Archives for August 2006

Connolly doubtful for Sabres camp

'The playmaker is still suffering symptoms from his May 8 concussion, and General Manager Darcy Regier says Connolly may not be cleared to participate when camp opens.'

Arbitration didn't work for Dumont

'Let's face it, teams aren't exactly beating down his door, and there aren't many that would throw him on their top scoring line. He would get that opportunity in Buffalo, where he would flank a terrific player in Daniel Briere and become a leader on a Sabres roster dotted with youth. His value should increase.'

OLN wants to hoard Sabres games

'After garnering some of the highest ratings of the season on OLN, the network announced it will use its exclusive rights to hoard seven Buffalo games this season.'

Poor Canadians might not get tickets

'Team officials have finally used the influx of Canadians who come to see Toronto to their advantage, with creative ticket pricing that fluctuates between opponents and game nights. All four home dates with the Leafs carry a hefty price tag — tickets that climb to $150.'

Friday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks announce possible roster for 2006-07 season (Rochester D&C)

SabreFest a bigger success than expected

'But 3,000 people? In the middle of August? “It was crazy,” said Kevin Snow, a spokesman for the team. “We knew interest was high, but…”'

Canadiens yet to make offer to Dumont

'Detroit is considered a front-runner, but many are speculating that Dumont is comfortable in Buffalo and might return for something similar to the $1.596 million he made last year.'

Scalpers take note: Sabres become hot ticket

'"In all the summers I've been here, there's never been this amount of excitement or interest about the Sabres," said Michael Gilbert, the team's director of public relations.'

Thursday’s Rochester Coverage

Minus veterans, Amerks look to talented youth (Rochester D&C)

Buffalo needs Sabres' 'problems'

'Success doesn't stem solely from the team's winning record. Owner B. Thomas Golisano made some good and compassionate ticket-pricing decisions that helped broaden and solidify the team's fan base, and the marketing staff has posted a winning record too. And it's not just the region's leaders who should notice – the Bills should be this lucky.'

Sabres Tickets Selling Well

'"This year there probably won't be as many Maple Leaf fans at the games because individual ticket buyers from Canada won't be able to buy as many seats at those games because our season ticket holders have already purchased them," explains Sabres director of public relations Mike Gilbert.'

Agent: J.P. Dumont draws interest from ‘3-4 teams’ but not Habs

‘”It’s wait and see right now,” said Archambault. “There’s still 20 days before training camps open. We’re studying all our options. J.P. has a young family and wants to go somewhere that will be comfortable.”‘

Sabres tickets going out of season?

'The Buffalo Sabres haven't had a waiting list for season tickets for close to 25 years. They may be creating one this summer. Buoyed by brisk sales, Sabres officials now expect to cap their season-ticket total at 14,000 to 14,500 seats.'

Miller Negotiatons Continue

'Miller's agent, Mike Liut, tells channel 2 that discussions are taking place on both long, and short term contracts. What's signficant is that earlier in the summer, G-M Darcy Regier had indicated Miller was interested in a shorter term deal, with the ability to become an unrestricted free agent in two seasons. Monday, Liut said Miller would potentially be interested in going long term with Buffalo.'

Tough times might hurt the Sabres

'They lack the toughness needed to endure the long regular season and go deep into the playoffs.'