Archives for May 2005

Prospect Highlight: Denis Ezhov

'What made him standout to the Sabres scouting department?

JB: His overall play really attracted our attention. He’s a good two-way player, he's good defensively and he's good in his own end. He skates well, moves the puck and really understands the game. If there were one thing about him that is going to give him a chance to be an NHL player, I would say it would be the total package of his overall game.'

Dylan Hunter survives jeers and proves he belongs

‘”A team like Buffalo Sabres (who drafted him in 2004), they got the steal of the draft in the ninth round.”‘

Sabres Legends: Ric Seiling

‘His single most important attribute was his above average hockey sense. He understood the game and could read plays develop expertly.’

Q&A with Mark Mancari

'HF: What is your current contract status with Buffalo and how did your rookie camp go last season?

MM: We can’t really talk right now with the [lockout] going on. There has been a little bit of talk, but not much right now, I think we are going to wait until the Memorial Cup is over. As for camp they just had a main camp and once the strike hit, no one could go to camp so we actually didn’t have a camp.'

Thursday’s Rochester Coverage

Steve Donner to attend ugly tie event (

'Radical change' only thing that can save NHL, Patrick says

'James Patrick, the Buffalo Sabres defenceman and hockey theoretician, believes the NHL is on the right track when it comes to discussing ways to improve the product, but he also has a question. What took so long?'

Knights Crusading to the Cup

‘A ninth-round selection (273rd overall) during the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Hunter recorded 10 goals and 11 assists for 21 points in 18 OHL playoff games.’

Tuesday’s Rochester Coverage

Charron golf tournament to benefit CF on August 22nd (

Battling for the Cup and Their Futures

'“It’s like playing for a Stanley Cup,” stated Sabres Scout Kevin Devine. “It’s a very hard championship to win. (The Memorial Cup) is the type of thing that if you win, you will wear that ring knowing you’re the Canadian champion.”'

Dynamics of NHL teams changing

'So let’s assume that a 2005-06 NHL season occurs, and it is with a new CBA, and the replacement players never make it onto NHL ice. Where should the Sabres make changes? Who stays? Who goes? Fans have opinions, but I doubt the Sabres brass really considers that in the final answer. But anyway…'.

Wednesday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks’ band to perform one last time (

Amerks booster club to visit firehouse Wednesday (

Sabre Legends: Grant Fuhr

'Fuhr retired with 403 wins against 295 losses and 114 ties. Though his career goals against average is bloated at 3.38, his win totals, longevity and post-season success should land him in the Hockey Hall of Fame.'

Tuesday’s Rochester Coverage

Bartovic won’t be back with Amerks (Rochester D&C)

Goodbye Until Next Season (

Home is Where you Hang Your Skates (

Sunday’s Rochester Coverage

For Amerks, this sting is tough to ignore (Rochester D&C)

Moose OT win key to series (Winnipeg Sun)

Manitoba players get chills from wild crowd (Winnipeg Sun)

Moose hatching hockey evolution (Winnipeg Free Press)

Time Warner paves way for Sabres

'This week's deal between Time Warner and Cablevision, which owns MSG and FSNY, just about assures that Sabres games will enter Time Warner's markets in Rochester, Syracuse and beyond on basic cable.'