Archives for April 2008

Friday’s Rochester Coverage

Injured Kaleta will sit out for rest of season (Rochester D&C)

City is right on Amerks lease (Rochester D&C)

Sabres interested in adding veteran leadership to bolster team

‘"The downside is they’re young. The upside is they’re young," Quinn said. "And we intend to sit down and figure out a way to make this grow and improve it."’

End of Season Press Conference, Part I

‘When you put younger players in bigger role situations and they are move up the lineup, there was reference to giving up leads. We had fairly good success at locking down with two lines last year, elevating the Roy line to a higher position. They were pure offense last year and asking them to maybe try to lock down on the defensive side of it, we struggled. They struggled as individuals. But there was growth there. Some nights it was tough growth, but there was growth. We’re built around offense, we have been. We tried to maybe nudge that back a little bit to try to shore up some defensive liabilities, which at times we were able to lock into a pretty good mold, and at times we weren’t. I think those games that we gave up the lead even down the stretch were games that cost us dearly.’

Sabres Brass: Everyone’s to Blame

‘”I think in the final analysis that we could have used more leadership.”‘

Lack of experience hurt Sabres most

‘The Sabres gambled that their youth was ready to assume all the leadership roles previously handled by Numminen, Chris Drury, Daniel Briere and other departed veterans. They lost that bet, evidenced by the fact team management will wrap up the season with a news conference today just as the Stanley Cup playoffs are starting.’

Buffalo well represented

‘Team USA announced the first 17 players for its world team Wednesday, and Buffalo connections dominate the roster. South Buffalo native Patrick Kane and West Seneca’s Lee Stempniak were named to the team, as were Sabres forwards Jason Pominville, Paul Gaustad and Drew Stafford. Pominville is a dual citizen (his mother is American and his father is Canadian), and he chose the United States over Canada.’

Roberval, Que., wins Kraft Hockeyville 2008

‘Roberval receives $100,000 from Kraft to upgrade a local arena, where the Montreal Canadiens and Buffalo Sabres will face off in a pre-season contest on Sept 23 — with Don Cherry on hand.’

Thursday’s Rochester Coverage

City wants Donner to cede control of Amerks, K-hawks (Rochester D&C)

Hamilton smokes Amerks (Rochester D&C)

Bulldogs come alive too late (Hamilton Spectator)

Feeble Finish (

Hamilton has huge third period in win over Amerks (

Locke’s six points leads ‘Dogs over Amerks (

Sabres must spend money, make right decisions

‘So what’s missing? Money. At least the urge to spend it.’

Ruff hates being on the outside looking in for playoffs

‘“You kind of have a sick feeling,” Ruff said. “Playoffs are going to start [tonight], and it’ll be a situation where in my case I will watch a little bit, and there’s a good chance that I might just turn it off and walk out of the house, will have had enough of it after a period or so. It is almost a feeling of sickness that you didn’t get your team to that place you wanted to be.”’

No playoffs means no goal for arena-area businesses

‘“It’s heartbreaking — just so heartbreaking,” lamented Marie Stachera of Irish Times restaurant on Swan Street, three blocks from the arena. For her, the giddy playoff atmosphere of the previous two springs seemed like a distant memory.’

Wednesday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks, K-hawks work on issues over new lease (Rochester D&C)

Amerks close out regular season this weekend (

MacDonald reassigned to Everblades (

Amerks to honor Thomas M. Nichols Scholarship winners April 13th (

Ruff, Hitchcock find it tough watching NHL playoffs from sideline

‘The toughest part for them might be watching the playoffs. "There’s a good chance I might just turn them off and walk out of the house because I’ve had enough of it," Ruff said. "Yeah, it’s not enjoyable," Hitchcock said. "It’s painful to watch."’

Are Sabres a veteran addition away?

‘Numminen, who returned for the season finale after undergoing open-heart surgery in September, apparently doesn’t hold a grudge against the Sabres. Despite being suspended without pay for failing his preseason physical and having a grievance pending against the Sabres to collect most of his $2.6 million contract, the 39-year-old, who will become an unrestricted free agent in July, would like to return for a fourth season in Buffalo. “My No. 1 option is to stay,” he said. “Hopefully they’re interested.”’

Sabres Season in Review; World Championship Next

‘Buffalo will have work to do to this off-season if they wish to get back into Stanley Cup contention, but departing Free Agents will not be as big an issue as at the close of last season. Teppo Numminen, Dmitri Kalinin, Mike Ryan, Nolan Pratt and Jocelyn Thibault are the team’s unrestricted free agents. Steve Bernier, Clarke MacArthur, Mark Mancari and Dan Paille are restricted Free Agents this off-season. There are also long-term issues to resolve. Team President Larry Quinn told the A.P. that the Sabres plan to be proactive and have already decided to offer goalie Ryan Miller and forward Jason Pominville long term deals. Miller and Pominville will both need contracts after next season if they are not renewed before that time.’