Buffalo Sabres in Rochester Amerks’ future?

‘Still, the admission of interest from NHL teams seemingly gives credence to rumors that the Buffalo Sabres are again looking to buy the team. They tried to purchase the team in 2007-08, when the Amerks’ former ownership group headed by Steve Donner was buried in debt. However, Styres bought majority interest in the franchise in June 2008.’

Sabres’ Gragnani still showing he can play with the best

‘"I did what I had to do," said Gragnani, who had already spent three full seasons in the minors. "Obviously, I would’ve liked to be [in Buffalo] all year, but the situation they had, they had a lot of D’s and I got hurt, so it was an easy move for them. You can’t blame them."’

Thursday’s Portland Coverage

Pirates’ exit closes book on year (New England Hockey Journal)

Pirates 2010-11 Season Recap (PortlandPirates.com)

Zack Kassian tops group of gritty junior prospects for Buffalo Sabres

‘It seems as though Kassian needs guidance and next year, no matter where he plays, he should get that with the older teammates around him. The main focus in 2011-12 for him will be to get the mental part of his game in the right place as the physical part is a sorely needed component to a Sabres team that could use some snarl in their game.’

Gerbe hopes hot second half carries over to next year

‘"I’m proud of this team, and I’m very happy to be part of it," Gerbe said. "If you look around the room at this team, it’s made huge strides. A lot of young guys got good chances this year and played well. It was a good experience in the playoffs, and hopefully that can carry through."’

Consummate professionals

‘The maturation of Enroth and the resulting transformation of Buffalo’s goaltending hierarchy was one of the more intriguing developments of the season. Enroth showed he is ready for the NHL, thereby showing the Sabres they could do without Lalime.’

Sunday’s Portland Coverage

Wake-up call that a dream was over (Portland Press Herald)

Simply put, respect Dineen (Portland Press Herald)

It’s a time of reflection for the Pirates (Maine Hockey Journal)

The day after (PortlandPirates.com)

Hard work pays off for Stafford

‘“I felt as though I had it in me, I had the potential. It was just a matter of tweaking a few things in my preparation and my training,” Stafford said in the days following the 2010-11 campaign. “Coming in, making sure I was just as prepared as I can be, mentally and physically. That’s not going to change… I still feel I can get better and I’m going to focus on that this summer.”’

Saturday’s Binghamton Coverage

That ship has sailed (Portland Press Herald)

Young goalie seals Pirates’ fate (Portland Press Herald)

Pirates bounced out of the playoffs (Maine Hockey Journal)

Binghamton Senators advance to Eastern finals (Binghamton Press and Sun Bulletin)

Photo gallery (Binghamton Press and Sun Bulletin)

Pirates Eliminated from 2011 Calder Cup Playoffs (PortlandPirates.com)

B-Sens blank Pirates to advance to Eastern Conference Finals (BinghamtonSenators.com)

B-Sens sink Pirates, move to conf. finals (TheAHL.com)

Illegal hits on minds of Sabres

‘"The league recognizes not just in the playoffs, but prior to the playoffs, that one of the most dangerous areas in which players are getting hurt is in and around the boards," Regier said. "I think one of the struggles, and I can’t speak for them, is the difficulty in changing or altering rules in season. They’ve identified a committee to review these hits."’

Lalime’s legacy: beloved teammate

‘“He works harder than pretty much anybody I’ve seen, and he does it without question,” Miller said. “He does it because it puts a smile on his face to be on the ice with the guys. That’s the kind of attitude you want around. That’s the kind of goaltending partner you want to have because he’s never had anything but a good thing to say to me, and if I needed to be picked up, he was first one there.”’

Friday’s Portland Coverage

A Pirate who can’t lose either way (Portland Press Herald)

With back against the wall the Pirates stay positive (Maine Hockey Journal)

Binghamton Senators remain a confident crew (Binghamton Press and Sun Bulletin)

Defenseman Jared Cowen joins B-Sens for playoff run (BinghamtonSenators.com)

Sabres, health to determine Grier’s next move

‘Grier needs to see how his wrist and knee respond to surgery and rest, respectively. The 36-year-old needs to determine if he still has the skills to keep up in a game that’s getting younger. He needs to see if the Sabres still want him.’

Thursday’s Portland Coverage

Just what the B-Sens needed, some rest (Binghamton Press and Sun Bulletin)

Stafford plans to maintain focus

‘"I definitely made some steps in the right direction as far as the type of player that I can be," Stafford said. "I don’t plan on stopping. I can still get better. That’s the plan over the summer."’