Sabres’ Eichel thinks Krueger is being well received

Sabres (C) Jack Eichel

Jack Eichel and his teammates reported to training camp on Thursday. Eichel was one of the first players that got to meet new coach Ralph Krueger when he went over to Slovakia to meet with him and Sam Reinhart during the World Championship in May. Eichel said, “I think he brings a great energy to the rink, there’s a lot of positivity from him.

“He’s super excited and that makes the guys excited. I think talking to him, his plans and his mindset, I think the guys have responded well to it.” Read More

Sabres’ Ristolainen not worried about being traded

Sabres (D) Rasmus Ristolainen

Jason Botterill has had calls about trading for Rasmus Ristolainen since before the February trade deadline. Things heated up in this offseason, but with so many great restricted free agents still unsigned, teams don’t know how much cap space they have.

Ristolainen, of course, is well aware of all of this,“I’ve been here six years and seen this business, so you never know where you will be next week or next month and when I’m back home it’s easy to go away from hockey and not worry about things you can’t control and now I’m here and I’m happy and I’m ready to go.” Read More

Aggressive and Connected: What to expect from Sabres hockey under Krueger

Buffalo Sabres Head Coach, Ralph Krueger

It’s 3:30 on a late August afternoon, and Ralph Krueger has just finished meeting with his coaching staff as he settles into a seat inside the team lounge at KeyBank Center.

Krueger has assigned tasks to each of his assistants for the summer – proposals on breakout options, feedback on special teams – and now, they’re in the process of confirming and solidifying the principles that will come to define Buffalo Sabres hockey. Read More

With NHL spots available, players will look to build off prospect games

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With only one day of practice and little time to install systems, Rochester Americans coach Chris Taylor outlined Thursday what would constitute as a successful Prospects Challenge for his young Sabres: displaying work ethic on every single shift.

While Taylor led the Sabres behind the bench through the three exhibition games, Sabres coach Ralph Krueger and general manager Jason Botterill watched closely from the stands. Both came away impressed with the level of competition they witnessed. Read More

Camp Preview: Which players might make the jump to the NHL?

Sabres (F) Victor Olofsson

Jason Botterill has made it clear that there will be opportunities for young players to earn NHL roster spots in training camp, regardless of the veteran depth in front of them.

“I think you just have to look at our track record,” Botterill told The Instigators last month. “It’s not just words that we’re saying, ‘Oh there’s jobs available.’ We’ll do whatever it takes if our young guys step up.” Read More

Camp Preview: Where will new additions fit in the lineup?

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Jason Botterill made it his mission this offseason to ensure that coach Ralph Kreuger had options.

The Sabres added proven goal scorers in forwards Marcus Johansson and Jimmy Vesey and a pair of puck-moving defensemen in Colin Miller and Henri Jokiharju. The additions should make for a competitive camp and provide Krueger with flexibility when the time comes to craft the opening-night lineup. Read More

Sabres’ Okposo is impressed with Ralph Krueger

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It seems like anytime you speak with one of the Sabres, they’re pretty impressed with their new coach Ralph Krueger. What they’re impressed with is how he acts towards them. Veteran winger Kyle Okposo was no different, “Just a phenomenal guy, I just went to dinner with him and a couple of the other guys and we may have talked hockey for 15-20 minutes out of two hours and we were picking his brain about his life and his experiences, but he’s just a really personable guy, genuine and an interesting guy. Read More