'“There are some details still to be worked out, but a deal could close in the next seven to 10 days."'
'The loss kept the Sabres in last place in the NHL with an 18-31-8-5 record. They could have climbed out of the cellar and past the Atlanta Thrashers with at least a tie.'
'"I'm even more confused now than I was a couple days ago," leading scorer Miroslav Satan said.'
'A top government source in Albany, meanwhile, said that the National Hockey League is negotiating only with Golisano and that no other prospective buyers have emerged. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the state is not involved in the negotiations because Golisano is not seeking any state money to help close the deal. The source added that Golisano's deal for the team is getting close.'
'Last season, Varada served no fewer than three suspensions: one game for checking from behind; three games for careless use of the stick (Varada butt-ended Eric Lindros to the head); and a one game for kneeing Montreal Canadiens goaltender José Theodore, causing a concussion.'
'Jagr, who has 35 goals in 54 games against Buffalo, glided to the side of the crease until he was nearly flush with the near post, then flicked the puck back across to the far side, nestling it inside the opposite post for his 34th goal of the season, tied for fourth best in the NHL and three more than he produced all of last season.'
'A sure sign that the trade deadline is approaching: For the third straight game scouts from at least five teams were in attendance at MCI Center.'
'The Caps turned a dominating, one-sided performance into a tight game with sloppy, lackluster play that might have forced the game into overtime had not Kolzig played as well as he did.'
'Miller, signed as a free agent during the offseason for $550,000, is having a career season. He has 48 points, six more than in any other NHL season. He has been getting most of his assists feeding Jaromir Jagr but also has 13 goals. Four of them were game-winners, the second-highest total on the team.'
'But Buffalo, which clutched, grabbed, hooked and did any number of other tricks designed to disrupt Washington, kept pounding away and, at 2:57 of the third, Curtis Brown scored off a rebound in the crease to give his team hope and, with 5:10 left, Dmitri Kalinin scored on the power play while the Caps looked on in disarray.'
Varada was so excited about coming to Ottawa, he did not get very much sleep Tuesday night. I would be lying if I did not say I was looking forward to the new challenge, he said. I know Ottawa has the best team in the league, and I want to contribute to their success … I am going to get a chance to play in the playoffs and advance as far as we can.
Jakub Klepis, whom the Senators sent to the Buffalo Sabres for Varada, is an extremely highly regarded prospect. He played junior hockey in Canada and is now playing in the Czech Republic as a teenager against adults. He is a genuine player.
We were not in the game at the beginning and it took us a while to get going, Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff said. We pinched down both walls and played reckless hockey, which ended up creating a lot of chances and gave them a lot of problems in the third period.
Peter Bondra added to the lead in the middle period for the Capitals, who nearly squandered the advantage in the final 20 minutes. Buffalo peppered Olaf Kolzig with 19 shots in the third period, scoring twice.
'But consider this: The acquisition of Klepis means the Sabres now have the rights to three of the first 20 players selected in the first round of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. Not since the 1982 and 1983 seasons, when Scotty Bowman was the combo coach/GM, have the Sabres had those kinds of numbers. Two of those first rounders, Dave Andreychuk and Phil Housely, are still playing, and Tom Barrasso only recently retired.'