Archives for November 2012

Welcome to Sabres University

‘The scouting lecture, for instance, is particularly interesting given that the Sabres under previous ownership faced significant criticism for cutting their scouting staff and trying to supplement with a heavy emphasis on video scouting. Under Pegula, the high-tech element of scouting remains, but the Sabres, which have 21 scouts on staff, now boast as many amateur scouts as any NHL team and have doubled the number of pro scouts they employ.’

Mayday! Rick Jeanneret signals NHL lockout distress

‘”I’m making it sound like it’s over … I guess it is over if they don’t hurry up and start playing again.”‘

Saturday’s Rochester Coverage

Rough homecoming for Amerks’ Connor Knapp (Rochester D&C)
Heat stay hot, beat Rochester on road (Abbotsford News)
Amerks Lose in Knapp’s Home Debut (WGR-AM)
Amerks upended in 3-2 loss to Abbotsford (
Heat beat Americans 3-2 in Rochester (

League requests two-week moratorium

‘“We are extremely disappointed in where we and the players find ourselves,” NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly told “From our perspective, we have made repeated moves in the players’ direction with absolutely no reciprocation. Unfortunately, we have determined we are involved with union leadership that has no genuine interest in reaching an agreement. Regardless of what we propose or how we suggest to compromise the answer is ‘no.’’

Sabres’ Weber signs with Norwegian club

‘Weber’s the eighth Sabre to sign overseas since the work stoppage began 62 days ago.’

Friday’s Rochester Coverage

Rochester Amerks’ Jerome Gauthier-Leduc showing his skills (Rochester D&C)

Mike Weber (D) from Buffalo Sabres to Lørenskog

Status: Confirmed
Date: 11/16/2012
Player: Mike Weber (D)
From: Buffalo Sabres
To: Lørenskog
Information: NHL lockout contract
Source: Link

Former NHL tough guy hopes cooler heads prevail

‘”I could sit and say Bettman is a jerk but he’s done a decent job growing the game and with TV packages,” said Ray, a colour analyst on Sabres’ broadcasts on MSG. “You have to give him credit for that. But, when it comes to this stuff, it becomes all about him. In that way, he is making a bit of a fool of himself.’

Thursday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks start early in victory over Hamilton (Rochester D&C)
Low-scoring Doggies get schooled by Amerks (Hamilton Spectator)
Dogs’ ‘most loyal fans’ offer ear-splitting support (Hamilton Spectator)
Amerks’ Leggio Perfecting the Art of the Shootout (WGR-AM)
Amerks tame Bulldogs with 4-1 win at Hamilton (
Americans defeat Bulldogs 4-1 (

Sabres players see CBA negotiations as one-sided

‘“I think last week with us talking brought some optimism back,” Buffalo Sabres defenseman Jordan Leopold, the team’s union representative, said Tuesday after skating inside the Northtown Center. “Now the situation we’re in, we seem to be in that stage where we were a month ago. It’ll work itself out. Things work that way for a reason.”’

As lockout continues, NHL turning into a joke

‘The stalemate has made even diehards lose interest, and it cast a shadow over this week’s celebration of the sport.’

Wednesday’s Rochester Coverage

Rochester Amerks take on Hamilton Bulldogs in rare morning game (Rochester D&C)
Amerks set for busy stretch of the season with three games in four days (

Sabres broadcasting legend Jeanneret joins scary good club

‘“My career will always be defined by hockey,” said Jeanneret, who got into the sport in the late 1960s after his original plan for using a microphone changed. “I was more interested in being a rock ‘n’ roll disc jockey than anything else. Am I glad that didn’t pan out.”’

Sabres’ employees head to class during lockout

‘On Tuesdays and Thursdays this month, team staffers are attending what’s being called Sabres University. It’s a program that has Sabres employees acting as teachers for their colleagues, with courses ranging from “Salary Cap and Player Transactions” and “Media Buying” to “Fitness and Nutrition” and “Photoshop for Beginners.”’

Sabres’ Jeanneret still going strong as Hall honor arrives

‘“The other thing they say is, ‘Please don’t retire,’” Jeanneret, who will be honored by the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday in Toronto, said Friday inside the First Niagara Center. “And usually the person that says that is a guy … in February or something. He’s got this beautiful tan. And I say, ‘Where’d you get that?’ He says, ‘Well, I’m retired in Phoenix.’ “You can, I can’t.”’