'The Buffalo Sabres have played only two preseason games, yet they're already noticing the play has opened up considerably.'
'Martin said Hurme couldn't be faulted because "He didn't have much help."'
I thought Satan was really putting on a show out there. He was moving all over the place.
'Former Senators D Grant Ledyard, who lives in the Buffalo area, dropped by the dressing room to visit yesterday morning. He was not re-signed by the Lightning. Rochester coach Randy Cunneyworth, the best captain in Senators history, is also in town because the AHL's Amerks haven't opened their camp yet.'
'Miroslav Satan and Chris Gratton each had two goals and an assist in the Buffalo Sabres' 6-3 exhibition victory over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night.'
Gratton scored twice and Satan once in the second period as Buffalo took a 3-2 lead. The Sabres added three goals in the third as Satan struck on the power play with 8:33 remaining to make it 5-3.
'Hecht has been skating with Connolly for almost all of training camp, and there seems to be some chemistry there.'
'According to NHL sources, Adelphia is believed to have paid a hefty rights fee figure between $6 million and $7 million per season. Since the cable company's problems surfaced, public documents have revealed that Adelphia paid a $10 million rights fee to the Sabres last season. But that fee was considered inflated to cut losses.'
'Nedorost's two goals were no-brainers; he took a perfectly threaded pass from Geoff Sanderson and scored into an open net in the first period; he scored off a rebound after a crafty move by rookie Rick Nash made a shambles of the Sabres goaltender. But goals are goals.'
The financial terms of the offer have not been made public. Along with the Sabres, the package also includes the rights to HSBC Arena in downtown Buffalo and the Buffalo Bandits indoor lacrosse team.
'"He was a pleasant surprise, especially for his first game."'
'The crowd of 4,579 seemed divided in its loyalty between Syracuse Crunch parent club Columbus and its closest NHL franchise, Buffalo. The one common cheering ground was Sabres center Tim Connolly, a Baldwinsville native playing his first hometown game as a pro. Connolly, wearing the alternate's "A" on his jersey, tallied one assist.'
Specifically, Baldwinsville native Tim Connolly – just 21, but beginning his fourth season in the NHL … and think about that for a moment – was in the joint, skating (and collecting an assist) for the Sabres.
'Ales Kotalik, Derek Roy and Jochen Hecht scored for the Sabres.'
'Andrej Nedorost scored twice and Rick Nash added a goal and an assist as the Blue Jackets defeated the Buffalo Sabres, 5-3, in the preseason opener for both teams.'