Archives for August 2011

Tip of the cap goes to ex-Sabre Drury

‘Drury only played three seasons in Buffalo (a fourth was lost to the lockout), but it sure seems like it was more than that. The two seasons immediately after the lockout comprise many of my fondest Buffalo sports memories. In a town that’s known for its losing ways, Drury’s Sabres — and make no mistake, it was his team — account for more good times than almost any other in the 28 years I’ve been watching these teams…’

Buffalo Sabres, Rochester Amerks could give us a happy hockey winter

‘Dreams of a Stanley Cup/Calder Cup sweep will be dancing in many heads.’

Pegula’s not backing off his stated goal for Sabres

‘”If we come out of the chute 0-9 this year, everybody is going to be going skitzoid,” Pegula said. “But you gotta believe you’re not an 0-9 team, and it will get better. You can’t have the Sword of Damocles hanging over the players, coaches and everybody’s head. You have to stick with the team.”‘

Sabres Locker Room Update

Sabres must slash salary by season opener

‘There are obvious cap casualties. It’s widely believed winger Ales Kotalik ($3 million cap hit) and defenseman Shaone Morrisonn ($2.075) will be sent to the minors.’

Sabres need moves to get in the black

‘ The Sabres don’t have to get below the cap until the season opener and can easily do it by stashing the $5 million-plus combined of Ales Kotalik and Shaone Morrisonn in Rochester, where their figures would not count against it.’

Ehrhoff will deal with pressure

‘Ehrhoff spent a few days in Buffalo house-hunting with his wife and plans to return home today. He’ll be back in Germany again in October, when the Sabres play an exhibition contest in Adler and then a regular-season game in Berlin against Los Angeles, something he wasn’t aware of when he signed. “That was another bonus,” Ehrhoff said. “I’m definitely very excited about that.”‘

Sabres national broadcast schedule announced

‘In addition to their regular Monday and Tuesday night national broadcasts, VERSUS has added a “Game of the Week” telecast on Wednesday nights. Buffalo appears in the VERSUS “Game of the Week” a league-high seven times, two more than any other team. These games will be shown exclusively on VERSUS throughout the United States and will not be aired on MSG.’

Ehrhoff ready to be a money player

‘”It doesn’t really put that much more pressure on me,” Ehrhoff insisted after he was introduced to the media Wednesday in HSBC Arena’s Harbour Club. “I put enough pressure on myself. I want to be a big part of this franchise for many years to come.”‘

Sabres president expects minipack allotment to sell out

‘Black also announced that single-game sales will begin on Sept. 17 and added this caveat – “We anticipate those will be sold out well before the start of the season.”‘

Ehr-rriving in Buffalo

‘Ehrhoff said he was impressed with the Sabres while playing against them. “They got a great group of young players, 1 of the best goalies in the league for sure. We saw in the Cup Finals you need great goaltending to win and new ownership is committed.”‘

Sabres tickets won’t be easy to get this season

‘Team President Ted Black said, “We’ve already doubled the amount of mini packs we sold all of last year and we anticipate being sold out within the next couple weeks. We put 3500 mini packs on sale.’

Ehrhoff at home in Buffalo

‘“Everybody had good things to say about the city of Buffalo being a great place to live with your kids and a good place for them to grow up – which was another criteria I was looking for. And since Terry (Pegula) took over the team he has showed that he is very committed to putting a team together that can win the Stanley Cup. For me it made a lot of sense and that’s why I joined the team.”’

Saturday’s Rochester Coverage

Kent Weisbeck out as trainer of Rochester Amerks (Rochester D&C)

Sabres agree to terms with Gragnani

‘Gragnani, however, figures to face major competition in training camp to get on the ice in the wake of the signings of newcomers Robyn Regehr and Christian Ehrhoff, the new multiyear deals given to Andrej Sekera and Mike Weber and the return of Leopold and Tyler Myers.’