Archives for May 2004

Paille Agrees To A Deal

‘The winger scored 37 goals and 43 assists for Guelph of the OHL this season. He played for and captained Team Canada at the World Junior Tournament.’

Paille Agrees to Terms

Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier today announced that Daniel Paille has agreed to terms to a three-year NHL entry-level contract. As is club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Sabres sign first-round pick Paille

‘“We believe that Daniel will bring a great deal of talent and character to our organization,” Sabres general manager Darcy Regier said. (Submitted by: 26CornerBlitz)’

Warrener: Buffalo's loss is a huge gain for Calgary

'"This feels like home," Warrener said. "It's where I should be. I loved Buffalo. It was my kind of town, blue collar, good people and hard-working. I like to think that that's the type of hockey I played and the type of person I am. But I'm from Western Canada. If you're not from there, you don't understand."'

Daniel Paille patiently waiting for contract with Sabres to get done

'"We got an offer (from Buffalo) and my agency made a counter-offer," Paille said. "They offered something and my agent countered with something. Who knows from there. The main thing is to be patient. I've been patient for two years now so I'm sure one more week won't hurt. I can't do anything now to improve (the offer), the season is over."'

Price of progress for Amerks offers a valuable lesson

'”It’s funny but Darcy (Regier, the general manager of the parent Buffalo Sabres) was right,” Miller was saying Wednesday night, after the Rochester Americans were knocked out of the Calder Cup playoffs by a 4-1 loss to the Milwaukee Admirals. “You didn’t want to hear it then (that he was being sent to the Amerks) but there were things I needed to learn.”'

The guiding light

'It makes you wonder why the Sabres couldn't find room for a veteran leader and consistent scorer. In 2000, Andreychuk thought he could boost a struggling power play and make a difference on a good team missing a few pieces. Who knows, he thought, maybe they could win it all. Instead, his second stint was basically a disaster.'

Warrener seeks Cup retibution

'"Everybody knows it was not a goal," Warrener said. "I don't know if now is the time to get into it. Just be honest. [The league] should admit they made a mistake. As far as I'm concerned, I don't think we lost that game."'

Cup finalists give hope to small-market Sabres

'Quinn added that the team will continue planning as if next season will start on time and has made no plans yet to cut staff. Quinn said the only job losses so far have come through attrition, in which employees left after finding opportunities elsewhere.'

Loss eliminates Amerks from playoffs

'Even more frustrating is knowing the season could have been so much more fulfilling, if not for the amazing play of a 15th-year goalie and one decision in each of the past three games by the referee.'

Veteran goalie (theirs) a winner

'After several distressing seasons down on the farm, the parent Buffalo Sabres made good on their promise to put a winner back on the ice in Rochester. This was a fun team with plenty of talent and character, if not the complete package.'

Amerks upset at referees

'Miller was perhaps on the verge of being the backup for Game 5 after he allowed two soft goals in a 3-2 loss in Game 4 on Sunday. But in all likelihood, Cunneyworth was going to stick with Miller. The second-year goalie wasn’t at fault on the goals Wednesday (the last was into an empty net). Still, he thought he should have stopped at least one solo dash that led to goals, by Vernon Fiddler to break a scoreless tie at 14:32 of the first period, or the winning goal by Greg Classen at 19:41 of the first.'

'Flats' deflates Americans

'The series spotlight, however, belonged to Flaherty, who saved 119 of 123 shots in the three games the Admirals won in Buffalo and Rochester during the past week. Flaherty again knocked away or caught everything thrown at him, with the exception of a late first-period goal by Americans center Derek Roy. "I played with him before (with the New York Islanders), and I knew he was a good goaltender," said Admirals veteran center Tony Hrkac.

Milwaukee 4, Rochester 1

'Flaherty made the difference in the series. The Americans outshot Milwaukee 123-74 in Games 3, 4 and 5 but were outscored 9-4 and lost each game.'

Milwaukee 4, Rochester 1

'Derek Roy scored the lone goal for Rochester, which dropped three straight games after tying the series at one game apiece on Thursday.'