Archives for June 2007

Sabres Go Defense With Second Round Picks

'With the 59th overall pick the Sabres selected Drew Schiestel from Mississauga of the OHL. Schiestel is 6'1" and weighs in at 181 pounds. Last season with Mississauga he recorded 6 goals and 15 assists in 66 games played. Next season Sabre fans won't have to travel far to see him as the Mississauga IceDogs have moved to St. Catharines and will be called the Niagara IceDogs.'

Sabres open draft by selecting D Brennan 31st

'The first pick of the second round and 31st overall, Brennan was the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's rookie of the year last season, playing for St. John's. He led rookie defensemen with 41 points (16 goals, 25 assists) in 68 games.'

Sabres tried to trade up

‘General Manager Darcy Regier revealed to The Buffalo News he had contacted the Chicago Blackhawks about trading the No. 1 choice so the Sabres could select South Buffalo native Patrick Kane. “I talked to them to ask them what they were going to do, whether they were going to select or trade,” Regier said. “They felt they were going to select, so I’ll leave it at that. I’m not going to comment further. It was a good conversation. That’s all.”’

Sabres prepared to shop 2nd-round pick

‘”I’m curious to see what will happen,” Regier said. “I actually think there’ll be some activity on the pick. I expect to get some calls.”‘

These five free agents will garner the most buzz

'Daniel Briere, Sabres…Chris Drury, Sabres…'

Sabres seeking to add picks

‘“The preference for us would be to collect as many picks as we can with each year. That’s how our team has been built and will continue to be built, through the draft.”’

No-touch gloves are off for restricted free agents

‘They have six restricted free agents and gave qualifying offers to five — Thomas Vanek, Derek Roy, Daniel Paille, Nathan Paetsch and Andrew Peters. Vanek is probably the most attractive Group II player in the NHL. The 23-year-old scored 43 goals last season, and he possesses an upside that could entice teams to investigate his availability. Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier plans to address unrestricted free agents before negotiating with Group II players. If he spends heavily in the unrestricted market, a team might make a push for Vanek knowing it would force a numbers crunch at HSBC Arena.’

Sabres extend qualifying offer to Vanek, four others

'The Sabres, who operated at the $44 million cap last year, have the right to match any offer, but they are also addressing the futures of co-captains Chris Drury and Daniel Briere, who are both eligible to become unrestricted free agents July 1.'

Sabres extend offers to Vanek, four others

'Vanek notched 43 goals last season and added 41 assists to finish with 84 points, second on the team behind Daniel Briere. His goal total tied for the fifth-most in the league last season.'

Sabres extend qualifying offers to five players

'Two independent sources have told LGS this week that it appears more than likely that Chris Drury's days in Buffalo are over. Both sources believe Drury is looking to test the open market. And according to both sources, there is very strong reason to believe that the center will most likely wind up on the Pacific Coast where his offseason home is located.'

Fixing the Game: 10 ways of making the NHL better

‘Phase out the fights…’.

Roy among 5 Sabres issued qualifying offers

‘Roy is projected to command a significant raise over the $690,000 offer he received after scoring career-highs with 21 goals and 63 points in his third season. The offer is 10 percent above what he made last year.’

A coach in waiting?

'Cunneyworth was credited for preparing a number of his American Hockey League players for the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres, when injuries threatened to ruin Buffalo’s playoff drive. Such players as Drew Stafford and Michael Ryan didn’t look out of place when called up to the big club. And conversely, while his players were producing elsewhere, Cunneyworth juggled 41 players, who suited up for the Amerks throughout the season.'

Sabres make offers to five

'The Sabres also made offers to forwards Derek Roy, Andrew Peters and Daniel Paille, and defenseman Nathan Paetsch.'

If I was Sabres GM for a day…

'To me, keeping them actually starts with Thomas Vanek, the 23- year-old winger who scored 43 goals last season. He’s a restricted free agent, meaning the Sabres would need to match outside offers to retain him. It’s difficult to measure where he fits in a fluid market, especially because a handful of GMs lose their marbles at this time of year. So let’s not give them a chance and risk losing, gulp, all three.'