'“What was hard to accept was the things that were said about what went on (in Buffalo),” he said. “If I couldn’t coach, so be it. But, the rumours went beyond that, to the point they called my integrity into question.”'
'"Adam has been a solid contributor to our organization on and off the ice," Buffalo Sabres general manager Darcy Regier said. "His physical presence and grit added tremendously to our team last year, and we look forward to his contributions for the next several seasons."'
'Forward Steve Begin has settled his arbitration case and will receive a one-year contract.'
'Connolly, 22, had 12 goals and 13 assists in 80 games last season. Acquired with Pyatt in the June 2001 deal that sent former captain Michael Peca to the New York Islanders, Connolly had the third-longest consecutive games streak before he was suspended for a high-sticking incident against Atlanta's Garnet Exelby.'
'Buffalo Sabres forward, Eric Boulton, is scheduled for an arbitration hearing on Friday, August 1, at 9:00 AM.'
'Connolly…$1.2 million…Pyatt…$1.1 million…Kalinin…$935,000.'
'Also, restricted free agents Tim Connolly, Taylor Pyatt, and Dmitri Kalinin have accepted their one-year qualifying offers from the club and forward Steve Begin has settled his arbitration case and will receive a one-year contract.'
Forward Adam Mair signed with the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday, a three-year contract worth $1.6 million.
'The club also could announce several other signings because today is the deadline for restricted free agents to accept their qualifying offers. The Sabres' unsigned restricted free agents are forwards Curtis Brown, Tim Connolly, Ales Kotalik, Jaroslav Kristek, Norm Milley, Andrew Peters, Taylor Pyatt and Miroslav Satan, and defensemen Dmitri Kalinin, Jay McKee and Henrik Tallinder.'
'Vanek could command a signing bonus of $1.1 million, reports say, if he signs with the Sabres. However, Vanek still has not been in contact with Buffalo officials to even discuss the Austrian natives future.'
'Gophers scoring star Thomas Vanek left for his native Europe on Monday for three weeks, and it's a cinch he will return for his sophomore season rather than accept a $1 million signing bonus from the Buffalo Sabres.'
'This was the weekend for NHL players to wed. Former Boston University standout Chris Drury also got hitched, marrying his sweetheart, Rory Manning, in Osterville. Manning's dad, Mark, owns the Stockyard restaurant in Brighton. (Drury, who won the Stanley Cup in Colorado, plays now for the Buffalo Sabres.)'
'The Sabres are just starting to capitalize on a strategy that has helped make the Buffalo Bills an extraordinarily successful franchise. For the past five years, the Bills have strengthened their efforts to reach out to fans in Southern Ontario, Pennsylvania and, particularly, Rochester.'
The Sabres had neither health nor wealth in 2002-03 but there may be some hope next season. Coach Lindy Ruff believes this is the best offensive team he’s had since taking over behind the bench in 1997-98.
'The Rochester Sabres Devils game is an addition to the regular schedule and not included in Sabres Season Tickets. Buffalo Sabres and Amerks season ticket holders and other preferred customers will receive a special notice in the mail on the Rochester 4-pack in a few days offering 4-pack buyers preferred seating and a commemorative hockey puck.'