Sabres open training camp, Okposo “100% healthy”

The Sabres are still working on a long-term deal with center Jack Eichel.


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Sabres training camp kicked off Thursday morning when the players reported for physicals and testing. In addition to a new coach and general manager, a handful of headlines accompany the Sabres into the 2017-18 season.


As this era begins under a new regime, star center  Jack Eichel is still without a long-term contract signed. Eichel maintains that he is comfortable with starting the season without a deal in place.

“I have kind of left my agents to deal with that,” Eichel said Thursday morning. “I told them if we get a deal done then we get a deal done. And if we don’t then we don’t. That is not something I am worried about. I think I have a lot to prove and I think I have proven nothing and it is a huge year for me personally and us as a team.

“That is Jason’s (Botterill) job and Jack’s agents job,” head coach Phil Housley added. “We just want Jack to be comfortable coming to the rink to play the game.”


Kyle Okposo will hit the ice with the team when practice begins on Friday morning. He missed the end of last season after suffering an adverse reaction to medication, that landed him in a neurological intensive care unit. The Buffalo winger said he is back to feeling like himself again.

“When things weren’t going very well, I thought I may not play again,” Okposos said. “But, I am happy to say that those thoughts are out the window now and I feel confident and I am 100% good to go.”


The veterans in the Sabres locker room are all familiar with new head coach Phil Housley, either by playing under him or watching his Nashville defense shine in the postseason.

“It feels different. It is a little bit of a different vibe going into the rink and I think it is positive and it is refreshing.” – Robin Lehner

“I think he has the right intentions and I think that is something that is really important to have in someone at the helm.” -Kyle Okposo

“Just to have a guy like that here and someone who is so well respected and to have the career that he had is remarkable and he is just a great guy to have here.” -Jack Eichel

Training camp continues throughout the weekend with practice sessions at HarborCenter, the Sabres first preseason game is against Carolina on Monday night. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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