Archives for October 2013

Lindy Ruff, Matt Moulson enjoy memorable night

‘”I’m not going to lie,” Moulson said. “That was probably the most nervous I’ve been for a game since my 1st NHL game.’

Sabres’ situation goes from bad to worse

‘Sabres general manager Darcy Regier can handle the taunts. But a couple of executives from other teams raised some interesting points about Buffalo’s young players: it’s an awful environment for them to get better.’

Stars hang on for 4-3 win over Sabres

”’Tonight, there were some of probably the most positive signs I’ve seen in a long, long time,” said Steve Ott, who also scored for Buffalo. ”Obviously, we’ve got to find the end result to the game. But that’s where we’re at. There’s no sugar-coating where we need to be, and our record indicates what it is.”’

Moulson scores 2 in Sabres debut

”’Well, my wife always says I play my best games when I’m tired,” Moulson said with a laugh. ”So I’m going to have to stay up until 2 in the morning every day, I guess.”’

Vanek trade signals that Sabres are open for business as rebuild continues

‘”I don’t want to show any lack of respect to our fans, but internally it’s just doing the work and focusing on what our plan is and trying to execute it as well and as soon as possible,” he said. “I don’t love where we are. I love what we’re doing and I believe in the direction we’re going in.”‘

Dallas 4, Buffalo 3

‘”It’s kind of a huge relief,” Ruff said of getting the win in his return to Buffalo. “It felt really strange coming back. I’ve always said the fans of Western New York and this area have been tremendous.”‘

Stars stop Sabres in Ruff’s return to Buffalo

‘Buffalo (2-11-1) responded with two unanswered goals and a late flurry in the game’s final minutes but was unable to tie the game. Kari Lehtonen made 22 saves for Dallas, including several late stops.’

Moulson Shines, Stars Top Sabres 4-3

‘Goals by Alex Goligoski and Tyler Seguin, however, put the Stars ahead 3-1 after the opening period. Goligoski beat Miller with a wrist shot near the top of the faceoff circle on the power play, a four-minute man advantage for Dallas after Steve Ott took a slashing call followed by unsportsmanlike conduct. Only 1:12 later, Tyler Seguin popped his fifth of the year into the net, making it 3-1.’

Sabres’ Moulson has a great start

‘Moulson seems to have energized Ennis who may have had his best game. He came into this contest with no assists this year, but he had two tonight.’

What good are all these picks?

‘Regier has had some major misses along the way. There are consecutive years of whiffs on first round picks. Some drafts are better than others. The 2003 class brought the Sabres their best pick, but it was also the very best draft of the bunch. Every time you see the list of players that the Sabres passed on, consider the names in there that amounted to nothing.’

Stars win in Ruff’s return to Buffalo

‘”It was awesome,” Ruff said. “I’ve spent my whole life here. Really a visiting coach comes in, and I know I’ve been here a long time, but to do something like that by the organization was second to none. You know, I have a lot of respect for the years I had here.”‘

Trade of Vanek, arrival of Moulson shakes up Sabres

‘”This was a situation I think everyone knew was going to take place, it’s just the timing of it was a bit quicker than people would’ve thought,” Sabres coach Ron Rolston said. “Obviously losing a player that has meant so much to the organization over the years is tough. He’s put a lot of his career, his sacrifices, dedication to the Buffalo Sabres.”‘

Moulson doubles up in Sabres debut

‘“He’s a hockey player. Like in every zone, he’s solid. In our zone, D zone, he was solid,” Rolston said. “[He] plays his position, got pucks out on the wall, makes little plays through the neutral zone, gets to the net, give-and-go. He’s a hockey player. That’s all I can tell you. He’s good and I’m glad we have him.”‘

Sabres send Vanek to Islanders, get Moulson and two picks in return

‘“I don’t love where we are,” Regier said. “I love what we’re doing, and I believe in the direction we’re going.”‘

Ruff expects happy return vs. Sabres

‘“I’m sure it’ll be more emotional for him than the players with as much time as he spent in Buffalo,” Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers said. “He was a big part of the organization and a big part of the fan base.”’