Source: Sabres pick up part of Vanek’s salary

‘In trading their top scorer to the New York Islanders, the Sabres agreed to pick up 19.5 percent of what’s left of the $6.4 million Vanek is still owed in the final year of his contract, a person familiar with the deal confirmed to The Associated Press on Tuesday.’

Wednesday’s Rochester Coverage

Adam earns points for patience (Saint John’s Telegram)

Scott suspension could start culture fix

‘So, in its perverse way, does the cycle of violence evolve, personified by Scott, the man of fisticuffs, departing character to clobber the defenceless Eriksson with an elbow to the head.’

All good for Ruff in return as Stars top Sabres

‘“It’s kind of a huge relief,” Ruff said. “It was great to get off to a good start. We got a little bit loose and allowed the home team back in the game again. I guess from the Buffalo side it was great to see the emotion come back in the building as they started to come back. It turned out to be a darn good hockey game.”’

Love and loss as Ruff returns to Buffalo

‘“I understand what has happened,” he said. “I’ve watched my share of games. I watched games on the way here. I watch some of the young players play, and I understand where they’re at. It’s tough to see where the team is at in the standings, but I watch how these players play and how some of the young players play, and I think there’s a lot of promise there. I know it is really tough, but I understand where they’re at.”’

Sabres’ Miller saddened at the loss of another friend as Vanek exits

‘“It’s hard to watch all of them go,” Miller said Monday night after the Sabres’ 4-3 loss to the Dallas Stars in First Niagara Center. “It’s been difficult each time. All these guys have been close friends and great hockey players.”’

Tired Moulson fits in with Sabres right away

‘“I just take it day by day,” Moulson said. “Being from Mississauga, I’m well acquainted with Buffalo. I used to love coming to Bills games. It’s a great city and who knows, it could be for along time. We’ll see what they have in store.”’

Lindy Ruff still bleeds blue and gold

‘He doesn’t suddenly despise the Sabres because he was fired. Not at all. Rather, he finds it painful to see them where they are: at the bottom of the Atlantic Division with a 2-10-1 record.’

Sabres newcomer Matt Moulson can’t spoil Lindy Ruff’s special night back in Buffalo with Stars

‘“I’m not going to lie, that was probably the most nervous I’ve been for a game since my first game in the NHL,” Moulson said after scoring twice in the Sabres’ 4-3 loss to the Stars. “I had a bit of butterflies in the stomach.”’

Matt Moulson endures long day to debut for Sabres; Thomas Vanek wanted no part of rebuild

‘“We traded pretty much every veteran,” Vanek told reporters. “The message was clear they were going for draft picks and youth.” He added: “I enjoyed my time there, but I didn’t want to be a part of that (rebuilding).”’

Tuesday’s Dallas Coverage

Lindy Ruff receives heartwarming ovation in return to Buffalo as Stars hang on to beat Sabres (Dallas Morning News)
Steve Ott plays nice guy in first game against Dallas Stars (Dallas Morning News)
Stars Win in Ruff’s Return to Buffalo (DallasStars.com)
Stars-Sabres Notes (DallasStars.com)
Photo gallery (DallasStars.com)
Photo gallery (Sabres.com)
Photo gallery (Buffalo News)

Tuesday’s New York Coverage

Thomas Vanek trade shows Islanders mean business this season (New York Daily News)
For the Islanders, the future is now (New York Post)
Vanek joins Islanders; no extension talks (New York Post)
Islanders happy Thomas Vanek is on board (Newsday)
Trade of Matt Moulson sends message to Islanders (Newsday)
Surprised Vanek joins Isles after trade by Sabres (AP)
Making A Splash (NewYorkIslanders.com)

Struggling Sabres’ problems run deep

‘The problem is, the only person who seems to think Regier is the man to put the Sabres back together again is owner Terry Pegula. Well, I guess you could also include Pegula’s adviser, Ken Sawyer, since he’s been quoted as saying Reiger is “a hockey genius.”’

Vanek-Moulson deal gamble for Isles, great for Sabres

‘Sabres GM Darcy Regier has been taking it from Buffalo fans for the embarrassing state of the on-ice product, but he has been doing a strong job of turning the Sabres’ potential free agents into assets. This deal is no exception after doing well in shipping out Jason Pominville last season.’

Patrick Kaleta drops appeal of ban

‘Kaleta had the opportunity to further appeal it to an independent arbitrator, a new wrinkle in the new collective bargaining agreement, but ultimately chose not to.’