BUFFALO, N.Y. - The October-like clouds are rolling in, the school supplies are on the shelves and the pools are empty. It may be mid-August, but it feels like fall is quickly approaching, especially at the Bud Bakewell Ice Arena in the Riverside neighborhood of Buffalo.
On Wednesday, 15 Sabres were on the ice, pushing each other and honing their skills. Names like Tyler Myers, Marcus Foligno, Mikhail Grigorenko, planning their own drills and helping their teammates prepare as the weeks wind down before training camp begins the second week of September.
The skills they are working on are as varied as the players on the ice. While some perfect their slap shot, others tirelessly push on their edge-work. On Tuesday, Myers called on Cody McCormick to help him with another aspect of the game, fighting.
These players say they know how frustrating last season was for their teammates and the fans, and they hope that by getting an early edge, they can turn things around for 2013-2014.
The preseason opener is September 15th against Montreal.