'"He needs two or three real good practice days where he just gets back to what I call a relaxed comfort zone," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. "He seems like he's been uptight. He's put a lot of pressure on himself, which he usually does."'
'The Sabres need to have a handle on Connolly within the next couple of weeks. The Sabres would be up against the salary cap if Connolly can play. If he remains on long-term injured reserve, the club will be able to use his $2.9 million cap number to make moves before the Feb. 27 trade deadline.'
‘”Last year was a good learning experience for me and I wasn’t happy with how the season ended,” Vanek said. “I just prepared myself better over the summer. I worked on conditioning more and tried to be in better shape because with the way the game has changed you have to be prepared each and every night to skate and work hard.”‘
‘”He’s progressing and we hope he continues to progress,” said head coach Lindy Ruff. “It is encouraging. He’s had some workouts where he’s been at max heart rate and there haven’t been any setbacks.”‘
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'"I can't put a date on it, but from a conditioning standpoint you can guesstimate," Ruff said.'
'Ruff said Connolly skated very hard on his own today, emerging with no symptoms from the head injury that's haunted the Sabres center since the Eastern Conference semi-final against Ottawa. Ruff added that the team would look to put him on a more vigorous conditioning program and, while reluctant to name a time table, said he would guess it would be a 6-8 week program – maybe shorter, perhaps longer – provided Connolly remains symptom and setback-free.'
'"Confidence is a very fragile thing, and you want to make sure that you don't get too low, you don't beat yourself up," Sabres co-captain Daniel Briere said Sunday. "It's a little bit of the message that we're trying to send to everybody around the room."'
‘”It’s difficult for me to come in and see such great players not playing it,” the rookie defenseman said, “but I definitely love being on the power play. It’s something I’ve done in the past quite often.”‘
'After unsuccessful shopping trips, she finally found them on eBay. In December, Bucki won an auction, paying $233.99, which included $17.99 in shipping to a seller in Lackawanna. "I wasn't going to stop until I got one."'
'Five seasons removed from his time in Sioux Falls, Vanek has quietly evolved into one of the league's elite players. Along with Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin and Washington's Alexander Ovechkin, Vanek represents a new wave of young talent entering the ranks of legitimate superstardom in the NHL — gifted youngsters with crisp playmaking skills and natural goal-scoring abilities.'
'Q: What does a typical night consist of? A: I arrive about an hour before the game to do a sound check; there are a LOT of wires connecting to the speakers, so we have to make sure everything is set up. During the show I wear a headset so I can hear the producer, and he’ll tell me when and sometimes even what to play. I play mostly rallies, to get the crowd excited.'
'Paille's effort came after a chat with Ruff. Paille had been called up Jan. 13 from Rochester and suited up for the Sabres that night, but Ruff wasn't impressed with Paille's effort and let him know it. "I know I didn't have a good game," said Paille, Buffalo's first round pick (20th overall) in the 2002 NHL entry draft. "We had a little talk and he made me realize I had to step it up a little bit if I want to continue playing here. I want to be here and I'm going to do my best not to do that again."'