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“Both these guys are trying to help the Buffalo Sabres team,” he said. It’s not, ‘I’m better than you.’ It’s, ‘Let’s be better together,’ and, ‘If you take that spot for the first little while, I’m going to be right on your behind to try to get it from you.’ “Hopefully, it’s a nice, healthy relationship with a healthy competition, because there’s nothing better.” Nolan plans to give the netminders full games and alternate them during the six-game exhibition slate.

It’s possible only one goalie will stick here past this season. Neuvirth, Washington’s starter much of 2010-11, has played 136 NHL games. Still, Enroth, Miller’s backup for three years, has showcased glimpses of being a top netminder over the years.

He generated offense without shirking his defensive responsibilities. is he loves to play and he loves to be at the rink and he’s always got a smile on, and that’s contagious.

“Somebody establishing himself as a very dependable, responsible defensive (player) without negotiating offense, there’s no question they’re going to have opportunities to go forward,” Bazin told the Times Herald by phone Thursday, hours after Smith inked his entry-level deal. The modern NHL is an ultra-tight, systems-oriented league. “He understood that the better defensively he plays, the better off he gets,” Bazin said. “The blue-collar thing, yeah, he is from blue-collar roots.

The Sabres host Vegas on March 10, the start of a season-long six-game home stand. 2 in Pittsburgh, the day after the Sabres play Sidney Crosby’s Penguins at home.New Sabres general manager Jason Botterill has been subtracting from former GM Tim Murray’s staff and adding his own people.Cunneyworth had two playing stints with the Sabres over his 866-game NHL career before coaching the Rochester Americans, their AHL affiliate, from 2000 to 2008 and again in 2015-16.Eichel compiled 27 goals and 57 points in 61 games last season.Mc David just won the Hart Trophy and posted the NHL’s only 100-point season.