Friday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks crank up offense (Rochester D&C)

Amerks slide by Barons (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

Tonight (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

Besting the Barons (RNews.com)

Amerks beat Cleveland 5-3 (Amerks.com)

AHL quick hits for Feb. 17th (Amerks.com)

Bartovic And Pominville Double Up On Barons (ClevelandBarons.net)

Barons’ win streak snapped by Americans (ClevelandBarons.net)

NHL Season To Be "Un-Cancelled"?

'Sources close to NHL/NHLPA negotiations say that Pittsburgh Penguins player/owner Mario Lemieux and Phoenix Coyotes owner Wayne Gretzky have re-entered the dispute to try to save the season.'

Sabres' contract status for the future

'The cancellation of the season removes one year from any existing player contract. So a player with one year remaining will not have been paid this year and will likely end up a free agent (the exact status of that free agent will be determined by the next CBA).'

Players feel the frustration as season crashes down

'While the Amerks do get to play, the figurative carrot of the NHL no longer dangles before them. They have battled for two-thirds of the season to produce the AHL's best record (36-10-3-5 for 80 points in 54 games), yet no one will be rewarded with a recall. "A lot of guys have played high-quality hockey and deserve to get moved up to the Sabres," said goalie Ryan Miller, who would be at the very top of that list. "There's that frustration because you want to be playing at that level."'

Out of season

‘The $6.5 million disparity might look bridgeable, but multiply that by 30 teams and the six-year length of the CBA and it adds up to $1.17 billion.’

Lost season a relief

'Quinn questioned whether Sabres fans realize how fortunate this franchise was to have Golisano step in as the new owner. "This community is so lucky that we have a white knight willing to pay the bills while the system is fixed, but he's not going to do it forever," he said. "Tom Golisano makes it possible for us to weather the storm and make it so Buffalo will be part of the new NHL."'

Sabres long for shortened season

'But the Sabres had virtually all of their players signed, and few had been idling away on their living room couches. "That might be the thing that hurts more than anything," said Sabres defenseman Jay McKee, the team's union representative. "I think we were going to have a lot of success."'

The darkest hour comes before dawn

'You watch, someday the NHL will be back. But when it comes back, will you watch?'

League makes wrong type of history with cancellation

'"What scares me now is . . . I don't feel there'll be a lot of negotiating between now and next September," said Wayne Gretzky, managing partner of the Phoenix Coyotes. "Hopefully I'm wrong."'

Awaiting the fallout

'It could be easier for the NHL to dissolve and come back as a different entity, say, the National Hockey Association, impose its own rules and open the doors to any player who wants to skate. "I think that would be the worst possible option," said Sabres managing partner Larry Quinn. "I don't think it's something the league wants to do, but it's one of our options."'

A tip of the cap

'Meetings intensified over the weekend but they weren't enough to keep hope alive. It was a stalemate. There was no compromise.'

Into the void

'"This absolutely will do damage to the game," Bonham told the Los Angeles Times. "Anyone who tells you otherwise is misleading you or completely ignorant."'

Most of us doing fine with no NHL

'Some may label this a sad day for hockey, but it's not.'

Game off

'For Buffalo, the Sabres franchise will move on and get ready for the upcoming season. “Fans should be understandably angry and hurt and some will walk away for good,” Quinn said. “The game has to be relaunched. Buffalo hockey fans are too sophisticated to but a lesser product. We plan on getting in some Amerks games and a high school hockey tournament into HSBC.”'

NHL gets its due in Buffalo

'So, did football-obsessed western New York even take notice of the NHL story? Actually, yes, according to a pair of Buffalo media members.'