Archives for September 2012

Loss of Sabres games means tight times for businesses

‘By DiPasquale’s estimate, Cozumel – often loaded with fans dining in Sabres jerseys before and during games – stands to lose 20 to 30 percent of its revenues for every home game.’

Whenever lockout ends, Sabres’ Ennis ready for explosive season

‘“I think a lot of things came together nicely,” Ennis said about playing center. “I was able to just kind of go wherever I wanted. I wasn’t kind of on one side of the ice in the D-zone. I was always moving. … That was kind of nice to easily be the first guy with the puck to make the play and to move it Staff or eventually Marcus.”‘

Sabres lock up Ennis

‘”I think the biggest significance for us prior to [the lockout] was that it allows once we know we’re going to get started to get started with the full group,” Regier said, “and not have to concern ourselves with, in any kind of hurrying fashion, try and get a deal done with Tyler Ennis. It allows us to focus on the preparation of the game versus any contractual issues.”‘

And so it begins – lockout puts NHL season on ice

‘”We spoke [Saturday] and determined that there was no point in convening a formal bargaining session in light of the fact that neither side is in a position to move off of its last proposal,” Bill Daly, deputy commissioner of the NHL, said in New York. “I’m sure we will keep in touch in the coming days and schedule meetings to the extent they might be useful or appropriate. We are sorry for where we are. Not what we hoped or expected.”‘

Blame NHL owners, but time and money on their side

‘This dispute, as ridiculous as it has been since the beginning, could last considerably longer than many have anticipated. The Winter Classic has been held up as a pressure point, and maybe it’s true. Still, nobody should be shocked if owners hunker down for much longer or wipe out another hockey season.’

Sabres re-sign Ennis hours before lockout

‘When the slick center will begin earning his two-year, $5.625 million contract is unclear. With no negotiations ongoing, the work stoppage could be a long one.’

Sabres re-sign Tyler Ennis to 2-year deal

‘Ennis was a restricted free agent, whose rights had been retained by the team in June.’

Ennis gets 2-year deal from Sabres

‘Ennis led the club with a plus-11 rating, totaling 15 goals and 34 points in 48 games a season ago. He was out of the lineup from October 22 until December 2 due to a sprained ankle, and was also absent from December 17 to January 31.’

Sabres ink Ennis

‘I’m hearing the cap hit will cost the Sabres $2,812,500. That puts the Sabres cap this season at $64,150,027 for 23 players which is $6,049,973 under this year’s cap as it stands right now. That could come down depending on the new collective bargaining agreement when it’s finally agreed to.’

NHL: Locked out!

‘Sabres defenseman Christian Ehrhoff said, “It’s pretty frustrating to us. In our point of view the league is doing pretty well. Its revenues have been at an all time high, the fans are really happy with where the game’s at and to have another work stoppage is pretty frustrating.”’

Lockout affecting more than just NHL

‘”We actually thought creatively in 04-05 when most other businesses were scaling back, our ownership thought that was a good time to invest. I think the biggest difference between now and 04′, not only for us but for the city in general is that there’s more of a critical mass downtown now,” says Pearl Street Grill & Brewery owner Roy Bakus.’

Sabres sign Ennis to two-year deal

‘”Tyler is a very important part of our offense and we are very happy to have him signed,” Regier said. “He has progressed as a player over the past few seasons and we are excited to see his growth both as a person and professional in the years to come.”‘

Makarov inks deal with Sabres

‘Despite being rated as the seventh-best netminder eligible for the 2012 NHL draft in Central Scouting’s final rankings, Makarov was not selected among the 211 players chosen June 22 and 23.’

Sabres loan Foligno, 19 others to Rochester

‘The impending lockout will prevent most Western New York hockey fans from being able to watch most of their favorite Buffalo Sabres from lacing up their skates for the foreseeable future.’

Buffalo Sabres send 22 to Amerks as lockout nears

‘The Buffalo Sabres assigned 22 players to their AHL affiliate on Friday evening, including center Cody Hodgson and Luke Adam and wingers Marcus Foligno, Corey Tropp and Zemgus Girgensons.’