Archives for May 2010

Spitfires’ Kassian arrested after alleged assault at bar

‘A first-round draft pick of the Buffalo Sabres, he is represented by agent Darren Ferris through The Orr Hockey Group. "We don’t have all the facts yet," Ferris said. "Any comments, at this time, will be done by (lawyer) Pat (Ducharme)."’

Friday’s Portland Coverage

Helping others seems to come naturally to Pirates’ trainer (Portland Press Herald)

From Harvard to Pro Hockey: Biega Begins Journey to NHL

‘The 22-year-old defenseman chose hockey a long time ago, however. His real graduation came Wednesday, when he signed two-year, entry-level contract with the Sabres.’

Sabres sign Alex Biega

‘Biega (5’11”, 195 lbs., shoots right, 4/4/1988) recently completed his senior season as team captain at Harvard, picking up 10 points (2+8) in 33 games for the Crimson. For his efforts he was named Team MVP for the second consecutive season. Biega did not miss a game during his four seasons on the team and skated on Harvard’s top defensive pair throughout much of his career.’

Gogulla Leaves Sabres, Returns to Europe

‘Gogulla’s departure means the Sabres have lost their top two picks from 2005 to European leagues before they ever cracked the big club. Center Marek Zagrapan, the 13th overall selection, played for a KHL team in Russia this season.’

Sabres sign Harvard man; Gogulla packing it in

‘The 5-foot-11, 195-pounder is expected to start his pro career with the Sabres’ AHL affiliate in Portland. The Pirates had a crowd with eight defensemen this year, but prospects Mike Weber and Marc-Andre Gragnani are expected to compete for spots on the Sabres next season.’

Sabres 2005 draft evaluation

‘Out of the nine picks that the Sabres had, four of them can be legitimately labeled as a bust, including first-round pick Marek Zagrapan. Only one player has a regular spot with Buffalo and in total all of the players drafted have produced just 132 games played. While there was a little redemption in the middle rounds with the selection of Marc-Andre Gragnani, Chris Butler, and Nathan Gerbe, 2005 is definitely a draft year that they would like to have back.’

Regier optimistic on Rivet’s shoulder rehab

‘"Right now we think he’ll be ready," the Sabres’ general manager said Wednesday. "It may pull him back a little bit from being physically involved in training camp for the first week or so, but based on what we’ve gotten back from the doctors he should be ready to go."’

Sabres D Rivet to undergo shoulder surgery

‘Rivet is expected to need at least four months of recovery time.’

Rivet to undergo shoulder surgery

‘General Manager Darcy Regier confirmed that the defenseman will undergo the procedure in Buffalo, and had some promising news. While the recovery time was said to be four to six months, it is believed Rivet will be ready in time for the opening of 2010-11 season.’

Grier Re-Ups With Sabres

‘“I think we took a big step in winning the division this year,” he said. “Hopefully playing in the playoffs (and) a lot of guys getting their feet wet, we’ll come back a better, stronger team. I think we should be able to go further.”’

Ex-Sabres raising game for raffles

‘The ex-players — the Sabres’ Larry Playfair and Rob Ray and the Isles’ Bobby Nystrom — are pushing a bill to permit charities, such as the Buffalo Sabres Alumni Foundation, to hold larger raffles as a way to raise more money.’

Sabres raise season ticket prices 5 percent

‘Seat prices will rise $1 to $4 per game — which equates to $41 to $164 for the 41-game package. It’s an average increase of about 5 percent.’

Wednesday’s Portland Coverage

Blue Jackets call back Dineen, Arniel (Columbus Dispatch)

Dineen gets 2nd interview (Portland Press Herald)

Sabres retain Grier with one-year deal

‘As usual, the checking winger led by example against Boston, chipping in two goals while playing his usual sturdy, smart style. The 35-year-old reinforced his leadership skills and overall value during the six-game loss.’