Sabres trying to wake up after trade

‘This game is probably as close to a 60 minute effort as we’ve seen this year until they gave away a two goal lead as they always do and handed Washington points.’

Sabres deal Leopold to St. Louis

‘The defenseman skated in 174 games for the Sabres over the past three seasons, including 24 contests this year. The Golden Valley, MN native added 2 goals and 6 assists, and was a -6 for the blue and gold this season. Leopold was originally signed by Buffalo as an unrestricted free agent prior to the 2010-11 season. He contributed 35 points (13G, 22A) in his first year with the team.’

Regier Open To More Trades

‘”Where our hockey club is right now we have to be open to listening to just about anyting and everything and I am listening,” said Regier, “I have talked to all 30 GMs over the last week and I’ll continue to try and figure out ways we can be better not just for the rest of this year but mor eimportantly for the future.”‘

Sabres Ehrhoff sad to see his teammate traded

‘“Yes definitely, it’s always a hard day when somebody that’s been in your group for a long time has to leave and it’s usually that the whole team feels responsible for it and yes, we lost a good friend to another team today, but we wish him all the best.”’

Capitals tie game late, defeat Sabres in shootout

‘”We just have to be extra smart and extra cool and win your battles, battles in those situations. It’s happened too many times. That’s the reason I’ve been thinking about it,” Leino said. “It shouldn’t happen. Good teams usually win those games and teams that have success usually end up winning those games. It’s a big place for us to grow up.”‘

Blues get defenseman Leopold in trade with Sabres

‘”[Sabres GM] Darcy [Regier] might have been able to hold and see if the market goes up, but with that you’re always in the risk of an injury and getting nothing for the player. Everybody has to weigh the proper time for their team, and I know it was the proper time for us.”‘

Capital comeback

‘The Sabres fall to 13-16-6 (32 pts.) with the shootout loss, with a mere 13 games remaining on the schedule. Seven of Buffalo’s last 15 games have been decided in a shootout, and they evened their season record at 4-4 with the loss tonight.’

Sabres acquire two draft picks from St. Louis Blues for defenseman Leopold

‘Leopold recorded 67 points (25+42) in 174 games with the Sabres after signing with the team as an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2010.’

Sunday’s Rochester Coverage

Rochester Amerks rally to beat Hamilton Bulldogs (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Bulldogs lose a heartbreaker to Rochester rivals (Hamilton Spectator)
Rochester Americans score 3 quick goals in third to beat Hamilton Bulldogs 4-2 (CP)
Third period rally propels Amerks to 4-2 win over Bulldogs (Amerks.com)
Americans charge past Bulldogs 4-2 (HamiltonBulldogs.com)

Sabres will be sellers, but would welcome picks

‘“With the cap going down and the new contracts on the other side that have been signed, I think it’s added value to draft picks,” he said. “In some ways, it’s going to be harder to acquire draft picks for players in the event you’re trying to trade a player to get draft picks.”’

Struggling Sabres facing possible make-or-break weekend with trade deadline approaching

‘“We aren’t consistently playing to where we need to be, myself included,” said Miller, who lost Thursday’s 5-4 shootout loss to the Panthers, the fifth time in eight starts he allowed at least four goals. “Every night there’s something else going on where you just look back, these mistakes on my end, reads, need to be better. It’s just night after night. Just got to clean it up and be consistent.”’

Sabres prospect Tropp healed and playing again

‘“He’s had a good recovery,” said Rolston, who coached the Amerks until his Feb. 20 promotion. “He’s worked on it, though, his rehab. He’s put a lot of time into rehab, getting himself where he needed to be.”’

Saturday’s Washington Coverage

Capitals-Sabres Preview (AP)
Washington Capitals (15-17-1) at Buffalo Sabres (13-16-5) (The Sports Network)
Capitals, Sabres meet clinging to playoff hopes (NHL.com)
Caps Take to Road Again in Buffalo (WashingtonCaps.com)

Sabres approaching deadline in different ways

‘In Regehr’s case, he has a no movement clause on his contract, but said he has spoken with General Manager Darcy Regier. “I’ve talked with him, just more mainly about the team and where we’re at and what kind of things we need to do to improve,” he said. “That was the main part of the conversation.”‘

Sabres’ Vanek doubtful vs. Capitals

‘After the session concluded, interim head coach Ron Rolston said it was looking “doubtful” for Vanek to be ready for the team’s home game against Washington on Saturday night. Rolston added that the forward is day-to-day. He was spotted on an exercise bike just as practice concluded.’