Buffalo Sabres Head Coach Lindy Ruff announced today Rick Martin, one of the franchise’s all-time great players, will join the Sabres coaching staff this season as a skill development coach. In this capacity, Martin will work with various Sabres individually on offensive skills, particularly on shooting.
'The Sabres are going their own way from others in the NHL. First Lindy Ruff hired Jim Corsi to be a full time goaltending coach. Now, they've gone into Buffalo Sabres past hiring Rick Martin to be a part time skills development coach. No team in the NHL has that kind of specialty coach. Martin is second all time on the Sabres goal scoring list with 382 goals. Martin scored 50 goals twice and had 49 another year.'
'''Rick's got an incredible passion for the game. I think he will be a tremendous asset to our team,'' coach Lindy Ruff said.'
'Martin on Monday was named the Sabres' skill development coach. In the position, he will be responsible for working with players on their offensive skills, particularly shooting.'
'It was a meaningless game really, a slow, sloppy display of professional hockey. It was too warm outside, too sunny to invest much time or interest in the outcome for the Toronto Maple Leafs, who played to a less-than-capacity crowd at the Air Canada Centre last night.'
The Leafs were 0-for-4 with a man advantage and gave up three goals on six power-play chances by Buffalo.
It may not be the stuff of which Stanley Cups are made, but Buffalos realistic goal is to make the playoffs and it should be good enough for that.
'The game itself was a typical pre-season dud complete with strong performances from career minor leaguers and a crew of Leafs who were still obviously fatigued from the overseas trip.'
'The Sabres should be a much-improved club compared with the team that placed 26th overall last year. Unlike Leafs general manager John Ferguson Jr., who wasn't hired until Aug. 29, Sabres GM Darcy Regier had all summer to bolster his roster that failed to qualify for the playoffs the past two seasons.'
'Buffalo was without leading scorer Miro Satan, who remains in Slovakia in a contract impasse; Curtis Brown, Maxim Afinogenov, James Patrick, Dmitri Kalinin, Adam Mair, Henrik Tallinder and Jay McKee, who also remains unsigned.'
'Drury scored on Buffalo's second shot on Centomo, giving the Sabres a 4-1 lead at 1:44 of the third. Buffalo went 3-for-6 on the power-play.'
'The steps the Buffalo Sabres took to improve their power play in the offseason already are paying dividends.'
'The Sabres, who opened the preseason with a 3-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators on Friday, will play the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Air Canada Centre at 7 tonight (Radio 107.7 FM).'
'How committed is Golisano to keeping the team in Buffalo? An attorney familiar with Golisano's complicated purchase of the Sabres, including the Bankruptcy Court part of that deal, said Golisano agreed to honor the same strong nonrelocation language contained in the Rigas family's purchase agreement of the Sabres.'
'The core of the Rochester Americans started to take shape on Saturday when center Domenic Pittis and defenseman Brian Chapman were reassigned by the parent Buffalo Sabres.'