Archives for July 2011

Buffalo signs Enroth to multi-year deal

‘The 23-year-old Stockholm native completed his first full NHL campaign with a 9-2-2 record, 2.73 goals-against average and one shutout over 14 games.’

Buffalo Sabres re-sign G Enroth to multiyear deal

‘Enroth replaced Patrick Lalime(notes) as the Sabres’ backup in the final half of last season. He was particularly effective filling in for an injured Miller late in the season, when he went 3-0-1 over five games to help the Sabres clinch a playoff berth.’

Enroth agrees to to terms on multi-year deal

‘Enroth appeared in 14 games during five separate recalls for the Sabres last season, compiling a 2.73 goals against average and a 9-2-2 record. He recorded his first NHL win and first career shutout in 2010-11 after appearing in just one game during the 2009-10 season.’

Thursday’s Ottawa Coverage

A legacy open to interpretation (Ottawa Citizen)

Former Sen Lalime retires (Ottawa Sun)

The following are rough English translations from French languauge sources:

Patrick Lalime returns to the Senators (Le Droit)

P. Lalime retires and joins RDS (

Sabres tickets going faster than ever

‘"We anticipate this year’s Mini-Packs will sell out quickly," said John Sinclair, the vice president of ticket operations and services. "Those individuals that are currently members of the Blue & Gold Club will have the first opportunity to purchase tickets, as well as individuals who purchased Mini-Packs last season. At that point, it will move to the general public."’

Goaltender Patrick Lalime retires from NHL

‘He has a career 2.58 goals-against average and a .905 save percentage. He also played for Chicago, St. Louis and Pittsburgh.’

Lalime retiring to become TV analyst

Goaltender Patrick Lalime, who played the last three years for the Buffalo Sabres, is exchanging his pads for a microphone as he will become an analyst on Ottawa Senators television broadcasts, according to a report on the RDS radio website Wednesday.’

Mary Ann’s winning look will be missed

Dear Readers, please excuse this brief diversion from today’s Bills’ news. Bucky Gleason wrote a beautiful piece about my mother who passed away on Sunday. She was a fixture in WNY Harness Racing for over 40 years and I am very thankful to Bucky and the Buffalo News for acknowledging her contributions and recognizing our loss. Thank you – Scott.

Matt Ellis re-signs with Buffalo Sabres

‘"I’d be lying if I said I didn’t look around," Ellis said. "But I’m really ecstatic about being back in the Sabres family at a time when there’s a lot of excitement with Terry (Pegula) taking over (as owner)."’

Sabres sign Sekera before arbitration, also lock up Ellis

‘The Sabres now have the NHL’s No. 1 payroll, $66,695,357, putting them $2,395,357 over the $64.3 million salary cap, according to They can exceed the cap by up to 10 percent during the offseason and have until opening night to get under. “I think in all likelihood we’ll be a little below the number,” Regier said. That means trades, buyouts or assignments to Rochester could be coming. Regier, who has said he would explore trades, said the market is “quiet” right now. “There are still a number of players out there that teams are trying to assess their situations and the unrestricted market,” Regier said.’

Four more years of blue and gold for Sekera

‘"The conversation with Allan Walsh, his agent, has always been focused on getting a deal done," Regier said. "I think the contract actually reflects the case that he had in arbitration. Statistically, for the points that he had, he was going to do very well in arbitration. What this provided us with was a longer-term contract at what we felt were very good numbers and the belief that he would step up and not only provide the consistency, but I think we’ll see a lot of growth in him as well."’

Sabres grant multi-year deals to Sekera, Ellis

‘Ellis, 27, failed to record a point in 14 games with the Sabres last year. He has posted 13 goals and 33 points in 201 career games with Detroit, Los Angeles and Buffalo since 2006.’

Sabres re-sign Sekera, Ellis to multiyear deals

‘Sekera is an offensive-minded player who is expected to have received a raise over the $1.25 million he made last year. He has four-plus years of NHL experience and had a career-best 29 points (three goals, 26 assists) in 76 games last season.’

Sekera and Ellis sign multi-year deals

‘Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier today announced that defenseman Andrej Sekera and forward Matt Ellis have each agreed to multi-year contracts.’

Sabres prospect Schiestel returning to form

‘“You take two steps forward, one step back,” Schiestel said. “It’s just a long process that you have to be patient with. Sometimes it’s hard. I like to skate. I’m a skating defenseman, so when I do these tests, and I’m usually good at it, and now all of sudden it’s a little bit of a struggle right now. It’s pretty frustrating.”’