Archives for April 2008

Wednesday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks sale just needs OK (Rochester D&C)

Miller is tabbed for study

‘In addition to Miller, the other members of the group are goalies Martin Brodeur of New Jersey and Rick DiPietro of the New York Islanders, forwards Dany Heatley of Ottawa and Mike Cammalleri of Los Angeles, and general managers Doug Risebrough of Minnesota, Garth Snow of the Islanders, Jim Rutherford of Carolina and Brett Hull of Dallas (co-GM).’

Gerbe’s signing a must for Sabres’ image

‘If the Sabres let Gerbe get into his senior season, look out. His stock has already jumped exponentially, and if Buffalo fails to tie him up this summer, expect him to flirt with the idea of holding out until next August, when he can become an unrestricted free agent.’

Buffalo connection helps USA to exhibition win

‘They got off to a good start Sunday, winning their lone exhibition before the worlds start Friday in Canada. Team USA beat Sweden, 5-1, in the Cumberland County Civic Center. Buffalo connections played large parts in the victory.’

Pominville&#8217s happy just to be wanted

‘The United States came to him and said it really wanted him. That made the decision easy. Pominville is now and forever shall be part of USA Hockey, and he makes his debut tonight when the Americans face Sweden in a tuneup for the world championships.’

No love lost for Philadelphia duo

‘These two steadfast friends – former teammates with the Buffalo Sabres – might come to be known as Philadelphia’s "Phrench" Connection. A chance to be reunited with Biron, traded to Philadelphia at the 2007 trade deadline, is the reason Briere spurned Montreal’s free-agent offer last summer before signing an eight-year, $52 million (U.S.) deal with Philly on July 1. And he is paying the price with the venom directed at him, not just for rejecting Montreal but also for being the Flyers’ top playoff scorer.’

Pominville nominated for Lady Byng Award

‘Forty-two of Pominville’s points came in the final 34 games after the All-Star break, ranking him fourth in the league over the span.’

NHL coaches defy odds

‘"We don’t have big egos," he said of himself and Ruff. "I just surround myself with really good people. I give a lot of responsibility to a lot of people in our organization. I can be front and centre a lot, but I don’t need to. I recognize the players can tune you out."’

Pominville is up for Lady Byng

‘“The recognition he is getting is something that probably is late in coming, but now he is getting recognition for the type of player he is.”’

Ruff, Trotz rarities in NHL coaching fraternity

‘Ruff said he’s developed strong relationships with others in the organization, which has paid off over the years. "I think there has to be a certain amount of trust that everybody is working hard to get the job done and understands in some ways that all our roles are different but we’re all trying to get the same thing accomplished and that’s to try to build a winning team and try to get a Stanley Cup," he said.’

Datsyuk, Pominville, St. Louis named finalists for Lady Byng

‘Pominville set a career-high with 80 points (27 goals, 53 assists) in his second full NHL season, 42 of them coming in his final 34 games. Of his 27 goals, 24 came at even strength and one short-handed.’

Datsyuk, St. Louis, Pominville are Lady Byng nominees

‘The Sabres’ right wing gains League-wide respect every season and could very well end up as Buffalo’s captain next season. While that remains to be seen, there’s no doubting that Pominville has fast become one of the League’s top skilled gentlemen.’

eEx&#8217 factor looms large

‘Chris Drury scored the series-clinching goal for the Rangers over the Devils, a fact that shouldn’t surprise anybody in these parts. Daniel Briere set up the series-clinching overtime goal for the Flyers over the Capitals in Game Seven. Briere is leading the NHL in playoff scoring with six goals and 11 points. His 1.57 points-per-game was fourth. Not bad after all the groaning around here about him failing to show up for the playoffs, even though he led the Sabres in postseason scoring two straight years. Martin Biron was the winning goalie for the Flyers. Sharks defenseman Brian Campbell set up the go-ahead goal in a Game Seven victory over the Flames. As if that wasn’t enough, another former Sabres captain, Stu Barnes, scored the series-clincher for the Stars over the Ducks. Yeeeah! Or. . . Noooo!’

Biron, Briere prove they can win in playoffs

‘Flyers coach John Stevens said he could not have asked for more from the former Buffalo tandem. “Danny was terrific the whole way,” Stevens said. “And the questions about Marty not playing in the playoffs and his lack of success in back-to-backs, well he answered those in a big way. He reached a level of intensity where he was in complete control. He challenged shooters when he needed to challenge and held pucks when they needed to be held.”‘

Miller joins committee

‘Miller, Campbell (now with San Jose), Anaheim’s Mathieu Schneider, Ottawa’s Jason Spezza and Tampa Bay’s Jeff Halpern were selected to begin two-year terms as representatives of the NHL Players’ Association. The competition committee, which consists of up to 10 voting members, evaluates matters relating to the game and the way the game is played and makes recommendations to the NHLPA’s executive board and the NHL’s board of governors. The next committee meeting is June 13 in Toronto.’