Archives for May 2008

Balsillie still in the hunt as would-be team owner

‘Billionaire Jim Balsillie contacted the owner of the Buffalo Sabres about buying the team earlier this season, a sign the Research in Motion co-founder is still seeking an NHL franchise after two previous high-profile flameouts.’

Pominville surprised by criticism of playing for U.S.

‘”I had never been part of the Canadian program, never participated in any events with them,” said Pominville, who had 80 points in 82 games for Buffalo this season and is a nominee for the Lady Byng Trophy for the NHL’s most gentlemanly player. “The U.S. found out I was dual. Again, it’s not as if I did anything wrong. I have the right to do what I did. I accepted their invitation as soon as they asked. I’m just excited by the opportunity and hopefully I can help the team now and in the future.”‘

Built around Briere, Flyers find winning formula

‘With every day that passes without a contract agreement, the chances increase that Sabres prospect Nathan Gerbe is headed back to college for his senior year. If he plays out his final season, he’s as good as gone. You would think the Sabres learned their lessons over the past few years, but they continue jerking around their players. They could end up alienating — and losing — Gerbe and South Buffalo native Tim Kennedy if both players decide to get tough in negotiations. And they would have every right.’

Sabres fans playing another round of ‘what might have been’

‘Not only did Buffalo fail to qualify for post-season play after topping the NHL points only the year before, but former Sabres appear to be here, there and everywhere as the second round of the playoffs wind down and the Stanley Cup contenders begin to distance themselves from the pack.’

Byron small, mighty good

‘At 5-9, 144 pounds (an upgrade from the 5-8, 135-pound listing at the 2007 NHL entry draft), he could pass for a junior team’s stick boy. He makes his slightly built linemate, Claude Giroux, look like an enforcer by comparison.’

Pominville&#8217s future is now Team USA

‘Pominville is proud to represent the U.S. and doesn’t understand why anyone would make a big deal out of it. He has just as much right to skate for Uncle Sam as he did to wear the Maple Leaf.’

Sabres Top 20 prospects, Spring 2008

‘1. Jhonas Enroth.’

Thursday’s Rochester Coverage

Six Nations man buying Amerks (Hamilton Spectator)

AHL, NLL to Vote on Amerks/Khawks Owner (