Sabres slash roster by seven

'Askey is expected to spend this season playing behind former Michigan State sensation Ryan Miller, who signed a two-year contract with Buffalo in August. Fitzpatrick, 27, also played in Rochester last season. The Rochester native had 12 points and 83 penalty minutes in 60 games with the Americans. Also sent to Rochester were forwards Jason Botterill, Sean McMorrow and Chris Taylor, along with defenseman Radoslav Hecl. In addition, 19-year-old forward Derek Roy was returned to his junior team, the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League.'

Sabres' season preview

'ONE TO WATCH: Taylor Pyatt, gained a lot of confidence in the second half of last season and could have a big year this season.'

Other bidders ready to follow Hamister's lead

'"I could see Mark carrying on in the Knox tradition," Masiello said of the Sabres' founding family. "He seems to have all the right stuff."'

Sabres' goalies shine

'"It was a lot of fun," said Boulton, who before the game received a citizenship award from Mayor Peter Kelly. "There were a lot of family and friends here."'

Woolley's goal lifts Sabres past Senators

'The victory was the second is as many nights for the Sabres (3-1-1), who beat Toronto at HSBC Arena Friday night. Buffalo is unbeaten since dropping its exhibition opener to Columbus.'

Partnership lends a hand to the Sabres

'No longer will the team paper the house with thousands of free tickets to fill the arena, as it did under the control of Adelphia Communications Corp. and the Rigas family.'

Sabres sting Senators for second time

Maybe the National Hockey League should operate more teams. It is having pretty good luck with the Buffalo Sabres.

Locals enliven game, fans

'Sabres rookie Ryan Miller had a stellar outing in goal. The Michigan State graduate, named the game’s first star, played two periods and stopped 21 of 22 shots.'

Send out Coast Guard

However, with big decisions to make at all positions, and the veterans still trying to find their legs, the Senators had a tough time scoring on Buffalo rookie goalie Ryan Miller before he left after stopping 21-of-22 shots.

Game Story

THREE STARS…Miller – Sabres…Volchenkov – Senators…Woolley – Sabres

Sabres 3, Senators 2

Ales Kotalik and Curtis Brown added first-period goals for the Sabres (3-1-1). Ryan Miller made 21 saves in the first two period, and Mika Noronen stopped six shots in the third.

Buffalo 3, Ottawa 2

'Rookie Ales Kotalik and Curtis Brown scored in a 1:48 span of the second period as the Buffalo Sabres held on for a 3-2 preseason victory over the Ottawa Senators.'

Halifax home game

'Eric Boulton has a unique opportunity — to play NHL hockey in his hometown. The Sackville winger will play his first game in metro in about 10 years Saturday when his Buffalo Sabres meet the Ottawa Senators at the Metro Centre.'

Tallinder's fine play giving Ruff more roster scenarios to ponder

'The Swedish defenseman has had such a brilliant camp, the Sabres might be forced to put him on the opening-night roster. Now Ruff is considering the possibility of keeping eight defensemen instead of the usual seven.'

Gare pressed for time

'"I'm disappointed I'm not on the road," Gare said. "I felt Rick Jeanneret, Jim Lorentz and I had some consistency and that's one of the reasons why we had one of the better broadcasts."'