Archives for May 2011

Sabres’ prospect McNabb must sit and watch

‘"Brayden McNabb does that almost every game or every other game," Kootenay coach Kris Knoblauch said Sunday. "I’ve seen it so many times from him. It’s just very unfortunate that it turned out the way it did."’

Saturday’s Portland Coverage

Pirates CEO in it to win with Civic Center bond (Portland Daily Sun)

Amerks-Sabres relationship is worth second try

‘The end of the Amerks-Sabres affiliation was an unfortunate close to a mutually beneficial relationship. But like an estranged couple that reunites, a little time and space apart appears to have helped each side realize what a good thing they had — and what could be again.’

Greece’s Derek Whitmore believes in Buffalo Sabres, Rochester Amerks reunion

‘”That’s how it should be, the Sabres and Rochester should be together,” he said on Wednesday afternoon. “The Sabres can have their scouting department and player development guys on the ice in Rochester two or three days a week and it’s not going to cost them a fortune.”

Sabres sign top defensive prospect

‘"Brayden is a big kid with great offensive abilities, and he’s continued to improve every year in Kootenay," Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier said. "His outstanding performance in the WHL playoffs was just another positive sign in his development, and we are thrilled to now have him under contract for the next three years."’

Amerks deal sounds like a good plan

‘The affiliation between Buffalo and Rochester made sense for nearly three decades and makes sense now. Their relationship is an easy sell and created a broader fan base in both cities. The Amerks have teetered on instability since the Sabres dropped them three years ago. Reuniting them should make both franchises stronger.’

Sabres sign 2009 draft pick Brayden McNabb

‘“Brayden is a big kid with great offensive abilities, and he’s continued to improve every year in Kootenay,” said Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier. “His outstanding performance in the WHL Playoffs was just another positive sign in his development, and we are thrilled to now have him under contract for the next three years.”’

Buffalo Sabres appear closer to deal with Rochester Amerks

‘Amerks owner Curt Styres deflected all questions about the potential sale, saying only that the Amerks "will be playing next season." When asked if he has sold the Amerks or was in serious negotiations to sell, Styres, from his home in Ohsweken, Ontario, repeated his original statement and added, "I hope the sun is shining in Rochester tomorrow."’

Sabres set to purchase AHL team

‘Brian Petrovek, the Pirates’ CEO/managing owner, declined to comment about the possible purchase by Buffalo, his team’s NHL affiliate for the past three seasons, and what it would mean to the future of the Pirates. "We have a contractural relationship with the Buffalo Sabres," Petrovek said. "They know it. We know it. I really can’t say more about it."’

Pirates in the market for a new affiliate?

‘“The best way to characterize it is speculation is what it is. Chatter is what it is. I think (Sabres owner) Terry (Pegula) and (Sabres team president) Ted Black have done a good job getting themselves focused on the Buffalo business. I’ve got a three-year deal and that’s what we have and that’s what we stand behind. We will just have to continue to do our business on what we now know.”’

Sabres’ interest in Amerks intensifies

‘The Sabres have had talks to purchase the Amerks, a source said Tuesday. The Amerks were the Sabres’ minor-league club for 29 years, and they are without an NHL affiliate following the expiration of their contract with the Florida Panthers.’

AP Source: Sabres interested in AHL Rochester

‘A person familiar with negotiations has told The Associated Press that the Buffalo Sabres have signed a nonbinding letter of intent to purchase the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League.’

Sources: Pegula Close to Buying Amerks

‘We’re told that negotiations have intensified over the past couple of weeks, and that the deal has either reached, or is close to reaching its conclusion.’

Sabres, Amerks need to reunite

‘The Sabres would benefit by building on an already strong fan base in the Rochester area. I know the team isn’t starving for money, but I’m sure they’d save a few bucks by having players drive up the Thruway instead of flying on a plane from Maine when they are called up.’

Sabres increase season ticket prices 5 percent

‘This year’s season-ticket package features 42 games instead of the standard 41. The Sabres will host 40 regular-season games, one less than usual because they will open the season in Europe. The other two games in the package are preseason contests, which had been excluded. They are in the season-ticket plan at a discounted rate of $25 to $10 per game, depending on section.’