Archives for June 2006

Off-Season Game Plan: Sabres

'In goal, the Sabres spent most of the season dealing with rumours about Martin Biron getting traded, but now that Mika Noronen is gone, there is less need to make that move (as much as Biron might prefer to start somewhere). If the Sabres are going to move Biron, in a summer that figures to see quite a bit of goalie movement, the Sabres better get quality in return or at least some cap relief along with a decent backup tender.'

Sabres 2006 draft preview

'The numbers game suggests that the Sabres greatest area of need falls squarely between the pipes. With the 2006 deadline deal that sent former first-rounder Mika Noronen to Vancouver, the Sabres cupboard is left pretty bare in net. Now with the pending departure of restricted free agent and 2005-06 backup Martin Biron due to salary constraints, the Sabres will be forced to shop free agency for a more cost-effective replacement.'

Who'll win the '07 Stanley Cup?

'Your 2006-07 Stanley Cup champs? The Buffalo Sabres. Remember, you read it here first.'

Nolan voted back on Island

'To review, Nolan was entangled in a bitter feud involving former General Manager John Muckler and then President Larry Quinn. He also despised Dominik Hasek and believed the all-world goalie quit on the Sabres in the playoffs, an opinion shared by many of Hasek's teammates. Eventually, everybody involved was sent packing.'

Moose short list

‘Scott Arniel — The former Moose captain and assistant coach is the front-runner after being in the mix the past two teams. He has a wealth of experience as a player and is highly respected for his work as an assistant with the Buffalo Sabres the past four seasons.’

Sabres retain Briere’s rights with qualifying offer

‘”I anticipate them to be serious with Danny,” Brisson told The Associated Press. “I’m pretty sure they’re going to be serious in trying to retain Danny for many years.”‘

First pick at 24th overall

'Buffalo currently holds six selections in the seven-round draft.'

Sabres to test deal waters at draft

'"We have talked about moving up," Regier said. "For us to move up it probably means that we would have to get into the top 12 or 13 players. That usually is a pretty tough thing to do at the draft."'

Sabres should celebrate first Cup next season

'The Sabres are young, deep, dynamic, speedy and powerful, a team in every sense of the word, with a roster well-suited for the fast-paced, up-tempo hockey which now proliferates the National Hockey League. Which is why they are going to win the Stanley Cup next season.'

$15,000 Raised from Sabres Playoff Games on Dunn Tire Park Big Board

'The Buffalo Bisons today announced that $15,000 was raised from the showing of Buffalo Sabres NHL Playoff games on the Dunn Tire Park Big Board. The funds will be donated to four local charities in a check presentation prior to the Herd's game against the Indianapolis Indians on Monday, June 19 (7:05 p.m.).'

Sabres&#8217 run inspires Angola&#8217s Kaleta to reach next level

'A player coming to Buffalo typically wants to try to help the club in his own way, be it scoring, skating, stick handling or whatever his specialty is. Kaleta's growing up with the team and fans made it a little easier — he knows that what the fans want is simply hard work. The reckless abandon Kaleta plays with earned him the nickname, "Krunch Kaleta."'

True to himself

‘There were rumors, too. Perhaps one of the most notorious rumors in the NHL is that Nolan had an affair with the wife of Buffalo goalie Dominik Hasek. It was mentioned almost as fact on sports radio in New York the day Nolan was hired by the Islanders. Nolan’s wife, Sandra, says the rumor makes her feel sympathy for Hasek’s wife, Alena, more than herself. “From a woman’s point of view, I felt bad for her,” she said. It never bothered Sandra because, she said, “I knew it wasn’t true.”‘

Sabres next innovation o keeping scoring down?

‘Still, Buffalo’s not going to come near the projected NHL team salary cap of $44 million. Darcy Regier has consistently said so. And it’s probable that Martin Biron, Taylor Pyatt and Mike Grier will be shown the door. Grier will be the toughest to part with, but his salary, and the pay hikes of Afinogenov, Daniel Briere and Ryan Miller simply won’t allow the Sabres to keep him.’

Penguins announce seven-game preseason schedule

Saturday Sept. 23 Buffalo Hamilton, Ont.

Friday Sept. 29 Buffalo PITTSBURGH

Saturday Sept. 30 Buffalo Buffalo.’

Blue Jackets name Gare color analyst

He joined the Sabres broadcast team after retiring in 1987, working as an ice-level reporter and color analyst. He has also was an analyst and a coach with the Tampa Bay Lightning.'