While the rest of his teammates prepared for the start of training camp last Thursday, Sam Reinhart was catching a flight to Vancouver. What followed, he said, was about as challenging a week as he's had in hockey.
Reinhart continued to skate in his hometown until Wednesday, when he and the Sabres agreed to a two-year deal with an average annual value of $3.65 million. He was already booking flights back to Buffalo on Tuesday night, and he was all smiles following his first practice with the team on Thursday.
"I think my dad's probably the happiest guy to get me out of the house again," Reinhart said. "I was pretty miserable for a couple of days but was able to stay on the ice and train back in Vancouver, and ultimately that's why I went home.
"… At the time it probably seemed like two years being away, but now it seems like two days. I'm thrilled to be back."