Statement from Buffalo Sabres’ owner Terry Pegula on passing of Robert Swados

‘He was an integral part of the Knox brothers’ successful acquisition of the franchise and was an important member of the front offie for over 30 years.’

Saturday’s Rochester Coverage

Brian Flynn’s hat trick propels Amerks past Albany (Rochester D&C)
Devils’ attack falters in defeat (Albany Times Union)
Flynn, Brennan power Amerks to 5-2 win over Devils (Amerks.com)
Devils lose at Rochester (TheAlbanyDevils.com)

Exasperated Ryan Miller heartily endorses decertification of union

‘“It seems like the players in any league are going to be subjected to the same scripted labour dispute developed by [NHL and NBA law firm] Proskauer Rose in all collective bargaining discussions now and in the future. Decertification becomes part of the script because Gary Bettman and the owners are trying to get a sense of how far they can push us and at some point we have to say ‘enough.’”‘

Friday’s Rochester Coverage

Rochester Amerks want to ramp up goal production (Rochester D&C)

NHL owners just say no to proposal

‘“There was movement on some issues by the players’ association, and that was appreciated,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman told reporters in New York. “There was movement by us on some issues, but we’re still far apart. Hopefully, there will have been some momentum from today’s session that we can build off of to hopefully, again hopefully, bring this process to a successful conclusion.”’

Updating the Sabres playing in Europe

‘Here are some updates on the Sabres currently playing in Europe…’.

Gellert full-time with NHL’s Sabres

‘”I didn’t really go out and pursue it, the (Sabres) just asked me if I would like to try it full-time and I said yes,” said Gellert. “I love the game, this is a good way to keep me in it and it keeps me busy. With the experience, hopefully I’ll keep getting better at it and continue to help the Sabres as long as I can.”‘

Thursday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks send former top defense prospect Schiestel to ECHL (Olean Times Herald)

Wednesday’s Rochester Coverage

Warriors hit road with two new defensemen (Greenville News)
Amerks assign MacKenzie and Schiestel to Greenville (Amerks.com)

NHL Lockout Blues

‘Look, I know not every game is a bad game and I’ve surely had some very memorable times, even over the last few seasons. Still, more often than not while I’m siting there in the arena in a seat I’ve landed through work, I think to myself how mad I’d be if a paid for this.’

Sabres University: Buffalo goes back to school during lockout downtime

‘”The morale part of it is huge, and the interaction,” Black said. “Sometimes there can be an invisible wall between the hockey department and every other part of the organization.”‘

Many from both sides gather for negotiations

‘The league and the NHL Players’ Association met in New York at the union’s request, but no new proposals were made. The NHL is urging the players to submit a complete offer if they want to move forward in attempts to end the lockout.’

NHL stance on lockout is pointless

‘This was a hurting business eight years ago. It was a $3.3 billion business going great guns this time. Good luck getting back to that point any time soon.’

Sabres Classics Provide Hockey Fix

‘It was great hearing the buzz from the crowd every time Gilbert Perreault got the puck in the Sabres end and started working his way up ice. Fans knew they could see something memorable any time number eleven was on the ice.’

Sunday’s Rochester Coverage

Rochester Amerks defeated by Binghamton Senators (Rochester D&C)
B-Sens top Amerks at Arena (Binghamton Press and Sun Bulletin)
Amerks drop 3-2 decision to Senators in Binghamton (Amerks.com)
B-Sens sweep weekend with 3-2 win over Amerks (BinghamtonSenators.com)