Saturday’s Rochester Coverage

Rochester Amerks win preseason finale (Rochester D&C)
New Dupuis, but familiar success (Wilkes-Barre Times Leader)
Penguins lose in shootout (Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice)
Crawford leads Amerks to shootout win in preseason finale (Amerks.com)
Penguins Edged by Americans in Shootout (WBSPenguins.com)

Vanek: ”Do not hype surrounding my person”

‘What he wants instead is to bring his commitment to the local ice hockey forward. In his first official appearance itself is easily the NHL star – like a nice neighbor next door. “I follow the Austrian League over the internet since I left from Austria. The league is getting stronger every year. The pace is good,” Vanek is looking forward to his first appearance on Friday.’

NHL cancels season’s first 2 weeks, costs Sabres 4 home games

‘Based on the way things are going, no one should expect a new schedule anytime soon.’

NHL cancels 82 games

‘Gone from the Sabres’ schedule are First Niagara Center tilts on Oct. 13 (Pittsburgh), Oct. 16 (Detroit), Oct. 19 (New York Rangers), a road game Oct. 20 (New York Islanders) and another home game Oct. 24 (New Jersey).’

The NHL starts axing regular season games

‘Buffalo will lose four home games, October 13against Pittsburgh, October 16 vs Detroit, October 19 against the Rangers and October 24 against the Devils.’

Businesses Begin Cutbacks Due to NHL Lockout

‘The hotel and conference center serves 24 of the 29 opposing NHL teams when they come to Buffalo. On Thursday, all of these franchises snapped their contracts with the hotel, thus, dropping their room and banquet reservations and their food and beverage needs.’

Friday’s Rochester Coverage

Rochester Amerks eager to see work of Matt MacKenzie (Rochester D&C)
Kim Pegula joins Amerk ticket crawl (Rochester D&C)
Kim Pegula, wife of Sabres owner, delivers Amerks season tickets (WHEC-TV)

Sabres exploring options as lockout drags on

‘Enroth should be playing real games soon, however. The 24-year-old’s returning home to Sweden on Friday and could have a contract with a club as soon as next week, he said. He’s hoping to play in the Swedish Elite League, which he rates No. 3 in the world behind the NHL and KHL.’

Thursday’s Rochester Coverage

For Amerks, an icebreaker (Buffalo News)
Amerks’ Mark Pysyk makes a good first impression (Rochester D&C)
Frantic finish in Penguins opener (Wilkes-Barre Times Leader)
Analyzing the Amerks’ first pre-season game (WGR-AM)
Penguins top Amerks in preseason opener (Amerks.com)
Penguins Defeat Americans, 4-3, in First Tilt of Preseason (WBSPenguins.com)

Where the heart beat

‘If nothing goes in the NHL and if I play somewhere else, then again in Graz.’

Thomas Vanek, hockey star, the portrait

‘His wife Ashley, the five-year son and husband, the two year-old twins initially remain in America. Thomas Vanek rise on Wednesday on a plane to Europe. “No matter how many goals I will ever shoot, how much money will I make, I always have a feeling of gratitude,” said Vanek. This also explains why he plays on Friday in Graz. And when he says that it will be here a few “very special game” of his life, then it is believed das.’

Progress with Alumni Plaza, but not NHL lockout

‘“It would have been a lot nicer if it would have been on game night, but that’s the way hockey is now. They have their differences that they have to sort out, and hopefully they’ll come to terms soon. I’m pretty neutral. There’s both sides at fault.”’

Sabres Ruff will miss Roy

‘”I think he had a real tough stretch, he dealt with some injuries. I asked probably a little bit more in some situations. During our run at the end of the year, he was a big part of it (Roy has two goals and an assist in his last three games. Before that he was pointless in five and had one goal in 16 games. The run went 24 games and Roy had 15 points). I pushed hard to have us play with a little bit more of an edge and we’re going to miss his play making (In his career Roy averaged 24 goals and 40 assists for 64 points over 82 games), but in Derek’s case he probably thinks it’s a new look for him and knowing he was a big part of our team then.”’

Wednesday’s Rochester Coverage

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York’s Connor Knapp hopes to be an Amerks goalie (Rochester D&C)
Foligno, Flynn help Team Blue to 6-1 win over Team White (Amerks.com)

Some Sabres taking their skills abroad

‘”My feeling is if you can play, play, whether you’re a half a world away or not,” Ruff said. “Playing’s a good thing. You can keep your skills sharp.”‘