Archives for January 2009

Adjusting in Edmonton

‘“If things are going good, they get more,” Ruff said. “If it looks like Marc, or the pairs, are having a tough time, you are going to have to back off.”’

Oilers were Stafford’s destiny

‘"Through his dad and his uncle, we didn’t think Drew could be anything but an Oiler, but, hey, Buffalo got him," said Barrie, who keeps tabs on his nephew and talks to him once a month or so. He jokingly says he’s got a cadre of buddies (training staff, maybe even officials) looking out for Drew in whichever rink he’s playing in. "This will be the first time I’ve ever seen him play live," said Barrie.’

Sabres go back at it with four-game trek

‘“It’s not just saying things, it’s actually doing them,” center Paul Gaustad said. “We had talked in the locker room before, but now guys are finally doing the things we’ve talked about. That’s a big key, starting to walk our talk, so to speak.”’

Ex-Sabres scout passes

‘John Andersen, an original member of the Buffalo Sabres’ hockey department, died on Thursday in Ontario. He was 74.’

Tuesday’s Edmonton Coverage

Oilers were Stafford’s destiny (Edmonton Journal)

Game day (Edmonton Journal)

Buffalo (24-18-5) at Edmonton (24-19-3) (AP)

Oilers eye fourth straight win (Sportsticker)

Buffalo Sabres (24-18-5) at Edmonton Oilers (24-19-3) (The Sports Network)

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Tuesday’s Portland Coverage

Gragnani Recalled by Buffalo (

Pirates Announce Fan Favorite Bobblehead Series (

Mancari Ready For AHL All-Star Classic (

Portland report (

Sabres recall D Gragnani from Portland

‘The Sabres (24-18-5) have lost three of their top six defensemen — Tallinder, Andrej Sekera and Teppo Numminen — during an eight-day span.’

Q and A with Thomas Vanek

‘I guess what is surprising is how many fans are here for every single event. At the same time it is Montreal so I shouldn’t be too surprised but it’s just crazy here. Even the morning skate was sold out. It’s pretty neat to see.’

Sabres recall Gragnani from Portland

‘Gragnani (3/11/1987, 6’1”, 180 lbs.) is fourth among all AHL blueliners with 30 points (4+26) in 44 games this season. Gragnani is fifth on Portland in scoring, and his 26 assists are tied for the team lead. He is also +3, along with 34 PIMs. This will be Gragnani’s second NHL recall to Buffalo; he appeared in two games last season.’

Sabres go with youngster

‘With Portland going into its All Star break the Sabres have called up D Marc-Andre Gragnani.’

Sabres’ Vanek is star gazing

‘”When I look back at it, I say that I wouldn’t change a thing that I’ve done,” Vanek said. “Every decision that me and my family made, it turned out pretty well so far.”‘

Sunday’s Portland Coverage

Darche’s goal completes sweep (Portland Press Herald)

Pirates beat Sound Tigers for second straight night (Connecticut Post)

Darche gives Pirates OT win (Maine Hockey Journal)

Pirates Prevail in Overtime Thriller, 2-1 (

Pirates 2, Sound Tigers 1 (

Sabres&#8217 road trip will air on local TV

‘”When you start looking at the All-Star break and the whole next week, without the Sabres out there for that long, was probably a mistake,” Quinn said. “I’m glad that fans were mad that we weren’t going to be on, and I’m glad that we’re able to accommodate the fact that they have that much passion for it.”‘

Sabres announce updated broadcast schedule

‘The Buffalo Sabres announced today that all four games of the upcoming Western road trip will now be available locally on MSG. In each case, viewers will see the home team feed.’

Sabres Midseason Chances

‘True, the Sabres probably aren’t going to reach Boston at the top of the conference and that makes it a near certainty that the highest they can finish is fourth place, but big deal. Buffalo has looked good against Boston — and for that matter, most of the top teams in the NHL — this season.’