Archives for May 2013

Sabres keep their tough guy

‘Prior to the Sabres, In five NHL seasons, the native of Edmonton, Alberta has appeared in 180 career games with the Sabres, Rangers, Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild, recording five points (1+4) and 305 penalty minutes. Over 82 games that would average 139 PIM.’

Sabres Sign Scott To One-Year Extension

‘Scott (6’8”, 270 lbs., 9/26/82) played in 34 games with the Sabres in the 2012-13 season after signing with the club as a free agent on July 1, 2012.’

Rolston Should Adjust Ott’s Role

‘The Sabres should tweak Steve Ott’s role next season to take some of the pressure of being a “lockdown forward” off and give him more advantages in order to get the most possession value out of his game.’

Kaleta blames Hamburg for loss of building he planned to use for his foundation

‘“They unfairly secured the deal for one bidder, and pushed Pat Kaleta and the HITS Foundation out of the market. That’s not right – the foundation deserved better, and the people of Hamburg deserved better,” Connors said. “The government shouldn’t change the rules in the middle of the game.”’

Several teams could fit Miller like a glove

‘So how does it all fit with the playoffs? My theory is Miller’s likeliest landing point might be a team that thinks it’s close to a Cup but not getting the job done in net. Somebody in that scenario might take that one-year flyer on him. What would clearly be Miller’s first choice? Anaheim.’

Sabres’ Weber embraces leadership opportunity

‘“Mike Weber is one of those players that made a real big jump this year in terms of what he meant to our hockey team, how he plays the game, just the potential that he has to continue to grow on this team,” Rolston said. “It put a player like Mike in more of a leadership role because of what he did and because of the minutes that he had. He was in the lineup every night blocking shots, sacrificing for his teammates.’

Rolston confident Myers will regain old form for Sabres

‘“I think he understands where he needs to go and the growth he needs to have here, especially in the summer to get himself prepared for being an elite defenseman and one of the best defensemen in this league, which he’s been before, we know he can be next year,” Rolston said.’

Bottoms up – Sabres shouldn’t need long rebuild

‘It does take a bit of time to build a consistent Stanley Cup contender. It does not take several years. We can hit each other with sample sizes out the wazoo. You can point to teams that suffered for a while, while I point to groups that had a big bounce in one year.’

Flynn hungry for second helping of NHL life

‘“I have the belief that I can play here,” Flynn said. “This is where I belong. I know how hard you have to work to stay up here. It took a long time, a lot of hard work, a lot of hours to get here.”‘

Bills, Sabres: A tradition unlike any other

‘But let’s not be too harsh on the Bills. They’re not trying to tell you they started rebuilding 15 months ago by trading Paul Gaustad, like the charade Darcy Regier is pulling. Never mind the fact Regier’s rebuilding plan included throwing money last summer at Zach Parise, Ryan Suter and Shane Doan.’

Former Sabres regular MacArthur making most of first NHL playoff experience with Leafs

‘“I had a tough stretch through Buffalo,” MacArthur said. “I think the one year actually they were going to make it I went to Atlanta. It’s been a long time coming, and it’s been as good or as better as I thought it was going to be.”’

Turn at center stage shows Ennis, Hodgson still need work

‘The Sabres averaged 2.91 goals per 60 minutes when Hodgson skated five-on-five, according to, a website dedicated to hockey statistics. That number put him ahead of star centers such as Philadelphia’s Claude Giroux (2.90), Washington’s Nicklas Backstrom (2.89) and the New York Rangers’ Brad Richards (2.88).’

Sabres assistants Patrick, Adams out

‘Patrick and Adams were holdovers from the staff of Lindy Ruff, and their departures were expected when Rolston had the interim tag removed from his coaching title this week. Neither had a previous relationship with Rolston nor, sources said, a good relationship with General Manager Darcy Regier.’

Buffalo Sabres fire assistant coaches James Patrick and Kevyn Adams

‘Patrick and Adams, who were hired by former head coach Lindy Ruff, were not retained. Rolston is keeping assistant coach Teppo Numminen and goalie coach Jim Corsi.’

Sabres fire assistant coaches Patrick and Adams as Rolston begins assembling staff

‘Their special teams – the power play ranked 29th overall and the penalty killing 26th – are terrible. Alleged franchise defenseman Tyler Myers has suffered a stunning regression since a dynamic rookie season in 2009-10. Franchise cornerstones Ryan Miller and Thomas Vanek could be dealt this offseason.’