Archives for November 2002

Buffalo 1, Tampa Bay 1 (OT)

'Biron made 23 saves for the Sabres, who own just one win in their last 15 games (1-10-3-1).'

Look to draft for answer to Sabres' scoring woes

“They can't score.” How many times have fans heard those words used to describe the Buffalo Sabres? But what about the reasons for what seems to be a never-ending problem of lack of goal production from Sabre forwards? A study recently conducted by this writer suggests that one reason may frequently be overlooked. The Sabres can't score because they can't draft scorers.

The power authority

'From those days of doubt with the Sabres, Andreychuk has cemented his legacy among the greats of the game.'

Zhitnik's broken foot accentuates thin blue line

'More than 8,000 tickets remain for tonight's game. Almost 6,000 are available for Friday's contest against Mario Lemieux and the Pittsburgh Penguins.'

Sabres vs. Lightning

'Former Sabres C Brian Holzinger had an assist Saturday in his return from a broken leg.'

Sabres Deal Is A Relief For Fans

'Lightning assistant coach Craig Ramsay, who spent 22 years with the Sabres as a player, coach and in the front office, said it would be a big blow to the city if the team were to ever leave. “With [Toronto] so close, they have such a natural rivalry,'' Ramsay said. “This is a good hockey city and so many people love the game around here. It would be sad if that were to ever happen.'''

Tonight's Lightning Game

'Buffalo has one win in its last 14 games and has gone 1-10-2-1 during that span.'

Tonight: Lightning vs. Sabres

'Tampa Bay trails the series 10-24-3-1 and is 6-12-1 at Buffalo, where it hasn't won since March 1999 (0-6).'

Sabres D Zhitnik out with broken bone in right foot

'Alexei Zhitnik, the Buffalo Sabres' ice-time leader, will miss at least a week because of a broken bone in his right foot.'


'They know they’re making stupid mistakes. They know they’re not playing as well as they can. They need to get back on track, but they got off the path somewhere back there, and all their effort just carries them further in the wrong direction. It’s called “pressing,” and it’s just as productive as trying to force the kid to understand the homework.'

Out with the new, in with the Blue (and Gold)

While Islander fans are struggling to come to terms with the awful new look their team is giving them, Sabres fans might just be looking at the return of their classic look. The 1996 "gang colors" look might be out the door as new owner Mark Hamister is now openly considering bringing back the blue and gold jerseys the team wore for its first 26 years. Mark, let me make this easy on you… DO IT!

M&T to host Sabres' function at arena

'Robert Sadler, president of M&T Bank and a member of the "Business Backs the Sabres" campaign, expects about 150 executives to attend. The intention is to drum up support for the Sabres, whose season ticket sales have fallen below 8,000.'

Sabres recall Fitzpatrick, Noronen, demote Miller

'Fitzpatrick, who has appeared in 53 NHL games, currently leads Rochester defensemen with three goals and eight points in 20 American Hockey League games this season.'

Sabres demote Miller, recall Noronen

'To replace Miller, the Sabres recalled Mika Noronen on Sunday, two days after he was sent to the team's AHL affiliate in Rochester for conditioning.'

A quarter of the way in, Sabres not worth a plugged nickel

Good news: The Sabres did fly out of the gate. Bad news: They crashed just three games into the season. Ninety-one points? What were we smoking? Mark Zampogna writes…