Former Sabre Dumont questions Buffalo&#8217s management tactics

'“Look at all the guys leaving every year. I’m pretty sure that some guys will put that in their good side, bad side. When (you) want to sign somewhere, you look at everything. Those (things) are very important when you’re a free agent.”'

Burning issues

'"It could have been," he said. "But they did what they had to do and I did what I had to do. For me, I wanted to be here for the long term. I think I made that clear in a lot of ways and it didn't happen. The money was good and stuff, but I can't sign a deal like that. You see what happens in the NHL. A person (Richard Zednik) almost lost his life here a couple of weeks ago. The time table is short and you have to look out for No.1."'

Early Returns

'Two goals and an assist. Several thundering hits and perhaps most impressively, leading the charge in the defense of his teammates during a scrappy, confrontation filled 8-4 win over the Nashville Predators. appropriately enough, Sabres fans are suddenly signing a different tune.'

Sabres' Bernier, Buffalo: Love at first sight

'“Oh, my God,” Bernier said Thursday. “I don’t think I could explain it. I was in shock. When I was in the plane, I was nervous. It was a big trade and I knew Buffalo lost a very good player. I didn’t know how the fans were going to respond to that. It made me feel so good when I saw that. It took a lot of weight away from me.”'

Max, Stafford return but may not play for Sabres tonight

'“You go to war like that and play the game the way you did, it’s not easy taking anybody out,” Ruff said. “I don’t believe it’s sending the right message.”'

Miller hopes tasty new treat helps put cancer on ice

'First there were Flutie Flakes, now there is Breakaway Berrier.'

Friday’s Montreal Coverage

Montreal (34-21-9) at Buffalo (31-24-9) (AP)

Sabres look for fourth straight win over Canadiens (Sportsticker)

Montreal Canadiens (34-21-9) at Buffalo Sabres (31-24-9) (The Sports Network)

The following are rough English translations from French language sites:

A match of four points against the Sabres (Le Journal de Montreal)

Never easy to overcome, these Sabres (Le Journal de Montreal)

The French-speaking die of the Sabres smiles (Le Journal de Montreal)

The Canadian will have to be wary of the Sabres (La Presse)

The Sabres knew to be raised (La Presse)

The first rank concerned (RDS.ca)

Friday’s Rochester Coverage

“Good Old Day” Inductees (RNews.com)

Panthers reassign Globke to Rochester (Amerks.com)

Defense: So far, so good

'“Last night we created a lot of confusion by having a lot of our defenseman involved in the cycles, going to the net,” Ruff continued. “There was probably 10 plays we snuck in [in front of the net] whether it was Toni [Lydman], Talli [Henrik Tallinder], Dmitri [Kalinin], all those guys got involved. You’re going to see some breakdowns, you ‘re going to see the odd breakaway, you’re going to see the odd-numbered stuff, but it’s what we’ve been successful with.”'

Sabres, Capitals make interesting moves this week heading into stretch drive

'“It wasn’t a give-up trade,” Regier said in an interview Thursday. “And that was important when we looked at it. Because we could have had what amounted to two different first-round picks (from other teams). But those were futures. If we did that we weren’t going to bring a player back into our dressing room."'

Sabres&#8217 Bernier makes a big first impression

‘How soon until No. 56 jerseys fill the seats of HSBC Arena?’

Sabres NCAA prospects update

'Despite having only mid-round NCAA picks, the Buffalo Sabres have a couple of players who should make a future mark in the NHL and a couple more who will make a serious run at it.'

A new era takes wing

‘Bernier’s first game as a Buffalo Sabre was spellbinding. The big right winger scored on his second shift. When he scored again on his fifth, the sellout crowd was ready to anoint him captain. When his on-the-tape pass to Derek Roy resulted in another goal, people were ready to clear space in the rafters next to the names of LaFontaine, Gare and Perreault.’

Bernier&#8217s OK, but how &#8217bout that Peters?

‘Not to worry. Since then Peters has been the epitome of consistency: one goal last year, one goal this year. He’s more than halfway to the coveted 10-point plateau — for his career. You half expect him to request a meeting with coach Lindy Ruff and ask if he can play on the same line with Bernier. You know, so Bernier can buy him some room and allow him to cultivate his latent skills.’

Dumont receives uncommon welcome back

‘“It’s not the same as the other guys,” said Dumont, referring to recent hostile appearances by Daniel Briere, Chris Drury and Jay McKee. “Sometimes teams make decisions. We don’t know why, but it happens.”’