'I think the Sabres will still be strong. As of right now, I don’t know what free agents loom that the Sabres could acquire or what impact other prospects within the organization may have. As for the results next season, the Sabres again will be an “underdog.” That title seems to fit them better. Who knows? People are already counting them out for next season. I think they have a shot of being a legitimate contender — again.'
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‘So where does Ryan fit in this scenario? Ideally, still in Buffalo, but certainly, after this season, he thinks he should be someplace in the NHL.’
'Campbell has spent the past two years working hand-and-hand with Summit Educational Resources, a school that focuses on helping children with autism. Dedicated staff members work at the school to assist more than 1000 students a year to try and help them achieve a full and productive life. "For me, I take a lot out of it," said Campbell about volunteering at Summit.'
'Paille, a restricted free agent, hopes to play a bigger role with the Sabres next season. He may get his wish especially if the club can't re-sign forwards Chris Drury and Daniel Briere, who are both without contracts for next season. The 23-year-old said he envisions changes will be made to the team in the off-season. "Some guys you can't keep because of money," he said.'
'The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the conviction of the 82-year-old Rigas and his son, Timothy J. Rigas, on charges of securities fraud, conspiracy to commit bank fraud and bank fraud. The court did reverse their conviction on one lesser count.'
‘Is this a guy the Sabres want on their team while they’re trying to keep co-captains Chris Drury and Daniel Briere? Afinogenov is a seductive talent, an electrifying player who puts people in the seats. He also gets them out of their seats when he’s not drawing teammates offside and giving away the puck. And while his 134 points in 133 games in two regular seasons are impressive, his eight goals and 17 points in 33 postseason games over the same span are not. He has 10 goals and 23 points in 49 career playoff games. Remember, his overtime winner against the Rangers came after he was a healthy scratch.’
'Thomas Vanek is worth more than this season's $942,000 salary. Center Derek Roy (career-high 21 goals and 63 points) was a bargain, given his $627,000 salary. Forward Dainius Zubrus will be highly coveted, meaning he should earn more than this year's $1.85 million. Adam Mair and Daniel Paille were key role players making a combined $1.35 million. So let's do the math. That's five forwards capable of making $1 million or more apiece per season, another two worthy of $5 million apiece. Total minimum price, $15 million. Cap room left, less than $4 million.'
'Will the ENTIRE team be back? In a word, no. It's quite likely two or more big contracts will be moved in one way or another, with Ales Kotalik still marketable elsewhere, and replaceable here, as one example.'
'Everyone knew going into these playoffs that Ottawa was coming on strong. They won almost every game late in the season, dispatched their first two playoff opponents with ease and looked like the better team, the hungrier team, against the Buffalo Sabres.'
'I think that no one said it better than Chris Drury, echoing Lindy Ruff's comments that you have to do things out of character to win in the playoffs. His comments were very revealing; that several of his teammates did not pay the price necessary to win in the post-season. Lindy Ruff seemed to say that this was another step for a young team. But, I would argue that this team as currently assembled won't take that next step, because they still need some changes to their roster before they can win the Cup.'