'"Lindy had told me in training camp that the fourth line center was the spot he had me penciled in for," remarked the 24 year-old. "I knew that he was going to put me there and let me play every night. It's been a big step in my career to be able to do that."'
Archives for 2002
The Sabres Report - December 30, 2002
'"You absorb what a lot of people say. I think I really understand the mentality of what type of team fans really want. Buffalo is a great city when you win or tie. It's not a good city for losing."'
'"The frustration level does rise, and you're sitting around to the point it's the only thing you can think about," he said. "When the team's not winning and you're wondering what's going to happen and where things are going, it's not a fun situation."'
'The Sabres have scored six power-play goals in their last six games.'
The Sabres Report - December 29, 2002
'Buffalo owns the NHL's worst record (8-21-5-1).'
'"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.'