Sabres.com takes a look at four players who may be available around picks five through nine: Gilbert Brule; Anze Kopitar; Luc Bourdon; and Ryan Parent.
'Western New York sports fans will notice a serious conflict Dec. 17, when the Penguins pay a Saturday night visit. That game will start at 7:30 p.m., but one hour later the Buffalo Bills will play the Denver Broncos in Orchard Park. The Sabres tried to correct the glaring problem but were unable because they also play the Penguins the night before in Pittsburgh. The NHL won't allow an afternoon game to be scheduled the day after a night game.'
'When a player is in a contract year, he's not tanking his season to send a message that could undermine his market value.'
'"Guys are taking a pretty big pay cut, so I'm just waiting," MacArthur said from his home in Lloydminster, Alberta. "There's just no leverage for players anymore unless you're willing to go back to the draft, and that's an option for a lot of players right now." Is MacArthur willing to take that avenue? "Yeah, for sure," he said. "If you can't get the right numbers that's the only way to go."'
‘Among the possible dates are Wednesday, Oct. 26, against the Washington Capitals; Wednesday, Nov. 2, against the Ottawa Senators; Wednesday, Nov. 9, against the Carolina Hurricanes; and Thursday, Nov. 17, against the Capitals.’
‘Which leaves the fan base for both sports to ponder — does the revamped NHL think it can take on the NFL for revenue?’
'In all, the Sabres will play eight games (four home, four away) against Northeast Division foes Boston, Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto, as well as four games (two home, two away) against the rest of the Eastern Conference. They will play home games against teams in the Pacific Division (Anaheim, Dallas, Los Angeles, Phoenix and San Jose) and travel to play teams in the Northwest Division (Calgary, Colorado, Edmonton, Minnesota and Vancouver).'
The Buffalo Sabres and the National Hockey League today announced the club’s 2005-06 regular season schedule. The Sabres will drop the puck on the new season at HSBC Arena on Wednesday, October 5 at 7:00 PM vs. the New York Islanders.
To prepare for the NHL Draft on July 30, Sabres.com will be previewing the Top-16 players in this draft according to the NHL’s Central Scouting System.
'A notable conflict occurs on Saturday, Dec. 17 when the Sabres are to host the Pittsburgh Penguins at 7:30. Also on that night, the Buffalo Bills are home to the Denver Broncos at Ralph Wilson Stadium, with kickoff scheduled for 8:30 p.m. A Sabres' official said an attempt was made to re-schedule the game to Pittsburgh, where the Sabres play a night earlier. Due to a previously scheduled event in the Penguins' arena, however, the game could not be switched.'
Saturday, December 17th:
Penguins @ Sabres 7:30 p.m.
Broncos @ Bills 8:30 p.m.
'WGR has learned that the Buffalo Sabres will open the 2005-06 season on Wednesday, October 5th at HSBC Arena against the New York Islanders.'
“We are a little bit on the inexperienced side this year with only three guys returning (from last year’s gold medal team),” stated head coach, Derek Gilham, who also coaches Williamsville East and the Buffalo Saints Midget Major team. “But in a five game series, inexperience shouldn’t play a huge role.”
'The Buffalo News has learned Satan's tenure in Buffalo – sometimes prolific, sometimes tumultuous – will end either with a discharge or a trade, maybe within a few days.'
'"It makes a big statement," McKee said. "If that's the route they choose to go, I'll just sign my (qualifying offer) for one year and be into my unrestricted free agency. But it's called a club option for a reason. So if that's what they want to do, that's their choice."'