'On Thursday night, in the Queen City, Gilmour was barely a factor as the Sabres bowed out 3-2 in overtime, another Game 7 – Gilmour's 11th – and it became pitifully clear that he was an athlete in irreversible eclipse.'
'How he played with such fire and energy. How he lifted all those larger than him to a place they never thought possible.'
'The Islanders are getting closer to naming their next head coach and Ted Nolan appears to be the man they're looking to hire. It will be a perfect match of two needy souls: a team that needs an influx of positive energy and a popular coach who is seeking an opportunity to get back into the league.'
'Sources have told Foxsports.com that Gilmour wasn't happy with the way he was used at points in the season in Buffalo.'
'"My mind is set already. Me and my family have already made a decision," Hasek said as the Buffalo Sabres cleaned out their lockers on Saturday morning. "But before I say anything, I want to talk to management. My mind is clear. I know what I want to do."'
'The 37-year-old Gilmour made his announcement on Saturday morning as the Sabres gathered at HSBC Arena.'
'Games six and seven are reminiscent of the failures Buffalonians have become accustomed to with their sports teams.'
'One minute, 18 seconds. The phrase might go down in Buffalo sports lore in the same category as Wide Right and No Goal.'
'As CBC's Don Cherry pointed out before the overtime, Hedberg had another advantage: He saw just about all the Sabres shots because Buffalo never put anybody in front of the net.'
'Still, the loss is heartbreaking – and will be even more so if it marked, in the worst possible way, the last games of future Hall of Famers Dominik Hasek, Doug Gilmour and Dave Andreychuk, all of them now in retirement range.'
'Penguin defenceman Bob Boughner, a former Sabre, understands the hard feelings on the Niagara Frontier. "With their history with the football team and obviously with the Dallas situation (Hull's goal), there's a lot of resentment from some fans here."'
'For the first time since Hasek arrived in a trade with Chicago in 1992, Buffalo sports fans face the distinct possibility of having no big-name stars to root for. Quarterback Jim Kelly has retired. Ex-Sabres captain Pat LaFontaine is writing books now. Defensive end Bruce Smith is a Washington Redskin. Can Hasek be next?'
'Buffalo, meanwhile, ends its season having squandered a 3-2 series lead by losing the last two games in overtime.'
'Clearly, other than Sabres' fans, most of the country, particularly ABC Television and its subsidiary, ESPN, is delighted at Pittsburgh's victory. Mario Lemieux's incredible comeback and Jaromir Jagr's likely final season as a Penguin are a much easier sell for national television than, say Vaclav Varada and Dave Andreychuk.'
We've spent seemingly our entire lives waiting for the Sabres to score an overtime goal in HSBC Arena when it really counts, all due respect to Derek Plante. I'm tired of waiting.