Archives for August 2013

Revival by Myers could be Sabres’ X-factor

‘”For me, I thought it went really well with Ron the way we communicated with each other,” Myers told WGR 550 radio. “He was really positive with me, and the bottom line is I’ve got to be a lot better than I was this year. I think Ron helped out with that since he came in, I thought I got better towards the end of the year.”‘

Sabres need Rolston to accelerate rebuild

‘”When we first brought Ron in as the interim coach, that was the intention, to interview other candidates,” Regier told reporters. “As it progressed, and seeing Ron’s interaction with the team, both as a teacher and a motivator … for me personally, it became more and more evident that he was a very good fit not only for the present but for the future.”‘

Sabres have several high-ceiling prospects

‘Though their homegrown talent pool is as good as any in the League, the Sabres’ list of prospects grew even stronger with the trade of Jason Pominville to the Minnesota Wild. In return, Buffalo received a pair of high-ceiling players, goalie Matt Hackett and Swedish scorer Johan Larsson.’

2013-14 Season Ticket renewals hit 97%

‘“We again wanted to continue to try and reach the demand that exists for Sabres season tickets,” said team president Ted Black. “There have been thousands of very loyal and very patient fans in our Blue & Gold Club that have been waiting for years to be eligible to purchase season tickets. We wanted to reward that loyalty by continuing to transition people from that waiting list to our ever-growing base of season-ticket holders. Our fans remain among the most dedicated in the league and we continue to be appreciative of their support.”’

Sabres increase season ticket sales

‘This is the third straight year the number of season-ticket holders has increased. The 600 additional season-ticket holders were moved from the team’s official waiting list, the Blue & Gold Club, which continues to grow and includes more than 2,500 names.’

Sabres a big question mark into season

‘There appears to be more questions than answers for the Sabres heading into the upcoming season. Specifically, one has to wonder what trades are brewing when it comes to their two best players, what the offence will look like and how the team’s goaltending will be this season.’

Top shelf! Sabres play-by-play legend Jeanneret signs up for three more years

‘“Like everybody else, when you hit 70 you start slowing down,” said Jeanneret in a telephone interview. “This is a nice, soft landing spot for me. They were so very gracious to offer it to me. I’m delighted. I don’t know if you’d call it a golden parachute, but I couldn’t be happier.”’

Rick Jeanneret to call 3 more seasons before retiring

‘Today’s news will almost certainly delight and sadden Sabres fans. In the end, they have three more seasons of Jeanneret, whose passion and colorful calls have made him a local legend and earned him the Foster Hewitt Award from the Hockey Hall of Fame last year.’

The succession plan

‘The Sabres Hall-of-Famer will call an increasingly reduced number of games during the next three seasons before stepping away from the microphone for good. Veteran broadcaster Dan Dunleavy has been added to the Sabres broadcast team and will serve as Jeanneret’s substitute before assuming the primary play-by-play duties for the 2016-17 season.’

Thursday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks name John Wroblewski as an assistant coach (

Sabres set variable ticket prices, sign Tropp

‘The Buffalo Sabres have designated nine of their 41 home games as Value games for the 2013-14 season, including the return of Lindy Ruff with his new team, the Dallas Stars.’

Sabres re-sign Corey Tropp to 1-year deal

‘Prior to the lockout last year, Tropp was expected to have the inside track for a roster spot during NHL training camp.’

Sabres re-sign F Corey Tropp to 1-year contract

‘The Sabres are showing faith in Tropp, their 2007 third-round pick. He was regarded as a candidate to contend for a job in Buffalo last season before sustaining a serious injury to his left knee while playing in AHL Rochester.’

Sabres sign Tropp, but waiting on Hodgson

‘Hodgson could become a big problem. He’s represented by one of the sleaziest agents in pro sports, Rich Winter. Winter led Dominik Hasek to many, many poor decisions and he already made Hodgson a guy that just wasn’t worth keeping around by causing problems in Vancouver. I’m not saying this will happen, but it wouldn’t surprise me at all if the Sabres are pushed to a point where the have to trade the centerman because of Winter.’

Sabres announce variable pricing for this season

‘The pricing plan for the 2013-14 season includes one Platinum game (Nov. 29 vs. TOR), eight Gold games, 13 Silver games, 10 Bronze games and nine Value games.’