Wednesday’s Rochester Coverage

Twice as Nice (RNews.com)

Amerks Get Some Southern Flavor (WROC-TV)

Panthers to provide players under Sabres affiliation agreement with Amerks (Amerks.com)

Amerks re-sign Smith & Dufresne (Amerks.com)

Panthers to supply prospects to Rochester

'The Buffalo Sabres and Florida Panthers have entered into an agreement whereby Florida will supply 8 to 10 top prospects to the Rochester American of the American Hockey League for the 2005-2006 season.'

Behind the Bench

'"Behind the Bench" was a three-hour coaching seminar, geared towards helping the volunteer hockey coach improve his/her program.'

Into the Lion's Den

'An important mission for former Buffalo Sabres captain Pat LaFontaine was completed when the Companions in Courage Lion's Den was officiakky opened in the Women's and Children's Hospital in Buffalo N.Y. on Monday, August 29.'

Three's a crowd

'"We have three guys who can play in this league, and it's not good for anybody to be watching from the stands," Noronen said from his home in Finland. "If they're going to do something, hopefully they do it quick."'

Rank & Win Winners

'Congratulations to the following winners of the Gold, Silver, Bronze and Value prizes…'.

Despite bad vibes, Golisano says Sabres doing it right

'"My view of success is creating a winning team that falls into a responsible economic equation," he said. "You can't create a winning team and lose $15 million, or there will be no team next year. The challenge to the organization is creating a winning team because that's what people want. That's what people pay to see. That's exactly what I want."'

Sabres' Peters admits using supplement paper says

'"Originally, we wondered how he put on so much weight and gained so much strength in five months," Regier said, "but it's important to note there also had been great improvement in his work ethic."'

Sabres acquire Lydman

'Two of Lydman's recommendations came from Numminen and Sabres center Chris Drury, a former Flames teammate. Lydman and Sabres goalie Mika Noronen played two seasons together with Tappara Tampere of the Finnish League. "I spoke to Chris, and I spoke to Teppo, and they were both excited," Regier said. "He's a good player, a good teammate. For us, the dressing room is important, and their comments were very positive."'

Sabres to host Capitals for regular-season game at Rochester

'It's the second time in consecutive seasons that Buffalo will play a regular-season game at Rochester in an effort to expand the franchise's marketing region. Located about 90 minutes east of Buffalo, Rochester is also home to the Sabres' minor league affiliate.'

Lydman falls victim to bountiful blueline brigade

'The defenceman with the smooth stride. The Finn with the sharp sense of humour.'

Sabres, Capitals to face off here in late October

'Prices are $35 for upper level, $58 for the corners and lower level behind the net, and $77 for center-ice seats in lower and upper levels. There is a $2 discount for fans who purchase the Rochester Five-Pack, which includes the choice of any four games at HSBC Arena in Buffalo (prices vary by date and opponent). A ticket to the Sept. 30 preseason game at the War Memorial against the Minnesota Wild is included with every Five-Pack.'

And then there were seven

‘With the new rules, including the elimination of the red-line, Regier said Lydman could take a big step forward this season. “We are taking the league seriously and at face value with respect to the rule changes,” he said. “So the game should move more towards these types of players so it should help someone like Toni. I was asked earlier if we expect him to be the anchor on the powerplay and we don’t. But he can definitely spend some time on the powerplay.”‘

Sabres To Play In Rochester

'The Sabres will also close out their pre-season slate in Rochester on Friday, September 30 versus the Minnesota Wild.'

Sabres acquire defenseman Lydman in trade with Flames

'Sabres general manager Darcy Regier said Lydman is an all-around defenseman, who can play in all situations and will get time on Buffalo's power play. Regier noted Lydman's size — he's listed at 6-foot-1, 202 pounds — and that he's a strong skater and passer.'