint. He knows the final decision of whether to play or not is out of his hands, but also realizes there’s more than just two points on the line right now.
“There’s at least a couple of ways you can look at it. You can either stop everything, or make a statement to these types of situations that you’re gonna get on with life.
“It won’t be our decision. It’ll be a decision made by the people in Boston that are empowered to make those decisions. We’ll wait to see what that decision is. But right now we’re planning on going.”
Regier also said that knowing the area of the bombings in Boston as well as he does makes the events that much more surreal.
“It’s not far from the Boston Library and Lenox Hotel; I looked at the map this morning. We’re very familiar with that area. Unfortunately it casts a different light on everything.”
11:15am: Welcome to the blog folks. I just finished an hour on the Sabres Hockey Hotline radio show with Kevin Sylvester and Andrew Peters. Any chance I can get that time back? We spent far too much time talking about captains, and not enough about trades. Not to mention I’m still tired from last night’s 12:30am arrival from Pittsburgh. Now to sit and watch TSN and follow Twitter in hopes of some actual movement.
11:28am: First big move of the day! I’ve gone from my desk to the conference table about five feet away. Unfortunately that also means sitting near Detroit Tigers superfan Matt Gould and Social Sam Hicks. I also found some cashews and peanuts in my backpack leftover from recent flights. Told you I was bringing snacks today.
11:50am: I’m not surprised that there have yet to be any trades today. With all the movement over the last few days, I’m anticipating a flurry of action between 1-3pm as GM’s start to use the deadline to their advantage. Wouldn’t shock me if we’re still hearing about deals as late as 4pm today because of the backlog of trade calls to the league office.
12 Noon: Thankfully the NHL Network cut away from TSN’s coverage to show the commercial for the Sticky Buddy. But I wont be satisfied until I see the Wax Vac ad. So, no Slap Chop?
12:20pm: I’m very hungry, which means as soon as I walk away from the table a trade will be made. My best bet would be to have Darcy go with me. I wonder what he’d eat for lunch on deadline day? I could really go for some wings – hot and extra crispy.
12:21pm: The Bruins have traded Maxime Sauve to Chicago for Rob Flick! Holy crap!
12:36pm: The Montel Williams money commercial on NHL Network just prompted a conversation about Montell Jordan. In case you care, “This is How We Do It” was released in 1995. I was 26. Social Sam was considerably younger than that.
12:51pm: Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos is reporting that the Devils are dangling a first rounder in hopes of landing a scoring winger. Could this be the fit for Jason Pominville? On Sabres Hockey Hotline this morning, Andrew Peters said that Pominville is just the kind of player that Lou Lamoriello would love to have on his team.
1:20pm: Jason Pominville has moved to the top of TSN’s “Trade Bait” list, with Minnesota suddenly popping up as a team showing considerable interest in Buffalo’s captain. As we get closer to 3pm, Pominville’s stock will continue to rise.
1:34pm: BREAKING NEWS – Ryan Clowe still hasn’t scored a goal this season.
1:50pm: The best news I’ve heard all day? That it’s supposed to 50 and sunny in Buffalo for the Bisons season opener at Coca Cola Field. It’s baseball season!
2pm: Less than an hour left until the deadline, and my buddy Eklund is now reporting “news of a possible Clarke MacArthur deal.” Is that what this day has come to? (E4)
2:07pm: Tampa acquires 6-foot-7 goaltender Ben Bishop from Ottawa, and he’ll form a tandem with 6-foot-6 Lightning netminder Anders Lindback. In related news, Bishop and Lindback will now join forces to face Kane and Undertaker at Wrestlemania this Sunday.
2:27pm: To quote Eklund, “the dominoes are falling.” With Bishop dealt to Tampa, Columbus now ships Steve Mason to Philadelphia. So basically they swapped Mason for Bobrovsky.
2:34pm: Gaborik to Columbus … and something brewing in Minnesota.
