Archives for October 2012

Patient approach at player development paying off for Buffalo Sabres

‘That patience has paid off, with many players drafted in the past five years making contributions at the NHL level last year, and are ready to this year, if or when the NHL lockout ends.’

Wednesday’s Rochester Coverage

Rochester Amerks’ Nick Tarnasky feeling at home (Rochester D&C)
Amerks hit the books for eighth straight season (

Sunday’s Rochester Coverage

Rochester Amerks defeat Adirondack (Rochester D&C)
Phantoms fall to Rochester, 6-2, Saturday (Saratoga Springs Saratogian)
Phantoms get in trouble with penalties (Glen Falls Post Star)
Few complaints heard as Civic Center hosts game, campaign event (Glen Falls Post Star)
At Civic Center, play hockey, not politics (Glen Falls Post Star)
Schofield’s two goals lead Amerks to 6-2 win over Phantoms (
Penalty-Filled Affair in Return Home (

NHL’s month of game cancellations frustrates Sabres

‘“I kind of knew that was coming,” Sabres winger Drew Stafford said about the lost games. “It’s kind of step by step that’s what they were doing. First, turning down three of our proposals, and then not wanting to meet. We’re willing to meet. It seems like they’re stuck on continuing this thing, and it’s unfortunate.”‘

NHL forecast calls for a dark November

‘The cancellation means 11 more games for the Sabres have disappeared. They were scheduled to play five home games (Carolina on Nov. 3, Philadelphia on Nov. 16, Columbus on Nov. 21, Winnipeg on Nov. 27 and Vancouver on Nov. 29) and six road games (Philadelphia on Nov. 6, San Jose on Nov. 8, Phoenix on Nov. 10, Anaheim on Nov. 11, Philadelphia on Nov. 17 and the New York Islanders on Nov. 24) next month.’

Saturday’s Rochester Coverage

Rochester Amerks lose to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (Rochester D&C)
Thompson’s OT marker propels Pens (Wilkes-Barre Times Leader)
Thompson rescues Penguins in OT (Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice)
Amerks fall to Baby Pens despite another late-game rally (
Pens Earn Dramatic OT Win over Americans (

Ryan Miller: Lockout to ‘satisfy egos’

‘”I think that a deal is there to be made and recent events lead me to believe the NHL is simply testing us,” he wrote. “After they have satisfied their curiosity about the strength of our resolve we will have real negotiating for the first time in this whole debacle.”‘

Grigorenko, McCabe among Buffalo Sabres prospects expected to have big 2012-13 seasons

‘The Buffalo Sabres addressed their biggest organizational need by selecting two marquee centers, Mikhail Grigorenko and Zemgus Girgensons, at the 2012 Draft. Both have signed entry-level contracts and it is now a waiting game for the Sabres, as they continue to reap the benefits from the continuing development of their young players.’

Friday’s Rochester Coverage

T.J. Brennan packs a punch for Amerks with his slap shot (Rochester D&C)

Chances for a full NHL season are all but gone

‘“As of right now, it doesn’t look too good,” Buffalo Sabres captain Jason Pominville said after skating in Amherst. “Both sides are holding their ground and don’t want to budge.”’

Jhonas Enroth (G) from Buffalo Sabres to Huddinge IK

Status: Confirmed
Date: 10/25/2012
Player: Jhonas Enroth (G)
From: Buffalo Sabres
To: Huddinge IK
Information: NHL lockout contract
Source: Link

Ruff Talks Lockout

‘”It’s tough, especially being here in Buffalo as long as I’ve been here. Bumping into people the first question is ‘When are we going to get this thing (the NHL season) going?’. Realizing all of the people it affects from all the people around the arena, the people that work there, the restaurants… really what hockey means to this city. That part makes it tough. Hopefully we get it done.”‘

Wednesday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks’ Leggio plays in hometown rink (Buffalo News)
Hodgson off to a very good start for Rochester (Buffalo News)
Rochester Americans defeat Hamilton Bulldogs in Buffalo (Rochester D&C)
Photo gallery (Rochester D&C)
Bulldogs buffaloed by Amerks on Sabres’ home ice (Hamilton Spectator)
Amerks Win at First Niagara Center (WGR-AM)
Pysyk Adjusting to Pro Hockey (WGR-AM)
Amerks provide relief from NHL lockout (WIVB-TV)
Amerks stay hot with 3-1 win over Bulldogs in Buffalo (
Amerks beat ‘Dogs 3-1 (

Pysyk Adjusting to Pro Hockey

‘“You have to wrap your mind around the fact that every one is one step away from the NHL so everybody is going to be a good player. Each day goes by and I get a little bit more comfortable playing here, playing with men as opposed to kids.”’

Tuesday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks drop puck on season at First Niagara (Buffalo News)
Rochester Amerks’ Frederick Roy finds his role (Rochester D&C)