Archives for July 2008

Rivet gets over trade shock

‘“I’m not going to lie. I wasn’t happy about being moved,” Rivet said by telephone. “It wasn’t the point of me going to Buffalo. I didn’t care where I would have gone. I was leaving a place that I really enjoyed. I had a great setup, and now that’s done. Now, I have to start over. We’ve heard great things about Buffalo. We’re excited.”’

An easy decision for Myers

‘"I picked Canada because I feel I wouldn’t be where I am today as a hockey player if I hadn’t moved to Canada with my dad," Myers, who was drafted by Buffalo in the first round this year, told "I feel I owe them a lot."’

Going Platinum

‘“Every business in the world prices their product based on demand,” Sabres managing partner Larry Quinn said. “I don’t know why hockey should be different. Just look at the airlines. If you want to go to San Francisco, and you want to leave this week, you’re going to pay $1,500. If you book your flight two months ago, you’re going to pay $400.”’

Prospect Profile: Chris Butler

‘When Chris Butler signed a contract with the Buffalo Sabres on April 13, 2008, opting to forgo his final year at the University of Denver, he became the fourth player in the past three years to leave DU early for a chance to play in the NHL. His collegiate career may be over on the ice, but off the ice it’s a different story; Butler plans to complete his bachelor’s degree in Business within the next two years to keep a promise he made to his grandmother. That shows loyalty and determination that would be welcome by teammates and fans wherever he plays.’

2008-09 Variable Pricing Schedule

‘The Buffalo Sabres have added a fifth “Platinum” category to its variable pricing schedule for the 2008-2009 season. The three Toronto games and a Friday night game against Montreal on February 6 will fulfill the Platinum category this year.’

Cunneyworth joins Thrashers&#8217 staff

‘“I’m very happy for him,” Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier said Friday. “It’s well-deserved, and he’ll do a terrific job.”’

Miller Signing HUGE for Sabres Image

‘Make no mistake, Quinn and Regier and certainly Golisano could spend millions and never create the positive buzz they’ve created by convincing Miller to literally bank on Buffalo’s future. Soon, they’ll arrive at a number Jason Pominville likes, and the deadly momentum of the 2006-2007 off season will be headed back in the right direction.’

Pirates may keep Dineen

‘The Buffalo Sabres have spoken with Kevin Dineen during the past week about remaining head coach of the Portland Pirates. Dineen coached the Pirates for the past three seasons when the AHL team was affiliated with the Anaheim Ducks. “You can say we’ve had some positive discussions and we’re looking forward to wrapping things up soon,” Dineen said Friday.’

Sabres sign Darche; lose Cunneyworth

‘The Montreal native should provide the strong, veteran presence the Sabres have lacked the last couple of seasons in the minors. Darche has been one of the best AHL players this decade, scoring 28 or more goals four times and 59 or more points three times. He tallied a career-best 35 goals and 80 points in 76 games with Worcester two years ago, his last full AHL campaign.’

Sabres sign journeyman LW Darche

‘The Sabres are well-stocked at forward and are expected to have Darche open this season with their new AHL affiliate in Portland, Maine.’

Sabres sign LW Darche

‘Darche, 31, played in 73 games last season with the Tampa Bay Lightning, posting career highs with seven goals and 15 assists for 22 points. Prior to last season, Darche had notched just a goal and an assist in 28 games over parts of four seasons with Columbus, Nashville and San Jose.’

Thrashers Name Assistant Coaches for ’08-09

‘Cunneyworth, 47, just completed his eighth season at the helm of the AHL’s Rochester Americans and earned a 306-267-67 record in 640 career games behind the Amerk’s bench. He ranks second on the franchise’s all-time list for games coached and wins and is only the second coach in the franchise’s 52-year history to coach 500 games.’

Sabres sign Mathieu Darche

‘The left winger (11/26/1976, 6’1”, 217 lbs.) spent the 2007-08 season with Tampa Bay, recording a career-high 22 points (7+15) in 73 games. He also picked up 10 points (3+7) in four games with Norfolk (AHL). Darche has 24 points (8+16) in 101 career NHL games with Columbus, Nashville, San Jose and Tampa Bay.’

Sabres&#8217 preseason includes Hockeyville

‘Two of the Sabres’ seven exhibitions will be played in HSBC Arena, and the games will be on back-to-back weekend nights. The Sabres host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sept. 27 and welcome the Minnesota Wild on Sept. 28 in a pair of 7 p. m. games. Ticket information will be announced later.’

Miller: eI chose Buffalo&#8217

‘“We all care about each other, we all want to win,” he said. “I think that attitude is first and foremost. I’m just excited for the future.”’