Buffalo Sabres (25-45-12)


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Offseason cleansing puts Sabres, Eichel in upbeat mood

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Jack Eichel was in such an upbeat mood upon reporting for the start of training camp Thursday, the Buffalo Sabres star center felt comfortable enough to engage in some humorous banter with reporters.

Asked if the numerous offseason additions management made to upgrade an underachieving roster eliminated any excuses for the Sabres from showing marked improvement this year, Eichel winked and said: "There's always going to be excuses. We're professional complainers."

The room then erupted in laughter when Eichel was playfully asked when he began developing a sense of humor.

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Leaders
Points: J. Eichel64
Plus/Minus: C. Mittelstadt1
Shots on Goal: J. Eichel246
PIM: J. Nolan69
Win: R. Lehner14
Shutouts: R. Lehner3
Offense (Rank)
Goals: 198 (31)
Shots: 2557 (21)
PP%: 19.1% (20)
Penalty Minutes: 673 (20)
Assists: 329 (31)
SH Goals: 9 (7)
Standings
Atlantic Division
  W L OTL Pts
xyz-Tampa Bay 54 23 5 113
x-Boston 50 20 12 112
x-Toronto 49 26 7 105
Florida 44 30 8 96
Detroit 30 39 13 73
Montreal 29 40 13 71
Ottawa 28 43 11 67
Buffalo 25 45 12 62
Full Standings
 
Defense (Rank)
Goals Against: 278 (3)
Shots Against: 2681 (10)
PK%: 77.9% (22)
Penalty Minutes: 721 (13)
Shutouts: 3 (21)
Sv%: 0.896 (29)
Injuries
Date Player Status
9/14 M. Hunwick Upper-body injury (day-to-day)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
9/16 U. Luukkonen Assigned to Junior Club Sudbury-OHL
9/16 M. Houser Invited to Training Camp
9/11 T. Randell Invited to Training Camp
8/2 J. Skinner Traded for Cliff Pu, three draft picks
7/16 C. Smith Re-Signed One-year contract
7/15 D. O'Regan Re-Signed One-year contract
7/15 J. Bailey Re-Signed One-year contract
7/14 N. Baptiste Re-Signed One-year contract
7/12 S. Malone Re-Signed One-year contract
7/9 R. Dahlin Signed Three-year, entry-level contract
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