Archives for May 2013

Voice of the Buffalo Sabres returning next season

‘“I’m not going to be doing all the games, I will be cutting back to a certain extent, but I have no idea of how many. The Olympics will play a part of it, they haven’t confirmed that they are going, but trust me, they are going,” said Jeanneret, who started with the team on radio during the 1971-72 season.’

Buffalo Sabres hire Rolston as head coach

‘Rolston led the Sabres to a 15-11-5 record after Ruff was fired Feb. 20 following a 6-10-1 performance. Ruff spent 16 years as coach of the Sabres and 10 years as a player.’

Sabres strip interim tag from Rolston

‘”I was very impressed with the work he did individually and with the players, and I look forward to him continuing that,” said Sabres general manager Darcy Regier at a press conference Tuesday.’

Sabres name interim Rolston head coach

‘General manager Darcy Regier was impressed with the effort of the Sabres late in the season, especially after dealing away team captain Jason Pominville. Before his two seasons at Rochester, Rolston won three gold medals as head coach of USA Hockey’s Under-18 team.’

Sabres keep Rolston as Head Coach

‘The Sabres may feel Rolston, who is considered a strong teacher of the sport, is the right man for the job as they rebuild their roster. There could be a number of young players on the roster next season who will need to develop their game.’

Sabres Regier knew Rolston was his choice

‘Regier did not do a search as Rolston was the only person he spoke with. Regier said, “It was a process that we worked through, conversations about players, a little bit about the staff, a little bit about players in Rochester that we had an opportunity to see last week in their playoffs, so it’s time that we had available to spend that we really didn’t have during the season when Ron was focused on winning hockey games.” Regier went on to say, “I think that the time that we spent together it was about me confirming what I thought and just locking it in.”’

Sabres’ hire doesn’t change much

‘Today Rolston was named coach, as in permanent. The Sabres put a ring on his finger. And the fans shrugged.’

Was Tyler Myers Better Under Rolston?

‘Early in Rolston’s tenure, the 23-year-old defenseman revealed he’d been told by his new coach that he should focus on defensive play only and that Rolston “didn’t care if he scored another point all season.” Well, he didn’t score much under Buffalo’s new head man – only five points in 23 games – but the defensive aspects of his game improved.’

Rolston Named Head Coach Of Sabres

‘Before joining the Americans as head coach in 2011, Rolston spent seven seasons as head coach with USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program, where he became the first coach in U.S. history to lead the United States Under-18 team to three gold medals (2005, 2009, 2011) at the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Under-18 Championship, adding a silver medal (2007) in his other appearance as head coach.’

Sabres’ coaching search dragging on

‘“They have till June, basically,” Rolston said after the season finale. “We’ll see. Just like our team, my job was just to come in here and do the best job I could from day to day and control those things. That’s all I can do. The rest will take care of itself.”’

Upstart Leafs used Sabres’ abandoned philosophies as blueprint to success

‘As the small-market Sabres morphed into a free-spending, win-at-all-costs club under new owner Terry Pegula, the Leafs began embracing development and patience, the Sabres’ old and successful philosophies.’

McCormick hopeful of return to Sabres following strong Amerks stint

‘“If (general manager) Darcy (Regier) has different plans, that’s that,” McCormick said. “But going forward, everything I do this summer is going to be geared toward that training camp and making the Buffalo Sabres.”’

News analysis shows moving up in draft would be prudent for Sabres

‘The Buffalo News analyzed the top 30 draft picks taken during a 20-year span, ranging from the 1992 entry draft to 2011. To measure the general value of players taken from No. 1 overall to No. 30, we found the median number of games played and career points produced for every draft spot.’

On ”Long” Rebuilds and Sabres-less Playoffs

‘1) Convince Ryan Miller to stop being a baby and sign a reasonable extension. 2) Trade Ryan Miller for a nice package that includes a big bodied forward prospect with some offensive skill and mettle while signing or acquiring a veteran goalie who isn’t a total tire fire. 3) Show Thomas Vanek by your other personnel moves that it matters less who your goaltender is than who comprises his supporting cast. Extend him.’

No word on Rolston’s fate

‘“No decisions yet,” Regier told reporters in Rochester as part of the Amerks’ locker clean-out day. “Fairly soon in the case of the head coach in Buffalo, and then Rochester will follow. Those are conversations we’re going to have.”‘