Archives for May 2008

Sabres ink Enroth

‘Enroth will likely play in the AHL next season.’

Buffalo Sabres sign Jhonas Enroth

‘“We’re very happy to have Jhonas under contract,” said Regier. “He’s performed very well in Europe, and we look forward to his continued development as a member of our organization.”’

Sabres alumni hold fishing tournament on Lake Ontario

‘Some of the Sabres present included Randy Cunneyworth, Matt Barnaby, current Sabres Adam Mair, Andrew Peters and Patrick Kaleta. Broadcasters Rick Jeanneret, Kevin Sylvester and Mike Robitaille were also present.’

Sabres fan receives ultimate gift, a round with coach as caddie

‘And what about that controversial goal Brett Hull scored in the crease to give the Stars the Stanley Cup against the Sabres in 1999? "It was a long time ago," said Ruff, who coached the Sabres that season. "People should forgive and forget, shouldn’t they?" Hart hasn’t. "A rule is a rule," he said. "It wasn’t a goal."’

A little tweaking with equipment can go a long way

‘“You have to walk a fine line,” Miller said. “They’ve already trimmed it down once. I suffered for it from breaking my thumb [during the 2005-06 season]. That situation wasn’t well thought out. They had dimensions and said, ‘Here, this should work.’”’

Briere played do-or-die Game 5 on same day with Sabres in ’07

‘"You know what? I think the mood is completely different," Briere said before the Flyers boarded a plane for Pittsburgh for today’s crucial Game 5 against the Penguins. "Last year, it felt like we just kind of squeaked by (in Game 4) and we kind of got lucky. We had lost (Dainius) Zubrus and we had a couple more guys (who) got injured really bad. They didn’t even know if they were going to play. Last year, the mood was going the other way, where this year we’ve played extremely well for two and a half periods (in Game 4). You know, we let them back in late in the game. But for two and a half periods, we played a solid game."’

Off-Season Game Plan: Sabres

‘Looking to the future, though, the Sabres are in the position to do some dealing this summer as they could have 15 NHL-calibre forwards, or more, on hand. For a team with holes on the blueline, there should be a match to be found that would allow the Sabres to shed some of their talent up front in order to solidify the back end.’

Sabres&#8217 season-ticket prices rising

‘Fans have started to receive invoices for the 2008-09 season, and backers in every section will pay 8 percent to 18 percent more than last year. Season-ticket prices are rising $3 to $6 per game. That is a per-seat increase of $123 to $246 for the 41-game season. Costs for a family of four would jump between $492 and $984.’

Buffalo’s Maine Place

‘The Sabres are leaving their American Hockey League base of Rochester after 29 years, and Portland is the likely destination. The Pirates are in their third season as the top affiliate for the Anaheim Ducks. Even those with a cursory knowledge of geography know it’s a long way from Maine to California – it is the farthest trek in the AHL at more than 3,000 miles – and joining with the Sabres would give Portland the benefit of having a parent in its own time zone.’

A sale of Sabres wouldn&#8217t be reason to panic

‘The NHL has enough problems generating interest in markets that haven’t been established. The last thing it intends to do is yank a team from a passionate hockey town.’

Ray sues players&#8217 union for post-lockout payout

‘The suit involves a case Ray brought against the union in December 2004. During the lockout, the NHLPA was paying its players a stipend of up to $10,000 a month. The money came from a fund the union collected in anticipation of the work stoppage. Ray did not receive payments because the union considered him retired, but he sued saying he wasn’t. The case was settled for $70,000. After the lockout, the union delivered another payment to players, this time in the amount of $150,000, according to the Star. Again, Ray did not get a check. That is the money the Sabres’ television analyst is seeking.’

Sabres and sabres Alumni Association assume control of Buffalo Jr. Sabres

‘“The Buffalo Sabres strongly believe in continuing to promote youth hockey programs throughout Western New York,” stated Buffalo Sabres Owner, B. Thomas Golisano. “The Buffalo Jr. Sabres gives these players the ability to develop their talent locally against the highest level of competition."’

Retired Sabres enforcer, Ray, sues NHLPA again

‘The latest lawsuit is a follow up to Ray’s first case against the NHLPA filed in December 2004 and settled out of court the following September. Ray had accused the NHLPA of refusing to pay him a monthly stipend — ranging between $5,000 and $10,000 — during the lockout which wiped out the 2004-05 season.’

Q and A with Felix Schutz

‘"The hardest part was first learning English. I couldn’t speak a word of English when I got there. My billet, friends, teammates helped me out. I talked to my billet the whole day and the hockey players too. The small ice, the intensity is different in Europe as well. Just everything took some adjusting to."’

Roy showing his versatility

‘“I knew my role at the start of the tournament — I’m going to play everywhere, in all types of situations,” said Roy, who has a goal, an assist and plays more than 12 minutes per game. “I’m taking on that role, and I’m enjoying it. I’m enjoying playing with great players, and the adjustment’s fun.”’