Archives for November 2007

Sabres continue to sing the Blues

‘”You don’t see this team at all,” said Ales Kotalik, who scored his fifth goal of the season midway through the second period. “It’s not an excuse, but you really don’t know what [style] they are playing. It’s tough to get any kind of preparation for a team like this.”‘

Singing the Blues

‘Before tonight’s game, the Sabres were 7-0-0 when leading after two periods.’

Thursday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks expected to stay in Rochester (Rochester D&C)

Sabres Amerks future: “That ship has sailed” (WHEC-TV)

Amerks and Knighthawks offer Holiday Packages (

Sabres-Amerks affiliation talks dominate early season (

The Northeast Division Gauntlet

‘“We knew the breaks would come our way eventually, and everyone here knows that this is a much better team than it was a month ago, myself included,” said Miller. “I would definitely give us a good grade, and even though the standings don’t bear that out right now, I would say that this division is still very much up for grabs.”’

Is Buffalo a hockey town or a football town?

'Don't look now, but the "other" team in Buffalo has won five straight hockey games. Now that the Bills have regained a losing record, it won't be long before a debate ensues over whether Buffalo is a Bills-first town, or a Sabres-first town. It's funny how winning (or losing) does that.'

Emotions? McKee can&#8217t block them

'“It’s special,” McKee said Tuesday. “I was very fortunate to grow not only as a player but as a person here in this town. To come back and play here is going to be a pretty neat feeling. The fans were great, stuck behind me over the 10 years I was here, and that doesn’t always happen with players. I felt very fortunate for that.”'

Short-handed unit making big strides

'The Sabres have killed 33 of 37 penalties in the past 10 games, a mark of 89.2 percent. It has lifted them to seventh in the NHL.'

Golisano says Amerks-Sabres split is likely

‘”To have this fall apart hurts me,” he said. “It bothers me quite a bit.”‘

The Rayzor&#8217s edge

‘“What I enjoyed most about the book is how he talks about all the different players that he played with over the years,” said Dan Milligan of Fredonia. “He never pulled any punches. He told you exactly what he thought of the players. Phil Housley was one of the most selfish players he’d ever seen, same with (Dominik) Hasek. It was a very enjoyable book. once I started reading it I couldn’t put it down.”’

McKee to face his ex-teammates tonight

‘”I had the opportunity to play my first game there at 18 years old — and that organization gave me an opportunity to become the player I am and person I am,” said McKee, taken 14th overall by the Sabres in 1995. “I certainly owe a lot to them for that.”‘

Wednesday’s St. Louis Coverage

Up Next: Blues at Buffalo (St. Louis Post Dispatch)

McKee to face his ex-teammates tonight (Belleville News Democrat)

St. Louis (13-8-0) at Buffalo (11-10-1) (AP)

Sabres seeking first home win vs. Blues in 12 years (Sportsticker)

St. Louis Blues (13-8-0) at Buffalo Sabres (11-10-1) (The Sports Network)

Wednesday’s Rochester Coverage

Golisano says Amerks-Sabres split is likely (Rochester D&C)

Sabres/Amerks Breakup Possible (

Golisano on Saving the Sabres (WHAM-TV)

Golisano: Sabres Amerks affiliation going to falll apart (WHEC-TV)

Golisano: Sabres/Amerks affiliation in dire straits (WROC-TV)

Sabres/Amerks Breakup Possible

'"Until it's over, it's not over,” Amerks' President Steve Donner said, “We're gonna proceed to leave the door open and I'm sure at the end of the day whatever makes good business sense for the Sabres they'll do, and whatever makes good business sense for the Amerks we'll do."'

Sign Brian Campbell

'If you're asking if I think he should be captain, the answer is yes.'

Ruff: Winning Is Contagious

'"We’d played good hockey before the streak and didn’t get rewarded," Ruff said. "We were out-playing (and) out-shooting, but we weren't finishing and maybe we weren’t getting that timely save. When you start winning, it starts getting contagious."'