'The Buffalo Sabres have exercised the contract options on defenseman Richard Smehlik and left wing Vaclav Varada, the team announced Thursday.'
Archives for June 2001
The Sabres Report - June 28, 2001
'Buffalo Sabres hockey players Rob Ray and Martin Biron will be among the featured attractions at the Friendship Festival [in Fort Erie] this weekend.'
'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.'
The Sabres Report - June 27, 2001
'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.'
'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.'
'The Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday exercised the team option on a 2001-02 contract for center Stu Barnes and signed defenseman James Patrick to a one-year contract.'
The Sabres Report - June 26, 2001
'Since being traded to the Sabres in March 1999, Barnes has scored 39 goals and had 53 assists. He leads all Sabres in postseason scoring over the last three seasons with 14 goals.'
'"Stu and James have been a big part of the success of our organization over the last three seasons," Sabres general manager Darcy Regier said. "To have both of these veterans back this season makes us better at both ends of the ice."'
'This is a fabulous deal for Buffalo. It may be the best the Sabres have made since trading Alexander Mogilny to Vancouver in 1995. Ironically, that was the trade that brought Peca to Buffalo.'
'"We came from a team that's trying to make the playoffs to a team that's trying to win the Stanley Cup," he said. "It's a hardworking team, and I'm really looking forward to playing in the playoffs."'