Archives for June 2010

Sabres Stop Negotiations With Kassian

‘Regier said Kassian, who won a Memorial Cup with the Ontario Hockey League’s Windsor Spitfires last month, was “remorseful” about the incident. If the Sabres don’t eventually sign Kassian this offseason, he still has another year of junior eligibility.’

Sabres’ Ruff goes to head of HOF class

‘"I’m proud to call Buffalo my home," said Ruff, a native of Alberta, Canada. "When I look at the Western New York area, they have given me tremendous support from a family sense, from a career sense both as a player and a coach. I feel when I stand here and look at all of the people who have been inducted into the Hall of Fame, that I’m around some tremendous people."’

Regier will stand behind Kassian. Negotiations open with Lydman and Tallinder

‘We’re going to continue to work with him, I told him one hand that no way we were going to abandoned him, we’re going to help him, but he’s got some work to do.’

Hasek’s back. Again

‘Former Sabres goalie Dominik Hasek is coming out of retirement, again, to sign with Spartak Moscow in the Continental Hockey League.’

Sabres suspend talks with top draft pick Kassian

‘Krepelka confirmed that negotiations have been suspended, and credited the Sabres for being "very supportive." He said the current focus is getting Kassian’s legal issues resolved, and anticipates contract talks to resume before the end of summer.’

Sabres end contract talks with Kassian

‘”It obviously, by his own admission, wasn’t a smart thing for him to do. It caught a wave. They won the Memorial Cup. He was out with some of his [Windsor] teammates, and he’s the big guy there, getting challenged and egged on, and those are things you have to learn to walk away from. You’re not on the ice. You can’t take that position. We’re going to continue to work with him. I told him that on one hand there’s no way we’re going to abandon him, we’re going to help him, but he’s got some work to do on the other hand.”‘

Arrest May Keep Sabres Prospect From Playing in NHL

“If an individual has an assault charge on their record, they’d be found inadmissible into the United States,” Chief Ron Smith of U.S. Customs and Border Protection told the Windsor Star. “There are ways to mitigate that, primarily through the Department of State, which issues visas. But under normal circumstances, initially, the individual would be inadmissible in the United States for the assault charge.”

Sabres draftee Kassian charged with assault

‘"It is disappointing," Sabres minority owner and managing partner Larry Quinn told The News on Wednesday. "Obviously, he needs to grow up."’

Ex-Sabre Housley gets an assist for world juniors

‘"Phil Housley is a guy that I coached when he came to us in Washington, and we developed a great relationship," said Allain, the Yale University coach who was an assistant with the Capitals in 1996 when Housley signed with the team. "I have a great deal of respect for the way that he sees the game, and I think he’ll have so much to share with our young athletes. Any time you can get one of the greatest U.S.-born hockey players in history to be on your staff, you’ve got to jump at that opportunity."’

Border may slam shut on Kassian

‘Windsor Spitfires forward faces the prospect of being denied entry to the United States — where he’s a first-round Buffalo Sabres draft pick — after police charged him with assault for allegedly punching a man in the face.’

Sabres sign draft pick Jacob Lagace

‘During the 2009-10 season, Lagace collected 73 points in 70 games with Chicoutimi and Cape Breton in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.’

Gritty Lagace One to Watch for Sabres

‘Jacob Lagace, who signed an entry-level contract with the Sabres on Tuesday, likely isn’t on the fast track to the big club. He’s not a sure bet like Myers or Ennis. But the winger, a gritty scoring prospect the Sabres can add to their stable, could be an asset someday.’

Off-season game plan: Buffalo Sabres

Based on talent, the Sabres aren’t that far off; changing the chemistry and bolstering the blueline might be all that’s needed.

Sabres sign forward Lagace

‘His contract is for $545,000 this season and $565,000 each of the following two seasons.’

Sabres sign Jacob Lagace

‘A native of Beloeil, Quebec, Lagace finished his junior career with 204 points (90+114) in 191 games.’