Archives for April 2012

Why Briere Still Matters

‘With each goal he scores Briere bitterly reminds us of how close to the Cup the Sabres once were. That upward thrust of his right arm after every goal can feel like he’s giving us a certain obscene gesture. They’re reminders of one of the grossest miscalculations ever to befall a sports team.’

Leino added his voice to chorus

‘The most damning quote, though, was Leino saying he had “to think too much” at times. That sounds like an indictment of Ruff’s “system,” which often has players overthinking instead of trusting their hockey instincts.’

Monday’s Rochester Coverage

Rochester Amerks have no room for error (Rochester D&C)
Rude homecoming awaits D’Amigo (Toronto Sun)
Amerks return home tp home ice Monday for Game 3 vs. Marlies (

Leino: Season was a a battle

‘”It took me a really long time to get used to all the stuff,” Leino said. “Sometimes the flow in our game wasn’t the way that it should be. We didn’t get the puck. Our defense didn’t get the pucks to forwards. We didn’t make enough plays. We didn’t have the puck enough. The flow of the game, it wasn’t quite there.”‘

Sunday’s Rochester Coverage

Rochester Amerks on brink of playoff elimination (Rochester D&C)
D’Amigo murder on Rochester (Toronto Sun)
Toronto Marlies beat Rochester Americans 4-3, lead series 2-0 (Toronto Star)
D’Amigo has winner in Marlies 4-3 win over Americans; Toronto leads series 2-0 (CP)
rks return home facing elimination (WGR-AM)
Amerks stage late comeback but fall 4-3 in Game 2 (
Photo gallery (

Saturday’s Rochester Coverage

Rochester Amerks need to rebound against Toronto (Rochester D&C)
Physicality key in Marlies game plan for Amerks (Rochester D&C)
Marlies chock full of stud defenders (Toronto Sun)
Breakout game for Marlies’ Colborne (Toronto Sun)
Amerks Look To Even Series (WHAM-TV)
Amerks look to even series tonight in Game 2 against Marlies (
Friday’s Amerks notebook (

Stafford has some points to ponder

‘”I know I took a step back this year for production at times,” Stafford said. “Obviously, that went hand in hand with how the team was doing. If I was producing like I was at certain points last year, we could’ve won a couple more games. You win a couple more games, you’re in the playoffs.”‘

Friday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks stumble in AHL playoff opener at Toronto (Buffalo News)
Rochester Amerks lose playoff opener in Toronto (Rochester D&C)
Toronto Marlies beat Rochesters American 4-3 in AHL playoff series opener (Toronto Star)
D’Amigo leads Marlies over Amerks (Toronto Sun)
D’Amigo scores twice, Marlies open playoffs with 4-3 win over Americans (CP)
Leggio poised for playoffs (WHEC-TV)
Marlies down Amerks to take Game 1 (
Marlies Come From Behind and Take Game One Against Rochester (
Photo gallery (

Sabres Regier Preaches Patience

‘He said the Sabres need to address their lack of scoring and are focused on adding a center. Regier indicated the Sabres are willing to use their draft choices to acquire a player or players most likely through trades as this year’s free agent class isn’t that strong.’

Black Keeps Positive Focus

‘”We evaluate everyone here based on the time that we’ve been here. Darcy’s accomplishments in terms of player acquisitions and draft acquisitions, and draft pick acquisitions has been very good.”‘

What Stats Say Pt. 1: Brad Boyes

‘It seems many believe that Boyes is a perimeter player whose
past success was a product of the post-lockout boom of power plays and elimination of
“clutching and grabbing.” When the referees stopped calling interference, Boyes’
success waned, no longer being able to cruise around and snipe. He’s been often
said to not have the willingness to change his game to fit the changes in the NHL.’

Scouting Session 2 – Organizational Depth – Forward

‘Our focus starts up front, at forward. From the look of things throughout the Sabres organization…they need help.’

Thursday’s Rochester Coverage

Sabres’ farmhands open playoffs in Toronto (Buffalo News)
Rochester Amerks will face a tough team in Toronto (Rochester D&C)
Sabres prospect Varone turning heads in Rochester (Niagara Gazette)
Marlies’ confidence high against Amerks (Toronto Sun)
In for a tough test (Sportsnet)
Toronto Marlies ready for opening round series against rival Rochester (CP)
Amerks Kickoff 2012 Calder Cup Playoffs Thursday Night In Toronto (
Games 1 And 2 Of Amerks-Marlies Series To Be Televised On Time Warner Cable Sportsnet (

Regier sees Sabres’ glass half full

‘”It comes back to competing as an organization, as a team, as individual players,” Regier said. “It can come in the individuals becoming better, mentally tougher. It can come in the growth of a younger guy to an older guy, which in large part is the same thing. It can come from other players supporting that mind-set from the outside. It can come from players in the minors that have proven that they have that and are ready to play in the National Hockey League.”‘

Sabres Regier joins Schopp and the Bulldog

‘When it comes to free agency the Sabres traded for the rights and then signed Ehrhoff and after July 1st signed Ville Leino. Leino didn’t work out in year one, but Regier is still hopeful, “What Ville has going for him is he’s a very competitive person and he’s a fearless player and he can hold on to pucks so the fit wasn’t ideal, it wasn’t as good as we thought it could be or as he thought it could be, but in the end he’s a highly competitive guy that loves to play in pressure situations and just the finish wasn’t there so we’ve got some work to do.” Will Leino remain at wing? Regier said, “I think so, one of the things going into the trade deadline and even into the draft into the off season I would like to be in a position where we can strengthen our center position. If Ennis stays in the middle which it looks right now that he will and Hodgson is in the middle it’s an area where we want to add a centerman with size.”’