Archives for June 2004

Sabres not sure whether to re-sign Connolly

He is still progressing. He has certainly gotten better, Regier said, adding that Connolly is working out under the teams supervision. But concussions are a very gray area and you have to have a comfort level going forward.

Regier Talks About the Draft

I don’t think it’s any secret that all things being equal, our preference would be to acquire a defenseman. The draft varies from year to year. I think if you look at 1998, the number is somewhere over 80 percent of those first-round selections are playing in the National Hockey League and you can have years in which it’s under 50 percent.

Sign of Things to Come

Although no official information has yet been released, the announcement will pertain to something unprecedented in Sabres’ history relating to the ticketing plan for next season.

Slovakian Golden Boy Honored

The Slovakian honor was decided by a fan poll by Slovakian natives in which Satan received the most votes out of 10 nominees. The “Golden Puck” was bestowed on the Topolcany native at a festival in Bratislavia on June 19.

GM for a Day with the Sabres Insiders

"If I had to chose one guy, considering where the Sabres ended up after the lottery, I would have to choose Boris Valabik. What more could you ask for in a 6'6'' big defensemen? He's a great all-around player with spite and spirit."

Miroslav Satan wins Golden Puck

'Slovak national ice hockey team captain and Buffalo Sabres striker Miroslav Satan became the winner of the annual fan poll and was declared the best player of 2003/2004 season at a festive ceremony "Golden Puck" in Bratislava on Saturday.'

Dan Paille honoured at hockey homecoming

'It has been a whirlwind year for Paille. He was captain of the silver medal-winning Team Canada at the World Junior Hockey Championships in Helsinski and recently signed a three-year contract with the Buffalo Sabres, but said something else stands out as the highlight of his year. “There are so many things, but the one thing I’d have to say is going to the Memorial Cup,” he said.'

Q&A with Darcy Regier

'I think the goaltender position is always the most challenging because it is the key to every teams success. This challenge isn’t just with the Sabres, but each NHL team. If you look at the Stanley Cup Finals, both Khabibulin and Kiprusoff played integral roles in their teams success. You always have to keep in mind that your best forward plays 20 minutes a game while your best defenseman plays 25 to 30 minutes a night, but the goaltender plays 60 minutes. It is also far and away the most difficult position to play.'

Cunneyworth could move up

'Should Buffalo Sabres assistant coach Scott Arniel choose to pursue the vacant head coaching job with the AHL’s Manitoba Moose, then Cunneyworth said he’s “absolutely” interested in taking his place on Ruff’s staff. ”It’s a level I eventually want to be at and it would be quite enjoyable,” said Cunneyworth, who has been the Rochester Americans head coach the past four seasons and is under contract for next season.'

Buffalo Sabres draft needs and recent draft history

'Defense is an area the Sabres need to address. Six defensemen are about to become restricted free agents while two others will be unrestricted.'

Welland minor hockey hosting major tribute for Dan Paille

'Things couldn’t have gone much better for Paille in his final year of junior hockey. In addition to leading the Storm to the J. Ross Robertson Cup championship and a coveted berth in the Memorial Cup playdowns, Paille was the captain of the Canadian national team that returned home with the silver medal from the World Junior Hockey Championships in Helsinki, Finland. He capped it all off by signing a two-way contract with the Sabres that could earn him as much as $3 million over three years if he meets all of the benchmarks for bonuses.'

McKee To Visit Colden Elementary

'Buffalo Sabres defenseman Jay McKee will address the fourth-grade class taught by Jeff Mochrie at Colden Elementary TODAY, starting at 2 p.m. Mochrie’s class won the School Spirit contest for having the best-decorated classroom. The class will receive autographs as well as other items.'

Foligno Selected To Greater Buffalo Hall

'The Buffalo Sabres’ Mike Foligno, who served as team captain from 1989 to 1991, was named one of 11 members for the 2004 class of the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame Thursday.'

Defensive backfield suspect

'Sounds like former Winnipeg Jet and Manitoba Moose forward Scott Arniel has received permission from the Buffalo Sabres to throw his hat in the ring for the Moose head coaching job. A Sabres assistant coach, Arniel is in Buffalo this week, where he planned to talk with Sabres GM Darcy Regier about getting out of the final two years of his contract.'

Lindy Ruff Helps Send Kids to Camp with Tim Hortons

'Buffalo Sabres Head Coach Lindy Ruff will make a special appearance behind the counter at the Tim Hortons location at 9220 Main Street in Clarence, NY, on Wednesday, June 9th, beginning at 11 AM as part of Tim Hortons Camp Day.'