Archives for February 2013

Miller happy to see Sabres hitting reset

‘“It’s unfortunate Lindy can’t be here with us, but it gives us a chance to reset and look at it from a different perspective. We are finding a lot of habits where Lindy was talking about them, but it wasn’t coming around.”‘

Realignment plan not fair, Ott says

‘“How can you have 14 on one side and 16 on the other side? The percentages of making it in the East become that much greater.”’

Rolston mentor on Sabres’ new coach: ‘I can assure you that he’s top shelf’

‘“I had always told him I saw him being an excellent guy to teach pros because he was more current with the guys,” Morris said. “He knew their music. He knew the mindset of a professional athlete. He trained his brother Brian as well in the offseason. So he was familiar with the current player and the types of things that were all the hot buttons for young pros to get the most out of them.”’

Thursday’s Florida Coverage

Preview: Panthers vs. Sabres, Thursday, 7:30 p.m. (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
Sabres-Panthers Preview (AP)
Buffalo Sabres (7-12-1) at Florida Panthers (6-9-4) (The Sports Network)
Sabres face Panthers seeking second win for coach (

Moneyball approach for Sabres scouting analyst

‘His role — his title is hockey analytics assistant — expanded into video and statistical analysis of opposing teams, referees and mapping league trends.’

Thomas Vanek a bright spot for Sabres

‘”[Vanek] still has that type of talent. He has proved to be a consistent scorer his whole career and I don’t see him tailing off for some time.”‘

No Man’s Land

‘If Rolston is just an interim coach, here to teach the young players and develop this team, then it seems the Sabres would be sellers at the deadline. Then again, if Rolston gets them back in the race, isn’t Regier going to want to find out just how good his coach is? Does he care?’

Sabres plummet down the goal scoring ladder

‘Buffalo has just four goals in four games with both Jason Pominville and Thomas Vanek hitting the skids. Vanek has one goal in eight games while the captain has one in 10. On the other side their line mate Cody Hodgson has three goals in six games.’

Different coaches stress different things

‘One thing Rolston stresses each and every practice is attention to detail. A drill must be done right or it’s done again. As far as how far they’ve come in attention to detail in practice the head coach said, “Yes we’re getting there. That’s a process too. You come into a situation where you’re new to the team and you want to make some adjustments so we’re trying to find balance on how do we go about that. Like teaching, whether it’s video, what we can do on the ice or individual video with the players. It’s getting the proper mix, but making sure that when we get out there to practice, we’re getting down the things that need to be done.”’

The Pegula Era at Two Years

‘Everyone knows what needs to be done. Not sod. Not sculptures. Not contract extensions for hockey guys mired in mediocrity. By the time we do this column for the third anniversary, hopefully Terry Pegula can figure it out.’

Thursday’s Rochester Coverage

Rochester Amerks drop fourth straight (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Ryan Hamilton scores both goals in Marlies’ 2-1 victory over Americans (CP)
Amerks come up short in 2-1 loss to Marlies (

Penalty killers post a shutout as Sabres end skid

‘“It was more of the game we need to play, and we’ll see if we can take the confidence and turn it into something here,” said goaltender Ryan Miller, who made 30 saves against the NHL’s highest-scoring team.’

Tampa’s a dream for ex-Griff Conacher

‘“It’s such a nice setup here in Tampa,” Conacher said before facing the Buffalo Sabres in a game in which he assisted on the Tampa Bay goal in a 2-1 loss. “The fans are awesome. The city’s awesome. It’s just a dream. It’s been an awesome season so far.”’

An era comes to an end

‘Lindy was forced to get on the phone and personally call season ticket holders and beg them to keep their season tickets. It was almost as if Lindy was the guy that had to personally call every fan and apologize for the Ted Nolan fiasco. What followed was 16 years of ups and downs that finally ended last week.’

Wednesday’s Tampa Bay Coverage

Miller, Sabres turn back Tampa Bay Lightning in 2-1 decision (Tampa Tribune)
Malone glad to be back on ice (Tampa Tribune)
Lightning fall to Sabres (Tampa Bay Times)
Lindbeck hasn’t taken needed big step (Tampa Bay Times)
Sabres 2, Lightning 1 (
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Photo gallery (Buffalo News)