Archives for June 2009

Regier Press Conference

‘Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier addressed the media Monday, discussing the upcoming NHL Entry Draft in Montreal, the free-agency landscape and the team’s offseason needs.’

Spacek wants to remain with Buffalo, but…

‘“Once July 1 comes, it isn’t like we’re precluded from speaking to Buffalo,” he said.’

Sabres GM Regier is feeling a bit of heat

‘"I think that’s out there every year," he said. "The only difference is the degree that it’s out there. I’ve dealt with that in the past and will deal with it going forward. … I honestly don’t spend a lot of time worrying about what other people think. I certainly respect what other people think, but there’s a job to do and that’s got to be the focal point."’

Sabres interested in re-signing D Spacek

‘”It would be nice if we could find some way to get something done,” Regier said.’

Fix hockey department, bring on Bouwmeester and the kids

‘If I can’t land Bouwmeester, there are options that would allow me to improve the blue line and leave money to spend elsewhere. Good players should be available in the trade market with so many teams bumped against the cap. The Sabres could use another center and more offense off the wing. The team was 17th in scoring but the current group would generate more offense with a puck-moving defenseman.’

Tough guys on first line will set tone for Sabres

‘I don’t care if they’re lined up against Sidney Crosby and Joe Thornton, or Chris Neil and Donald Brashear. They’re starting. They’re setting the tone. People think my squad is soft? Wait till your ear drums pound when Kaleta rattles someone off the boards 10 seconds into the game. Wait till Gaustad drives the crease at the 30-second mark, showing the goaltender what’s coming all night.’

Part of top exec’s job is getting out of the way

‘And ownership better be thinking two steps ahead. To wit, I ask this: What if this team is sitting, say, 12th in the East come Thanksgiving week? Is ownership prepared to make the decisions — and pay the money necessary — if a coaching change turns out to be in order? Better be. Same for a GM change.’

Financial challenges face Buffalo Sabres

‘A new Business First study ranks Buffalo among the six National Hockey League markets that face the most imposing barriers to long-term financial success.’

The goal that wasn’t, 10 years later

‘"Everybody does remember that," McKee conceded. "There was a GM this year talking about the video system, and he mentioned how Brett Hull scored a goal that shouldn’t have counted. Even people outside of Buffalo or just our team know it as well, and that certainly stings a bit. But you can’t live and worry about things that didn’t go your way in the past."’

Aaron Portzline looks ahead: Buffalo

‘The Sabres simply don’t have the budget or cap room to spend too much more on forwards.’

Sabres 2009 draft preview

‘As a team, the Sabres have not been able to impose their will on their opponent. The organization has not put a premium on big, physical forwards over the past several seasons. With Drew Stafford a restricted free agent this season, the trend may continue.’

Canadian fans may not abandon Sabres

‘"My tickets are about half the price to what comparable seats would be in the Air Canada Centre [in Toronto]," Talosi says. "They are the nicest seats you can get without being in a [luxury] box. A pair probably works out to about $100, $110 per seat, and for every pair you get a parking pass for the [lot] attached to the arena."’

Hamilton councillor threatens boycott of Sabres, Leafs

‘”For the last 30 years, Hamilton’s been very active in trying to obtain an NHL team,” Merulla said Thursday. “In 1990, the last time we were even remotely close to obtaining a team, we always were very suspicious that Buffalo and Toronto played a significant role – behind closed doors – in preventing us from getting a team.”‘

Councillor asks Sabres to back team

‘Nonetheless, a Hamilton city councillor isn’t pleased with the lack of chatter. Sam Merulla, who represents Ward 4, has issued a release calling for the Sabres to back a team in his city or risk facing a boycott.’

Prostate cancer event to feature Ruff, Robitaille

‘Ruff is the guest speaker, and Robitaille will moderate a panel discussion featuring prostate cancer experts.’