Tallinder paying a steep price for 'moral' lapse

'"It's been a difficult time, a personal crisis," Tallinder recently told The Buffalo News from his temporary residence in Bern. "I'm going through a tough time by myself, and to respect my family I'm not going to talk that much about it. It will be a long time before everything gets back to normal again."'

Thursday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks take no part in Rampage clear out (Rochester D&C)

Amerks in Mini Slump (RNews.com)

Rochester prepares for historic week (Amerks.com)

But owners would prefer green

‘“Any kind of change would help,” goalie Ryan Miller said. “If they feel like people aren’t able to watch or follow on TV, we should make it more television-friendly.” Yeah. That’s a good idea. The first step, of course, would be having it on television, but now we’re just talking crazy.’

Buffalo arena trying light blue ice in experiment for TV

'"Buffalo hasn't had hockey the whole year," said Miller, who has played 18 games with the Sabres since leaving Michigan State after the 2001-02 season. "They have a lot of die-hard fans."'

Sabres experiment with blue ice surface

'The Sabres offered to try it and, after some experimentation, settled on painting the sheet in what they call “electric powder blue.'' To offset the new colored surface, arena officials decided to make the blue lines fluorescent orange, which is also the color used for the faceoff circles. The center line, normally red, is now dark blue.'

Derek Roy Answers Your Questions

“Rick would line up about 10 pucks in a row on the hash marks and pick a spot on the net to shoot at. We would just keep zoning in on one area to get my hand-eye coordination focusing on a specific area of the goal. This is great to use during the game to visualize releasing the puck, if I see an opening on the goaltender. Rick is such an unbelievable shooter and he scored 50 goals countless times in the NHL. I was just trying to soak up as much information as I can from him.”'

College playoff round up

'The Buffalo Sabres have three prospects still playing in the NCAA playoffs which are building up to the frozen four national championship. Here is a brief recap of where the Sabres' prospects stand.'

Tuesday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks clinch, but North Division race tightens (Amerks.com)

Amerks to practice at HSBC Arena Tuesday (Amerks.com)

Amerks host Cleveland at HSBC Arena this Sunday (Amerks.com)

Blue ice, so nice?

‘”I find after watching a hockey game for hours that my eyes hurt,” Larry Quinn, the Sabres’ managing partner told The Buffalo News. “I think the glare from the (painted) white ice causes eye fatigue. I think there’s a feeling we want to modernize the game. I think there’s definitely some fresh air in the league. I think people are open to innovation. I think there’s a sense of a new era.”‘

Monday’s Rochester Coverage

Syracuse trips tired Amerks (Rochester D&C)

Austrian TV misses real show (Rochester D&C)

Crunch sweeps Amerks to make move on playoffs (Syracuse Post Standard)

Amerks Clinch Playoff (RNews.com)

Syracuse 6, Rochester 5 (AP)

Amerks clinch playoff spot, lose in OT to Crunch (Amerks.com)

Hall of Fame night on Friday (Amerks.com)

Crunch Move Into Final Playoff Spot (SyracuseCrunch.com)

Bring on replacement players

'Hockey, like baseball or basketball, takes less time to put together a respectable team, especially if all your opponents are in the same situation. Besides, considering the brand of hockey that has cursed the NHL for the last decade, who would notice the difference in replacements from the real thing?'

Sunday’s Rochester Coverage

Crunch surprise Amerks with three-goal rally (Rochester D&C)

Crunch goalie quiets the red-hot Amerks (Syracuse Post Standard)

Amerks Fail To Clinch (RNews.com)

Syracuse 3, Rochester 1 (AP)

Crunch top Amerks 3-1 (Amerks.com)

Crunch Gain Playoff Ground In Win Over Rochester (SyracuseCrunch.com)

Saturday’s Rochester Coverage

Bartovic’s goal restores Amerks’ winning ways (Rochester D&C)

G-Train check rouses Amerks (Rochester D&C)

B-Sens let one slip away (Binghamton Press and Sun Bulletin)

Amerks Bounce Back (RNews.com)

Rochester 4, Binghamton 3 (AP)

Amerks edge Sens 4-3 (Amerks.com)

Sabres offer Amerks a 'blues' experience

'This is no April Fool's joke. But don't worry, the puck won't be yellow. Labatt's, will, however, be an on-ice sponsor. Marketing at its creative best.'

Quinn hints at uniform change

'Quinn was part of the organization when the Sabres changed from what I thought were very classy jerseys to the current Picasso/gangsta scheme (let's not talk about the awful red butterknife third jersey).'