Archives for November 2013

Sabres win on Ehrhoff’s overtime tally

‘“I saw somebody was there and I had a little room to shoot through [Maple Leafs defenseman Carl] Gunnarsson’s legs and just got it through there,” Ehrhoff said. “I don’t think the goalie saw it.”’

Saturday’s Rochester Coverage

Fortuitous bounce helps Amerks defeat Lake Erie (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Photo gallery (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Lake Erie Monsters fall to Rochester Americans, 5-3 (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Three-goal third period sends Amerks past Monsters (
Monsters Fall 5-3 in Rochester (

D’Agostini welcomes fresh start with Sabres

‘“To get a guy like him, it’s fortunate for us and we’ll see if we can get his career back going,” said Nolan, who plans to use D’Agostini alongside captain Steve Ott and center Ville Leino. “When you get a goal scorer, you’ve got to put him in position to score some goals. Hopefully, that will help.”’

Little-used Tropp waived after 43 games

‘“If we’re going to start developing players, we can’t develop them with five, six minutes on the fourth line,” Nolan said. “We have to give them some real minutes and let him see what kind of player he can be. I don’t know if he’s going to be a fourth-line chipper or if he’s going to be a third-line guy. We have to let him play and find that out.”‘

Matt D’Agostini ready for any role with Sabres; Ted Nolan happy Corey Tropp can stay in NHL

‘“I don’t know, man,” D’Agostini said. “I’ve been trying to find it myself. Confidence is the main thing. Hopefully, by getting the playing time and getting the minutes, I’ll get my confidence back and get back to my old game.”‘

Five things to know about the Buffalo Sabres

‘Goalie Ryan Miller is a story line every time he faces the Leafs. He has 30 career wins vs. Toronto, the most of any team he’s faced. His record is 4-15-0 but he still sports a .918 save percentage.’

Friday’s Toronto Coverage

Maple Leafs vs. Sabres gameday preview (Toronto Sun)
Five things to know about the Buffalo Sabres (Toronto Star)
Maple Leafs-Sabres Preview (AP)
Toronto Maple Leafs (14-9-2) at Buffalo Sabres (5-20-1) (The Sports Network)
Sabres aim to end skid against Maple Leafs (

Friday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks expect to remain patient after six goal game (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)

Slow start, lack of offense leads to familiar finish by Sabres

‘The Sabres (5-20-1) got stuck on one goal for the fourth straight game, and they again took penalties at bad times.’

Briere glad to be back, but he’s moved on

‘“I always had a good relationship with Darcy,” Briere said. “I have nothing bad to say about him. Following that sentence, I think it’s exciting that Pat LaFontaine is back. For me, personally, to see Patty coming aboard and trying to turn this franchise around, it’s very exciting. I’m happy to see that. It’s amazing.”’

Dudley gets extension from Habs after Sabres come calling

‘“I went to Montreal because of Marc Bergevin,” Dudley said in a press box meeting with reporters prior to Wednesday’s game against the Habs. “I enjoy the people I work with. It’s fun. It’s a great gig. If you enjoy something a great deal, why change if you don’t have to?”‘

Late penalty dooms Sabres in loss to Canadiens; Matt D’Agostini expected to join team today

‘“We’re talking about penalties again,” Sabres goalie Ryan Miller said after a 10-minute players-only meeting. “That’s all I have to say about that.”’

Former Sabres star Daniel Briere transitioning into new role with Canadiens

‘“He’s been in hockey,” Briere said about Nolan. “He’s coached here and there, different places. So I’m sure he’s kept active. The game has changed. But I’m sure he has also. I think it’s a good thing. From what I’ve heard, he was very well-liked when he coached here by the players. So it’s good to have a guy like that back in the NHL.”’

How Social Media Doomed Darcy

‘No one really knew who Fake Darcy was. Rumor has it he was someone closely connected to the team. Many of the tweets gave the impression that this individual had more access to the goings-on around the Sabres organization than the average fan.’

Buffalo saw hope

‘Approached by the Sabres, Dudley spent his turn. He knows that the reconstruction will be very long and he likes to Montreal. LaFontaine has a very uphill battle. Hiring good CEO will be crucial, as it was in Montreal with Marc Bergevin.’