2:37pm: RDS reporting Pominville to Minnesota.
2:41pm: Remember what I said about things heating up late?...
2:53pm: Multiple outlets now reporting Pominville to Minnesota. Waiting for official confirmation/details.
3pm: Deadline! Now we wait on the last minute deals to start leaking out.
3:13pm: Thanks for coming along for the ride everyone. Stay tuned to Sabres.com for more details!
POOLSIDE IN FT. LAUDERDALE, FLA. – For the second time in a week, Thomas Vanek finds himself nursing an upper body injury that could keep him out of action. Vanek didn’t take part in today’s practice at the BB&T Center, and interim head coach Ron Rolston said he’s “potentially” available for Thursday’s game against the Florida Panthers.
“He didn’t skate today. He’s got an upper body (injury), just a muscle strain,” explained Rolston. “We’ll see tomorrow, see how he’s doing at the (morning) skate and go from there. He’s still pretty sore today, so we’ll see how he feels if he can get out there tomorrow morning. If he can’t, he’ll be out.”
Vanek had 13:29 of ice time during Tuesday’s 2-1 loss in Tampa, and left the game after playing just one shift at the beginning of the third period. This injury comes just a week after Vanek had to miss the game against Toronto on March 21, after absorbing a slap shot in the hip from teammate Christian Ehrhoff in Montreal two nights earlier. It’s not known if this injury is related to that.
LISTEN TO ROLSTON AUDIO
Regardless of Vanek’s playing status on Thursday, Rolston did confirm that winger Drew Stafford will return to the lineup after spending the last two games in the press box as a healthy scratch. Rolston hopes the two-game hiatus can serve as a wake-up call for Buffalo’s assistant captain and what he can bring to this team.
“With Drew, we just want him to go out there and make things happen for our team; lead the way for us. He’s in that position because he earned it, and that’s what he’s gotta do. Just lately it’s been a reminder of the things he’s gotta get back to more than anything,” explained Rolston. “And that’s for all of our guys. They just can’t take for granted they’re going to be in the lineup. We need them to play a certain way. For Drew, a large part of that is just leading the way; being a leader out there for us. I expect he’ll come back and play really well for us.”
The NHL’s off-ice officials crew in Tampa experienced some system issues on Tuesday, and that created havoc with the in-game scoring. Shots on goal were an issue right away, at one point reading “0-0” in the first period, despite the fact the Lightning held a 1-0 lead. Several penalties and plus/minus stats were also affected, until the crew was finally able to update the system hours after the game. The official stats now list Tampa as outshooting Buffalo 25-14 on the night, including a 16-5 run in the second period.
TAMPA – Anyone that watched Saturday’s 2-1 in Montreal knows goaltender Ryan Miller definitely earned his first star status that night. Miller made 38 saves in the victory, including 15 saves in the final period. Miller frustrated Montreal shooters all night long – just ask Tomas Plekanec. The Canadiens center recorded a game-high eight shots without scoring a goal, with five of those shots coming in the final period as Montreal looked to tie the score.
But a deeper look at the game sheet revealed some startling numbers. The Canadiens may have recorded 39 shots on goal, but they attempted a whopping 85. Buffalo blocked 31 additional Montreal shot attempts, and the Canadiens failed to hit the net on 15 others. As a comparison, the Sabres had 31 shot attempts – 18 shots on goal, nine blocks and just four misses.
AUDIO: RON ROLSTON TALKS ABOUT SHOT BLOCKING
Mike Weber led the way for Buffalo with eight shot blocks, one shy of the nine recorded by the entire Montreal team. (Weber is currently second with on the Sabres in both shot blocks (56) and hits (80) through 26 games this season.) Christian Ehrhoff added to his team-leading 61 shot blocks with four more on Saturday, and Robyn Regehr also chipped in four. Jochen Hecht and Tyler Ennis each had three shot blocks to lead all Buffalo forwards.
