'"I haven't been in this situation before," Ruff said after the Sabres' 4-3 loss. "There's frustrated players and frustrated coaches.'
'We offer New Year's resolutions for the Sabres. Here's hoping they work out better than most.'
'The dollar total of the aid requested is less than was given to the Buffalo Bills, and if not granted, the Sabres most likely will depart and the community will be left with a facility that will be a mostly unused empty shell. That would make no economic sense and would be a major setback to community pride.'
'The Wild improved to 14-0-1 when leading after two periods and earned its first victory against the Sabres in three tries. More important, it didn't suffer a letdown when all the trappings were in place.'
'Turning point – Marian Gaborik tied the score at 1-1 only 27 seconds after Buffalo scored in the first period. But the biggest boost came on Filip Kuba's power-play goal in the second period. It ended a long drought and the Wild never trailed after that.'
'Like their 2-2 tie at Chicago on Thursday, the Wild found themselves in a wide-open affair where scoring chances materialized as fast and treacherous as black ice.'
'“Every game's the same,'' Sabres forward Stu Barnes said. “It's a one-goal game, but we're on the wrong end of it.'''
'"If you're struggling, you work harder, you try harder," said Barnes, Buffalo's captain. "If you've missed the net, hit the net. It's pretty basic, it's not rocket science. But the flip side of that is not to come and mope every day and believe all is lost and we might as well give up now because this is over with. We're not going to do that because that is not an option."'
The cataclysm of the Sabres continues. This past week, the Sabres rapid decent from the respectability resumed as they lost all three against Montreal, Pittsburgh and Ottawa. Those three losses, combined with the embarrassing loss a week ago against the Florida Panthers, put the Sabres losing streak at four. To make matters worse, there doesn't seem to be any light at the end of the tunnel.
'While the Sabres are playing like an expansion team, the Wild is gunning for glory in only its third year of existence.'
'Hamel admitted Thursday not getting another NHL shot "was always on my mind, but I'm really happy I got another chance. It might be my last one, so I have to take it."'
'The Wild is 13-0-1 when leading after two periods.'
'Buffalo is 2-0-0 lifetime against the Wild, but the Sabres are a mess right now.'
'"Obviously, this franchise needs a sense of direction, and it starts with ownership,'' he added. "There's a lot of history in this city. It's had outstanding fan support. It's just a really tough time."'
'The Sabres have lost four in a row and are in danger of falling into the NHL basement.'