Archives for October 2009

Schenn’s former roomie gets gig with Sabres

‘"The first time he was called up, he lived with me when he was 15 and I was 16," Schenn said. "He was probably 6-foot-6 at the time, but he had troubles with the overall speed of the game. To see how far he has come, it’s pretty amazing how he has put it all together."’

Sabres stay cool during sizzling start

‘"It’s a lot more fun winning than losing, but you recognize there’s a lot of road ahead of us yet," General Manager Darcy Regier said Thursday. "We’ve all learned from good starts and good finishes, and we recognize that it’s a long haul and you have to do it over a course of 82 games."’

Ruff makes ‘easy’ choice on Myers

‘”He made it pretty easy,” coach Lindy Ruff said. “He played real well for us.”‘

Buffalo Sabres make right call by keeping Myers

‘Myers, the No. 13 pick in the 2008 NHL entry draft, has played very well for the 7-1-1 Sabres (two goals and three assists for five points in nine games; +8 plus-minus rating, second only to Henrik Tallinder’s +9 on the team) to earn a spot on the roster.’

Sabres blueliner Myers takes giant rookie strides

‘”But we told him that aside from our ability to return him to junior, he’s like the other guys. He just really needs to continue his work, continue a process of continuous improvement. That’s what we’re looking for. I think we emphasized the expectation is that there will be ups and downs, adversity. But we expect him to continue to improve, not just this year, but in the future.”‘

Friday’s Toronto Coverage

Game day for Leafs (Toronto Star)

Toronto (1-7-2) at Buffalo (7-1-1) (AP)

Toronto Maple Leafs (1-7-2) at Buffalo Sabres (7-1-1) (The Sports Network)

Hot Sabres look to make it six over Leafs (

Friday’s Portland Coverage

Dineen wants Pirates to grow up soon (Portland Press Herald)

Portland Pirates’ Weekend (Portland Press Herald)

Injuries force Dineen to mix up Pirates’ lines (Maine Hockey Journal)

Pirates Announce 2009-10 Television Schedule (Portland

It’s pays to be a kid these days

‘Since Myers appears to have outgrown the constraints of junior hockey in both his size and learning curve, it was a relatively easy decision, but there was also the business side of the equation. In keeping him the Sabres set the clock in motion for the time when he will become restricted free agent, and that’s when he’ll be just 22. If the Sabres survive that, Myers will be eligible for unrestricted free agency shortly thereafter. Depending on how they manage their payroll, they may have enough room under the cap to accommodate him should he blossom into an elite player. It’s a problem that’s bearing down quickly on the Blackhawks, who have a number of their very young talents nearing raises that the team currently won’t be able to fund.’

Myers to stick with Sabres

‘Myers, taken 12th overall in 2008, has two goals and five points over the season’s first nine games. The 19-year-old’s plus-8 rating is second amongst first-year players.’

Buffalo to keep Sabres rookie D Tyler Myers

‘Under NHL rules, Myers’ three-year rookie contract will kick in after his 10th game, and he’ll also be able to test free agency a year earlier than most players in his draft class. The Sabres could have sent him back to his junior team in Kelowna.’

Myers will remain with Sabres

‘Myers is still eligible to be returned to his junior team, the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League. As a 19-year old with junior eligibility left, Myers is not able to be assigned to the team’s AHL affiliate, the Portland Pirates.’

Sabres Tour Stop: One Big Road Trip Party

‘This past weekend, the Sabres launched the first of their “Tour Stop” parties, to invite out-of-town Sabres fans to meet up and have some fun while taking part in the team’s away game. On Friday, at Latitudes, a sports bistro directly across the street from the St. Pete Times Forum, over 150 blue-and-gold clad fans descended to enjoy food and drink Buffalo style, pick up some Aud memorabilia and merchandise, and meet and greet with some Sabres personalities. “We’d call the event a success, considering that the marketing for the party was somewhat low key and muted,” reports Kevin Sylvester, Sabres game night host on MSG.’

Sabres have found missing intangibles

‘The most promising aspect of the Sabres’ play is their work ethic. Too many times over the past few seasons, including the President’s Trophy-winning 2007 team, the Sabres have not played at 100 percent. They had mental lapses and would not fly into the corners for loose pucks, work hard in front of the net, and tie up men in front of goaltender Ryan Miller. The Sabres have been doing all this for most of this young season, and it is the primary reason for their 6-1-1 record going into Wednesday night’s game against New Jersey.’

Kennedy gets on the board in Sabres’ victory

‘Kennedy’s goal was part of another red-hot start by the Sabres. Clarke MacArthur scored just 1:21 after the opening faceoff. The shots were 8-2 in the Sabres’ favor when Kennedy scored, and the total ballooned to 14-5 late in the first period.’

Peters thrilled to be a Devil

‘"There’s no more disappointment just because it’s Buffalo. It’s disappointment any game, but that comes with my role. It’s what you sign up for, to do this job. You’re not going to play every night. I know that. I’ve been doing this for five years. I’m just happy to be in this league for as long as I have been. It’s an honor to be even scratched in an NHL game. I could be playing in the American League. There’s no anger whatsoever."’