Archives for May 2008

Sabres sign Schutz

‘“Felix is a great competitor who plays at a high skill level,” Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier said. “His experience in both the QMJHL and German Elite League last season has rounded his game perfectly for the professional level.”’

Ex-Sabres enforcer Ray sues NHLPA

‘Former Buffalo Sabres enforcer Rob Ray is suing the NHLPA in New York Supreme Court over the payout of millions of dollars from the union’s so-called war chest after the lockout was resolved. Ray originally sued the NHLPA after the union excluded him from receiving monthly payments during the ’04-’05 lockout. After he settled that lawsuit, the union made lump-sum payouts to both current and former players. Now, Ray is suing for some of that money and seeking $1 million in punitive damages as well.’

Sabres reach 3-year deal with Schutz

‘Buffalo’s fourth-round pick in the 2006 NHL draft, Schutz was the German Elite League’s rookie of the year this past season after scoring 25 points (12 goals and 13 assists) in 46 games for ERC Ingolstadt.’

Sabres sizing up Gerbe as big addition

‘“I’ve heard (about my size) my whole life,” Gerbe said during a press conference at HSBC Arena to announce his contract, which will pay him $850,000 annually if he sticks in Buffalo. “They tell me I’m not going to play juniors, and then I go out and make the team and play juniors. You tell me I’m not going to get a Division I scholarship and play in college. I showed many people wrong doing that. And they say you can’t win a national title, and I’ve done that so far.”’

Sabres 2007-08 Rookie Review

‘The Sabres are in need of quality NHL defensemen, especially with the likely departure of Dmitri Kalinin in the offseason. Weber and Sekera are firmly entrenched in Buffalo, and will have the opportunity to play important roles. For a team that searched for its identity all season, the promising young blueliners may be a step toward the smart, tough-minded team the Sabres want to be.’

Sabres sign Felix Schutz

‘Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier announced today the Sabres have agreed to terms with forward Felix Schutz (pronounced SHOOT-z), who played last season with ERC Ingolstadt of the German Elite League. The Sabres selected Schutz in the fourth round (117th overall) of the 2006 Entry Draft.’

Balsillie may yet get the last laugh

‘And the Sabres work just fine as a business enterprise. They sold out 38 of 40 home games this past season, drew 71,000-plus to a New Year’s outdoor game at the Ralph Wilson Stadium, and made some money from their broadcast contract as well. And so, if Golisano wants to sell, who, other than Balsillie, might be ready to buy in Buffalo?’

Gerbe ready for next level

‘“This is a great opportunity for myself to further my career in hockey,” Gerbe said in HSBC Arena. “It would be great going back to school and finish up my degree, and that’s something I’m still going to pursue. . . . But I’m very excited to take this step and very proud.”’

American Hockey League endorses Amerks’ new owner

‘Donner said all current creditors will be paid and the team’s focus will turn to two pressing matters: finalizing a sole affiliation agreement with the NHL’s Florida Panthers and negotiating a new lease at Blue Cross Arena at the Community War Memorial.’

Sabres’ franchise will stay put, ownership says

‘Balsillie, who has taken runs at purchasing the Pittsburgh Penguins and Nashville Predators with designs on moving those teams to Hamilton, remains interested in acquiring an NHL team. "For the past six months or so, we have been making an effort to stay out of the media altogether with respect to hockey issues," a Balsillie representative wrote in an e-mail. "With respect, that policy must continue for the time being."’

Sabres ink Gerbe

‘The 20-year-old from Oxford, Michigan led the nation in scoring last season with 68 points in 43 games, including 35 goals. The Hobey Baker Award finalist, who is a diminutive 5-foot-5 and 165 pounds, led the Eagles to the NCAA title last season.’

Sabres sign BC forward Nathan Gerbe to 3-year deal

‘Forward Nathan Gerbe has signed a three-year deal potentially worth more than $2 million with the Buffalo Sabres, electing to forgo his senior year at Boston College.’

Sabres Sign Gerbe

‘Gerbe helped Boston College win the NCAA Championship over Notre Dame this season. The Junior was the runner-up for the Hobey Baker award for best Collegiate player. Gerbe had 5 goals and 3 assists in the Frozen Four.’

Sabres sign Nathan Gerbe

‘Gerbe (7/24/1987, 5’6”, 160 lbs.) led the nation in scoring this season with 68 points (35+33) in 43 games, five more than Hobey Baker Award winner Kevin Porter of Michigan. Gerbe scored points in 30 of 43 games, including a career-best five point (4+1) outing at Harvard on Dec. 12/07.’

Sabres prospect Gerbe won&#8217t be shortchanged

‘“Right now I’m 50-50,” said Gerbe, who added there has been little contact with the Sabres. “I would like to see what happens when I talk to them. I think it would be nice for a new challenge. Going back to school would also be fun. There’s definitely positives to both sides. I just have to get ready to make a good decision here. I’m pretty open. I like to hear both sides. I’ll probably go back to school and have a sit down with our coaching staff. I haven’t been able to do that yet. I think it would be good to hear what they have to say.”’