Archives for July 2013

Sabres sign Flynn and Crawford

‘The Sabres have signed Flynn (6’1″, 180 lbs., 7/26/88) to a two-year contract after the forward made his National Hockey League debut with the Sabres in the 2012-13 season, recording 11 points (6+5) in 26 games. In addition to his time in Buffalo, the Lynnfield, Mass. native has appeared in 50 games for the Rochester Americans (AHL) in the last two seasons, totaling 33 points (16+17) and 20 penalty minutes.’

Three potential destinations for Miller

‘While the Sabres do not know what is going to happen with Miller or where he might end up, we have a few destinations in mind that might be the right fit for Miller if Regier could make a deal with the following teams…’

Kaleta doesn’t change minds in Hamburg

‘“What I want to do in the community of Hamburg is give every kid in Hamburg and the surrounding area the same opportunities I had growing up,” Kaleta said.’

Coach believes high-scoring Sabres prospect Eric Locke has Brett Hull-like shot

‘“With those kind of numbers, the coach says, ‘You never know, he might find a way,’” Devine said. “At that point, we hadn’t (drafted) any high offensive players. So we took a shot at him in the seventh round.”’

Tuesday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks coach Chadd Cassidy: Winning matters in Rochester (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Sabres goalie prospects will battle for action with Amerks next season (Olean Times Herald)

Advanced Stats and the Value of Patrick Kaleta

‘But he’s a heck of a role player. He can do far more than most fourth-line forwards. Many are either fighters like John Scott or pure grinders who hit. Kaleta’s versatility and real defensive talent is unique.’

Sabres have a long line at goaltender

‘Buffalo’s goalie situation, which features six players on pro contracts, remains fuzzy with Ryan Miller on the roster. If the Sabres don’t trade him, they’ll have Miller and Jhonas Enroth in Buffalo, Matt Hackett carrying the workload in Rochester and one of their three prospects – Connor Knapp, Nathan Lieuwen or Andrey Makarov – as the Amerks’ backup. The Sabres would have to find spots for the other two in the ECHL or another low minor league.’

Put it in Pen: Girgensons and Pysyk Belong in Buffalo

‘Girgensons and Pysyk? They’re something to get excited about. And they MUST be on the roster come October.’

Regier provides off-season update

‘“The cap is a real big part of it. Any discussions that I have now involve taking back money, moving money. Money plays a very big role,” he said. “I think you can look at clubs you wouldn’t expect to be up and around $60-million-plus and they’re there.”’

West Roxbury hockey player drafted by Buffalo Sabres

‘“’I’m the most effective when I can land a big hit on someone in the corner and take the puck,” he said. “I just try to be a mean defenseman. On the rush I try to join it as much as possible, and be a force offensively too. I’m a two-way defenseman, but my mean streak is where I am going to expand next year.”‘

Sabres’ WNY prospects get a taste of pro game

‘“Going out there for the first time, it’s an eye-opener to see all these professional players out there, and I’m still coming out of juniors, going into college,” Malone said Thursday. “It’s an eye-opener, but I think it has gone well.”’

First pick Ristolainen signs with Sabres

‘Ristolainen had made some noise Wednesday, the first day of development camp, when he said he did not think he would play for Rochester but only for Buffalo or his hometown team in Finland. The deal does not guarantee he will play for the Sabres this year, but it does indicate they want him to do so.’

Sabres could still have Ryan Miller and Thomas Vanek in fold when training camp opens

‘“The nature of this business as you move through July, lineups get more and more settled, there’s less movement,” Regier said Friday inside the First Niagara Center during the second intermission of the team’s annual prospect scrimmage. “Then training camp starts and things begin to change again at that point.”‘

Girgensons moves to the front of the pack

‘”It’s important to get the group together,” he said after the game. “This locker room was a lot of fun, you could see in the game, we even stuck up for each other after hits. It’s important to make it (that we’re) like brothers.”‘

Sabres sign first-round pick D Rasmus Ristolainen

‘Ristolainen was the first of two defensemen selected by the Sabres in the first round. Russian prospect Nikita Zadorov was taken with the No. 16 choice.’