Sabres Mike Robitaille Not Used To Having No Hockey

‘”Here’s what I miss with the ‘lockout’, Mike tells. “I’m very comfortable driving at night, the radio turned on and I’d pick up a game from Chicago or Montreal”. For Mike, 64, radio and hockey has always been an important partnership. This comes from being part of an 11 sibling family. Robitaille’s voice climbs an octave in excitement when thinking back to when being a child and laying in bed at night uder the covers, with his transistor radio on the third floor of their home, and picking up broadcasts of Fort Wayne ( Indiana ) Komets games . “These guys, in my mind were bigger than life. Many of them never made it to the NHL but they were heroes of mine”, says Robitaille, a veteran of 382 NHL games with the Rangers, Sabres, Red Wings, and Canucks.’

Sabres captain Pominville to join Mannheim of German league

‘“If it does get settled quick, then I’ll be able to skate for a few weeks, a month – whatever it is,” Pominville said after skating inside the Northtown Center. “It’ll be a mini training camp. And if not, I’ll have a team for the rest of the season. I think it’s a move I wanted to do. I just want to play.”’

NHL Union, league too far apart for mediators

‘No negotiations are scheduled, though the NHL has proposed a new meeting dynamic. Commissioner Gary Bettman suggested to NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr that owners and players talk directly without league or union representatives present. “Nothing else has worked,” Daly told reporters. “The commissioner felt that we might as well propose something different.”’

Friday’s Rochester Coverage

Rochester Amerks’ Mark Mancari looks to break out of slump (Rochester D&C)

Mikhail Grigorenko headlines Buffalo Sabres group of CHL prospects

‘The cream of the crop of Buffalo’s pipeline, Grigorenko is continuing where he left off last year after being named the league’s top professional prospect. He has been an absolute force for the third-place Remparts, currently sitting second in the QMJHL in scoring.’

Sabres players hopeful mediation can lead to breakthrough

‘“Hopefully, we get some kind of jumpstart for some negotiations,” Leopold said. “But as history as proven, we’re negotiating against someone that doesn’t want to negotiate with us. We’ll see.”’

Thursday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks return to First Niagara Center on Dec. 28 (Buffalo News)
Rochester Americans play ‘boring hockey’ in loss to struggling San Antonio (Rochester D&C)
Photo gallary (Rochester D&C)
Rampage Report: Rampage 4, Rochester 2 (San Antonio Express News)
Missing Prospects and Effort, Amerks Fall (WGR-AM)
Roy scores first goal in Amerks’ 4-2 loss to Rampage (Amerks.com)
First Road Win of the Season (SARampage.com)

Wednesday’s Rochester Coverage

Rochester Amerks’ T.J. Brennan working on his defense (Rochester D&C)
Rochester Amerks game moved to Buffalo (Rochester D&C)
Amerks continue homestand with another busy three-game week heading into December (Amerks.com)
Amerks recall MacKenzie from Greenville (Amerks.com)

Gillibrand urges SBA to help Buffalo firms hurt by NHL lockout

‘“The Buffalo Sabres are a vital part of the economic life of downtown Buffalo, and the lockout has been absolutely devastating for local businesses,” Gillibrand said. “Local small-business owners rely tremendously on the revenues generated from Sabres’ fans to keep their establishments operating, and it is imperative for them to have knowledge of the resources available to assist them through this difficult time.”’

Relief sought for NHL lockout

‘“The Buffalo Sabres are a vital part of the economic life of downtown Buffalo and the lockout has been absolutely devastating for local businesses,” Gillibrand said. “Local small business owners rely tremendously on the revenues generated from Sabres’ fans to keep their establishments operating. It is imperative for them to have knowledge of the resources available to assist them through this difficult time.”’

Impact of NHL Lockout on Local Businesses

‘”We love having the First Niagara Center as our neighbors. We work well with them,” Lang said. “But we have to establish ourselves as a restaurant that people come to all year round. Not just when there’s an event there,” said Lang.’

Bitterness accompanies latest NHL cancellations

‘The league canceled all games through Dec. 14 and also shelved All-Star Weekend in Columbus, scheduled for Jan. 26-27. The cancellations take the total number of games lost to the lockout up to 422, or 34.3 percent of the schedule. The Buffalo Sabres have now had 27 games wiped off the original schedule (15 at home).’

Robert O. Swados, who helped bring the Sabres to Buffalo, is dead at 93

‘“On a day-to-day basis, he was involved in all the decisions, whether it was building the arena or bringing Pat LaFontaine to Buffalo,” Knox added. “And he had a lot of insight into what was going on in the league.”’

Sabres’ Ott wonders if lockout making NHL into ‘second-tier league’

‘“If I’m a fan of hockey, I’d be completely pissed off. I’d be beyond pissed off,” Ott said. “ … When does it stop? Where does it work out? And that’s the issue that I have. If I’m a fan, I probably don’t come back for a long time, or I have a pretty sour taste in my mouth.”’

Sabres founder Swados dies

‘Swados, along with the Knox Brothers — Seymour and Northrup — saw his efforts rewarded when the Sabres were admitted as an expansion team for the 1970-71 season.’