Archives for September 2001

Intense play on agenda as team looks to roll

\\\’The Sabres want to set a tone in their six exhibition games that will carry over into the regular season. They will host the Columbus Blue Jackets at 6 p.m. Saturday, then play four road games next week.\\\’

Future arrives for Biron

'"Nothing's different," Biron said. "I get out there and play but I don't try to do too much. I don't try to do anything over my head. "What I'm doing on the ice is not because everyone says, 'You're the No. 1 guy, you're the No. 1 guy.' I'm doing the things I've always done."'

Kozlov controls anger

'Kozlov was not excited about coming to Buffalo. But he has since softened that stance. "It's a new team, a new organization," stated Kozlov. "I'm going to play the last year of my contract and then decide what I'm going to do."'

Sabres seek improved power play

'Coach Lindy Ruff this week started implementing the power play during workouts in North Charleston, S.C. Although he said it's too soon to judge how effective the unit can be, he admitted there's reason for excitement, particularly with new players Tim Connolly and Slava Kozlov.'

Sabres' scrimmage tonight

'Biron and the Sabres will spend the next several days in the Lowcountry working out at the Carolina Ice Palace. The team will hold an intra-squad scrimmage tonight at the Carolina Ice Palace beginning at 7 p.m.'

Nolan surprise visitor to Devs

'"I was very bitter," Nolan said. "I was very angry. But you've got to stop and realize, life's too short to be bitter and angry. Obviously I'm very disappointed, but look at what happened in New York the other day. Hockey is a good game, but it's not life. "But when you're good enough to do something and you're not able to do it, that's frustrating."'

Quick start for Connolly

'If there was one thing that Tim Connolly wanted to do in training camp, it was to make a good first impression. According to all reports through the Buffalo Sabres first five days of training camp, Connolly succeeded.'

The Razor's edge

'Ray expects his role with the team to be pretty much unchanged in providing leadership to the up-and-coming Sabres stars. "It's something older guys, we take pride in," said Ray, who has seen the club part with veteran players like Dave Andreychuk and Doug Gilmour over the summer months. "It's not just on the ice, it's off the ice and away from the arena, helping guys take care of things." He signed a one-year contract with the Sabres in July and wouldn't have it any other way. "It keeps you on your toes," he said.'

Milley's goal is to make playing in the big leagues the norm

'"It's a big step for me," he said. "I'm just going to go down there and work hard and go up and down the wing, bump and grind and hopefully put the puck in a few times. My goal is just to go out there, feel 100 percent and have no regrets out there."'

Sabres' McKee elated by call from Canadian Olympic team

'"It is one of the greatest honors that I could have ever accepted," he said. "I was a little nervous at first. But after a while, I felt as though I really fit in. Hopefully, come December, I'll be on the roster."'

Ray tries to keep teammates loose

'He recognized that look of trepidation on prospects' faces this week at his 14th Sabres camp. Some of these young players, many still just teenagers, were nearly paralyzed by the thought of blowing their one big chance at realizing the dream of playing in the National Hockey League. Ray's position on the team is secure, but he can easily recall a time when it was not, and when he could have used a few comforting gestures from the veterans around him.'

Sabres offer kids discounts

'But the Sabres have decided to make it substantially easier for young fans to get tickets in October. During "Sabres Kids Month" fans 16 and under will be able to sit in any level seat for only $10 with the purchase of one full-priced seat. Adults can buy up to eight of the specially priced kids' ducats.'

Patrick still numb over attack

'Patrick, an 18-year NHL veteran, played the first 10 seasons of his career for the Rangers. During that time, Patrick, a native of Winnipeg, became enamored with what he calls The City. He said Friday that he always felt safe in New York City, and that he views it as a great home to cultural diversity. "I think this is a tragedy against the world, the Western world, the United States, and they picked New York City because of the stature it holds," he said.'

Sabres worried about travel

'The Sabres are scheduled to fly to South Carolina tomorrow to continue their training camp. The team had planned to stay in South Carolina through Thursday.'

Campbell may open season with Sabres

'Brian Campbell's chances of earning a spot on the Buffalo Sabres' defense were enhanced yesterday when highly touted rookie Henrik Tallinder suffered a knee injury. Tallinder's left knee was badly sprained as it twisted awkwardly following a legal check by defenseman Dmitri Kalinin. The hit, which will keep Tallinder out indefinitely, was during a training camp scrimmage at Jack Gatecliff Arena. Campbell and Tallinder were expected to compete for what quite likely is one opening on defense.'