Archives for June 2009

Regier reflects on Buffalo&#8217s status after draft

‘“I think there’s been a little bit of shift in the National Hockey League,” Regier said Monday at HSBC Arena. “When we came out of the lockout the game was designed for speed – speed and skill. And over the last few years I think there’s been a shift back to more size and more physical play, and I think you have to – in our case felt we needed to – respond to that.”’

Sabres expect to avoid holiday shopping

‘"Regardless of what happens in the next week or two weeks, we’re going to work to see if we can improve the hockey club," Regier said. "It doesn’t have to all come through unrestricted signings or free agent signings. It can come through trades. I just think there will be more work over the course of the summer this year than probably in the past."’

Sabres extend qualifying offers to three players

‘The Buffalo Sabres retained the rights to three key restricted free agents by extending qualifying offers to forwards Drew Stafford and Clarke MacArthur and defenseman Andrej Sekera.’

Undrafted Fine gets camp invite

‘"He (Weissman) told me I was high on their list," said Fine, reached at his North York, Ont., home. "It sounded to me as if they would have taken me if they’d had all of their picks. Hearing that picked up my spirits."’

Foligno going back home to Buffalo

‘"When I heard my name get called, it didn’t hit me at first. It took a little bit," Foligno said. "I started walking around with the Buffalo jersey on and talking to people and then it hit me … Holy crap I’m going to Buffalo. It was a dream come true."’

Sabres pick former McQuaid goalie Knapp

‘Knapp, a goaltender, who just completed his freshman year at Miami (Ohio) University was picked with the 164th pick.’

By and large, Sabres address needs

‘The Sabres left the draft Saturday with six players, and all have the physique to stand out in a crowd. The three forwards and two defensemen average nearly 6-foot-2 1/2 inches and 198 pounds, and the goaltender is a 6-5, 215-pounder.’

Buffalo direction for Maxime Legault

[Rough English translation from French language source]

‘193 players were called before him, but waiting will have been worth the blow for Maxime Legault. Without the shade of a doubt the future captain of the Cataracts, the #54 raised a broad smile when the managing director of the Sabres of Buffalo, Darcy Regier, pronounced his name in round seventh.’

Saturday’s Marcus Foligno Coverage

Foligno crosses fingers in Montreal (Sudbury Star)

The McNabb, Myers connection

‘Playing for the Notre Dame Hounds in 2005-06, McNabb joined Myers both on the blueline and in stature – McNabb stands at 6-foot-4, 200 pounds while Myers is 6-foot-7. “It’ll be great to see him,” McNabb said. “Darcy [Regier] told me all about development camp and Buffalo so I’m really excited. Hopefully he can show me around a bit."’

Buffalo chooses Kassian in first round of NHL draft

‘Leafs GM Brian Burke said earlier in the week that he had his eye on Kassian, but the team never had a chance to snag him before Buffalo picked him up.’

Sabres draft son of former captain Mike Foligno

‘The Sabres opened the second day of the draft by selecting 6-foot-4 defenseman Brayden McNabb, who played for Kootenay of the Western Hockey League.’

Sabres jump on Foligno in fourth round

‘Marcus Foligno, a 6-foot-2, 200-pounder, played for Mike with Sudbury of the Ontario Hockey League. He had 12 goals, 18 assists and 96 penalty minutes in 65 games last season. Marcus Foligno, 17, was born in Buffalo on Aug. 10, 1991. His older brother, Nick, plays for the Ottawa Senators.’

Kassian rejoices with family

‘"They’re my new favourite team," chuckled Kassian. "I got picked by a great team and it’s an honour. I’ve heard nothing but great things. It’s a great city and great hockey town. It’s a well known, well developed market in the U. S. with great fan support. (Ex-Pete) Pat Kaleta plays there and another guy I know Mike Weber. They say it’s a great place to play. There is a lot of work to be done, but it’s a great day."’

Sabres Take Kassian in First Round; Regier trying to get into the 2nd round

‘As far as Kassian stepping in the October Regier said, "That’s too much to ask. He’ll come to the conditioning camp, he’ll come to training camp and with his size, he’ll get a lot of attention, but as far as him playing, it’s a reach."’