Archives for February 2013

Tuesday’s Rochester Coverage

Rochester Amerks cope with roster, coaching changes (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Cassidy named Interim Head Coach of the Amerks; Taylor named Assistant Coach (

Grigorenko works to get up to speed with Sabres

‘“Right now, it’s more his pace,” Rolston said. “The pace I think is what he struggles with at times, when it picks up and the tempo picks up. He’s got the ability. You see his hands, his vision. But when the tempo gets jumped up a little bit is where he’s going to have to make improvements.”’

Grigorenko needs ice time to develop

‘The kid is the future; he might as well learn in games. It’s not as if the veterans are setting the league on fire (captain Jason Pominville rose to the crisis by scoring one point in nine games). Rolston could move Tyler Ennis back to wing and put Grigorenko at center on the second line.’

Ruff will have plenty of options at his disposal

‘The old guard still runs the NHL, and Ruff’s an old-school guy, having spent all but two of the last 34 years in the big leagues as a player, an assistant coach and a head coach. He knows everyone in the game and everyone knows him.’

Sabres have pathetic repeat

‘Only 1,000 or so in the sellout crowd of 19,070 stuck around until the end, and based on the noise they did so only to jeer.’

Miller turns into slugger at game’s end

‘“He just said ‘hi,’ ” Miller said. “Pretty sure he didn’t want to share that shutout.”’

‘Rolie the Goalie’ reinvented himself

‘Roloson harbors no ill feelings toward the Sabres, by the way, for mistreating him. He said they did him a favor. They forced him to find strength and competitiveness that he didn’t know existed. He also became an example for young athletes, starting with his two sons, because he kept battling to the end.’

Sabres blink first again versus Isles, drop to last in Eastern Conference

‘When things go bad, the emotion starts leaving the Sabres and they can’t recover.’

Grigorenko plays little in return; Leino feeling better, wants Sabres to have ‘higher demands’

‘“It’s disappointing,” Leino said. “It’s not the coach always. A lot of times it’s players and everything else, too. … We’re trying to make it better. We’re doing moves to make things better. … We want to win. We’re doing everything we can. It’s pro hockey, and we got to demand more out of coaches, players – out of everybody.”‘

Sunday’s New York Coverage

Evgeni Nabokov stonewalls Sabres in Islanders’ 4-0 win (Newsday)
Kevin Poulin believes he’s ready as Islanders’ backup (Newsday)
Nabokov’s 35 saves lead Islanders to 4-0 win over Sabres (
The Skinny: Islanders 4, Sabres 0 (
Photo gallery (
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Photo gallery (Buffalo News)

We haven’t seen the last of Lindy Ruff

‘Much of his M.O. though is because of that longevity. Now, with 571 regular-season victories with one franchise, Ruff becomes the NHL’s most coveted free agent. The seat holding every coach guiding a struggling team has gotten a little hotter. If Ruff is the man you may eventually want running your bench, can you really afford to wait and let another team grab him first?’

Nabokov stops 35 in Islanders’ 4-0 win over Sabres

‘Fans started booing late in the second period, when the Sabres fell behind 2-0. By the third, they turned their angry attention to general manager Darcy Regier, by chanting: ”Goodbye, Darcy!”’

NY Islanders 4, Buffalo 0

‘”You’re not going to win games not scoring,” Rolston admitted. “Still stretches playing some decent hockey and mistakes that are costly.”‘

Sabres Listless in 4-0 Loss to Islanders

‘Buffalo was booed off the ice for the second time in as many home games.’

Sabres just looking to find something to make them better

‘When you watch this team, they are who they are, and I’m not sure what Ron Rolston or any other coach can do about it. It’s a soft, mentally weak group and always has been. If Rolston can get that trait out of them, he should win the Jack Adams Trophy.’