Archives for September 2010

Toronto 5, Buffalo 4

‘Nathan Gerbe registered a pair of goals while Drew Stafford had one goal and two helpers for Buffalo. Jordan Leopold chipped in with a goal and an assist in defeat. Patrick Lalime allowed three goals on 21 shots in a starting role while Jhonas Enroth yielded two goals on 17 chances.’

Leafs Drop Sabres 5-4

‘Patrick Lalime started between the pipes for the Sabres and was spelled by Jhonas Enroth in the second period. Lalime allowed 3 goals on 21 shots. The veteran logged 29:44 in goal for his first action of the exhibition schedule. Enroth stopped 15 of the 17 shots he faced in relief.’

Agent: Sabres resume talks with rookie Kassian

‘Krepelka said his client “has done everything he’s supposed to do” to learn from the incident, and has impressed the Sabres both on and off the ice since arriving for the start of their rookie training camp two weeks ago.’

Unheralded Sabres Prospect Adam Enjoys Flying Under Radar

“Something you don’t mind is floating under the radar,” Adam said prior to his NHL exhibition debut Saturday, a 3-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs at HSBC Arena. “You try not to compare yourself to other players. Those guys are great hockey players. They deserve all the attention they’re getting.”

Sabres’ Butler seeks simple solution

‘"But then it really kind of sunk home with me. That was so right. I have to treat every day as a challenge, as a day you can get better and improve. I’ve been changing my approach in practices a little. I’m just focusing on one thing each day, whether it’s working on my slap shot or on my wrist shot or making good passes. One thing a day and get better at it."’

Sabres’ Kassian Delivers in Preseason Opener

“I was nervous to start, but felt better as the game went on, and Niedermayer talked me through a lot of stuff on the bench, made me a lot more comfortable,” said Kassian, who wore No. 54 and skated 14:21 on the right wing beside Ennis and Niedermayer.

A welcome change in Buffalo

‘I was pleasantly surprised by the new jersey selections. The 2009 third jersey is becoming the primary home uniform and a new white jersey, which is similar to the 1970 version, will be the away uniform. The home alternate is a 40th anniversary jersey, which simply says Buffalo in large letters with a small version of the original logo. Visually, it will almost be like watching the team in the 1970s again.’

Kassian sends a loud message

‘Kassian’s debut featured an assist, a crushing check and a dustup with a tough guy. So, yes, he was worth watching.’

Fans’ anger misplaced when directed toward Sabres

‘The big fear with this season’s Sabres is that a roster that used to be full of potential breakout forwards has reached the age of "seen-that-done-that" semi-journeymen. The only forward still at breakout age is Drew Stafford, who turns 25 in a month. So far Stafford has been a sometime player with much better skills than he usually shows.’

Niedermayer begins to fill his end of the bargainbs

‘”They already have some leaders here and I just want to come in and add a little bit, help a little bit,” Niedermayer said. “Nothing big, that’s all I’m trying to do.”‘

Former Sabre returns ‘playing for the enemy’

‘“When you spend four or five years with an organization like I did in Buffalo, you’ll always have memories,” MacArthur said during the Leafs morning skate Saturday at the MasterCard Centre in Etobicoke.’

Sunday’s Toronto Coverage

Fringe Leafs don’t help their cause (Toronto Sun)

Former Sabre returns ‘playing for the enemy’ (Toronto Sun)

Grabovski line impresses in Maple Leafs’ loss to Sabres (Toronto Star)

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Sabres open preseason with 3-1 win over Leafs

‘“It felt great,” Kassian said. “Hopefully, I impressed the coaches and hopefully I can get into another one and keep on improving every shift and every game.”’

Sabres&#8217 Rivet out with bruised throat

‘Coach Lindy Ruff provided the update Saturday a day after the veteran defenseman left practice. Ruff said it’s not clear how Rivet was hurt, but noted the player’s throat started to swell.’

Buffalo 3, Toronto 1

‘Rob Niedermayer, Andrej Sekera and Tyler Ennis all scored for the Sabres, while Derek Roy assisted on two tallies. After Miller departed in the second period, Jhonas Enroth stopped 15-of-16 shots to preserve the victory.’