Archives for July 2011

Miller&#8217s words on Connolly are telling

‘Miller’s opinion differs because he got a rare glimpse at Connolly from inside the rink, a view that should be weighed accordingly. Above all things a goaltender’s vision matters most, and Miller’s take on Connolly is important not because it differs from other views but why.’

Sabres agree to deals with Persson, Turnbull

‘Persson, the Sabres first-round pick in the 2006 draft, has spent the past two seasons in the minors. He has five goals and 21 assists for 26 points in 132 career games in the American Hockey League. Persson was called up to Buffalo three times last season, but did not play a game for the Sabres.’

Sabres re-sign Persson and Turnbull

‘Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier announced today that defenseman Dennis Persson and forward Travis Turnbull have each agreed to a one-year contract.’

Cullen chases a dream

‘“It is great — it has been a lifelong dream of mine to play for the Sabres,” said Cullen, who speaks as much like a fan as he does an actual player, even when in uniform.’

Former teammate defends Tim Connolly

‘“I think some people in the media [in Buffalo] felt like he owed them explanations beyond what he cared to share, and it just became a little bit of a vendetta. From my perspective, the only thing Tim doesn’t care about is what the talking heads think about him. He cares about hockey fans, he cares about winning and he cares about his teammates. In my book, that’s all that matters.”’

Buffalo Sabres 2011 draft review

‘All in all the Sabres came away feeling much better about their center depth and they were able to take some risks that they wouldn’t have with past ownership regimes.’

Center spot in good hands with Roy

‘After a poor playoff in 2010, Roy came back as a better-conditioned, more mature player. Let’s see if he can build on that next season. He still has something to prove. But it seems to me that Leino, not Roy, has more to prove as a No. 1 center in the NHL.’

Jeanneret slated for 57 games

‘Jeanneret will call 39 home games and 18 road games along with analysts Harry Neale and Rob Ray. Sylvester and Gare will do the Feb. 24 home game against Boston and 22 road games. The games will continue to be a simulcast on MSG and WGR Radio. No determination has been made about local broadcasts of the two season-opening games in Europe, likely to be telecast by Versus.’

Beyers scores points with Sabres brass

‘“The mindset is, you just have to relax and go out there and have fun,” Beyers said. “It is a development camp, you are an invitee, so there is not a whole lot of pressure because they are not expecting a lot. But you want to go out there for yourself. I definitely want to do that.”’

With Tim Connolly, there’s always a but…

‘In Buffalo, the last six seasons, Connolly has been both in and out, up and down, often out of favour. There are all kinds of negative numbers. He has missed 36% of all Sabres games post-lockout — and that coming after he missed the entire 2003-04 season with post concussion syndrome. His personal injury list includes concussions, bone spurs, cracked vertebrae, broken ribs: He has played 302 NHL games, missed 252 with various hurts. And as for his post-season game, he has not scored a goal in his last 29 Stanley Cups games. Despite having what Milbury describes as “ridiculous talent” he has only had two seasons with more than 50 points scored. He has never scored 20 goals in an NHL season despite having “one helluva shot.”’

Slice of home for Lepkowski

"The strength and conditioning people. I got so many tools now. I feel so much more confident stepping into Barrie next year with the progress I made this year and this week."’

Amerks President Ted Black starts his first day on the job in Rochester

‘Long run, we want to be best in class. Our goal is very about building a winning organization, and they do it according to the three very simple rules: 1) Treat people very well. Treat people the way you want to be treated. 2) Work hard. Terry will say, ‘Work your butt off.’ 3) Love what you do. Using those three Pegula principles, we want to win championships at both levels. Those two goals are comprised of a million little things, so we’re going to start by doing a million little things. No undertaking is too small to get us there.’

Wudrick looks for a second chance

‘Wudrick attended the Phoenix Coyotes’ rookie camp last summer and despite failure to sign a contract with the Kings or Coyotes, Wudrick hopes he made an impression on Sabres brass last week. “Not being able to sign a contract with L.A. and playing another year in junior, this is a good opportunity to come here,” he said. “My goal is, in this camp, to get a contract and to be part of the Sabres organization.”’

Buffalo Sabres plan to keep Jody Gage

‘"I don’t want it to be a figurehead role," Black said. "I want him to have meaningful input on strategy."’

Lepkowski has week of his hockey life

‘"There’s so much I learned as far as footwork, defensive skills, positioning," he said. "I’ve got all the coaches numbers, the strength and conditioning people. I got so many tools now. I’ll be working out in Buffalo the rest of the summer. I feel so much more confident stepping into Barrie next year with the progress I made this year and this week."’