Rivet granted a fresh start

‘”I just spoke with Craig and wished him the very best, thanked him on behalf of the organization, expressed to him that he was very much needed at the time when we acquired him,” Sabres GM Darcy Regier said. “He did a terrific job for the organization, for his teammates. I wished him the very best, and he sounded excited. It’s great.”‘

Sekera steps in for injured Leopold

‘Sekera, a healthy scratch the last three games, scored a goal and assisted on another in the first period of the 3-2 shootout loss to the Detroit Red Wings in HSBC Arena. He was only in the lineup because Jordan Leopold was a surprise scratch with an undisclosed upper-body injury.’

Pegulamania thrusts Black into spotlight

‘Black made it clear the management structure under Pegula will not be layered but level. Black will oversee operations but he, senior adviser Ken Sawyer and General Manager Darcy Regier will each have their say on various matters. There could be times Regier reports to him, and times he will report to Regier.’

Sunday’s Detroit Coverage

Red Wings Pavel Datsyuk, Jiri Hudler fuel late victory (Detroit Free Press)

Mike Modano, Valtteri Filppula glad to be back for Red Wings (Detroit Free Press)

Red Wings 3, Sabres 2 (SO) (Detroit Free Press)

Jiri Hudler scores tying, winning goals for Red Wings (Detroit News)

Pistons boycott couldn’t happen in NHL, Kris Draper says (Detroit News)

Red Wings overcome bad start, rally to beat Buffalo in shootout (Grand Rapids Press)

Drew Miller scratched for Red Wings against Sabres (Grand Rapids Press)

Photo gallery (DetroitRedWings.com)

Photo gallery (Sabres.com)

Photo gallery (AP)

Hudler and Datsyuk lead Red Wings over Sabres

‘“I think we sort of hit a wall at a certain point,” said Miller, who went 2-3-1 despite a 1.83 goals against average with a .945 save percentage in the Sabres’ six-game homestand. “We had our chances to win but we kept the door open. We played too much in our zone in the second and third periods.”’

Detroit 3, Buffalo 2 (SO)

‘”At this point, we have to be upset not to come away with two points,” Miller said. “If you don’t get two points, you’re not gaining much ground.”‘

The aftermath: Red wings 3, Sabres 2 (SO)

‘With just under a minute remaining, Detroit pulled goaltender Joey McDonald in favor of an extra attacker. Johan Franzen took a long wrist shot from the left point, which found its way through traffic. Miller made the save, but the rebound bounced into the slot and went right to Jiri Hudler, who fired the puck past Miller to tie the game. Detroit went on to win the game in a shootout as Hudler scored the goal to ice it.’

Sabres Fall in the Shootout 3-2

‘In 6 games straight at home, the Sabres could only muster 5 of a possible 12 points.’

Sabres’ Job of No. 1 Fan Is Taken

‘The widow of Seymour Knox III, Jean Knox, gave her blessing to Pegula when he announced his intention to purchase the team. “My late husband would be so excited to know there is an individual who is going to appreciate having the Buffalo Sabres and do something wonderful for the city of Buffalo at the same time,” she said.’

Sunday’s Columbus Coverage

Jackets, others seek centers as deadline looms (Columbus Dispatch)

Jackets claim Craig Rivet off waivers (AP)

Blue Jackets claim Rivet off waivers (The Sports Network)

Columbus Blue Jackets Claim Defenseman Craig Rivet Off Waivers from the Buffalo Sabres (BlueJackets.com)

Sunday’s Portland Coverage

Pirates suffer ‘disappointing loss’ (Portland Press Herald)

Pirates give up ground to Manchester (Maine Hockey Journal)

Springfield Falcons pick up two significant points with 4-1 win over Portland Pirates (Springfield Republican)

Pirates Stumble in Springfield (PortlandPirates.com)

Falcons beat Pirates 4-1 (FalconsAHL.com)

NHL high-ups have confidence in Pegula

”On briefing the media about some new plans, he mentioned his innovative ideas on how to improve the team that is currently struggling to make it to the playoffs. Better player scouting and player development will be given most priority under his watch, stating that this is the fastest way to see quick and much needed enhancement to the franchise.

Stat Mongering: Is Lalime really that bad?

”Here’s an opinion I find to be irrefutable: Lalime is the Sabres No. 3 goaltender. Honestly, his number should be compared to the third-best goaltender in any organization. I won’t defend Ruff for starting Miller in 30-plus consecutive games, but I will defend the idea of having your No. 2 goaltender constantly getting work over in Portland.

Parents of Drew, Ryan Miller road trip to Buffalo to see sons play

‘“They’re actually going to be in Buffalo for the game, them and my little brother and sister,” Drew said.’

Wings-Sabres game a rare matchup for Miller brothers

‘”It’s fun for my parents and family,” Drew said after Friday’s practice at Joe Louis Arena. “They get to see us play at the same time. Usually they have two televisions going.”‘