Archives for August 2001

Zhitnik's wish would make him richest Sabre

'Alexei Zhitnik's agent isn't interested in making his client the highest-paid Buffalo Sabre – he just wants Zhitnik to earn more than the Sabres happen to be paying anyone else. "We're looking for $4 million. It's very simple and very logical," agent Serge Levin said.'

Sabres training camp preview

'If there is one player worth watching this season it will be Connolly. This youngster has the potential to score goals and add up points. This playmaking center now is surrounded with a supporting cast, unlike his days with the Islanders. With the NHL experience he already has, Connolly is on the verge of a breakout year. This could be that year.'

Amherst to Easy Street

'Tickets for individual Sabres home games go on sale Sept. 17 at 9 a.m. They range in price from $23 to $108.'

Dumont agent has big bark but no bite

'Archambault represents Buffalo's J.P. Dumont, a restricted free agent. Last week, Archambault accused the Sabres of insulting Dumont by offering him the standard 10 percent qualifying offer over his 2000-01 salary of $875,000. He called it "ridiculous." He suggested the team had "laughed at" Dumont. He demanded "respect" and said Dumont was ready to sit out training camp if he didn't get a contract commensurate with his status as Buffalo's second-leading scorer. But by Thursday, Archambault was already backing off. Reached in Montreal, he described the situation as a "misunderstanding" and said he was looking forward to meeting with Sabres management.'

Sabres breathe extra life into girls hockey program

'This fall, the organization will launch the Buffalo Sabres-Oxygen Icebreakers Program to encourage the growth of girls hockey in Western New York. "This is the first organized program that any NHL team has done with girls hockey," said John Cimperman, Sabres executive vice president for integrated marketing. "What we want to do is basically throw gasoline on what we see as a small fire in women's hockey. We want to really get behind it and support it."'

Sabres announce signing of winger Boulton

'"Eric provided us great depth and toughness last season. He improved tremendously and we look forward to his developing further this season," said General Manager Darcy Regier.'

Buffalo agrees to terms with left wing Boulton

'The 24-year-old Boulton appeared in 35 games as a rookie last season, scoring one goal and getting two assists. He earned himself a reputation as an enforcer, finishing third on the Sabres with 94 penalty minutes.'

Ice runs in their veins

'Daniel Mason, an assistant professor of sports management at the University of Maryland, said the Sabres approach to pitching the team is a strong one for a small market team like Buffalo that can face financial difficulties hanging onto marquee players for the long-haul.'

Agent says Dumont is prepared to sit out

'"Right now, the offer they sent is ridiculous. He likes Buffalo, he likes everything, he wants to play – but not for this money," Archambault said. "We don't want to break the bank in Buffalo, but we need the respect."'

Sabres add Fitzpatrick

'The Buffalo Sabres signed minor-league defenseman Rory Fitzpatrick, a 26-year-old Rochester native, on Tuesday.'

Amerks gain local player

'The lifelong Irondequoit resident signed a one-year contract with the Buffalo Sabres yesterday, and he'll be expected to help anchor an always-stingy defense for the Rochester Americans.'

Buffalo Sabres sign defenseman Fitzpatrick

'Defenseman Rory Fitzpatrick, who spent most of last season in the minors, signed Tuesday with the Buffalo Sabres. Fitzpatrick had two assists in 22 games with the IHL's Milwaukee Admirals before being traded at midseason to the Hamilton Bulldogs. There, he had three goals and 17 assists.'

The past meets the present at Sabres practice facility

'The first stop on the time warp tour is Amherst, where the Pepsi Center ice has been swarming with Sabres past, present and, quite possibly, future. It has become an August tradition for Western New York's hockey elite to gather at the Sabres' practice rink every weekday morning for some informal conditioning (otherwise known as pick-up games).'

Sabres say ticket sales match last year's pace

'The renewal numbers as of Aug. 7, according to the Sabres' Executive Vice President/Administration Ron Bertovich, indicated that 75 percent, or nearly 8,000 of the club's 10,600 season ticket holders, have re-upped.'

Arbitrator gives Satan a nice raise

'Although Satan will make about the same average salary the Sabres refused to pay ex-captain Michael Peca last season, General Manager Darcy Regier seemed satisfied with the outcome of Satan's arbitration hearing.'