'The signing of highly touted defenseman Henrik Tallinder and right winger Ales Kotalik by the Buffalo Sabres means the Rochester Americans should have a new scoring threat up front but not necessarily a better defense.'
'Miroslav Satan, second in scoring last season for the Buffalo Sabres, and fellow forward Chris Taylor have filed for arbitration. Allowing Sunday's for filing deadline to pass were defensemen Alexei Zhitnik and Rhett Warrener, the Sabres said Monday. Zhitnik who led all Sabres defenseman with eight goals and 37 points last season.'
'Henrik Tallinder, one of the Buffalo Sabres' best prospects, has agreed to terms with the team, according to two reports from Sweden.'
'Andreychuk, who is married to a Buffalonian and has maintained a residence in Western New York for almost two decades, became an unrestricted free agent after the Sabres declined to pick up his option year by the June 30 deadline.'
'"We didn't feel we had enough veteran presence in our dressing room, and Dave Andreychuk is a consummate pro," Dudley said. "He's been able to play at a high level for so long because he prepares himself so well. He's a very influential guy in the locker room because people gravitate toward him."'
'"But if it hadn't been for Dave Andreychuk … he's such an influential guy, he took the rest of the team and accepted what we were doing and he grasped it and he dragged everybody along with him."'
'Last season, Andreychuk had 20 goals and 33 points in 74 games for Buffalo primarily as a power-play specialist.'
'"Dave Andreychuk is the consummate professional in many ways,"…'
\’But the Sabres also have their share of weak spots: Buffalo desperately needs an experienced back-up goaltender, and the team has done little to shore up its ability to score goals. Unless the largely anonymous corps of forwards can convert its workhorse philosophy into a more potent attack, the Sabres seem destined for another sub-par season up front.\’
'The Buffalo Sabres are going to have the Pittsburgh Penguins and Dominik Hasek for lunch next season.'
OK, Sabres' fans, get out your 2002 year-at-a-glance calendars. For March 13, pencil in this reminder: “Buy throat lozenges.” You'll need them after Detroit Red Wing Dominik Hasek and New York Islander Mike Peca make their returns to Buffalo on March 10 and March 12.
'Personally, I have a hard time seeing these Red Wings being one of the top contenders for the new season.'
Whatever you think of The Dominator, his fifth season as a Buffalo Sabre provided plenty of ammunition for future appraisals – both good and bad.
'Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rhett Warrener is not on track to win a Nobel Prize in medicine. He's no good in a laboratory, and not much help in an operating room, either. He can't do anything to change the Dickensian horror that has colored Carly's past. So he doesn't try. Instead, Warrener took on the role of Honorary Chairman of Carly's Club, a charity founded by Carly and the Collards through the Roswell Park Cancer Institute.'