Archives for May 2011

Panthers set to hire Dineen as next Head Coach

‘Dineen, 47, has spent the past six years as the head coach of the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League, and won the Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award as the AHL’s outstanding coach, as voted by members of the media, in his first season behind the bench.’

Much needs to happen before Buffalo Sabres buy Rochester Amerks

‘"It takes a long time and a winning product to cultivate a fan base," said Peter Psyllos, owner of The Distillery on Mount Hope Avenue, a sponsor of the Amerks since the 1980s. "We witnessed a gradual decline of the Amerks’ fan base when the Sabres left."’

A ”whirlwind” month for McNabb

‘“Not all of it has sunk in quite yet, but it’s been an amazing time and I’ve got a lot of friends and family back home who are very proud of me, and it’s been a tremendous time.”’

Voice of the Sabres to call fewer games

‘”I don’t want to leave when all these good things are going on. I’m trying to capture the best of both worlds to see whether it works or not.”‘

Sutch is living his dream

‘The 19-year-old will need more overall improvement if he hopes to make the professional level. He has another year of juniors left, and he wants to start the growth process this summer when he makes his second visit to the Sabres’ development camp.’

Jeanneret more than just a play-by-play voice

‘"My association with the fans has been absolutely incredible," Jeanneret said. "They’ve kept me going. There’s no doubt about that whatsoever. When I got the opportunity to drive around and the kids give me ‘La-La’ and ‘May Day’ on the streets, it keeps you going. The only reason I am — whatever I am — is because of the fans."’

Sabres announce broadcast changes for upcoming season

‘“It’s no secret that the constant travel has been wearing on me over the years, and there were several times last season when I thought that it might be my last,” Jeanneret said. “That’s why I presented this arrangement to Sabres management. I think it’s the best of both worlds, and allows me to continue doing the job I love. I really want to thank the Sabres for accommodating my request.”’

Rick Jeanneret and Harry Neale will only call selected games in 2011-12

‘Rick Jeanneret and Harry Neale told Howard Simon and Jeremy White Thursday morning that they will only being calling home games and selected road games during the 2011-12 campaign.’

Sabres’ Black promises Stanley Cup parade in Rochester

‘"I consider Rochester to be part of the Sabres nation," Sabres president Ted Black said on Wednesday. "When we do win the Stanley Cup, we will have a parade there, too."’

Sabres order room service, sign Foligno

‘"He’s mature both physically and mentally," Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier said. "He’s someone that’s going to play in this organization on this hockey team for a long, long time."’

Sabres sign rookie F Foligno to 3-year contract

‘Selected in the fourth round of the 2009 draft, Foligno completed his fourth season with Sudbury of the Ontario Hockey League. He is the son of former Sabres player Mike Foligno and younger brother of Ottawa Senators forward Nick Foligno.’

Q&A with President Ted Black

‘Terry does not have "final say." I know that sounds weird. I don’t have "final say." Darcy does not have "final say." We have a flat management team and there are and will be many voices and points of view taken into consideration. In the end, we will do whatever we need to do to win the Cup. That is the reason for the Sabres existence.’

Sabres agree to terms with Marcus Foligno

‘“Marcus is a proven leader and someone that we believe will fit in very well within our organization,” said Regier. “As Buffalo fans will remember from his play in the World Juniors, Marcus is a great mix of size and skill.”’

Buffalo draft pick McNabb ready for next step

‘”I’m excited about it and looking forward to being a Sabre one day,” McNabb said this week at the Memorial Cup. “It’s been a great four years here, but I’m ready to move on. I’m excited to develop. I’ll obviously probably start in the minors for a bit, but I’ll improve down there and hopefully make my way up as soon as possible.”‘

Racking their brains

‘Here’s the irony: Barnaby came off like a kook when he played but actually had everything in order. When everything appeared to be fine, his life was a mess. The domestic dispute May 13 involving his estranged wife, the former Christine Cardarella, and her male friend appears to fall in line with other erratic behavior after he left the game.’