One month out, hockey excitement builds

'Interest in the New Year's Day game between the Buffalo Sabres and Pittsburgh Penguins hasn't dissipated since it was formally announced in mid-September. If anything, interest is even greater now.'

Paille upset with latest outing

'“There will be some nights like that,” Paille said after practice Thursday in the arena. “I’ve got to forget about how that goes and try to focus on the right things. Even in the first period of that game, we were kind of sloppy. We have two days to recuperate [before Saturday’s home game against Carolina], have good practices and learn from our mistakes.”'

Bruised foot sidelines top goal scorer Roy

'“I think there’s always concern when you miss [practice],” Ruff said. “We’re hoping [today] that he’ll be a lot better than he was doing [Thursday]. He actually put his skate on and tried but it was pretty tender.”'

Perhaps Amerks, Sabres can reach a more palatable deal

'Golisano is right to be concerned about the Amerks' financial health. The situation — $1.8 million of debt, according to an audit commissioned by the city — does not bode well for the future.'

Paul Gaustad and his mother get kids moving

'The virtual walks – dubbed “Shuffle Off to Buffalo” and “Here We Go to Lake Oswego” – were facilitated by the Buffalo Sabres and are sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, corporate support partner of the Dr. Lydia T. Wright School of Excellence and the health plan provider of the Buffalo Sabres. BlueCross BlueShield supplied pedometers so students can track their progress.'

Friday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks say their focus is hockey (Rochester D&C)

Perhaps Amerks, Sabres can reach a more palatable deal (Rochester D&C)

Amerks players weigh in on affiliation issue (WHEC-TV)

Letters show Sabres wanted to buy Amerks (WHEC-TV)

Four Amerks named to AHL Hall of Fame (Amerks.com)

Spiritless Sabres fall to St. Louis

'"I don't think we were ready to play," Sabres forward Jason Pominville said bluntly.'

Letters show Sabres wanted to buy Amerks

'In the letters, the Sabres offer to talk about signing a long term affiliation. But the January letter says "we would also be interested in discussing an outright purchase of the Americans." In the April letter, Quinn writes, "we are prepared to purchase the team as an asset purchase at a fair market value."'

Spirited rally for St. Louis

‘“We’re sometimes a young, stubborn crew that thinks it should be a lot easier, and it wasn’t,” Ruff said.’

Stempniak nets results sans goals

‘So Stempniak has been a poor man’s version — relatively speaking — of the Sabres’ Thomas Vanek. A former college star has a breakout offensive year, leading his team in goals in his second NHL season and hits the financial jackpot. But unlike Vanek, Stempniak insists that he hasn’t felt the burden of living up to his lucrative new deal.’

Bittersweet night for rookie Sekera

‘“I was happy to score a goal of course but I’m more disappointed for the team,” said Sekera, a 21-year-old native of the Czech Republic. “We didn’t deserve [to win] because we didn’t play very well.”’

Thursday’s St. Louis Coverage

Boyes’ late goal adds to Sabres’ frustration (St. Louis Post Dispatch)

Photo gallery (St. Louis Post Dispatch)

Photo gallery (StLouisBlues.com)

Photo gallery (Sabres.com)

St. Louis 4, Buffalo 3

‘The Sabres are winless in their last 11 games against St. Louis — including eight loses in regulation — and haven’t beaten the Blues at home in more than 12 years.’

St. Louis 4, Buffalo 3

‘Brad Boyes scored with 57.5 seconds left in regulation, as the Blues came away with a 4-3 victory over Buffalo and continued their domination of the Sabres.’

Blues Get Three In Third For 4-3 Win

‘The Blues scored three goals in the third period to give them the 4-3 win at HSBC Arena Wednesday night.’