Archives for May 2012

Former Sabre Cyr is dead at 48

‘In the summer of 1987, Cyr was shot in the abdomen by a taxi driver during a robbery attempt in the Dominican Republic. He missed 17 games and had only one goal in 20 games when he was traded to the Rangers on Dec. 31, 1987 for Mike Donnelly and a draft choice that eventually was used to select Alexander Mogilny. Cyr finished his Sabre career with 85 goals and 111 assists in 342 games. The forward had injury problems during his time with the Rangers and was eventually released. He finished his NHL career in the Hartford Whalers organization.’

Former Sabre Cyr passes away

‘Cyr suffered a heart attack and from diabetes-related complications, CHEK in British Columbia reported.’

Former NHLer Cyr dead at 48

‘Cyr played six seasons for the Sabres from 1982-83 to 1987-88 and concluded his career with the New York Rangers and Hartford Whalers, scoring 101 goals and amassing 241 points in 470 NHL games.’

Catching up with Andrej Sekera

‘After playing a long NHL season, did you even to hesitate to play when asked? No, never. If the season is over early or before the Worlds, it’s a disappointment. But it is what it is, and every time if I get a chance to play for my country I’ll go without any regret.’

Friday’s Rochester Coverage

Season rewind with Amerks rookie forward Phil Varone (

Pegula offers landscaping for part of Canalside

‘Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula has offered to spruce up a section of the city’s waterfront on his own dime.’

What Advanced Stats Say about the Sabres Pt. 3: Derek Roy

‘The very good possibility that he will bounce back makes him an attractive buy-low option for other NHL teams. The numbers say the Sabres should wait until the trade deadline next season to attempt a trade. It may anger fans, but chances are his value will be higher then.’

Buffalo Sabres own small group of European and collegiate prospects

‘The highest player drafted from the NCAA ranks in the last five years was Corey Tropp in the third round of the 2007 draft so it is safe to say that Buffalo relies more on junior hockey than the NCAA. The Sabres had seven players in the NCAA last season including, one fourth rounder, two fifth rounders, a sixth rounder, and three seventh rounders.’

Why I Still Wish the Sabres Were More Like the Flyers

‘I still think they made out great. When the moves were made, Homgren said he didn’t know if his team would be better, but he knew they would be different. Turns out that their results were the same. They traded away their Captain and one of their leading scorers and still went as far in the playoffs. Now they also have the benefit of being younger and having sent the message to their team that nobody is too established to be moved.’

Thursday’s Rochester Coverage

Jay McKee: finding passion behind the bench (WGR-AM)

Wednesday’s Rochester Coverage

Season Rewind With Amerks Goaltender David Leggio (

Do the Sabres have Cap space?

‘I bring this up for one reason, there are other teams in the National Hockey League. Buffalo is getting its share these days, but let’s not get crazy every time a player’s name comes up. The salary cap says Nash, Parise, Getzlaf and Ryan can’t all come to Buffalo.’

Lieuwen inks contract with Buffalo Sabres

‘”Once the season ended, we started talking a little bit more about the contract and what was going on, and from there, we came to an agreement,” Lieuwen said. “They would negotiate the contract and bring certain offers to me and during that process, it was an exciting time.”‘

Abbotsford goalie Lieuwen signs with Sabres

‘“It’s exciting to be able to move on to the pro ranks,” said Lieuwen, who inked a three-year, two-way pact with the Sabres which will likely see him start his career with one of Buffalo’s minor-pro affiliates – the Rochester Americans (AHL) or the Gwinnett Gladiators (ECHL).’

Sabres sign goaltender Lieuwen to entry-level contract

‘Lieuwen (6’5”, 189 lbs., 8/8/91) finished the 2011-12 season ranked third among all Western Hockey League goaltenders with a 2.50 goals against average and ranked fifth with a .914 save percentage. In his second season as the starting goaltender for the Kootenay Ice, Lieuwen went 27-20-6-2 with three shutouts.’