‘”Signing here was the best thing for me to do. What I went through the last year or two, trying to get things straightened out with Buffalo, not knowing what’s going on and waiting until halfway through the summer to sign here. . . . Here, they’ve given me every opportunity plus some.”‘
Archives for January 2005
'A disgruntled hockey fan is taking his frustration over the NHL lockout to the streets.'
'J.P. Dumont realizes he could lose over two million dollars, but he says others have sacrificed for him in labor disagreements and now it's his turn. He also feels that the owners haven't told the players all their sources of income. He pointed to the fact the all won't open their books.'
'On many nights for the first three months, he skated a regular shift only a couple times a period. "That's part of the learning process for most rookies," said Paille, who was selected 20th overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2002 NHL draft. "You have to learn from it, you have to learn from the older guys."'
'Former Buffalo Sabres forward Rob Ray, who amassed more than 3,000 penalty minutes over 15 NHL seasons, will speak at the Elmira-Corning All Sports Banquet in February.'
'Waterford Investors appointed Darryl Shannon vice president of private banking for its new bank to be located in Clarence. A former player for 16 seasons in the National Hockey League, Shannon was part of the NHL's Stanley Cup Finalist Buffalo Sabres team in the 1998-99 season.'
'If Pollack doesn't come back with a stronger bid and Empire folds, Adelphia is expected to make a deal with another regional network, most likely MSG, to carry the Sabres games for the final two years of its $8.5 million annual right fees deal. After that contract ends, the Sabres would have to negotiate a new deal that is unlikely to be as lucrative.'
'“My coach and my agent both told me that I had a decent shot to be a late pick. On draft day, I remember just staring at the computer and watching each pick and round go by. It was very difficult to do, but Buffalo took a chance on me with the 220th pick in the seventh round, a lot earlier than I thought. I knew a few minutes later that the work was only beginning.”'
'"We hope it never gets to that" Boughner said. "The last proposal from the NHL was like a slap in the face after what the players had done in an attempt to help. He's(Gary Bettman) actually made it very, very easy for players to be united and strong. I may never play a game again but its principle, its something we believe in. We believe in a free market system and we know we are right."'
'I'm wary of that "longest-tenure" stuff. It paints a big bright target on you, knowing sooner or later you're next in line for the firing squad. Darcy and I have gone through a lot, a couple of bankruptcies and ownership changes. Through it all, we've learned some things that helped both our careers. We've had some pretty special players play here and they deserve a lot of credit. This team has always had real good character throughout the roster.'