Archives for July 2009

Buffalo inks F Ellis to one-year deal

‘The 6-foot-1, 210-pound left winger set career highs in goals (7), assists (5), and points (12) in 45 games with the Sabres last season.’

Sabres sign Matt Ellis

‘Ellis now has 20 points (10+10) in 115 career NHL games with Buffalo, Los Angeles and Detroit. The 27-year-old native of Welland, Ont., was claimed off waivers by the Sabres from Los Angeles on October 1, 2008.’

Sabres prospect Myers looking to stick around

‘Since being drafted a year ago, Myers has grown another inch and added 10 pounds. He would eventually like to stack on another 10 pounds to help offset some of his lankiness. "Hopefully I’m slowing down here (with my height), and hopefully I can start growing outward," he said with a smile.’

Weber: ”This is my year”

‘“I’ve been through the ‘should have been there, could have been there’ [stage]… Now it’s the last year of my contract. Now is the time to get it together.”’

Sabres’ Kennedy, Gerbe look to fill job openings

‘"It helps," Kennedy said. "Last year I kind of knew going into camp that I didn’t really have a shot at making the team, but I just wanted to make a real good impression. This year, I know with the season that I had in Portland, if I have a good camp, I’ll have a pretty good shot at maybe getting one of those spots."’

Foligno making a name for himself

‘“I like to bet on character. I like to bet on genes,” Kevin Devine, the team’s director of the scouting, said earlier this month. “Everything just pointed to him. And then the fact that the name is Foligno was a bonus.”’

Gaustad, Ertle and Stadey Join WAHA Leadership

‘The Portland Winterhawks have announced the appointment of current NHL player and former Winterhawk Paul Gaustad as spokesman for the Winterhawks Amateur Hockey Association (WAHA), Mark Ertle as executive director, and Portland hockey coach Ben Stadey as director of hockey operations.’

Kassian riding shotgun

‘“I’ve already learned so much,” he said regarding the camp. “Even their work ethic behind the scenes… It’s not just on the ice but they work so hard off the ice to get in shape and do the little things to be a good player. I want to get out there as soon as possible. Hopefully it’s sooner rather than later.”’

Sabres anxious to see Kassian showcase talents

‘“Obviously, I like to go into the dirty areas and get the puck and play physical, stand up for teammates,” he said. “But (I) also have skill and can put the puck in the net.”’

Division foes improve as Sabres snooze

‘The Sabres, meanwhile, are selling … well … what, exactly? They finished 10th in the conference last season. They haven’t signed Drew Stafford or any other restricted free agents. They haven’t made any trades, which is supposedly the plan. To improve they’ll need much more than the Craig Rivet-type moves they made last year.’

Sabres’ Butler goes to the tape

‘”I can still learn a lot,” Butler said. “We’ve got all my games logged on the computer, and I can watch those. But we get an opportunity to watch a lot of other teams’ videos, and I can pick or choose what some of the other teams do, kind of dissect what makes them successful.”‘

Schutz still skating under radar

‘“I don’t have to be in the newspaper all the time,” Schutz said Tuesday. “I’m just trying to do my job on the ice and off it. I don’t think it’s a great thing that I’m not in the paper, but I don’t think it’s a bad thing. I guess I’ll just deal with it.”’

Wednesday’s Portland Coverage

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Sabres getting their answers about Myers

‘“I think if you would’ve asked me (if he could play this season) when we drafted him I would’ve said very close to zero percent,” Regier said. “I think what’s happened now is we’re going to have to give him a look. … His game has really taken off, really matured.”’

Sabres prospect Myers makes sizable impression in camp

‘It will become clear over the next couple of months whether the Sabres feel Myers is ready. General Manager Darcy Regier has said he’s trying to make trades, and if a defenseman or two depart, it could mean there’s room for Myers.’