'"Playing in Europe? No way," he says. "Being in Buffalo with my family far outweighed any benefits of playing in Switzerland and living out of a hotel all winter."'
Archives for February 2005
Amerks a match for Joe Crozier’s fabled 1965 squad (Rochester D&C)
'In the preseason version of this listing of the Buffalo Sabres Top 20 prospects, forward Thomas Vanek knocked goaltender Ryan Miller from the top slot that the goaltender had held for some time. But the pendulum has swung back towards Miller in this mid-season presentation of the Top 20, with the two Rochester Americans teammates reverting back to their former standings.' (Submitted by: Superhero)
'"I feel like I was played," Biron said. "I feel the fans were played. I feel bad. People were coming up to me at the rink, and they were so excited the lockout was over.'
'Goodenow can do little but wait for Bettman's next move.'
'"It's unfortunate," he said. "I just think that it's too bad that things couldn't have gotten worked on a lot sooner. Because it seems like it comes down to the 11th hour all the time. And there's been 11 months that they could have been working on this."'
'The NHL's challenge now – vital not just to the league and its teams, athletes and fans but to the businesses that depend on game-night activity – is to get serious, and quickly.'
'Days after becoming the first league to cancel an entire season, the NHL may become the first to uncancel one.'
Home ice is nice for Amerks (Rochester D&C)
Locked-out players find room in AHL (Rochester D&C)
Amerks blast Barons early (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Paille’s Trick leads Amerks (RNews.com)
Bigger Prize May Await Amerks (RNews.com)
Amerks bounce Barons 7-3 (Amerks.com)
Paille Records Hat Trick For Amerks (ClevelandBarons.net)
'"I thought about it all the way to the rink," McKee said of the season being wiped away. "It just gave me a sick feeling because I think we came a long, long way to find a deal that worked for everyone."'
'Ultimately, though, this is Bettman's failure. He presided over the league when it overexpanded and saw salaries soar beyond justifiable levels. It's true the NHL needs fixing. But the owners created the problem, and they miscalculated by trying to fix their salary woes in one fell swoop.'
'With no deal even though the players finally accepted the concept of a salary cap, it’s quite likely they’ll never get a contract as good as the last proposal they turned down.'