Archives for February 2007

Buffalo acquires Conklin

‘Biron entered this season as the longest-tenured Sabres player after being drafted 16th overall in the 1995 Entry Draft. He has posted career numbers of 134-115-25-4, with a 2.53 GAA and .909 save percentage. So far this season he is 12-4-1, with a 3.04 GAA and .899 save percentage.’

Conklin traded for draft pick; Boucher claimed

'The Blue Jackets signed Conklin, 30, to a one-year contract worth $525,000 on July 6. He was 2-3-2 with a 3.30 goals-against average and an .871 save percentage in six games this season with the Blue Jackets.'

Biron To Philly; New Goalie In Town

‘The Buffalo Sabres have sent goaltender Martin Biron to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for a second-round pick, and sent a fifth-round pick to the Columbus Blue Jackets for netminder Ty Conklin.’

Sabres hold steady as deadline looms

'The hobbled Sabres went into Deadline Eve one of only three teams not to have made a trade all season. Now Buffalo stands alone because Detroit and Pittsburgh, the other two teams, apparently completed deals Monday.'

An empty echo

'Few commemorated the 20th anniversary of the dreadful accident. If not for a telephone interview with a Medicine Hat reporter, Lindy said the milestone might not have dawned on even him.'

Too strong for words

'"That's almost instantaneous when you see him playing. It's the first thing you think of," Ruff said of Sakic being a constant reminder. "He was the most famous guy on that bus. Nobody knew too much of Joe at that time, and he turned out to be a hell of a player."'

Ruff doesn't want to ban 'good hits'

'"There are good hits," Ruff said. "You want hitting in the game. The part that still bothers me is the intent and that hit came from behind," Ruff said. "He didn't see him in the eyes. If he was coming from the front, Chris would have saw him. The fact [Neil] could have avoided it makes it a little bit different."'

Funds collected for Ruff's fine will go to charity

'A team official Monday said the club will place any contributions in the Buffalo Sabres Foundation, its charitable arm. And Ruff said he is touched by the public display of affection. "For the fans to step in is incredible, and it puts a big smile on your face," he told reporters.'

Sabres vs. Maple Leafs

'The Sabres have at least one power-play goal in four straight games.'

Hits to the head are below the belt

'The only other place that I’ve seen producing arguments that flimsy recently is the White House.'

Beauties and hosers

‘Sizing up Darcy’s trades of March…’.

Tuesday’s Toronto Coverage (Updated 1:00 p.m.)

Sabres at Leafs (Toronto Star)

Buffalo (41-16-5) at Toronto (30-24-9) (AP)

Sabres visit Maple Leafs in Northeast Division battle (Sportsticker)

Buffalo Sabres (41-16-5) at Toronto Maple Leafs (30-24-9) (The Sports Network)

Game notes (

Game # 63: Buffalo @ Toronto (

Sabres in Toronto on Deadline Tuesday (

Tuesday’s Rochester Coverage

Anderson not expected to be back with Amerks (Rochester D&C)

Amerks to host ‘Hockey for Heart’ game Sunday (

Amerks make player moves (

Mike Card to visit Chili Library tonight (

News From The Sabres' Injury Front

'Chris Drury feels much better, but the team is considering his injury a concussion. It'll be at least a few more days before he's back on the ice.'

Sabres fans willing to pay coach’s fine

‘”I know Lindy’s got the means to pay. But it’s just kind of an outrage,” Phillips said. “This is our way of supporting the team.”‘