Archives for July 2011

Rob Crean returns home to work for Amerks

‘“Then my wife and I wanted to move back this way,” Crean said. “Fortunately there was an opening with the Sabres, so I returned to the Sabres for a second stinct. I was able to move into this position when the Sabres bought the team.”’

Ted Black already receiving suggestions

‘"I was at the Craig Charron event on Monday, and aren’t even waiting for the electronic version,” Black said. “They’re writing things on scraps of paper and giving it to me,” he added with a laugh.’

Ron Rolston named Rochester Americans new coach

‘"I am both excited and honored to join an organization with as storied a tradition as the Rochester Americans,” Rolston said. “The opportunity to work within the Sabres organization, and to develop players at the game’s highest level, is an opportunity that I am committed to and embrace."’

Sabres University selects first professor

‘“The winning process starts with the selection of the players, and progresses with the development of those players,” Regier said. “There is no more important area than we recognize more than the development of those players."’

Buffalo Sabres believe in their pick to lead Amerks

‘"We’re taking more responsibility for the player’s development and demand that the player takes more responsibility for his own development," Regier said Wednesday morning, when the Sabres introduced Rolston at news conference. "Winning begins with the selection of players (in the draft) and progresses with the development of those players."’

AHL Americans name new head coach

‘”Ron has had a tremendous influence on the continued rise of American players through seven successful years,” said Jim Johannson, assistant executive director of operations at USA Hockey. “He’s going to a wonderful organization in Buffalo and we know Ron will be an outstanding coach at the professional level.”‘

Amerks thrown a learning curve with new coach

‘"What strikes me most about the organization is its strong leadership and its commitment to excellence and that starts with Terry Pegula," said Rolston, who played at Michigan Tech in the 1980s. "For me it’s going to be a great experience to learn from their leadership and also add to that."’

Ron Rolston named Rochester Amerks head coach

‘"He’s a very thorough, knowledgeable and prepared coach," said Jim Johannson, assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey. "He’s been an integral part of our program for the past seven years. He has developed young American players to play at the highest level and to win internationally."’

Rolston hired to coach Amerks

‘Americans’ new coach, according to several reports. He’s expected to be introduced this morning at a news conference in Rochester.’

Thinking big still comes with price tag

‘In one summer, the Sabres have been transformed into a major-market team. Fans have to get used to paying a little more to see one. For the most part, there are still plenty of good deals to be had, especially in the 300 level of HSBC Arena. There’s just not as many as folks might have gotten used to.’

Enroth was close to the KHL

[Rough English translation from Swedish language source]

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‘But as negotiations dragged on, it was extremely close to Jhon Enroth accepted an offer from Dynamo Minsk. “It was very close. I would basically just book the trip, he says to, and continues: “It was a really good deal. I would have earned more in one season than in two years with Buffalo. So in the end it was about choosing between childhood dream or money. But I think this is the best way to go for now. ‘

Sabres’ Lieuwen eager to prove his worth

‘“It crossed my mind,” Lieuwen, the 167th pick by the Sabres in June, acknowledged earlier this month at the team’s development camp at Dwyer Arena. “When you’re injured that much and that stuff is going on, you think, ‘Well?’”’

Sabres ink Enroth to two-year deal

‘“Without that, I don’t know that we would’ve had the same level of confidence,” Regier said inside HSBC Arena about Enroth’s late-season performance. “But he came in and played the way he played, had the record he had with Ryan being injured. (It) really gave him and gave us a lot of confidence in him.”’

Sabres sign Enroth to two-year deal

‘The Buffalo News has learned the deal is for $1.35 million over the two years.’

Ellis excited about new deal with Sabres

‘“To be sitting here entering my fourth season, it’s an amazing feeling,” he said. “It’s been a great ride. I’ve met some amazing people here in Buffalo. I couldn’t have asked for any more.”’