Archives for August 2011

Sabres re-sign Gragnani

‘What’s Sabres defenseman Marc-Andre Gragnani capable of producing over a full season? Fifty points perhaps? Were the rookie’s late-season heroics just a fluke? Can he continue his clutch play?’

Gragnani, Sabres agree to one-year deal

‘Gragnani appeared in a career-high nine regular season games during two call- ups for Buffalo last season, recording a goal and two assists for his first career points.’

Sabres re-sign D Gragnani to 1-year contract

‘Gragnani will have a tough test cracking the NHL this year after Buffalo upgraded its defense by adding veterans Robyn Regehr and Christian Ehrhoff.’

Seneca Gaming adds ex-Sabre for PR work

“Robitaille, now a Sabres’ broadcaster, will work with Seneca Gaming to develop hockey-related events at its three area casinos, Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel, Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino and Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel. He will also represent Seneca Gaming at various community events during the year including making appearances at Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino immediately after Buffalo Sabres’ home games at HSBC Arena, which is just a few blocks away from the casino.”

Sabres lock up Gragnani for another year

“Gragnani followed up his regular season performance with a team-leading seven points (1+6) in Buffalo’s seven-game loss to Philadelphia in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. Gragnani’s six assists were a Sabres rookie record for assists by a defenseman in one playoff series, and he also tied Pierre Turgeon (1988) for rookie points in one series. Despite playing in just seven playoff games, Gragnani’s seven points led all rookie defensemen in the postseason, and he finished fourth in rookie playoff scoring.”

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Sabres sign Ryan, Szczechura

‘The 25-year-old Szczechura played 79 games with the Admirals last season, collecting 52 points (22+30). He has 16 points in 83 career games with the Lightning.’

Sabres sign Ryan, Szczechura

‘Ryan has quietly morphed into an elite AHL scorer, compiling 79 goals and 137 points in his last 151 games. The Sabres originally acquired his rights from Dallas in the 2003 Stu Barnes trade. Ryan has seven goals, 18 points and 34 penalty minutes in his NHL career.’

Sabres sign Ryan, Szczechura

‘Szczechura spent last season with the Norfolk Admirals. He appeared in 83 games with the Tampa Bay Lightning during parts of the 2008-09 and 2009-10 campaigns, totaling nine goals and 16 points.’

Paul Szczechura signs with Sabres

‘Brantford’s Paul Szczechura has found a new home in the National Hockey League.’

Armia disappointed, but Sabres like what they see

‘”After the first game here (Monday) I think it was fairly evident the hands he’s got and his shot,” Sabres Director of Pro Scouting Jon Christiano told “You don’t question some of his offensive instincts and offensive skills from the blue line in. He made a real nice play setting up their first goal. He had a great chance where he blew down the left wing and deked (U.S. defenseman Justin) Holl and pounded the puck wide. Kind of like that. He’s filling into his body a little bit, that’s expected; he’s still a young kid. On the offensive end of things, you have to like the natural skill.”‘

Sabres sign LW Ryan, C Szczechura to 1-year deals

‘Ryan rejoins the Sabres after spending five seasons — from 2003-07 — in Buffalo’s system. He spent last year with AHL Adirondack, where he had 25 goals and 41 points in 52 games. He has seven goals and eight assists in 83 career NHL games split between Buffalo and Carolina.’

Sabres add depth at forward

‘The Buffalo Sabres added something old and something new today with the signings of free agent forwards Michael Ryan and Paul Szczechura to a pair of one-year deals.’

Sabres sign Ryan and Szczechura

‘Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier today announced that left wing Michael Ryan and center Paul Szczechura have both agreed to one-year contracts.’

ROB RAY signing autographs

“Tuesday night baseball at Dwyer stadium brings the Brooklyn Cyclones back to Batavia. The NY Mets short season single-A team. It also brings former Buffalo Sabres Rob Ray to Dwyer for pre-game autographs. Buffalo Sabres Legend Rob Ray will sign autographs in the concourse pre-game. Gates open at 6:05pm. First pitch is 7:05pm.”