Sticking with defense

‘The Buffalo Sabres chose defenseman Mike Weber with the second of the team’s pair of second round selections at 57th overall.’

Sabres select Center in Fourth

‘With the 117th pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, the Buffalo Sabres selected center Felix Schultz.’

Sabres select Harvard-bound Biega

‘With the 147th pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, the Buffalo Sabres selected defenseman Alex Biega.’

Sabres take Breault with final pick

‘With the final selecation (207th overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, the Buffalo Sabres selected center Benjamin Breault.’

Dennis Persson Profile

'Persson is a decent skater with good technical skills and puck movement. He has great hockey sense and reads the play very well. Persson usually solves situations with his smarts and does not very physical. Usually quite confident and consistent in his own end, but at times he could choose the play more simple.'

Sabres D McKee expects to become free agent

'"I think it's quite safe at this point to say I'll definitely be in the UFA (unrestricted free agent) pool," McKee wrote in an e-mail to The Associated Press. "I just don't think they are prepared to make an offer that would be considerable to keep me out of the UFA market." McKee said the Sabres have made him an offer, but declined to provide the details, saying he doesn't want to negotiate through the media.'

Preparation complete, Draft Saturday

'"In today's game, we're looking for a player with good skating, hockey skills, hockey sense and character."'

Sabres are grist for draft rumor mill

‘”I can say there’s nothing imminent on our front. More than anything else, conversations involve very little solid trade talk. It’s a feeing-out period of the new [collective bargaining agreement] and what it means. I don’t think it’s a very mature marketplace yet, but it could formulate pretty fast.”‘

Ex-Hawk Gaustad thanks his lucky Sabre stars

'“I wasn’t ready to come home,” says Gaustad, who played a key role as a fourth-line, defensive center in his rookie campaign. “We could taste it. We tried to hold on or find a way to win, but they pressed us. It was tough.”'

Benning has Sabres ready for NHL draft

'"Yeah, that's the world I'm in," Benning said this week, noting he attended only Game 6 of the Eastern Conference final last month. "The people directly related to the team, they are always living in the day to day. My job, drafting kids, we're trying to figure out where they're going to be in three, four years."'

Ruff takes center stage

‘”It seemed like every button he pushed, right up until the end, was the right button,” Drury added from his home in Manhattan Beach, Calif. “With all the injuries and then what Lindy had going on away from the rink, it was amazing how he always came up with ways to get us wins.”‘

Ruff voted NHL coach of the year

‘”I’d trade him the point for that big silver cup he has over there,” Ruff said of Laviolette, noting the similarities between the two. “We said we were a mirror image of each other. Coaching systems and philosophies are very similar and the teams both have great team speed, the defense has great mobility.”‘

Buffalo coach Ruff wins Jack Adams Award

'Ruff, who has been the coach in Buffalo since the 1997-98 season and currently holds the longest tenure of any NHL head coach, led the Sabres to a 52-24-6 record this past season. The 52 wins were the most in franchise history.'

Buffalo Sabres’ Lindy Ruff is named coach of the year in the NHL

‘”It’s a great honour for our team and our fans in Western New York. It’s another way of saying we’re back. The team we put on the ice gives a hell of an effort night in and night out.”‘

McKee Feeling Well; Ready For Free Agency

‘McKee went on to speak about the upcoming free agency period in the NHL and his possible return to the Buffalo Sabres. “I don’t think anyone could come up with a reason why this wouldn’t be the first place I would chose to play, because it is.” McKee would say he will wait to see what other teams are interested in him, but hopes to come back to the Sabres.’