The Sabres open training camp today with physicals and on-ice testing. The skating drills are tough. It's the same tests the rookies underwent earlier this week, with multiple full-length skates while showing the agility through cones midway through. Excuse my frankness, but I'd probably be throwing up in the corner after one lap, and these guys do them over and over. Of course, by the end, they also look like they're about to die.
Goaltender Ryan Miller was first player to meet the media today. A few highlights:
*Getting back to playing hockey: "I usually give myself enough time that when I'm tying my skates I'm excited to do it. It's not something I have to do, it's something I want to do. It's been nice to get on the ice."
*Jason Pominville's contract extension: "It was a big moment. He's the kind of player I like to see get a contract like that. He works hard. He does his job, and he's a good person. That's what I like to see."
*The future of the team, which Bucky Gleason wrote about today: "I have a contract that keeps me here six years. It’s good to see that we have a development area like that. You can’t get everybody through free agency and you can’t get everybody through trades. You have to be able to establish players and mold them into your system and your philosophy, and I think that’s going to be good."