Archives for August 2010

Buffalo brings back Ellis

‘The 29-year-old was originally signed by the Red Wings as an undrafted free agent in 2002.’

Sabres re-sign forward Ellis to 1-year contract

‘A gritty fourth-line player, Ellis rejoins the team for a third season after setting career-highs with 13 points (three goals, 10 assists) and 72 games played last year. The signing was announced by the team as Ellis celebrated his 29th birthday on Tuesday.’

Sabres Re-Sign Forward Matt Ellis

‘Ellis (8/31/1981, 6’, 212 lbs.) spent last season in Buffalo where he set career highs in games played (72), points (13) and assists (10). Ellis, who turns 29 today, now has 33 points (13+20) in 187 career NHL games with Buffalo, Los Angeles and Detroit.’

Tim Kennedy Ready for New Opportunity With Rangers

“If you would’ve told me at the beginning of the summer that I wouldn’t be playing for the Sabres next year, I would’ve been really shocked,” Kennedy said. “But (New York is close) to home. I’m still in the conference. It’s far enough where I’m away from (Buffalo), but it’s close enough where my family and friends could still come and see me whenever they want to.”

Tuesday’s New York Coverage

Blueshirts sign ex-Sabre Tim Kennedy (Bergen Record)

Rangers sign Tim Kennedy (AP)

Shunted aside by Sabres, Kennedy signs with Rangers (The Sports Network)

Kennedy and Rangers agree to terms (

Kennedy agrees to deal with Rangers

‘Buffalo has less depth, one fewer young player with potential and is paying for someone no longer on the roster. It’s costing the Sabres $333,333 to buy out his contract. They could have paid him the extra $200,000, kept him and waived him after the season or traded him during the year and received something back in return.’

McKee Bides His Time While Waiting for Another Shot

“Beer leagues I’ve gotten the best offer from,” the free agent defenseman joked earlier this week after he skated with some other local players at the Amherst Center.

Sabres Ink Stuart to Two-Way Deal

Two years ago, the Sabres claimed Matt Ellis on waivers during the preseason. Eventually, Ellis carved out a fourth-line role. Last August, they inked Cody McCormick, and then recalled him during the postseason. McCormick signed a one-way deal in July.

Friday’s Portland Coverage

Sabres sign left wing expected for Pirates (Portland Press Herald)

Revitalized Rivet is Ready for New Season With Sabres

“My timeline is just to make sure I’m doing everything I can to get back as soon as possible,” he said. “But it’s an injury I’m certainly not going to rush.”

Sabres ink F Stuart

‘The 28-year-old has 51 games of NHL experience with Atlanta from 2007-09 and has eight goals with five assists during that time. Those totals include four short-handed tallies.’

Sabres sign forward Colin Stuart

‘Stuart (7/8/1982, 6’2”, 205 lbs.) spent last season with the AHL’s Abbotsford Heat where he was fourth in team scoring with a career-high 36 points (17+19) in 67 games. The native of Rochester, MN, has 51 games of NHL experience with the Atlanta Thrashers from 2007-09, collecting 13 points (8+5) including four shorthanded goals.’

Europeans fear talent pool will dry up

‘"If I seem conflicted up there, it is because I am," Regier said. "We’re working in a system where we’re competing with other teams in the National Hockey League and we’re trying to figure out how to take the system and best utilize it for our purposes of winning hockey games. As soon as you make that investment and you draft that player, now you have two years to sign him, and once you place your bet on that individual you want to take control of that individual more often than not."’

Kennedy looking for right fit

‘"I’m not mad at them," Kennedy said. "I’m 24 years old. I’m a professional athlete, and I have to act like one. .C.C. Maybe it was the right call and maybe it wasn’t the right call. I made the choice to go, and I live with that choice."’

Sunday’s Portland Coverage

He’s showing his mettle with the pedal (Portland Press Herald)

Former Portland Pirate Brad Larsen joins Springfield Falcons coaching staff (Springfield Republican)

Patricia (Sheedy) Dineen (Glen Falls Post Star)