With the start of the NHL Season right around the corner, players and coaches are in a unique position - needing to prepare while the lockout is still technically in effect. YNN's Don Heins has a look at how the Sabres are doing it.
BUFFALO, N.Y. — No more labor talk. Preparations are underway.
After meeting with the media Tuesday, Ted Black is in New York for the Board of Governors meetings. Darcy Regier and Lindy Ruff are making the final preparations for a shortened training camp that will test players' limits entering a grueling season.
"You can skate and you can do drills, but until somebody's chasing you around or somebody's trying to track you down, or somebody's backchecking you, you've got to hit that extra gear. You've got to get that extra stride in. You've got to make your legs burn when you don't think you have any more left in you. Those are just examples of what the players will deal with," Ruff said.
To get ready to deal with it, players are continuing to work out in Amherst. More and more are showing up every day. From new comers John Scott and Steve Ott to captain Jason Pominville - the intensity is picking up.
"It is a little bit physical and guys are more engaged, and you compete a little more than you were probably a couple weeks ago. That's what we want. We want to be able to play right off the bat," Pominville said.
"This is an experience for everybody. It's going to be fast. It's going to be intense. It's going to be a grind. We need to do what we can to be healthy, and get our rest as well," said Jordon Leopold.
It will be an incredibly busy few days at the ice level of First Niagara Center. Of course, the Bandits have their home opener Saturday night, with the Sabres expected to open training camp either Sunday or Monday. So think about the crew for a second. They've had an incredibly light workload, because of the lockout over the past few months. But just like hockey fans' excitement, they are now going from zero to 60.
Sabres Coach Lindy Ruff spoke with the media Wednesday afternoon at First Niagara Center. Watch his press conference in its entirety in the video box below.
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