'“I want to help with the side that often gets neglected, like the mental side of having and battling a disease. The right environment is an essential complement to medicine and we hope to provide the best chance for a patient to survive by providing psycho-social programs that will help them battle. Things like computers to help them communicate with friends, trips to events to give some mental release — normalcy is hard to duplicate, but we are striving to give them some.”'
'“He’s a great role model for guys coming up,” Sabres center Derek Roy said. “He’s one of those guys that is not totally vocal, he just does his talking on the ice.”'
‘“We can have a good feeling for those three days and enjoy the weekend instead of hanging our head again and worrying about what’s going to happen,” center Jochen Hecht said. “It was a good game against a really good team in the Western Conference, and we’ve just got to start believing we can do this and be one of the best teams in the league at the end of the year.”’
‘Several teams are expected to make a strong play for him in the next month, especially if it appears the Sabres are out of playoff contention. Chicago has been among the teams rumored to be interested in him.’
‘On paper and for salary-cap reasons, MacArthur was sent to the Amerks when the NHL All-Star break began. Patrick Kaleta also returned. Unlike Kaleta, who played in Friday night’s 4-3 shootout loss to Lake Erie, MacArthur wasn’t even in town. The Sabres can’t risk MacArthur getting hurt in either American Hockey League game this weekend, so they let him have the time off. He’s rejoining the Sabres on Monday for practice and will play at Tampa on Tuesday.’
Amerks are dealt Monster of a loss (Rochester D&C)
Sabres return MacArthur to Amerks, sort of (Rochester D&C)
Lake Erie rallies past Rochester (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Monsters Rally to beat Amerks (RNews.com)
Monsters Come Back From 3 Down for SO Win (LakeErieMonsters.com)
Three added to Canadian All-Star roster (TheAHL.com)
‘While Roy was out for four games this month, the team scored six goals. They have 16 in the four since.’
‘Spacek, the captain for January, called his teammates to center ice at the end of practice Wednesday. The defenseman gave a pep talk while players listened attentively, some on bended knee. They tapped their sticks as they skated away.’
'The struggles of players like Vanek, Jason Pominville, Tim Connolly, and Maxim Afinogenov (even before the latter two got hurt), are all the result of players stepping up into roles they are not ready to fill. The whole team is suffering from this. Management miscalculated the rate theses players would grow at and thought they were ready to lead the team on another deep run into the playoffs.'
Dallas Stars squander chances in loss (Dallas Morning News)
Dallas Stars’ rookie learns lesson (Dallas Morning News)
Thursday’s game highlights (Dallas Morning News)
Photo gallery (Dallas Morning News)
Struggling Sabres end road streak, beat Stars (Fort Worth Star Telegram)
Stars notes (Fort Worth Star Telegram)
Sabres 2, Stars 1 (DallasStars.com)
Photo gallery (DallasStars.com)
Photo gallery (Sabres.com)
'"To salvage a couple of points here helps us feel good," Roy said. "This gives us confidence that we can beat any team in the league. It gives us more confidence in our game."'
'"I thought we played well in all areas tonight," said Buffalo head coach Lindy Ruff.'
'Five minutes into the third Derek Roy and Thomas Vanek went in on a 2 on 1 and completed a give and go with Roy pounding home his second goal of the night giving Buffalo the lead. Dallas had a chance to tie the game with about ten seconds remaining but Jochen Hecht knocked the puck off of Mike Ribeiro’s stick to hold on for the 2-1 win.'
'More telling of Roy's effect on the team is the production of his linemates: Drew Stafford and Thomas Vanek. The trio has combined for 10 goals and 21 points in those same four contests.'
‘”We needed a spark,” said Roy “Getting a quick goal put them back on their heels.”‘