Archives for August 2009

Grier signs deal to return to Sabres

‘Monday’s signing means the Sabres have 15 forwards who spent time in the NHL last season under contract. Winger Drew Stafford, a restricted free agent, has yet to re-sign.’

Lamoureux gets closer to NHL dream

‘"Their top prospect in the whole organization right now is Jhonas," Lamoureux said. "He’s a great goaltender, and he’s certainly going to get the opportunity right out of the gate. But I feel like I’m that caliber as well. I think I can be a No. 1 goalie in the American League this year. But if I don’t get that opportunity, I’m going to play well in the games I get and make sure our team in Portland makes the playoffs. Whatever role they need me to play, that’s what I’m going to do."’

Grier returns to Sabres

‘The veteran is best remembered for his contributions to the Sabres during their run to the 2006 Eastern Conference Finals. He had 23 points, including four game-winning goals, in 81 regular season games in 2005-06 and eight points in 18 games during the postseason run.’

Grier, Sabres agree on one-year pact

‘Grier spent the past three seasons in San Jose, where last year the 6-foot-1, 225-pound winger netted 10 goals and added 13 assists.’

Sabres agree to terms with Mike Grier

‘Grier played in Buffalo from 2004-06, after being acquired in a trade from Washington on March 9, 2004 in exchange for Jakub Klepis. Grier posted 32 points in 95 regular season games with the Sabres, and added eight points (3+5) in 18 games during Buffalo’s run to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2006.’

Grier agrees to return to Sabres

‘Veteran forward Mike Grier has agreed to a one-year contract with the Buffalo Sabres.’

Ex-Winterhawk Paul Gaustad steps up for youth hockey in area

‘He’s enjoying the stability. "I’ve been with the organization for seven years, and I’ve had the same roommate on the road (Jason Pominville) all seven years," he said. "The Sabres have been a class act, and they showed a lot of trust in me to give me a long-term extension."’

Adam believes he belongs

‘Adam, a Buffalo Sabres’ 2008 second-round pick, had 22 goals and 27 assists in 47 games with the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Montreal Junior last season before a ruptured spleen ended his season. He’s fully recovered from the resulting splenectomy and says he got positive confirmation of his health status last month at a Sabres’ prospects camp.’

After 20 years, Numminen calls it a career

‘Numminen seemed to be leaning toward retirement late last season, although he gave no firm answer. He has said he and his family plan to keep living in Buffalo.’

Numminen’s heart was truly in the game

‘"It was a lot of stuff [in the past 19 months]. After the surgery you just want to survive. You just want to be a normal parent for your kids, just be a normal street guy, regular parent, not be a professional athlete. I wasn’t even thinking about that. That came later when I realized I could be a normal parent and just do the normal things with the family, just everyday routines. This has just been extra for myself, and I’m really thankful for that. To be back and playing professionally, it’s just unbelievable."’

Numminen announces retirement

‘Teppo was the consummate professional who was universally respected by teammates and opponents alike – a superb talent who delivered his skills with quiet tenacity and remarkable consistency over the course of his entire career.’

Numminen hangs up skates

He participated in more NHL games than any other Finnish-born player, surpassing Hall of Fame forward Jari Kurri in November, 2006. In addition, Numminen represented Finland in four Winter Olympic games (1988, 1998, 2002, 2006), five World Championships, and two World Cup of Hockey tournaments.’

Numminen retires after 20 NHL seasons

‘The three-time All-Star had 17 points in 57 games for the Sabres last season. In 1,372 career games, he recorded 117 goals and 520 assists.’

Sabres’ Numminen retires after 20-year career

‘"I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to play with and against the best players in the world for so many years," Numminen said in a statement released by the NHL Players Association. "I want to thank my teammates, coaches, fans, and the media for all the great years."’

Report: Longtime veteran defenseman Numminen retires

‘According to reports in Finland, veteran Buffalo Sabres defenseman Teppo Numminen is retiring after 20 NHL seasons.’