Pegula’s spending spree raises Sabres expectations

‘“You can’t even begin to measure the optimism he has brought in such a short time,” fan Kyle Renner said. “The biggest thing is the feeling that the Sabres will one day win a Stanley Cup.”’

2011-12 Buffalo Sabres Preview

‘Pegula has helped get the Sabres back to thinking of themselves as Cup contenders, but a more realistic goal for 2011-12 is a Northeast Division title. Buffalo should challenge the Boston Bruins — last year’s Stanley Cup champions — for the division crown and a deep playoff run is not out of the question. The important thing for the Sabres is that they’ve once again begun to think they can play for a championship. With that confidence and an energetic new owner in tow, the future is looking brighter already.’

Sabres Vanek hammers Kaleta in open practice

‘The hit was shocking to me because it’s the hardest I’ve ever seen Vanek hit somebody and it was a teammate! To me, it totally crossed the line because Kaleta is not expecting that kind of contact in practice so he’s not braced for it. Ruff agreed, “The obvious answer is yes, it went too far, but whether Van leaned in too much or whether Patty kept coming with too much momentum, we don’t want anybody hurt in practice so that’s the extreme case, but he’s going to be fine.”‘

Sabres Gaustad wants suspension consistent

‘Gaustad was livid after the game and didn’t want to address it until Tuesday and even then was measured in his comments, “I’m going to try to bite my tongue as much as possible, I’m just a little disappointed by it because I’m not the type of player that stays down, if I can get up, I get up. The NHL hasn’t asked me how I’m doing so they don’t know if I’m injured or not. They didn’t check on me, at least to my knowledge. It’s unfortunate because Brad Boyes gets suspended two games are there’s not even a review on some of the other hits. I just have to move on. It’s three days after so I’ll look forward to camp and the regular season.”‘

Kaleta Shaken in Sabres Scrimmage

‘Head coach Lindy Ruff said he thought the hit was too heavy for a practice situation, but suggested it was inadvertent and said that Kaleta should be alright.’

Fans wish Sabres a fond bon voyage

‘Wednesday night hundreds of fans filled the First Niagara Center to send off the Sabres in style with chants of ‘Let’s go Buffalo.’ The first 3,000 fans got to line-up for autographs before players and prospects hit the ice for a full-team scrimmage.’

A Road Trip Like No Other

‘“The team contingent will be about 80 people, about double what we normally send out for a typical road game,” says Sabres spokesman Mike Gilbert. “We have a number of spouses coming along, and in addition team senior management and other front office personnel who will be making this trip.”.

Thursday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks rookie Marcus Foligno much like his father (Rochester D&C)

Sabres ‘disappointed’ with inconsistent suspension rulings

‘“It’s unfortunate because Brad Boyes gets suspended for two games and there’s not even a review on some of the other hits. Disappointed a little bit, but move on.”’

Sabres ”One Up, One Down” For Shanahan

‘The Sabres believe NHL discipline czar Brendan Shanahan got the call on Boyes right and totally missed the call on Armstrong.’

Wednesday’s Rochester Coverage

Greece native Derek Whitmore playing for Amerks (WHEC-TV)
Pace picks up on Day 2 of Amerks’ training camp (Amerks.com)
Amerks sign forward Phil Varone (Amerks.com)
Amerks to host exhibition game vs. The University of Western Ontario (Amerks.com)

Sabres pared to more normal numbers

‘”Players get more reps and the less numbers you have, you can go into more detail with what you want to work on,” Ruff said. “We’ve kept the groups down to practice size but it’s nice to get into four lines and more scrimmage-like and game-like situations.”‘

NHL discipline brings mixed feelings to Sabreland

‘”I’m going to try to bite my tongue as much as possible,” Gaustad said. “I’m just a little bit disappointed by it because I’m not the type of player that stays down. If I get up, I get up. They haven’t asked how I’m doing. The NHL hasn’t asked me. They don’t know if I’m injured or not. They didn’t check on it, at least to my knowledge.”‘

Former NHL players’ future in Buffalo Sabres organization unclear

‘Kotalik, a native of the Czech Republic, apparently is pursuing playing options in Europe instead of calling Blue Cross Arena at the Rochester Community War Memorial his hockey home for the 2011-12 season.’

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‘Of course, with that newfound financial wealth comes expectations. The Sabres can no longer play the poor-and-broke cousin card. They have to win now, and there are no more excuses. Just how the Sabres deal with that will be an important storyline over the next few years.’