Archives for September 2008

Butler catches on quickly to new team, city

‘“You definitely notice that the people here love their sports,” Butler said. “You walk around St. Louis, and you don’t see people in Rams hats or Blues hats. Everywhere you go here, people have a Bills jersey on or a Sabres hat. They live and die for their sports here, which is good and bad. You have great fans, but there’s a lot of pressure.”’

LagacE returns magic from the camp of the Sabres

[Rough English translation from French language newspaper]:

‘“With the Sabres, I initially took part in a camp of recruits during four days, explained Jacob Lagacé. We then began the matches inter-team with the veterans from the Sabres. For the first match, there were 7000 people in the steps."’

Sabres beaten in little town

‘Sloppy work on the power play cost Buffalo twice as the Canadiens scored a pair of short-handed goals in the second period against Patrick Lalime.’

Ice dreams

‘I missed out on high school. I was there, but I really wasn’t there.’

”I had to work extremely to return to me where I am”

[Rough English translation from French language newspaper]:

‘“It is special, admitted Pominville by remembering its advance before the match of yesterday evening against the Canadian. During all these years, players saw themselves granting beautiful contracts a little everywhere in the league and I was delighted for them. They deserved it.”’

Wednesday’s Montreal Coverage

Habs bring cheer to Hockeyville (Montreal Gazette)

Photo gallery (

Roberval basks in the glow of NHL hockey (

Roberval celebrates hard work that led to Hockeyville (

Warm welcome greets Canadiens (

The following are rough English translations from French language sources:

A first victory! (Le Journal de Montreal)

“Our players had more strength” – Guy Carbonneau (Le Journal de Montreal)

Fortier and Desharnais had an insane pleasure (Le Journal de Montreal)

Marc Denis: “I must turn the page” (Le Journal de Montreal)

“I had to work extremely to return to me where I am” (Le Journal de Montreal)

Another year, another context for Josh Throats (La Presse)

Roberval CH: something of exceptional (La Presse)

A city in jubilation (La Presse)

The party was outside! (Le Quotidien)

Lagacé returns magic from the camp of the Sabres (Le Quotidien)

The Canadian beats the Sabres 3-2 front the amateurs of hockey the Roberval one (CP)

They were several to have the Roberval smile (CP)

Roberval can celebrate (

Tomas Plekanec scores 2, Canadiens top Sabres 3-2

Buffalo crawled back in the third period with goals by Derek Roy and Nathan Gerbe, but couldn’t get even.’

Tomas Plekanec scores two goals as Canadiens edge Sabres 3-2

‘Sabres coach Lindy Ruff praised Gerbe after the game. “He’s one of the players we think could play for us down the road,” Ruff said. “He’s got good speed, a good shot. Pound for pound, he may be one of our strongest players. In one-on-one confrontations, he doesn’t go down very often. It’s not easy to play against a player like that, for the simple reason that a defenceman doesn’t have leverage against him.”’

Montreal 3, Buffalo 2

‘Derek Roy and Nathan Gerbe each had a third-period goal for Buffalo. Patrick Lalime gave up all three Montreal goals on 15 shots through 40 minutes, while Adam Dennis stopped four shots without allowing a goal in the third period.’

Sabres relegate 8 to Canadian junior teams

‘Ennis, selected with the No. 26 pick in June, returns to play for Medicine Hat of the Western Hockey League. Among the other notable players relegated were rookie second-round pick, left wing Luke Adam (St. John’s of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League), and two 2007 second round picks, defensemen T.J. Brennan (St. John’s) and Drew Schiestel (Niagara, Ontario Hockey League).’

Numminen back ehome&#8217 with Sabres

‘“This is our home and it’s my home team,” Numminen said. “I had other options during the summer, but they weren’t options for me. If I’m going to play this year, I’m going to play here or I’m not going to play. …"’

Sabres return eight players to Junior clubs

‘…forwards Luke Adam (St. John’s, QMJHL), Paul Byron (Gatineau, QMJHL), Tyler Ennis (Medicine Hat WHL) and Jacob Lagace (Chicoutimi, QMJHL); defensemen T.J. Brennan (St. John’s, QMJHL), Nick Crawford (Saginaw, OHL), Drew Schiestel (Niagara, OHL) and Jordon Southorn (Prince Edward Island, QMJHL).’

Tuesday’s Montreal Coverage

Canadiens, Sabres skate into Hockeyville (Montreal Gazette)

The following are rough English translations from French language sources:

Roberval is ready to accomodate the Canadian and the Sabres (CP)

One great day for Roberval (CP)

Sabres juggle blue-liners

‘It means Tallinder and Lydman are going their separate ways, at least for now. Tallinder skated with rookie Mike Card in a 7-4 loss to Toronto in Air Canada Centre, while Lydman sat out.’

Tiny town earns host&#8217s role

‘The natives of Roberval, 270 miles north of Montreal, have turned the exhibition game into the toughest ticket in the league. Only 1,200 fans can fit in Benoit Levesque Arena, so those left out will watch on a big screen outside. Buffalonians can watch the game live at 7 tonight on the NHL Network.’