Sabres F Kaleta accepts qualifying offer

‘Kaleta is the first of Buffalo’s restricted free agents to accept the one-year qualifying offer or agree to a longer-term deal. That group of restricted free agents includes forward Drew Stafford and defenseman Andrej Sekera.’

Sabres open against Montreal

‘The formula for the 82-game schedule has the Sabres playing six games (three home, three away) against the other four teams in the Northeast Division and four games (2-2) against the other 10 teams in the Eastern Conference. There is one game against each of the 15 teams in the Western Conference and three at-large games against West teams Detroit, San Jose, and Phoenix.’

Kaleta accepts qualifying offer

‘Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier announced today that forward Patrick Kaleta has accepted his one-year qualifying offer.’

Sabres’ 2009-10 season schedule

‘Due to the 2010 Olympics, the NHL will take a break from their regular season slate starting February 15 and will return to action on March 1.’

Ruff sends wrong message

‘The bigger problem with Ruff’s show of confidence is that too many players already have grown too comfortable with this team. It was an opportunity for Ruff to say nobody should feel safe given the results, but he did the opposite. How the Sabres can continue getting away with selling status quo in this town is a mystery.’

Foligno’s inspiration is his mom

‘"Seeing her every day puts a fire in your belly to go out there and play for her," Marcus said. "It’s incredible to see what she does. She gets ticked off because she misses family events due to her sickness. She’s such a battler, such a fighter and wants to be with us every day. And we have to settle her down. She wants to do things 100 miles per hour."’

Highs and lows from development camp

‘If camp was any indication, Gerbe is ready to make a run at a roster spot. He consistently stood out among his peers, and offensive contributions came as often as they did in Portland last year. Don’t be surprised if he’s this year’s breakout Sabre.’

Sabres sign Dipenta

‘The Buffalo Sabres have agreed to a one-year deal with Joe Dipenta, a defenseman likely to give the AHL Portland Pirates a veteran presence.’

Sabres sign defenseman DiPenta for 1-year contract

‘The 30-year-old has played in 174 career NHL games, collecting 23 points and 110 penalty minutes with Atlanta and Anaheim. He won the Stanley Cup with the Ducks in 2007.’

Sabres agree to terms with Joe DiPenta

‘DiPenta (2/25/1979, 6’2”, 199 lbs.) collected six points (1+5) in 47 games with Frolunda of the Swedish Elite League last season.’

Ruff is content with standing pat

‘”I’m OK going in,” said Ruff, whose team finished two points out of a playoff spot. “We were pretty close to being where we wanted to be, and a couple disappointing things happened, and we ended up not getting there. The fact that we were able to put on a strong finish [7-2-1 in the final 10 games] was something that I really felt was important for our team.”‘

Dineen still in learning mode

‘“It’s like anything, you just get a level of confidence. I come to a camp like this and I enjoy spending the time with Brian McCutcheon and Lindy Ruff and James Patrick, it’s like a week of Hockey 101,” Dineen said. “We come in and we’re talking about systems, we’re talking about players. The learning curve is really long and I’ve only been doing this four years."’

Young Sabres building bonds

‘The Sabres gave up on four former prospects and Pirates: goaltender Adam Dennis, forward Dylan Hunter and defensemen Mike Card and Michael Funk, who signed with Vancouver. Free-agent signees who won’t return to Portland include Mathieu Darche, who signed with Montreal, and Tyler Bouck and Colin Murphy, who both agreed to play in Europe.’

Gerbe again a star at camp

‘“My main goal is to play for Buffalo. Anything less and I’m going to be disappointed in myself,” Gerbe said after Thursday’s session. “If I have to go down to Portland, I’ll be disappointed but I’ll work as hard as I can to get back up. I know this is where I want to be.”’

Buffalo Sabres sign free agent center Matt Ellis

‘Ellis joined the Sabres just before last season after being claimed off waivers from the Los Angeles Kings. In 45 games for Buffalo, he scored a career-high seven goals and registered a career-high 12 points.’