'"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."'
'"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."'
'The Sabres will open training camp in Jack Gatecliff Arena with physicals on Sept. 11 followed by three days of on-ice workouts.'
'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.'
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)
'“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.'
'"I like the coaches and the owner wants to win, so I know I'm going into a good situation."'
'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.'
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.
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.
'The Ottawa Senators signed free agent left wing Denis Hamel to a multi-year contract on Saturday. Terms of the deal were not released.'
'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.'
'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.'
'He appeared genuinely tickled to be in Calgary, to have left Buffalo behind.'
'"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."'