And as the going got tough on Saturday, the Sabres got blocking. Buffalo had six blocks in the first, followed by periods of 13 and 12. And in fitting fashion, Weber blocked his final shot of the game – on Montreal’s last attempt. As the final seconds ticked off the clock, and Montreal had pulled Carey Price for the extra attacker, Weber got a piece of Andrei Markov’s shot from the left wing with his outstretched stick to preserve the one-goal win.
NEWARK, NJ – Ville Leino has yet to play in a game for the Buffalo Sabres this season, but that could change very soon. The injured winger skated in full during Wednesday’s practice at the Prudential Center, and said he could be back in the lineup as soon as Sunday night in Philadelphia.
“I would say (next week) at the latest hopefully,” said Leino. “But we’ll see how it goes, today was a hard working day. Philly (on Sunday) would probably be one of the good options here.”
There were reports in early February that Leino’s hip injury would require season-ending surgery, but he said they didn’t alter his rehab at any point to speed the process up.
“It was more about time, and to get the inflammation out. And the treatments paid off. It’s one of those things that you never know what it’s going to be. I was feeling pretty good and hopefully we can continue with that.”
Jordan Lepold hasn’t played since February 17 after sustaining an upper-body injury during practice. He didn’t have a timetable for his return, only saying that he was progressing.
“It happened in practice, midway through practice. I ended up working through it the whole time and I don’t know if I did more damage or what. It just ends up being a slow process right now.”
UPDATE (5:30 p.m.) – Following a phone hearing this afternoon, Patrick Kaleta has been handed a five-game suspension by the NHL for his hit on Brad Richards during the third period of Sunday’s game in New York. Because the hearing took place via the phone, five games was the maximum number of games that Kaleta could have received.
From the NHL:
Buffalo Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta has been suspended for five games, without pay, for boarding New York Rangers forward Brad Richards during NHL Game No. 317 in New York on Sunday, March 3, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.
Kaleta is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Based on his average annual salary, he will forfeit $76,219.25. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.
The incident occurred at 3:28 of the third period. Kaleta was assessed a major penalty for checking from behind and game misconduct.
For a full explanation of the Department of Player Safety's decision, complete with video, please click on the following link:-- http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=60&id=212619
UPDATE (1 p.m.) -- The Sabres are off today, but both Patrick Kaleta and interim head coach Ron Rolston met with reporters this afternoon at the team hotel in Raleigh.
Not surprisingly, Kaleta wouldn't comment specifically on the hit on Brad Richards that landed him a disciplinary hearing with the league at 3 p.m. Kaleta did say how upset he was for what his actions immediately resulted in, and that was two power play goals by the Rangers to pull ahead 2-1 at the time.
"I'm sorry for the position I put the team in trying to kill that penalty ... makes me feel like a bag of garbage after seeing that."
With the Sabres already having to deal with the absence of an injured Thomas Vanek for the past two games, Rolston said the team will just have to continue on with another lineup change if Kaleta is forced out for any period of time.
"Obviously we've had some adversity already since I've been here with Vanek being out a couple of games, and other guys stepping into roles. We have players that will go in and their opportunity will be there for them to help our team be successful. We'll do with whatever we have."
RALEIGH, NC (9:45 a.m.) – The NHL announced this morning that Patrick Kaleta will have a hearing with the league at 3 p.m. today for the game misconduct he received during Sunday’s game in New York.
Below via the NHL:
Buffalo Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta faces a hearing with the Department of Player Safety on Monday afternoon for an incident in a game Sunday night against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.
Kaleta received a five-minute major for checking from behind and a game misconduct for a hit he delivered against Brad Richards at the 3:28 mark of the third period.
The Sabres are off today, but Kaleta is scheduled to meet with the media around Noon at the team hotel in Raleigh. Stay tuned to Sabres.com and @BuffaloSabres for updates and reaction.