Archives for June 2001

Sabres' decision on Hasek goes down to wire

'A Sabres spokesman said there had been no developments as of 1:30 p.m. Saturday and was not sure if the team would hold a news conference. Hasek was at his suburban Buffalo home awaiting word. The Sabres gave permission to Hasek's agent, Rich Winter, to speak on a limited basis to other teams.'

Will Hasek, Ray, Andreychuk put on a different jersey?

'The Sabres also hold a club option on future Hall of Famer Dave Andreychuk. And fan favorite Rob Ray, an unrestricted free agent, is contemplating retirement, especially if he isn't brought back.'

Sabres make offers to Methot, Van Oene

'The Sabres yesterday made qualifying offers to center Francois Methot, the Amerks' leading scorer last season, and left winger Darren Van Oene. The procedural offers mean the team will retain their rights even if the players reject the contract proposals.'

Blues might chase Blake again if they don't get Hasek

'If the Sabres are going to deal Hasek, the best time to do so is now.'

Ray, Andreychuk await Sabres' word

'Rob Ray, the Buffalo Sabres all-time penalty-minutes leader, expects to become an unrestricted free agent Sunday. That doesn't mean he won't stay in Buffalo.'

Hasek waits, Sabres keep on moving

'As for Hasek, the six-time Vezina Trophy winner will walk as an unrestricted free agent if the Sabres don't pick up his $9 million option or work out some sort of trade before midnight Saturday.'

Blues make offer to Turgeon, stay in hunt for Hasek

‘The thrifty Sabres probably will keep Hasek’s rights. They then would have 3 1/2 months to work a trade before owing him a penny. NHL players draw their salaries in two-week installments in the regular season, which opens in October.’

Wings eyeing Dominator

'Sources have told that the Red Wings are still very much interested in Hasek and are looking to try and get a deal done via trade or with cash should the Buffalo Sabres goalie come onto the market via unrestricted free agency on July 1.'

Hasek keeps everyone guessing

'The Sabres have the option of trading Hasek before then. But what team would swing that deal today if it can go after Hasek as an unrestricted free agent on Sunday?'

Sabres retain rights to 10 players, including Satan, Zhitnik

'Along with Hasek, the Sabres have yet to determine whether to exercise a one-year option on veteran forward Dave Andreychuk.'

Sabres exercise options on D Smehlik, RW Varada

'The Buffalo Sabres have exercised the contract options on defenseman Richard Smehlik and left wing Vaclav Varada, the team announced Thursday.'

Two Sabres highlight Friendship Fest

'Buffalo Sabres hockey players Rob Ray and Martin Biron will be among the featured attractions at the Friendship Festival [in Fort Erie] this weekend.'

Buffalo roots taking hold on newest Sabre

'It's no wonder the Bills and Sabres have so many out-of-town booster clubs. We might not have many jobs left here, but we take Buffalo with us wherever we land because we know Western New York isn't just a snowy place in February. It's a state of mind.'

Once again, Sabres raise ticket prices

'The team announced Tuesday that season tickets would increase an average of 4 percent over 2000-2001 prices. Prices at the box office are scheduled to go up an average of 8 percent.'

Finances may push Hasek out the door

'He's the best goalie in hockey for a defensive-minded team that wants him but can't justify paying him without alienating its fan base and imploding its hermetic budget.'