2012-12 season ticket renewal rate reaches 99%

‘“We are proud and humbled by the record number of fans who renewed their season tickets for the 2012-13 Buffalo Sabres season,” said Sabres President Ted Black. “Of the 15,200 total season tickets sold in 2011-12, only 111 tickets –represented by 50 accounts – were not renewed.”’

Friday’s Rochester Coverage

Greece’s Derek Whitmore on hold as NHL labor talks continue (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)

Sabres re-sign defenseman Biega

‘The 24-year-old had five goals, 23 points, 47 penalty minutes and a plus-10 rating in 65 games with Rochester last season.’

Sabres set variable game prices

‘This year’s plan includes one Platinum game (Dec. 26, Washington), 10 Gold games, 15 Silver games, nine Bronze games and six Value games.’

Hodgson, Ott could land in Sabres’ top six

‘Here’s what the Sabres’ lineup could look like on opening night…’.

Small changes for Sabres after missing playoffs

‘The Sabres also added depth forward Kevin Porter and enforcer John Scott. But barring a major move between now and the start of the season, the core of the team is the same as the club that came up short last spring.’

New big centers highlight Sabres’ top 10 prospects

‘The Sabres traditionally have lacked size up front, especially on their top two lines. General manager Darcy Regier hopes he’s eliminated that problem for the future by taking a pair of big centers in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft.’

Ott could change plans for Sabres’ foes

‘”I hope I can bring that attitude,” Ott said after the July 2 trade was completed. “I want to bring my consistency of being hard to play against every single night. I feel I’ve done that since the start of my career, and I feel I have a ton of game left. I haven’t even reached part of my peak yet.”‘

Rebound by Miller among Sabres’ six questions

‘Miller was the MVP at the 2010 Winter Olympics and won the Vezina Trophy four months later. But he hasn’t been nearly as good in the past two seasons, though his play improved down the stretch last season after he recovered from an injury, and he nearly carried the Sabres into the playoffs.’

Sabres sign Biege to one-year deal

‘Biega (5’10”, 191 lbs., 4/4/88) was Buffalo’s fifth-round pick (147th overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. After spending the 2010-11 season with the Portland Pirates (AHL), Biega played for the Rochester Americans last season and recorded 23 points (5+18) in 65 games with the Amerks.’

Kaleta taking steps to cut back on injuries

‘“When you play against somebody, you always don’t like them right off the bat,” Kaleta said. “And [when you become teammates], you’re like, ‘Oh no, how is this going to go,’ but off the ice you realize he’s a great guy and I know for sure he’s going to be a great asset to the team and a good teammate of mine.”’

Maturing game key to 3-year deal for Sabres’ Kaleta

‘“The growth in his game, growth in him as a person, his professionalism, how he approaches the game, the recognition that he had to change his game,” Sabres general manager Darcy Regier said in explaining the length of the deal Wednesday inside the First Niagara Center. “ … I think he made big strides and adjustment to that last year. I think he’s made big strides in things like equipment, making sure he protects himself.”‘

Sabres Kaleta elated to stay

“I think he made big strides in adjusting to that last year. I think he’s made big strides in adjusting to things like equipment, making sure he protects himself. I think at times he was guilty of being reckless, not for personal gain, but usually for team gain, sticking his hands in front of shots and stuff like that so he’s learning how to adapt to the rules, how to become more valuable to the team.”

No Doan, No Problem: Stats say Sabres are a playoff team today

‘That being said. Darcy Regier should put down the phone. Shane Doan could help the Sabres in 2012-13, but his leadership qualities are not worth a $7.5 million cap hit that has been Doan’s reported price. If Regier is patient, the Sabres can find a better deal for a younger difference maker….if they even need one.’

Kaleta agrees to multi-year deal with Sabres

‘A renowned heavy-hitter — coach Lindy Ruff told him to stop hitting his teammates so hard during his first training camp in 2006 — Kaleta was suspended for four games last season for a head-butt on Philadelphia Flyers forward Jakub Voracek, marking the third time in less than two seasons that Kaleta was caught head-butting.’