NHL tough guy now 'Mr. Mom'

'"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."'

Monday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks a match for Joe Crozier’s fabled 1965 squad (Rochester D&C)

Sabres Top 20 prospects

'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)

Sides further apart, season '100 percent'

'"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.'

What's next for the NHL?

'Goodenow can do little but wait for Bettman's next move.'

Rob Ray says NHL lockout may leave permanent black mark

'"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."'

Sunday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks equal home victory streak at 15 (Rochester D&C)

It’s business as usual in AHL (Rochester D&C)

Amerks Tie Home Record (RNews.com)

Amerks defeat Leafs 3-2, tie franchise record (Amerks.com)

Rochester 3, St. John’s 2 (AP)

Saturday’s Lockout Update

NHL Talks End With No Progress (WGR-AM)

No progress made in NHL talks (AP)

No progress after 6 1/2 hours of NHL talks with Gretzky, Lemieux and Linden (CP)

Report: 2004-05 NHL season will not be saved (Sportsticker)

Game off for NHL

'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.'

NHL and players to resume talks

'Days after becoming the first league to cancel an entire season, the NHL may become the first to uncancel one.'

Saturday’s Rochester Coverage

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)

Rochester 7, Cleveland 3 (AP)

Friday’s Lockout Update

NHL Talks May Be Opened Again This Weekend (WGR-AM)

NHL labor talks to resume Saturday in New York (AP)

NHL, NHLPA to meet Saturday in New York in attempt to salvage season (CP)

Possibility of NHL season still remains (Sportsticker)

Things don't look better in morning for NHLers

'"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."'

Bettman's bargaining is to blame

'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.'

NHL steps back to step forward

'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.'