Archives for June 2011

Ehrhoff gets 10-year deal

‘“So far, we still have (cap) room,” a very happy Regier told The Buffalo News after Thursday night’s deal was complete. “There are a few roles up front that we’d like to address if we can.”’

Ehrhoff signing sends a message

‘Jaw-dropping? Entertaining? Mind-boggling? A dream?’

Sabres Sign Christian Ehrhoff; contract terms reported

‘TSN’s Bob McKenzie was the first to report that the deal is worth $40 million over 10 years with a cap hit of $4 million per season and a modified no-trade clause. Ehrhoff will receive an $8 million signing bonus for the first year of the contract and a $5 million bonus for the second year.’

Sabres ink Ehrhoff

‘Ehrhoff tied a career high with 14 goals and set career bests with 36 assists and 50 points over 79 games last season, helping the Canucks to the Presidents’ Trophy and a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals. He added two goals and 12 points in 23 playoff tilts.’

Sabres trade gamble pays off with D Ehrhoff signed

‘“As you know, it’s uncharacteristic for us to give up a fourth-round pick,” Regier said. “We just felt very strongly that if we could get to the player early that we would have the opportunity to sign him.”’

Sabres sign Christian Ehrhoff to a long-term contract

‘“I was originally going to wait and see what was available on the free agent market,” said Christian Ehrhoff. “After the Sabres acquired my rights and I spoke with Terry Pegula and Darcy Regier, I did my due diligence on the team and I was very impressed. I called some former teammates and others in the NHL who also had great things to say and I was aware that Robyn Regehr had waived his no-trade clause in his contract this week to join the Sabres. My goal is to win the Stanley Cup, and after the offer I received from Buffalo, I believe this is the best place to make it happen.”’

Buffalo Sabres going new school with Rochester Americans

‘”We will begin to treat the sport a little bit like individual sport athletes (such as tennis players or golfers). Those athletes dedicate a tremendous amount of time to what they do.”‘

Ehrhoff’s rights traded to Buffalo

‘Islanders general manager Garth Snow acquired the rights to Ehrhoff from Vancouver on Tuesday in exchange for a 2012 fourth-round pick. Snow failed to sign the defenseman before a self-imposed 5 p.m. deadline on Wednesday before shipping his rights to the Sabres.’

Rochester Amerks, Buffalo Sabres reunion sparks buzz in region

‘”This really stabilizes the Amerks, and the Sabres’ commitment to the area is clear,” Rochester Mayor Thomas Richards said. “And it stabilizes the arena. This is, after all, a hockey arena. The reason we have the place is so it gets used.”‘

Amerks season tickets are great bargain

‘Fans can buy a season ticket for $10 per game — $380 for the entire regular-season home schedule — for any seat in Blue Cross Arena at the Rochester Community War Memorial.’

Sabres go after Ehrhoff, trade away Montador

‘Ehrhoff was the night’s biggest move. The pending unrestricted free agent was shipped earlier this week to the Isles, who were unable to sign him despite an offer reported to be for five years and more than $23 million. He made $3.4 million last season.’

Sabres, Gerbe agree to multiyear contract

‘”I didn’t go,” he said by phone Wednesday. “It always tough to see the team you’re competing against win the Cup. That’s something you always dream of and want. I guess there’s a little bit of jealousy there, but it makes you work harder.”‘

Rochester, Buffalo: Two cities, one cause

‘”We have our university where we can teach players not only about hockey, but a lot of these young guys that come in, they need to develop other skills,” said Pegula, who funded an arena and helped establish Division I hockey at Penn State last fall. “Our plan is to make this franchise a shining star that will develop our players.”‘

Kim Pegula now woman of influence

‘"I’m still a mom," she said with a laugh when the topic was broached. "I’ve worked for Terry for 20 years, besides being married for 18, so we’ve always done it this way. There hasn’t been a time we haven’t. It works for us so we’re going to continue."’

Sabres, Amerks hail ”unification”

‘“People are talking Amerks hockey again,” Fitzpatrick said. “It went south, and it became a non-factor here in Rochester. When you’re out and about now, people are asking questions, saying they’re going to come to games again. So the excitement’s back, and I think that’s a great thing for Rochester.”’