Sabres Win; County Rakes It In

‘Volker says the county could make an extra 10 million dollars if the Sabres keep winning. Plus, he says it will see millions more in state aid next year, and that will be good news for taxpayers. “We anticipate that there will absolutely be no reason to even consider a propert tax increase next year,” said Volker.’

Wednesday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks embark on Hall of Fame weekend (Amerks.com)

Meet the Sabres: Jason Pominville

'“What’s one job that you had growing up?”

Pominville: “Actually I’ve never had a job. Yeah, no.. I’ve never had a job.. So I can’t say.”'

Gaustad, Sabres eye Stanley Cup

'Gaustad plans to spend much of the Olympic break in the Portland area, visiting with his family in Beaverton and go to Winter Hawk practices.'

Tuesday’s Rochester Coverage

Novotny back from Buffalo (Amerks.com)

Booster club and players to visit Firehouse tonight (Amerks.com)

Bulletin Board

'The Buffalo Sabres will hold their fourth annual Winter Hockey Clinic on Feb. 20 and 21 at HSBC Arena. Each participant will receive: lessons and tips from former Sabre Danny Gare, on-ice instruction, a Sabres hat and two 300 level tickets for one of four Sabres games (Atlanta on March 1, Boston on March 7, Tampa Bay on March 9 or Carolina on March 22).'

Novotny back from Buffalo

'Rochester Americans General Manager Jody Gage announced today that center Jiri Novotny has returned from the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League.'

Sabres hop Olympic break won’t stymie team’s best start in years

‘These Sabres have a prime opportunity to leave their own mark and, with only Chris Drury headed for Turin, they should be well-rested for the most promising stretch run of the millennium. The prospect is just one more reason to look forward to the Olympics ending.’

Olympics never get old to Numminen

'"It is such a huge thing to represent your country with all the other athletes that are there," said Numminen, a native of Tampere, Finland, now in his first season with the Sabres. "The older you get, the older being in the Olympics doesn't get. I know that time is running out on my career. You don't get that many chances in a hockey career to go to the Olympics. As I've gotten older, I appreciate the opportunity to go even more. I know that I was only 19 when I got my first chance to go. You appreciate it. But maybe not as much when you were 19."'

Drury hopes underdog Sabres’ success rubs off on U.S. Team

‘”He’s a heart-and-soul player,” Sabres co-captain Daniel Briere said. “He’s the type of guy you want on your side because he’s probably the hardest worker on our team and he’s going to be the same way over there.”‘

Dynamic Drury brings drive to Team USA

‘IIHF.com: Buffalo’s been one of the surprise success stories in the new NHL. How do you explain it?

Chris Drury: Simply put, I think we’ve just been working a little better than we were two years ago. We’ve paid more attention to detail, and we’ve been doing the little things that add up to a lot of big things, and winning some games.’

Sabres hit break with another point

'"It's north and south pole," Ruff said of shootouts. "When you win you feel great, but when you lose it, it's like you've lost 10 games in a row."'

Olympians don't expect gold rush in Turin

'All four Sabres heading to Turin today can be described as underdogs. That's because none of them play for Canada or the Czech Republic, the clear favorites to mine gold Feb. 26.'

Monday’s Carolina Coverage

Staal sinks Sabres (Raleigh News and Observer)

Hurricanes enter break on winning note (Durham Herald Sun)

Staal slays Sabres in shootout win (CarolinaHurricanes.com)

Carolina 4, Buffalo 3 (SO)

‘Eric Staal scored in the sixth round of the shootout after goaltender Martin Gerber stopped Buffalo’s Jason Pominville, helping the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Sabres 4-3 Sunday.’