Sabres, like Bills, being rewarded for mediocrity

‘The best thing you can say about the Sabres is they’re closer to the playoffs than the Bills.’

Sabres shoot and score in cook-off

‘Miller showed his skill with a knife as he cut the lobster tails for one of Jenkins’ main dishes, while Kaleta loaded up a steamer for Andrzejewski’s shu mai, an open-faced dumpling stuffed with pork and seafood.’

Grier’s return is step down right path

‘"It was just a feeling I had," Grier said this week from Boston. "I saw things that were coming unfortunately. It wasn’t so much the Sabres. There was a lot of that around the league. It was trying to figure out the best way to keep those core players together as they entered those free agent years."’

Thursday’s Portland Coverage

Pirates seeking big-hit season (Portland Press Herald)

Otters fans will miss Jeanneret’s unique voice (Erie Times News)

Pirates to Host Cracker’s Golf Classic (PortlandPirates.com)

Southorn to take his medicine

‘Southorn, who flies out of P.E.I. on Sept. 7 for the Buffalo Sabres’ training camp, hasn’t signed with the NHL?team yet, and so far hasn’t talked to the organization.’

Rocket suspends Southorn

‘“We have rules on this team and he crossed over those rules,” Chouinard told The Guardian. “He should take that time, go to Buffalo and come back with a better attitude.”’

Sabres sign LW Cowan to 1-year deal

‘With the Sabres possessing a surfeit of forwards, Cowan, 32, could be ticketed for Portland. He spent all last season in AHL Peoria, compiling five goals, 15 points and 94 penalty minutes in 71 games.’

Sabres sign Cowan

‘Cowan spent the entire 2008-09 campaign with the Peoria Rivermen of the American Hockey League, registering five goals and 15 points.’

Sabres continue bulking up by signing LW Cowan

‘Rugged left wing Jeff Cowan(notes) has signed a one-year contract with the Buffalo Sabres, who continue to add muscle this offseason.’

Sabres sign Jeff Cowan

‘Cowan (9/27/1976, 6’2”, 205 lbs.) is a veteran of 413 NHL games with Calgary, Atlanta, Los Angeles and Vancouver. A native of Scarborough, Ont., Cowan has collected 81 points (47+34) and 695 PIMs in eight NHL seasons. Cowan played for the AHL’s Peoria Rivermen last season, picking up 15 points (5+10) and 94 PIMs in 71 games.’

Our Bills and Sabres

‘This won’t be the year for the Sabres to make any real impact on the league. Trust me, I am as much of a die-hard Sabre fan as anyone, but the reality is that this is still a team in transition.’

Peters assumes his time with Sabres is done

‘"It’s unfortunate, but I’ve enjoyed my time here. I’ve loved my time here. I’ve been through good times and bad, with successful teams and not-so-much. I’ve made some lifelong friends and played with some unbelievable guys. If that’s what I come out of hockey with is great friendships and 200 games in the NHL — more than I ever thought I’d play — I did it with a great organization."’

Tuesday’s Portland Coverage

Pirates to play Amerks twice in HSBC Arena (Buffalo News)

Friday’s Portland Coverage

Pirates change usual pattern (Portland Press Herald)

Pirates Release 2009-10 Regular Season Schedule (PortlandPirates.com)

Thursday’s Portland Coverage

Otters’ unique voice moving on to Sabres’ AHL affiliate (Erie Times News)

Mark Jeanneret joins Pirates as New Play-by-Play Announcer & Communications, Team Services Director (PortlandPirates.com)

Jeanneret distinct flair is what Portland needs (Maine Hockey Journal)