Archives for July 2012

Sabres ink Grigorenko

‘Grigorenko was selected by the Sabres with the 12th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. He is Buffalo’s highest forward selection since they took Thomas Vanek with the fifth overall pick in 2003.’

Grigorenko signs with Sabres

‘”There wasn’t any communication,” he said of his talks with the KHL. “Before the draft they just wanted me to know that they’re interested in me and asked me what I feel and what I’m going to do. And I said, ‘I want to be an NHL player. I want to be drafted and sign a contract and I’ll do anything to make the team.’ For now, I don’t even think about the KHL.”‘

Sabres sign Grigorenko to entry-level contract

‘In 2011-12, Grigorenko scored 85 points (40+45) while picking up just 12 penalty minutes for the Quebec Remparts in his first QMJHL season. He led all first-year players in the league in goals and points, and was second in regular-season assists. Despite only playing in 59 games, Grigorenko’s 40 goals and 85 points tied him for fifth and eighth place, respectively, among all players in the league.’

Sabres sign pair

‘In parts of five NHL seasons, Tarnasky has compiled 30 points and 297 penalty minutes in 245 games with Tampa Bay, Nashville and Florida.’

Nick Tarnasky, T.J. Brennan sign one-year deals with Sabres

‘Brennan, 23, just completed his three-year entry-level contract and was a restricted free agent. He must be exposed to waivers if the Sabres want to send him to the American Hockey League.’

Sabres ink tough guy Tarnasky, re-sign Brennan

‘Brennan, who had 16 goals and 30 points in 52 AHL games last year, could be fighting with Brayden McNabb, newcomer Adam Pardy and Mike Weber for the seventh spot.’

Szczechura takes his talents to Prague

‘“It’s not like I’m taking a step back. The KHL is right there next to the NHL and obviously I want to play full-time in the NHL. “At this point, if anything, it’s going to get me closer to establishing a full-time job in the NHL.”’

Sabres sign Tarnasky, Brennan

‘Brennan, the team’s second-round pick in the 2007 draft, appeared in 11 games for the Sabres last season and scored a goal against Boston in his NHL debut. He also scored 16 goals in 52 games for Buffalo’s minor league affiliate in Rochester.’

Sabres sign Tarnasky, re-sign Brennan

‘Tarnasky (6’2”, 224 lbs., 11/25/84) joins the Sabres after spending a season in the Kontinental Hockey League playing for Vityaz Chekov. In one KHL season, Tarnasky recorded 12 points (5+7) and 173 penalty minutes in 36 games. Tarnasky, a native of Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, was drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 9th round (287th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. In parts of five NHL seasons, Tarnasky has compiled 30 points (13+17) and 297 penalty minutes in 245 games with Tampa Bay, Nashville and Florida.’

Last-minute invitee from Stouffville lights up Buffalo Sabres’ camp

‘While Wise doesn’t have a contract yet, he hoped his performance at their camp might have been a good omen as he was invited back to attend the Sabres’ main camp in September. “I’ll see what they say after their main camp,” he said.’

Duty at home is calling Armia

‘The Sabres’ first-round draft pick in 2011 has no plans to compete for a roster spot or play in Rochester. His focus for camp was to improve the impressions he’s made on Sabres brass before returning to Finland to complete his obligatory military service while competing for a title in the SM-liiga, Finland’s top professional league.’

Sabres Youth Will Be Served

‘Depth at center is an issue for the Sabres. They traded for Cody Hodgson late last season. He scored three goals in 20 games. Development camp has helped him adjust to the organization. Hodgson said “I learned a lot about the organization, the people, the town. Did a few things in the city and got to know some of the younger guys as well so I think it was great experience and something I can definitely take forward.”‘

Patrick Roy’s son acting on NHL dream with Sabres

“I knew with my size teams weren’t willing to take a chance,” Roy said. “For me, it’s … good motivation for teams that didn’t draft me. Today I’m ready (for) whoever’s willing to take a chance on me. I’m going to take that chance and prove them wrong that they didn’t draft me.”’

Girgensons makes the tough decision, takes shot at the pros

‘”He does have that. There’s bite to his game,” General Manager Darcy Regier said in First Niagara Center after announcing Girgensons had signed a three-year entry-level contract. “He’s direct between points A and B and he does it forcefully and I think that’s an important ingredient to have in the organization and an important addition for us.”‘

Sabres sign first-rounder Zemgus Girgensons to 3-year contract

‘“To have him here, to have him in with the likes of Cody Hodgson, Marcus Foligno, (Brayden) McNabb, Luke Adams, guys that have NHL experience, it gave us, gave Lindy, additional insight into his game,” Regier said.’