Archives for June 2008

Gaustad signs, Miller’s agent talks with Sabres

‘Gaustad was a restricted free agent and had been given a qualifying offer. Dan Paille, Mike Mancari, Steve Bernier and Clarke MacArthur have also been given qualifying offers.’

With free agency looming, Sabres have some holes to fill

‘While I love Paul Gaustad as much as the next guy, the Sabres should demand more from a third line center. Gaustad might be the best and most ideal fourth line center in the league but asking anything more than that may be asking too much from the Goose.’

Conserving Energy at HSBC Arena

‘Instead a typical 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. workweek Monday through Friday, the staff arrives at 8 a.m., Monday through Thursday, and leaves at 5 p.m. “The benefits are obviously that we are producing less pollution that results from driving cars as well as providing some relief to employees spending money on fuel,” DiPofi said.’

Sabres re-sign Gaustad to a four-year deal

‘The 26-year-old Gaustad was scheduled to become a restricted free agent on July 1.’

Sabres sign C Gaustad to four-year contract

‘"We felt it was very important to sign Paul to a multi-year deal at this stage of his career," Buffalo general manager Darcy Regier said. "He has become an integral part of our team both on and off the ice in the past three years."’

Sabres re-sign C Paul Gaustad to $9.2 million deal

‘“I’m excited about where this team is headed, and I’ve really come to love playing in Buffalo,” he said by telephone from his home in Portland, Ore.’

Sabres open talks to re-sign G Ryan Miller

‘“It’s too early to say, but any time we have any conversation in that area, it’s always good,” Regier said, characterizing the discussions, after the team’s rookie training camp session at Niagara University.’

Gerbe a hit with fans

‘“He has fun,” said Regier, who thinks Gerbe’s desire should help him overcome his diminutive stature on the journey to the NHL. “I wouldn’t count him out, that’s for sure.”’

Q and A with Mike Weber

‘Who was one person who helped you along in your first camp? “Daniel Paille was probably the biggest one. He was there my first year. He was a guy coming around making sure everyone knew how to get back to the hotel and knew where they were going to eat. He was the guy I looked up to then. Hopefully I am as good as he was. He was an excellent leader for us.”‘

Wide-open market in place

‘Buffalo has five players entering the market — Dmitri Kalinin, Teppo Numminen, Nolan Pratt, Michael Ryan and Jocelyn Thibault — and Kalinin is probably the only one who will get a contract offer Tuesday on the first day of bidding. The others are on the second tier (or lower), so there shouldn’t be a big outcry inside or outside the organization if any or all leave town.’

Ennis flys around Dwyer

‘“I just don’t think about it,” he said. “I know what I can do and what I have to do. I’m confident in my abilities. That’s what got me here.”’

Zagrapan hopes grasp of English transfers to better point production

‘“I didn’t understand what they were saying in the locker room,” he said. “I didn’t understand what the coaches were trying to tell me. I didn’t know how to have a conversation with the guys.”’

Butler hoping to answer bell

‘“He’s the ultimate two-way defenseman. He can and does provide offense, but he does it with minimal risk to his game,” current RPI head coach and former DU assistant Seth Appert told Inside College Hockey. “When he contributes offensively he does it by making great decisions. Chris is a rare defenseman that runs the first power play, but can also match against the other team’s top line.”’

Familiar faces help Adam

‘Helping him become acclimated with his new club are two familiar faces from his current team in the QMJHL: defenesman TJ Brennan and centerman Jean-Simon Allard. “Coming in with two teammates, it definitely makes it easier,” Adam said. “They know a couple people in camp from last year so I get to fit in a little easier. It’s great having them here and not having to start from scratch.”’

Prospects reunite at camp

‘“It’s a lot of fun,” Orpik said in Dwyer Arena. “You see how each guy develops in terms of where they were when they were younger and how they are now. You never stop talking to the guys. Timmy and I remained friends even when we weren’t playing together, talking to each other, seeing how things are going."’