Archives for September 2011

Sabres ‘disappointed’ in no suspension for Armstrong

‘”From what I saw, I hope that’s not a legal hit, because if it is, I could’ve gotten hurt more than what I was,” Gaustad said. “I just got to move on from it. “‘

Kotalik, Morrisonn assigned to Rochester

‘The Sabres are now about $930,000 under the cap, taking away Kotalik and Morrisonn but counting a $425,000 bonus owed Tyler Myers. They had been about $3.6 million over with the NHL’s top payroll. They are now third in cap payroll at about $63.3 million, behind Washington ($65.1 million) and Philadelphia ($64.1 million). The Capitals are the only team over the cap.’

Only thing left for Sabres is winning

‘Getting to opening night, however, has a much different feel this fall. Next week the Sabres will ship off to Europe to open the regular season, leaving behind an arena, nee, center full of Pegula-funded construction projects including a brand new locker room.’

Tuesday’s Rochester Coverage

Rochester Amerks’ Brennan aims to make Sabres take notice (Rochester D&C)
Ex-Amerk Sean McMorrow pleads guilty to marijuana smuggling (Rochester D&C)
Day 1 of training camp offers a homecoming, reunion of sorts (

Sabres assign 14 players to Rochester

‘This leaves the Sabres with 27 players still in training camp (16 forwards, 8 defensemen and three goaltenders).’

Sabres F Kotalik, D Morrisonn assigned to AHL

‘The moves came two days after both players were waived in allowing the Sabres to get their payroll under the NHL’s $64.3 million salary cap. Buffalo was projected to be a little over $3 million over the cap, and Kotalik and Morrisonn combined to make about $5 million in the final year of their respective contracts this season.’

Foligno, Kassian assigned to Amerks

‘The Sabres also assigned forwards Ales Kotalik, Jonathan Parker, Michael Ryan, Colin Stuart, Phil Varone and Derek Whitmore; defensemen T.J. Brennan, Joe Finley, Brayden McNabb, Shaone Morrisonn, Dennis Persson and Drew Schiestel; goalie Drew MacIntyre.’

Sabres get under cap, assign Kotalik, Morrisonn to Rochester

‘Of course, the Sabres are still on the hook for their salaries, so they’ll likely eat more than $5 million this season.’

The aftermath: Blue Jackets 4, Sabres 1

‘The Sabres finished up a stretch of three games in a row, and four games in five days. This was the first time Buffalo had played three straight preseason games since 2001. “It’s a tough schedule, I think it’s a good test,” said Ruff. “We had some players that didn’t have a lot left in the tank and you could tell.”‘

Sabres’ Ellis in a battle for last spot

‘Once again, Ellis’ fate is expected to come down to the final days of camp. He’s essentially fighting Luke Adam and Cody McCormick for the last forward starting job, with a second player taking the reserve role. The third choice will start in Rochester.’

Monday’s Columbus Coverage

Mason showing improved form in Jackets’ 4-1 win over Sabres (Columbus Dispatch)
Photo gallery (Columbus Dispatch)
Photo gallery (Fox Sports Ohio)
Preseason Post Game vs. Buffalo (
Photo gallery (
Photo gallery (AP)

Byers help Blue Jackets top Sabres

‘Myers put Buffalo on the board in the third period with a close-range backhander on the power play.’

Columbus 4, Buffalo 1

‘Tyler Myers scored on a power play in the third period for Buffalo’s goal and Ryan Miller allowed all four goals on 27 shots.’

Buffalo’s Boyes suspended two preseason games

‘Boyes will miss games against Columbus and Washington, but will be eligible to play when the Sabres open their season against Anaheim on October 7 in Helsinki, Finland.’

Sabres Fall to Blue Jackets

‘The Sabres would finally get on the board in the third period with Radek Martinek in the box for a high sticking double minor. Tyler Myers cashed in on the first half of the powerplay, tickling the twine at 10:38 with assists from Pominville and Gragnani. But the rally would stop there and the Sabres took their first lost of the preseason.’