Beyond the Boards… Rob Ray

The worst punch was from Tony Twist a few years ago. He hit me in the side of the face and the pressure from the punch pushed my eye up in through my orbital bone.

Working with a Bolstered Lineup

“As good as we feel we will be, most other teams are feeling the same way. The biggest mistake we could make would being too overconfident and I think that would be huge,” he said.

Briere gets whiff of Swiss hockey

'"He based his decision on the fact this league offers good hockey and he wanted to keep in shape," said Briere's agent, Pat Brisson. NHL stars Joe Thornton, Rick Nash and Olli Jokinen also are skating in the Swiss league.'

Four Champions Crowned

“Our squad was outstanding and in great shape,” stated former Sabres captain Danny Gare. “We worked hard leading up to this game and really came into the contest in tip-top condition. That is very important in these games, as you can see a lot of the kids (participating in the HockeyFest) are in good shape.”

Challenging the Traditional Game of Hockey

The sled hockey program has a foundation built around cultivating teamwork, self-esteem and self worth for the kids on their three teams. For most of the participants and their families, the program allows them an escape from the challenges of everyday life.

Amerks get down to work

'"You lose that edge," said Taylor, one of eight in the Amerks' camp who also dressed for the Buffalo Sabres last season. "When you go into an NHL camp you want to be at the top, and you're so nervous going out there on the ice. "Today it was a little more relaxed than usual because the guys know they can't go anywhere except for here. You try not to lose that edge, but it's tough. It's in your mind that you can't go anywhere else."'

AHL is the Show

'Rookie left winger Thomas Vanek, the fifth overall pick in the 2002 draft, says he'll survive without an immediate taste of the NHL. "I knew if there was a lockout, I would develop here," Vanek said. "It's disappointing but it's something I can't worry about. I won't let it get in my head."'

178 NHL players now in Europe

'Buffalo Sabres center Daniel Briere agreed to a deal Wednesday with SC Bern of the Swiss league, becoming the latest NHL player to head to Europe. Briere, who was awarded a one-year, $2.55 million contract by an NHL arbitrator in August, led the Sabres in scoring with 28 goals, 37 assists and a career-high 65 points.'

Sabres' Roy happy to be back on ice, even if it is the minors

'''I hope there will be a season,'' Roy said. ''But it's hard to think there will be because there's so much going on and it's all negative stuff. … I'm just going to work hard. And if there is a season in January or not, I'll be ready for it.'''

Buyer may emerge for Sabres' cable TV rights

'MSG Network of New York City is in talks with Adelphia Communications Corp. about picking up television rights to the Buffalo Sabres, a precursor to Adelphia shuttering its Empire Sports Network, sources have told the Sports Business Journal.'

Four Champions Crowned

According to Rob Ray, the WGR team should “stick to talking about hockey and not playing it.”

Amerks First Coach Passes Away

Billy Reay, the first head coach of the Rochester Americans who would go on to become one of the winningest coaches in NHL history, died at the age of 86 on Thursday.

Connolly Will Not Be Paid During The Lockout

'Lindy Ruff would like Connolly to play in Rochester, but Buffalo can't force him. Connolly could sign a deal with any minor league franchise or he could accept a two week conditioning assignment in Rochester like Dominik Hasek has done in Ottawa. That can be renewed every two weeks indefinitely. If he does that, then Buffalo would have to pay him so that is unlikely.'

Paille ready to go

'“I hope to impress them enough in Rochester and get called up to Buffalo whenever the time comes,” he said. “I’m just going to play like I did in Guelph. I think I know what my role is going to be with the team. I want to play on one of the top two lines, play physical and see how it goes.”'

It's a lock fans will go elsewhere

'This year's lockout is expected to last substantially longer than the 103 days it took to reach an agreement a decade ago. "We're more prepared for a lockout this time," Amerks Chief Executive Officer Steve Donner said. "We were all hoping that it wouldn't happen, but now that it has we should stand to benefit from the Sabres not playing."'