Sabres should dip into ‘D’ pool

‘The free-agent pool potentially includes James Wisniewski, Tomas Kaberle, Kevin Bieksa and Christian Ehrhoff. Bieksa and Ehrhoff play for the Canucks, who won’t likely be able to offer contracts to two defensemen looking for big bucks. Bieksa, 29, was plus-32 this season, tied for second (with Lydman) in the NHL. He’s an alternate captain and workhorse averaging 26 minutes of ice time in the playoffs. His cap hit is $3.75 million.’

Team’s playoff ratings on MSG led league

‘The Sabres’ Game Seven loss in Philadelphia on April 26 averaged a season-high 19.7 on MSG. The finale peaked at 24.1 between 8:15-8:30 p.m., and an average of 126,000 homes tuned in to watch.’

Wednesday’s Portland Coverage

The cup’s not dry (Portland Press Herald)

Enroth’s return makes an impact (Portland Press Herald)

Pirates live to fight another day (Maine Hockey Journal)

Binghamton Senators fall 6-2; series returns to Portland (Binghamton Press and Sun Bulletin)

Photo gallery (Binghamton Press and Sun Bulletin)

Pirates Answer with Huge Game 5 Win (PortlandPirates.com)

Pirates stave off elimination with 6-2 win (BinghamtonSenators.com)

Pirates answer bell, stay alive (TheAHL.com)

Foligno named to all-star team

‘Foligno’s status with the Sabres is foremost in his mind right now. The Sabres selected Foligno in the fourth round, 104th overall, in 2009 and must have him signed before June 2 or lose his rights. Had he signed already, he would surely be in Portland playing in the American Hockey League playoffs with the Pirates, the Sabres’ minor league affiliate. "My first choice is to sign with Buffalo, but if things are not agreed upon there’s not much I can do," he said. "I really want to play with Buffalo, but there’s a chance I could go back into the draft if I don’t sign by June 2."’

Sabres’ Myers ready for more responsibilities

‘"As time goes on, I’d like to take a leadership role," Myers said last week after cleaning out his locker. "As a young guy, you want to let the more experienced guys and the guys who have been here longer take control if they want to. But, definitely, if I can give myself more of a leadership role coming into next year, I want to do that."’

Blackhawks offer a pattern to follow

‘That’s what Sabres management needs to remember under owner Terry Pegula. GM Darcy Regier last week acknowledged all players are available for the taking, which gives him more options with his own roster. He needs to reevaluate his personnel and take an aggressive approach without sweating about the future. The Sabres have never won it all. That’s their reality.’

Montador wants to return to Sabres

‘“My thought here is that I’m a Sabre,” Montador said last week inside HSBC Arena as the Sabres cleaned out their lockers. “I’d love to be able to get something done and stick around for a long time and finish my career here. There’s lots of changes we all know about that are going on. At the same time,” he said, “the core group of people that have put so much time in here to build things to get to this point, I feel like I’ve become part of that and I want to be part of that.”’

Tuesday’s Portland Coverage

Pirates left teetering (Portland Press Herald)

Senators spread wealth (Portland Press Herald)

Pirates walking the plank in Binghamton (Maine Hockey Journal)

Binghamton Senators shell Pirates, take 3-1 series lead (Binghamton Press and Sun Bulletin)

Senators Blast Pirates To Take Commanding Series Lead (PortlandPirates.com)

B-Sens take Game 4, lead Series 3-1 (BinghamtonSenators.com)

Monday’s Portland Coverage

Pirates show signs of life, but much work lies ahead (Portland Press Herald)

B-Sens try to regroup after heartbreaker (Binghamton Press and Sun Bulletin)

Bright playoff future beckons for maturing Sabres

‘Is there any Sabres fan wondering why high-scoring defenseman Marc-Andre Gragnani wasn’t called up from Portland long before it actually happened?’

Grier wants to play in Buffalo, may retire

‘“I’ve had a pretty good career,” Grier said inside HSBC Arena. “I played longer than I wanted to. Some of that (Tuesday) is you’re not sure what the future holds. You don’t want to take off that jersey. It means a lot to be able to put it on and have a lot of pride to be able to play in the NHL and represent the Sabres."”

Sunday’s Portland Coverage

Pirates enter the win column (Portland Press Herald)

There’s one giant step left for Pirates CEO (Portland Press Herald)

Penalty killing gives Pirates life (Portland Press Herald)

Conboy calls BINGO with clutch goal (Maine Hockey Journal)

B-Sens lose Game 3 with 12 seconds left (Binghamton Press and Sun Bulletin)

‘Electric’ crowd has Arena rockin’ (Binghamton Press and Sun Bulletin)

Photo gallery (Binghamton Press and Sun Bulletin)

Pirates Top Senators on Late Conboy Goal (PortlandPirates.com)

B-Sens fall to Pirates in Game 3, maintain Series lead 2-1 (BinghamtonSenators.com)