Archives for June 2008

Weber eager to stay a Sabre

‘“It was kind of a dream come true, but you could even throw disappointing in there,” Weber said of his debut season. “Being called up was really exciting and being given a chance to try and help my teammates out and make the playoffs was really exciting down the stretch. But disappointing is the fact we didn’t make the playoffs and go farther.”’

Orpik turns down Penguins’ offer

‘He could command $4 million annually from potential suitors – a group that figures to include the New York Rangers and Buffalo Sabres. Orpik’s brother, Andrew, is a prospect with the Sabres, and told the Buffalo News on Tuesday that Buffalo "is a place (Brooks Orpik) would definitely want to come." The Orpik brothers were raised in a Buffalo suburb.’

St. Francis’ Scarsella shines at camp

‘“I didn’t know what to expect,” Scarsella said. “I’m playing the best of the best. I just got lucky a couple of times.”’

Gerbe back in camp, this time as a known commodity

‘“I don’t know if there’s a kid in the country that works harder than he does, and he was finally rewarded tonight. He’s a catalyst for that team and he stepped up in the big moments. I think that second goal epitomized what he is: sprawling out, diving and putting it away. It’s definitely a hard one to take, but it’s good to see a kid who works so hard succeed in a moment like this.”’

Kaleta: A big hit at Dev-Camp

‘“[Two years ago] I was a younger guy trying to make an impression and now I’m a veteran in this camp, believe it or not,” said Kaleta. “I just want [the prospects] to have the best time they can here.”’

Myers taking strides

‘What is surprising about the blueliner, however, is the footwork he possesses and the strong strides that almost seem to defy his large frame. “I find it to be one of my bigger strengths,” Myers said. “My dad was my first teacher and he always told me that as a bigger guy you have to be able to skate if you want to make it anywhere in hockey. That’s what I worked on.”’

Q&A with Nathan Gerbe

‘What are you trying to get out of this camp? “I’m just looking to get my skills shaper, meet the other prospects and other guys who are also competing for spots. It’s always fun to come out here and play the game. A camp like this really helps you get into shape and start your summer off on the right note. You’ve got to come back in August, so right now, is just a stepping stone.”’

Justin Jokinen

‘"Obviously, we are happy for Justin and it’s good for the program with the exposure it gives," said MSU men’s hockey coach Troy Jutting. "Now he needs to come here and hopefully develop the way that we think he can and the way that Buffalo thinks he can."’

Enroth takes steps forward

‘Enroth feels he’s ready, which is why he signed a three-year, $1.9 million deal with the Sabres last month. There was nothing else to learn in Europe, where he led the Swedish league with a 2.13 goals-against average. “It felt like I played well in two good seasons at home,” Enroth said. “I feel like I had to make the next step.”’

Sabres have some work to do

‘It was evident in the draft, when Buffalo went for a lot of tall teenagers who might make an impact in the latter stages of an Obama administration. Otherwise, it’s the same collection of softies who missed the playoffs last season, a year after winning the President’s Trophy.’

Team opens development camp at Niagara University

‘“I wasn’t sure about him,” said John Adams of Niagara Falls. “But he can really skate, for being that big (6-foot-7).”’

Sabres extend qualifying offers to five players

‘Buffalo Sabres general manager Darcy Regier announced today that the team has extended qualifying offers to all five of its restricted free agents.’

NY judge reduces sentences for Rigas dad, son

‘The 15-year sentence of 82-year-old Adelphia founder John Rigas was reduced to 12 years and the 20-year sentence of his son Timothy Rigas was reduced to 17 years by U.S. District Judge Leonard B. Sand in Manhattan. The Rigases, convicted of charges including conspiracy, bank fraud and securities fraud, began serving their sentences last August.’

Rookie camp at Niagara starts today

‘Boston College star and Hobey Baker runner-up Nathan Gerbe will miss today’s opening day since he and his national champion Eagle teammates were spending the Tuesday at the White House.’

NHL doesn&#8217t joke around with MSU recruit

‘“I talked to a lot of scouts and a lot of people, and some guys told me he could possibly go as early as the second round,” Jokinen’s high school coach, Dave Esse, said. “I was a little disappointed that he went in the fourth round. … But it’s all in the eye of the beholder. There’s someone out there for everybody. It’s like a dating service; you never know what they’ll like.”’