'"And then when I saw how the team struggled early in the season after sending me down, I just kept waiting for the call back up to Buffalo. And I also knew that I was going to have to play my best hockey to stay here. So that's what I've tried to do. I really thought I deserved to be on the team."
'It would take a miracle of biblical proportions to get the Sabres into the playoffs, but that's not deterring them from spoiling the hopes of everyone else.'
'Insiders have said that a new owner would have to pay more than $50 million cash for the franchise – to pay off all the debts, satisfy Adelphia Communications Corp.'s creditors and repay the team's current operating expenses since the team sought bankruptcy protection.'
'And it was annoying to many – this page included – that he seemed to be trying to jam a stick into Hamister's spokes as the local man tried to nail down a deal that would work for him. Indeed, the sense that he was placing his interests over those of this community may have contributed to the frigid reception he received here.'
'Both the Sabres goals came after calls that replay refuted.'
'Monday was a big scout night in the Office Depot Center press box. Scouts from Anaheim, Carolina, Ottawa, Rangers, Chicago and Columbus attended.'
'The Panthers had a chance to win the game when Curtis Brown slashed Mathieu Biron at the 20-minute mark of the third period. That gave the Panthers a two-minute 4-on-3 to start the OT, but Biron's brother, Martin, turned the Panthers away.'
'Before Monday's game against Buffalo, Lilja, acquired from the Los Angeles Kings with Jaroslav Bednar for Dmitry Yushkevich in November, was a plus-20, tied for 14th in the NHL, sixth among defensemen. Plus-15 of the plus-20 had come in 35 games with the Panthers.'
'2. Martin Biron, Sabres: Stopped 29 shots, 12 in the first period.'
'Repeating the trend that has plagued them at home all season, the Panthers fell behind twice and needed a goal by Jaroslav Bednar with 2:06 remaining in regulation to salvage a 2-2 tie with Buffalo in front of just 11,944 at the Office Depot Center.'
'Buffalo captain Stu Barnes played in his 800th NHL game; 191 of those came with Florida.'
Maxim Afinogenov and Miroslav Satan each scored for the second time in two games for Buffalo.
'“We'll get through the season. That's what we've said. That's what the balances show,'' Sabres vice president of finance John Marsh said Monday after appearing before a creditors meeting at the U.S. Trustees office in Buffalo.'
The Sabres are 3-1-1-1 following a franchise-record eight-game slide.
'C Tim Connolly's 265 straight games is the NHL's third-longest active streak.'