Only A Few Amerks Not Qualified

'Offers have been given to Daniel Briere, Martin Biron, Maxim Afinogenov, Brian Campbell, Tim Connolly, J.P. Dumont, Paul Gaustad, Jeff Jillson, Dmitri Kalinin, Ales Kotalik, Toni Lydman, Adam Mair, Ryan Miller, Andrew Peters, Jason Pominville, Taylor Pyatt, Derek Roy, Henrik Tallinder, Nathan Paetsch, Chris Thorburn and Mike Ryan.'

Connolly's Recovery Is Slow

'Lindy Ruff says Connolly is starting to get better. When asked if he's close to being fully recovered Ruff responded with a no.'

Arniel qualified: Carlyle

'With unrestricted free agency set to open in less than a week, one would suspect that in the days ahead it will be a priority to name the new head coach of the Manitoba Moose. Former Moose captain and assistant coach Scott Arniel remains the front-runner and got some words of encouragement from a guy he played for and worked with.'

G Biron seeking trade after Sabres retain his rights

'"I think Darcy is really trying and that's the important part," Lupien said. "If he said, `No, we won't trade him,' then we would have a problem. But he said, `We're going to look into it,' and that's good enough for me."'

Biron disappointed he wasn't traded

'"I would be [disappointed], but that's not a shot at the Sabres or anybody in Buffalo," Biron said. "It's just that there comes a point where you want to do more. This year was fun and nice and I was happy to be a part of it. I just wish I could do more."'

Sabres finally take defenseman with first pick

'"We've been saying for a couple years now we wanted to take a defenseman in the first round, and the dream became reality," Sabres director of amateur scouting Jim Benning said late Saturday night in GM Place. "We're pretty deep at the front end. As it happened this year there were some defensemen we really liked."'

Sabres focus on bolstering defense in draft

'"Our depth up front is something we feel pretty good about," Regier said shortly after the draft ended early Sunday morning. "This draft was an opportunity to add more defensive-type players."'

Sabres take Sweden's Persson

'The Sabres went to Sweden for the first two, taking offensive defenseman Dennis Persson late in the first round and the top-rated European goaltender in the pool, Jhonas Enroth, 46th overall.'

Cranberry’s native drafted by Sabres

‘Weber, 6-foot-2 and 199 pounds, was ranked 34th overall among North American skaters by the NHL’s Central Scouting Bureau. The scouting agency called him a solid skater with good balance who moves the puck well on outlet passes, an effective power-play contributor and a solid positional player who is difficult to beat one-on-one and reads the play well.’

Sabres open draft by selecting Swedish D Persson

‘If Darcy Regier learned one thing from the Buffalo Sabres extended playoff run this spring, it’s that there’s no such thing as having too many defensemen.’

Sabres select Persson with 24th pick

‘Bob McKenzie’s take: “The Sabres want help on the back-end and obviously see potential in him because Buffalo went a bit off the board.”‘

Sabres Select Persson 24th Overall

‘The 6’1″ 181-pound Persson scored 11 goals and added 15 assists in 28 games for Vasteras in Sweden in the 2005-2006 season.’

Sabres Select Two In 2nd Round

‘The Buffalo Sabres selected a goalie and a defenseman with their two second round picks.’

Sabres pick Persson in First Round

‘”The Sabres have given me a big opportunity,” said Persson. “This was a big surprise.”‘

Sabres net Goaltender at 46

‘Enroth was the top-ranked European goaltender in the draft…’.