‘The Buffalo Sabres are holding a rookie camp from July 31-August 4 at HSBC Arena and the Pepsi Center in Amherst. The players will take part in both on-ice and off-ice workouts.’
'Gaustad collected 24 points and 65 PIM's during his rookie season with Buffalo in 2005-2006.'
'The 6-4, 217-pound Gaustad trailed only Pittsburgh Penguins phenom Sidney Crosby among first-year players with 433 faceoff wins.'
'In his rookie season with the Sabres, Gaustad posted nine goals and 15 assists with 65 penalty minutes in 78 games. The 24-year-old played in all 18 of Buffalo's playoff games, collecting four assists and 14 penalty minutes.'
‘Gaustad’s agent, Carlos Sosa, said the Sabres prompted the deal by opening talks late last week. Sosa added, Gaustad was seeking a two-year deal because it leaves him eligible for one more year of arbitration in 2008.’
‘Gaustad will make $675,000 next season as part of a two-year deal.’
'There appears to be little doubt that the Sabres will accept the ruling on Briere, since walking away from it would mean they'd lose him without compensation to unrestricted free agency.'
'“I worked for the Sabres for a long time and we didn't have maybe the cash resources to go out and have a high payroll and sign the best players," he said. “So our philosophy was, we really believed in character and hard work and the players playing for one another and the 20th man on the roster being as important as the first or second man. That was our philosophy in Buffalo and I bring that with me now to the Bruins."'
'It has been described as a blue and gold slug, a sideways apostrophe and "Bobby Hull's ratty toupee."'
'"We thought about it. But what you really want to do is go forward. And I think having a forward looking ‘futuristic’ uniform, if you want to call it that, and one tied to your tradition, is a good way to go. I think the old one, the original one, is a retro look. I don't know that's the look you want all the time."'
'The Buffalo Sabres have finally confirmed the so-called 'Buffa-slug' is indeed their new logo for the upcoming 2006/07 season.'
'"It's nice you can relax knowing you're going to be in a place for a few years, and I'm happy it's Buffalo," Connolly said by phone Friday. "I've been here for a while now, and it's a great city to play in. I'm really happy with the way the organization is going with the guys they're signing, and I look forward to a successful future with this team."'
'He missed 19 games due to injury, however, and suffered a concussion in Game 2 of the conference semifinal matchup against the Ottawa Senators that sidelined him for the remainder of the postseason.'
'Right wings Maxim Afinogenov and J.P. Dumont and centers Paul Gaustad and Adam Mair still are scheduled for arbitration hearings.'
‘Sabres general manager Darcy Regier said he’s been assured by the team’s medical staff and a concussion specialist that Connolly will be ready for the start of the season. Connolly’s agent, J.P. Barry, said his client’s rehab is progressing and, based on the last medical checkup, Connolly should be cleared to begin skating within two weeks.’