The Buffalo Sabres reported to training camp this morning and some spoke with the media. It was a chance to catch up with the players and discuss what has gone on over the summer and what the expectations are for this upcoming season.
The biggest news is that goaltender Robin Lehner seems to have made some big changes. There’s no more huge beard and he weighs about 40 pounds less. Lehner stated earlier this summer that he has worked hard and made some life changes.
Josh Gorges said he had to do a double take when he saw Lehner. Hopefully, that helps translate to a great year for Lehner.
Tyler Ennis is back and ready to go. After having his season shortened to due a lingering head injury, he is prepared to make an impact this season. Ennis said that the team is no longer rebuilding.
“Our mindset now is playoffs. We’re looking to compete and be a real threat.” – Tyler Ennis
Jack Eichel is no longer living with Matt Moulson and his family like he was during last season. His new roommate is Sam Reinhart, and Reinhart jokingly added that Eichel is going to have to learn how to cook and do his own laundry.
Captain Brian Gionta was asked about the Evander Kane situation going on and what he thought of it:
“Whenever you represent a team, you want to represent it to the best character and you’re representing the logo and what everybody has to have in mind no matter what you’re doing.” I would hope that he wants to stay a little more profile around things. Hopefully, he’s still maturing as an individual off the ice.” – Brian Gionta
Kane commented on the situation, but kept it about his job: “I’m ready to get started. I’ve narrowed my focus to just hockey and can’t wait to get going. I’m just focused on this season and trying to have the best season of my career.”
Kane says he has not heard anything from the NHL nor Terry Pegula. With his mind solely on hockey, Kane could be a huge factor on the ice.