Thursday’s Portland Coverage

Prospect Profile: Tim Kennedy (PortlandPirates.com)

Portland partnership opens new opportunities

‘Nevertheless, if you ever get the chance to see the future of the Sabres, I encourage you to take a stroll in the Old Port District and allow yourself to feel excited thinking about the possibilities for Buffalo’s developing inner harbor.’

Wednesday’s Portland Coverage

He’ll be staying on the bench (Portland Press Herald)

Three More Join Pirates Hockey Operations Staff (PortlandPirates.com)

Weinrich Named Pirates’ Assistant Coach (PortlandPirates.com)

#7: Pirates Set a Franchise Record (PortlandPirates.com)

Pirates Announce 2008-2009 Schedule (PortlandPirates.com)

Sabres cut exhibition prices

‘All tickets for the Buffalo Sabres two home preseason games will be sold at discounted prices ranging from $20- $45 and children 12 and under can receive half-price tickets, the team announced Monday.’

Tuesday’s Portland Coverage

Pirates get familiar assistant (Portland Press Herald)

Prospect Profile: Dylan Hunter (PortlandPirates.com)

Sabres Summer Tour 08

‘The Buffalo Sabres and Verizon FiOS invite you to join them on Tuesday, August 26 on Birchwood Court in Williamsville for a stop on “Summer Tour ’08, ” celebrating the launch of FiOS in another Western New York neighborhood. The event runs from 5-8 p.m.’

Peters mixes it up

‘To help raise money for the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children, the forward has picked up a summer job at Pearl Street Grille on Tuesday nights, bartending from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.’

2008 preseason ticket prices

‘The Buffalo Sabres today announced the ticket prices for their two pre-season home games, with tickets ranging from $20 to $45. All children 12 and under will receive 50 percent off all price levels with the purchase of an adult ticket.’

Auctioneer sought to run sale of Memorial Auditorium keepsakes

‘More than 1,700 “Blue Section” seats and 47 hockey dasher boards will be sold to the highest bidders at an auction that organizers say will be a lively community party.’

Friday’s Portland Coverage

Prospect Profile: Marc-Andre Gragnani (PortlandPirates.com)

An Easy decision for Lalime

‘“Everybody I talked to around the league told me about the city,” he said. “They said it was a great place to live and raise a family; the schools are great, the fans are great. It sounded like a good deal for me.”’

Sabres’ Brennan focusing on defense

‘"He has to become like a lot of kids going from juniors to the professional game. He thinks offense, but you have to be capable defensively. Hopefully, his skating agility and his defensive awareness will improve. He needs to work on his pivoting, his turning to skate backwards, his first couple of steps. Anyone can skate a straight line. Today’s game is about wiggling around, making tight turns, skating in a phone booth. You have to be able to maneuver, get a little space and throw a puck on net."’

Rivet eager to start new era in Buffalo

‘For me, it gives me a new beginning, a chance to come back closer to friends and family, which is a great thing,” said Rivet, who was in Buffalo earlier this month to find a place to live and check out the area. I’ve spoken to a lot of players who have played there previously and every single guy I talked to has loved it there. I’m really looking forward to getting down there. I’ve spoke to the GM(Darcy Regier) and coach Lindy Ruff. This is a young, talented team. I think last year, they were among the top five in the league in goals (fourth, with 255). They have a lot of guys who can score goals and put up offence, but at the same time, they’re allowing a lot of goals against. We are going to score goals, but if we can get better defensively and worry about our defensive zone and cut down on those goals against, I think we’ll be pretty solid.”‘

30 Teams in 30 Days — Buffalo

‘The Sabres are at an interesting crossroads. They didn’t miss the playoffs by much last season, but don’t really appear ready to vault back towards the conference’s elite. A full season of Connelly, a bounce back year from Afinogenov and a step forward from a young guy like Drew Stafford could make that possible, but another year on the fringe of playoff contention seems like more of a possibility.’

Saturday’s Portland Coverage

Prospect Profile: Phillip Gogulla (PortlandPirates.com)