Archives for February 2006

Noronen Agrees To Conditioning Assigment

'Noronen will join Rochester immediately, and is expected to start Wednesday in Peoria, and Friday in Milwaukee.'

Amerks have a major role with Sabres

'How does a team that Sports Illustrated dubbed the NHL’s fifth worst in October, manage to be merely two points out of first place at the Olympic break? The answer lies 70 miles to the east.'

Sabres G Noronen accepts assignment to Rochester

'Noronen had refused the Sabres' original request to take a conditioning assignment earlier this season. The team denied his bid to play in Europe last month, noting the player would have to clear waivers to do so.'

Noronen Accepts Conditioning Assignment

Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier announced today that goaltender Mika Noronen has agreed to a conditioning assignment with Rochester (AHL). Noronen will join Rochester immediately, and is expected to start Wednesday in Peoria, and Friday in Milwaukee.’

Saint Pat

“It’s a real special thing,” said LaFontaine. “The fact I’ve been out of the game for a while now, you appreciate it more than ever. I’ve had a chance to reflect about my time in Buffalo and all the memories, and really take it in.”

Sabres ready for final stretch drive

'"We don't think it's going to be easy, and we don't think that we are too good," said co-captain Daniel Briere. "We are a team that relies on our work ethic to win games, and that's what we have to continue to do."'

Free agency could send McKee packing

'"I assume the summer is when [the Sabres] will want to start talking," McKee said, "but when you get to that point it would be a very unintelligent business move to go all the way to the summer and not see what other teams have to say."'

Noronen pines to get off Sabres' bench

'"The next 10 days I've been really looking forward to and hopefully this thing is going to be over at that time and they're going to do some kind of move, either me or somebody else," Noronen said. "That's what I'm hoping for. We'll see what they're going to do."'

Tuesday’s Rochester Coverage

Slumping Amerks need wins (Rochester D&C)

Amerks’ 50th not much to celebrate (Rochester D&C)

Amerks head out west in search of wins (

Sabres Regroup After Break

“Today’s practice was real sharp,” said Ruff. “Trying to practice with less than three lines that can go full bore makes it tough on your team.”

A Lasting Contribution

“To see what Mr. Golisano did (at the Hockey Legends dinner) for the foundation, the children of Buffalo and this community… I was overwhelmed,” stated LaFontaine.

Another chance passes by Numminen

'"It's always tough," Numminen said. "When you retire from the national team, it's always sad. I'm trying to keep cool."'

Monday’s Rochester Coverage

Taylor’s return can’t help Amerks snap their skid (Rochester D&C)

Bulldogs beat Amerks to inch closer (Hamilton Spectator)

Hamilton 6, Rochester 4 (AP)

Pouliot’s goal late in third leads Bulldogs past Americans 6-4 (CP)

Amerks Lose Seventh Straight (

Amerks fall 6-4 to ‘Dogs; Taylor returns to lineup (

Bulldogs win fourth straight (

Sabres hankering for hockey

'"I'm more excited than I was at the beginning of the season and after the lockout," Briere said. "We're going down the stretch. There's only a month and a half left in the regular season, and we're two points away from Ottawa. Nobody in the world thought we could be even close to them."'

Saturday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks lose their 6th straight (Rochester D&C)

Moss, Knights edge Rochester (Omaha World Herald)

Omaha 3, Rochester 2 (AP)

Amerks Drop Sixth Straight (

Amerks lose to Omaha; fall 8 points behind Toronto (

Knights Sneak Past Americans, 3-2 (