Players fear elimination of hockey’s ‘middle class’

‘“A star player will always command dollars,” Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller wrote in a text message after serving as a union negotiator last week. “So as cap hits increase for star players it creates a smaller pool of money for a large group of players below. Something has to give.”‘

Sabres’ Kaleta puts time off ice to good use, helping spread holiday joy

‘“It’s draining with the NHL news on the lockout, but I’m big in getting out in the community so even though I’m not playing hockey, I’m still going to be productive and give back to the community as much as I possibly can,” Kaleta said.’

Thursday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks treading water despite injuries (Buffalo News)

Gerbe reveals offseason surgery

‘Gerbe had offseason surgery on his back and could not skate for six months. He just began hitting the ice again within the last few weeks.’

Wednesday’s Rochester Coverage

David Leggio lifts Rochester Amerks to win over Abbotsford (Rochester D&C)
Amerks snuff Heat in shootout (Abbotsford News)
Leggio Shines in Shootout Again as Amerks Beat AHL’s Best (WGR-AM)
Amerks cool off Heat with 3-2 shootout win (Amerks.com)
Heat earn point in 3-2 shootout loss to Americans (AbbotsfordHeat.com)

Term limits is sticking point in CBA negotiations

‘Before talks imploded last week, the NHL proposed a five-year limit on contracts, with a seven-year exemption for players who re-sign with their current team. The players’ association proposed an eight-year limit.’

Latest cancellations frustrate Sabres’ McCormick

‘“I’m still optimistic something can get done,” McCormick said about a new CBA. “ … I think there’s still a chance for a season. By eliminating games, I don’t understand how that can get anybody back to the table where things are actually getting done.”’

Tuesday’s Rochester Coverage

Rochester Amerks’ Jonathan Parker works hard through tough year (Rochester D&C)

Sunday’s Rochester Coverage

Rochester Amerks’ rally falls short against Toronto Marlies (Rochester D&C)
Marlies win, but lose Gardiner in process (Toronto Sun)
Jake Gardiner leads Toronto Marlies past Rochester Americans 4-3 with two goals (CP)
Amerks’ late-game rally comes up short in 4-3 loss to Marlies (Amerks.com)
Marlies Hold On for Win Over Rochester (Marlies.ca)

Lost season looms as NHL talks break down

‘The players’ association is devising its next step while striving to retain unity. The players are publicly together, but the 700-plus members are eager to get on the ice, and some may have wanted to accept the NHL’s offer. They could follow the lead of the previously locked-out football and basketball players and file a disclaimer of interest, which allows unions in an untenable financial position a chance to dissolve. With no union, the lockout would be declared illegal.’

Regehr wary of NHL talks

‘“It’s very one-sided,” Regehr said about the NHL’s offers. “I think that all along (NHL commissioner) Gary (Bettman) has taken a very confrontational approach to this. He’s got a plan in place, and I believe he’s got some sort of date in mind that they can get a shortened season in.”’

Report: Sabres’ Myers injures ankle in Austria

‘He was helped off the ice and underwent an MRI, according to this report.’

Sabres’ Regehr never thought CBA was imminent

‘“I think it’s been the same all along. The league tries to give the players and public hope and tries to play on emotions by creating what they view as an opportunity for the season to start when really it hasn’t been that close.”‘

Saturday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks’ Connor Knapp earns first victory in win over Adirondack (Rochester D&C)
Phantoms’ slide continues (Glen Falls Post Star)
Knapp Stops 41 in First Career Win (WGR-AM)
Knapp earns first pro win as Amerks top Phantoms, 3-1 (Amerks.com)
Couturier Birthday Goal Not Enough (PhantomsHockey.com)

NHL labor talks break down; league pulls offer off table

‘“I am disappointed beyond belief that we are where we are,” Commissioner Gary Bettman told reporters in New York. “We’re going to have to take a deep breath and try and regroup.”’