Among the takeaways at Phil Housley’s season ending press conference after the Sabres finished dead last in the standings, he warned the team they needed to be prepared for a tough training camp.
On day one, the head coach delivered on that promise.
Skating and skating hard the name of the game for the Blue & Gold as a revamped, refocused and re-energized unit hit the ice at HaborCenter for their first practices of training camp.
Housley and his staff liking the tempo and the tone that was set.
“It was a tough go today,” Housley said. “But, I’m really pleased the way the guys responded. the way the guys are ready to go. They’ve trained hard throughout the whole summer, they know what’s at stake, there’s competition for places and everyone’s trying to make a good first impression.”
“Everyone has this mindset of you know enough is enough,” defenseman Jake McCabe added. “Excitement is in the building and I think you look at today and it was — I don’t know how long we went for — but it was high tempo, high pace, guys were going out on the ice competing. You know that’s all you can ask for.”
“Yeah, I expected that kind of pace it was fun,” No. 1 overall pick Rasmus Dahlin said. “It was high tempo so it’s hard but that’s the fun thing about it.”