Archives for April 2003

Ex-Sabres coach to talk at college

'Former Buffalo Sabres coach Ted Nolan will speak on "Having a Vision and a Dream" at 6 p.m. next Wednesday in the Assembly Hall of Campbell Student Union at Buffalo State College as part of the college's April Native American Heritage Celebration.'

Regier optimistic he'll remain Sabres GM

'''I am comfortable with them but, ultimately, we'll see where it goes,'' said Regier, following year-end meetings with his players, after the Sabres completed their regular season out of playoff contention last weekend.'

Everything's not broken

'For PR reasons, firing Regier and bringing in an outsider might make sense, but it’s only a temporary improvement as I see it.'

Golisano sees great potential as he prepares for new era

'"I think every day that goes by, I'm probably oriented to a larger percentage [of ownership] than I was before," he said Monday. "I believe it has gotten more important to me."'

Sabres uncertain season ends with promise of a future

I guess there is a lot of rumors about turning this organization around, said Sabres leading scorer Miroslav Satan, who is eligible to become a restricted free agent this summer. And if everybody is going to be serious about it, I definitely want to be part of it.

Sabres cap off season with Blue & Gold

It was an unexpected and much appreciated end to what most feel was the Buffalo Sabres worst season in history. The team may have posted worst records, but considering the turmoil in trying to secure a new owner to keep the team in Buffalo along with the poor performance on the ice, and Sabres fans are already looking forward to next season. They may have gotten a glimpse of the future when the Sabres unexpectedly skated on the ice for their last game against the New Jersey Devils with their original home uniforms. It was greeted by a standing ovation and by just seeing the old blue and gold uniforms was well worth the price of admission.

Sabres' look ahead includes the past

'…the league contacted CCM's plant just outside Montreal on the morning of April 4 and asked it had enough backstock of Sabres' home uniforms and matching socks. The company had the jerseys, although they had to be lettered and numbered. As for the 50 or so pairs of socks, those had to be made that day…By the end of the day, the jerseys and socks were en route to Toronto and were snuck into HSBC Arena about 11:30 p.m. that night. With the Sabres on the road in Boston, few knew what was in store.'

Sabres sorry to see longest season end

'"There seems to be excitement in the city still," Sabres center Adam Mair said. "It's been really fun. Just having the ownership in place and knowing there's a good feeling around the team and around the community – it gives us hope."'

Blue-and-gold uniforms take fans back, perhaps to the future

'The Sabres walked out of their dressing room in HSBC Arena, and 17,845 jaws dropped. Buffalo players were wearing the much-beloved blue-and-gold uniforms of the team's first 26 seasons. It wasn't just unexpected. It was downright shocking. And it received one of the loudest and most spine-tingling cheers of the season. "Going out there," defenseman Brian Campbell said, "the fans put shivers down me."'

Devils toughened for playoffs

'The tie gave the Devils a point in 11 consecutive games (6-0-4-1), following a 4-2 loss to Philadelphia on St. Patrick's Day.'

Golisano begins rebuilding Sabres' reputation

'That is one of the primary reasons why he is considering bringing back the team's blue and gold uniforms. Golisano said that is one of the top items that people have suggested since the National Hockey League signed an asset purchase agreement with him on March 14. "I'd be remiss if we didn't look into it," Golisano said.'

Sabres want more hockey

'Golisano, who hasn’t missed a home game since securing ownership, visited the locker room after the game and sounded like a man who can’t wait for the start of the 2003-04 season. “The program is definitely on the upswing now,” he said.'

A hallelujah! greets Taylor and Bartovic

'Barely two hours after playing in the Buffalo Sabres 2-2 tie with the New Jersey Devils at HSBC Arena, Bartovic and Amerks captain Chris Taylor were skating for the Amerks in a 4-2 win over the Hamilton Bulldogs.'

Devils Settle for Rest and a Tie

'By allowing only two goals today, the Devils won a share of the Jennings Trophy for allowing the fewest goals in the N.H.L. They allowed 166 this season, tying a franchise record. The Devils, who have won the Jennings Trophy three times, will share the award with the Flyers.'

Devils cruise from Atlantic into playoffs

'The Sabres – whose fans (17,845) nearly filled the arena and cheered new owner Tom Golisano – went ahead early in the second on goals by Ales Kotalik and Alexei Zhitnik. Patrik Elias, who finished atop the Devils in scoring (57 points) for a fourth straight season, tied it at 15:44 of the second.'