'It's worth noting again that despite the pathetic records the Thrashers, Blue Jackets and Panthers produced to earn those lofty draft positions, the Sabres went 3-6-1 against them.'
Archives for April 2002
The Sabres Report - April 17, 2002
'Much of the blame for the Sabres' failure to reach the playoffs should be laid at the doorstep of the owners, or in whichever bunker the Rigas family currently resides.'
The Sabres Report - April 16, 2002
'…Buffalo Broadcast Pioneers will honor…the late Ted Darling [the] original voice of the Buffalo Sabres.'
'Biron will be run ragged by a summer schedule that includes marriage, honeymooning in Hawaii, finishing construction on a house, moving into it and – of most interest to Sabres fans – negotiating a new contract.'
'If there is one other thing that the Sabres need to improve on next season it's toughness. They need a little more in front of their own net, in the corners and when it comes time to stick up for each other.'
The Sabres Report - April 15, 2002
'And while the future isn't bleak, it's not brimming with optimism, either.'
'Some changes are bound to happen, with 14 free agents. Five are unrestricted, including Rob Ray and Richard Smehlik.'
'"We have a very strong nucleus. I know this organization isn't happy about how things went this year. I know the guys in the room – everybody knows, the coaches and Darcy – they want to win. They want to be successful and have a good hockey team. That's first and foremost. I think there were times when the desperation wasn't there."'
'He'll turn 39 in June but plays like he has several years remaining on his 19-year career. He enjoys playing in Buffalo, understands his role and wants to return for another season. He's not willing to move his family again for the opportunity to play elsewhere.'
'Roughly 10 percent of that critical season ticket base was lost before the 2001-02 season started. Coupled with a condensed schedule due to the NHL's Olympic participation (remember there were nine home games in October, approximately 25 percent of all home dates) and a horrible start on the ice, selling tickets became even more of a challenge. Attendance dipped, revenue will be impacted and there are no playoff games to make it up.'