'But they will have, at best, 14 months to retrieve the city's hearts and wallets. It's widely conceded that a long labour lockout will follow next season. If the Sabres aren't on a roll in all areas by then, the franchise would be in serious, serious trouble. It already is, if Hamister and Berman decide to go cheap.'
Archives for November 2002
The Sabres Report - November 30, 2002
We sure mishandled the process, said Bassin, co-owner of the Ontario Hockey Leagues Erie Otters. I am not saying it was him or anyone else. The question within the group was about what it was worth or what the value was. It was an easy, solvable thing. It bogged us down, but there was active, honest interest and capability. You could say we fumbled it.
'Hedberg improved to 5-1-1 against Buffalo. Sabres goalie Martin Biron fell to 1-9-1 against Pittsburgh.'
'Pittsburgh went 2-for-5 with the man advantage on Friday and improved its power-play percentage to 32.7 (37-for-113). By contrast, Buffalo entered the contest ranked 30th with the man advantage at 10.4 percent. The Sabres failed to convert its five power-play opportunities against the Penguins and are 0-for-19 in the last four games.'
'Buffalo captain Stu Barnes spoiled Hedberg's shutout attempt midway through the third period, but the Sabres still have won just once in 16 games (1-11-3-1).'
The Sabres Report - November 29, 2002
Alexei Zhitnik has a twin named Dimitri who, for all I know, is bumping around the Ukraine parlaying his brother's fame into discounted shovel service. If you're looking for Zhitnik's twin on the National Hockey League ice, look closely at ex-Panther Dmitry Yushkevich, who was traded Wednesday to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for forward Jaroslav Bednar and defenseman Andreas Lilja.
'Biron's record versus the Penguins is 1-8-1 with a 3.74 goals-against average.'
'Barry Williams (Greg Brady from "The Brady Bunch") will sing the national anthem and be joined throughout the game by Chris Knight (Peter Brady) and Mike Lookinland (Bobby Brady) for in-game promotions. Music from the disco decade will be played during breaks in the action. Right on!'
'C Mario Lemieux has three goals and 12 assists in his past six games.'
'The Sabres opened the season with back-to-back wins with a combined score of 11-2. They’ve won only two games since.'