Reminder of what’s out there

‘The point is that this building is a symbol of perhaps the biggest obstacle standing between Buffalo and sports supremacy: Lifestyle. After a week in this palace I don’t see how the Sabres could ever convince a top player to come to Buffalo. There simply is no place in our area remotely like this building and its surrounding scene. Now I offer the nervous, ostensibly unnecessary disclaimer that I love living in Western New York. When I got home Sunday I cherished the green grass outside, and the lack of continuing sirens that for the previous five nights had disrupted my sleep. But I’m not a 26-year-old single millionaire athlete with a seeming neverending supply of great restaurants and attractive women at my disposal. You know, if that’s what you’re into. Sure, a married guy with a young family is perhaps better suited to suburban life and less tempted by a pad in a chic skyscraper. And those guys are out there. Players will have different tastes. But to win in free agency, you have to beat all the other teams to get your guy. And right now, if we’re talking about a star for the Sabres that feels to me simply impossible.’

Tropp Re-Signs For One Year

‘Tropp (6’0″, 185 lbs., 7/25/89) recorded four points (2+2) in just six games with the Rochester Americans (AHL) in the 2012-13 season after sustaining an injury in the Amerks’ season-opener that sidelined him for 72 games.’

Buffalo Sabres sign foward Jamie Tardif

‘“It’s a good combination,” said Kevin Devine, who oversees Amerks hockey operations for the Sabres, “and all of our pro scouts had positive things to say about his work ethic and work habits.”’

Sabres sign minor-league forward Tardif

‘Selected by Calgary in the fourth-round of the 2003 draft, Tardif has spent most of his seven professional in the minors. Last year, he finished tied for fifth among American Hockey League players with career-best 30 goals playing for Providence, the Boston Bruins’ affiliate.’

Tardif agrees to one-year deal

‘Tardif (6’0”, 205 lbs., 1/23/85) has appeared in 438 AHL games in seven seasons with Providence, Grand Rapids, Iowa and Manitoba, tallying 229 points (123+106) and 398 penalty minutes.’