Archives for July 2009

Camp at NU open for public

‘“I’m going to come into camp this year working for a spot on the team, and I’m going to do everything I can on and off the ice,” said Myers, who heard that general manager Darcy Regier gave the up-and-coming defenseman a legitimate shot of making this year’s roster. “It’s always nice to hear things like that coming from the Sabres. Whenever you do hear things like that it makes you want to work even harder.”’

McNabb prepared for camp

‘“I’ve heard a lot about this camp from the other guys and was told it was pretty tough and very demanding,” McNabb said following the first on-ice session at Dwyer Ice Arena on Monday. “They also said the coaches were going to take it a little easier on us this year… and that works for me.”’

MacArthur takes arbitration

‘The deadline for salary arbitration notification is today at 5 p.m., so more names may be released at that time. Hearings will be held in Toronto from July 20 to August 4.’

Sabres and Bills draft tough to fill needs

‘The Sabres, after watching their finesse players bullied around the ice for the last few seasons, invested in a trio of draft choices who at least bear the look of a new security force.’

Sabres’ Roy gets Olympic tryout

‘Although Roy has recorded 60 goals and 151 points over the past two seasons and has represented Canada three times in international competition, he’s a long shot to make the team. The Canadians are stacked at forward, with Sidney Crosby, Jarome Iginla, Vincent Lecavalier, Joe Thornton and Eric Staal heading the 25 front men attending the camp.’

Let The Signings Begin

‘Players are still available for the Sabres to add, who would absolutely make their team better and Darcy Regier has shown that he has patience to wait for asking prices to come down later in the summer. Look for Buffalo to add a forward or two in the coming days, just don’t expect it to be Martin Havlat or Alexei Kovalev. It will more likely be somebody like Blake Battaglia, Boyd Devereaux or fan favorite Mike Grier.’

Montador brings energy, toughness to Sabres&#8217 lineup

‘“I’ll compete every shift,” Montador said by phone from the Toronto area a few hours after signing. “I come to play every night. If I can stand up and add some character for any of my teammates, I’ll always do that.”’

McNabb a Sabre

‘During the NHL scouting combine in late May where prospects were put through a battery of physical tests, interviewed by prospective teams and then tested some more McNabb sat through 21 interviews by NHL clubs, including the Sabres. Two in particular – Montreal and Toronto – expressed the most interest, with the Habs and Leafs actually flying him out for even more interviews and testing. McNabb finished first among all prospects on the fatigue index with a score of 37.1, an indication of why the rangy d-man can log the minutes he does with the Ice. “Those were the two teams with the most interest, I thought,” said McNabb. “But it was really hard to tell with the interviews because they’re all the same.”’

Sabres to hold development camp

‘There are 41 players scheduled to attend, including Nathan Gerbe, Tim Kennedy and Chris Butler. Also in attendance will be Zack Kassian, Buffalo’s first-round draft pick (13th overall) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. Tyler Myers and Tyler Ennis, Buffalo’s first-round selections in the 2008 Entry Draft, will also be attending.’

Sabres development camp

‘There will be on-ice sessions open to the public from Tuesday through Thursday from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. each day, and on Friday from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.’

Sabres tread water while others swim

‘Buffalo’s dalliance with free agency was a baby step in the right direction, but proceed with caution. Long ago, the organization lost the benefit of the doubt. What remains is a layer of distrust between the Sabres and their fans. The Montador signing, while interesting, was uninspiring. It was the Sabres once again doing things half-baked.’

Sabres lay it on the blue line

‘"If I can contribute offensively, that’s great. If I can add some grittiness, that’s something I’m comfortable with, too," Montador said by phone. "I feel there’s a few areas I can contribute, and those are just a couple of them."’

Final farewell to the &#8217old friend&#8217

‘The oranges. The seats that screamed ’vertigo,’ that brought the occupants of the cheap seats closer than most venues allow. The upper blues, so high that television screens were installed to display the center ice scoreboard, obscured by the overhang holding the oranges.’

Sabres add D Montador

‘Montador, 29, spent last season with the Anaheim Ducks and Boston Bruins, recording four goals and 17 assists in 78 games.’

Sabres sign defenseman Montador

‘"He’s a solid, character individual who comes to play every night," Montador’s agent, Steve Kaspar, said by phone. "He was looking to go to a place that has the same type of reputation as a team, competes hard, and Buffalo is a hockey city. He couldn’t be happier."’