Newly signed Butler ready to get to work for Sabres

‘“I think Chris is a player, and we’ve seen it at the college level and in the conditioning camps, who’s well on the path of being a very good professional,” Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier said. “He’ll be a very good addition.”’

Monday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks finish season with win (Rochester D&C)

Amerks’ season finale draws decent-sized crowd (Rochester D&C)

Gerbe one year too late for Amerks fans (Rochester D&C)

Photo gallery (Rochester D&C)

Monsters fall despite hat trick by Richardson (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

Amerks Win Finale (RNews.com)

A Hockey Season to Forget (RNews.com)

Amerks close out season in a high scoring affair (Amerks.com)

MacArthur wins MVP award, as Amerks honor top players (Amerks.com)

Duo’s 10 Points Not Quite Enough (LakeErieMonsters.com)

Sabres, defenseman Chris Butler agree to terms

‘Butler finishes his three-year collegiate career with 20 goals and 66 points in 115 games.’

Butler leaves college for the Sabres

‘The impressive part of Butler’s game this season was 110 blocked shots in 41 games. He led the Pioneers in playing time too.’

Sabres agree to terms with Butler

‘Buffalo Sabres general manager Darcy Regier announced today the team has agreed to an entry-level contract with University of Denver defenseman Chris Butler. As is club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.’

Gerbe finally gets trophy he wanted

‘Gerbe, drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the fifth round in 2005, has a decision to make on his collegiate future. "I haven’t thought about it at all," Gerbe said. "I try not to think about the future."’

Butler leaving DU for NHL

‘Star defenseman Chris Butler is leaving the University of Denver early to sign with the Buffalo Sabres. The junior took a physical today in Buffalo and is scheduled to return to Denver on Sunday.’

Sunday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks drop their final road game of the season (Rochester D&C)

Clark calls Donner ‘selfish’ (Rochester D&C)

Tlusty scores goal, adds two assists as Marlies trounce Americans 6-2 (CP)

Amerks fall to first place Marlies 6-2 (Amerks.com)

Marlies roll Amerks (TorontoMarlies.com)

Ex-Cat out of NHL action

‘"The trade was a big surprise,"’ he said. "I was very happy in San Jose, but sometimes good things happen when you don’t expect them so I hope this is going to be one of those situations. I was sad to leave a winning team and to leave my friends behind in San Jose, but it’s something I cannot control. Trades are part of hockey and now my focus is on helping Buffalo. Missing the playoffs is extra motivation for next season. The last time I missed the playoffs was my first season in Moncton."’

Saturday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks blanked but go down swinging (Rochester D&C)

Team’s next owner will have to pay off a big loan (Rochester D&C)

Torrid Crunch ties for second (Syracuse Post Standard)

Blanked With Two to Go (RNews.com)

Amerks can’t handle Crunch power-play and fall 4-0 (Amerks.com)

Five former Amerks named to Team USA roster (Amerks.com)

Crunch Get Lucky Number 13 (SyracuseCrunch.com)

Has Sabres&#8217 management learned to keep its stars?

‘"It’s something that every team that finishes at or near the top is going to deal with this collective bargaining agreement," Regier said. "With the decisions you make sometimes you’re going to take short-term hits down the road for a better opportunity."’

Front office of admissions

‘“Yeah, we make mistakes,” managing partner Larry Quinn said Thursday. “Of course we do, but I don’t want to come away from this thing not looking at some of the really smart moves we all made collectively and some of the great values we have.”’

Sabres have a chance to do it right

‘It means taking a long look at Tim Connolly and Ales Kotalik. Connolly has averaged 38 games over the past three seasons. Kotalik is helpless without a proven playmaker. Both will become unrestricted free agents after next season. Are they here for the long haul?’

Afinogenov may be getting a change of scenery

‘“It’s something we really have to look at with Max,” Regier said at the team’s season-ending news conference. “He’s a great guy. I have only good things to say about him, but he may well be one of these players who’s ready for a change.”’

Presser chock full of Sabre tidbits

‘Don’t expect the Sabres to make a big splash in free agency. Although the overriding sentiment is that management accelerated the team’s implosion through poor player dealings, Quinn essentially said the Sabres will stick to their plan of finding efficient ways to do business. “A team that doesn’t develop players through their system is going to be at the mercy of this thing,” Quinn said. “The downside is they’re young. The upside is they’re young.”’