Archives for July 2003

Ruff unsure where 'C' breeze is blowing

'"I've had long discussions with other coaches, and I know as young as we are that maybe (the captaincy) shouldn't just fall on one guy's shoulders."'

No two ways about it: Some Sabres puzzled

'"I wouldn't read too much into this being a slight on a player. It's just a business-conscious organization in a business-conscious league."'

Sabres announce preseason dates, make Ontario marketing push

'The Sabres will open training camp in Jack Gatecliff Arena with physicals on Sept. 11 followed by three days of on-ice workouts.'

Back to college for Bertovich

'The last five years he served as a member of the Sabres' executive management team, directing most non-hockey operations including sales, marketing, broadcast and college athletics.'

Sabres announce 2003 preseason schedule

Sept. 19 Ottawa (@ Binghamton, NY)

Sept. 21 Toronto

Sept. 27 @ Montreal

Sept. 28 @ Chicago

Sept. 30 Tampa Bay (@ Kitchener)

Oct. 2 Chicago (@ Rochester)

Oct. 4 Columbus

Oct. 5 Ottawa (@ St. Catharines)

Sabres reach out to Canadian fans

'“Throughout the 33-year history of the Buffalo Sabres, we've enjoyed a strong, loyal fan base and hopefully, with these announcements, we can expand and grow the number of Sabres fans in Canada,'' managing partner Larry Quinn said Tuesday.'

Delmore mulls life as Sabre

'"I like the coaches and the owner wants to win, so I know I'm going into a good situation."'

Sabres show they&#8217re serious about winning

'The Drury trade is such a masterpiece, it makes you believe all those reports that Reigier’s hands were tied by the Rigas family for years.'

Yashins big salary puts squeeze on Peca and Islanders

Regier made it clear while announcing the Chris Drury trade that he expects more production from veteran center Curtis Brown this season. Brown was a promising young player who hasn\\\’t reached his potential and, in fact, has become less effective over the past several years. I think he would tell you the same thing. He has got more, Regier said. We have to find a way to help him show that more often.

Hockey Controversial left winger may play with B-Senators

Hamel, 26, drew attention in Binghamton last season when he was accused by B-Sens goalie Ray Emery, who is black, of directing a racial slur at him. Emery retaliated for the alleged slur by jumping Hamel during a postgame brawl March 5 at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena.

Senators sign forward Denis Hamel

'The Ottawa Senators signed free agent left wing Denis Hamel to a multi-year contract on Saturday. Terms of the deal were not released.'

Hamel signs with Senators

'He had two goals and 17 penalty minutes in 25 games with the Sabres. Hamel played 48 games with Buffalo's AHL affiliate, the Rochester Americans, and finished with 27 goals and 20 assists.'

Senators sign free agent LW Hamel

'A 26-year-old checking winger from Quebec, Hamel played his first four NHL seasons with the Buffalo Sabres, recording 13 goals, nine assists and 67 penalty minutes in 130 games. The 6-2, 200-pound Hamel had 27 goals and 20 assists in 48 games at Rochester of the American Hockey League last season.'

Westernization continues for Sutter's Flames

'He appeared genuinely tickled to be in Calgary, to have left Buffalo behind.'

Sabres get their man in Drury

'"We identified Chris Drury as someone we feel very strongly can be a very important core contributor to this hockey club going forward. Then it was a question about how we could acquire him."'