Tuesday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks sign Evan Rankin to AHL contract (Amerks.com)

Girgensons wins race in skills event

‘The Sabres center gave Team Foligno a clean sweep in the Fastest Skater competition, the first event of the night. After watching teammates Phil Kessel, Jonathan Drouin and Jiri Sekac win their races, Girgensons downed St. Louis’ Vladimir Tarasenko.’

Art community urges Sabres to go local

‘When news about Sabres’ commission of a painting by an artist from outside this art-crazed region hit Facebook, the reaction from Buffalo’s creative community was swift and merciless. Disappointment deepened into anger.’

Sabres All-Star Zemgus Girgensons left lasting mark with ‘family’ in Vermont

‘“Very, very coachable,” Line said. “You tell him to do something, he does it the next time. But very, very mature beyond his years, and certainly calculated in the way he goes about his business.”‘

Sunday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks finish first half of year with loss (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Amerks’ All-Star Phil Varone opted for a degree in hockey (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Ortio stops Amerks, and Flames surge to victory (Glen Falls Post Star)
Photo gallery (Glen Falls Post Star)
Amerks head into All-star break with 4-1 loss to Flames (Amerks.com)
German powers Flames past americans (AdirondackFlames.com)

The stars are aligning for Girgensons

‘“It’s fun for his country with all the votes and everything, but he deserves all the credit,” Sabres left wing Nicolas Deslauriers said. “You’ve got to take the votes out. He’s been our top guy. If you needed to choose a guy from each team, I would pick him.”’

Saturday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks’ Armia dazzles, and the best is yet to come (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Photo gallery (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Late penalties cost Flames (Glen Falls Post Star)
Armia wows as Amerks beat Flames (WGR-AM)
Varone’s late third period goal lifts Amerks to 3-2 win over Flames (Amerks.com)
Flames drop narrow 3-2 decision in Rochester (AdirondackFlames.com)

Tanking or trying? Sabres answer

‘”It does require patience,” Black said. “What we’re doing on-ice with the rebuild, if you project to next year’s draft, we will have been in a four-year draft cycle where we will have had 17 first- and second-round picks. That’s the most in franchise history.”‘

Sabres’ Girgensons looks forward to All-Star weekend

‘”They take pride in hockey. Latvian fans are absolutely crazy about it. First thing they always look forward to is the World Championship every year. Whenever there is an NHL player from Latvia, they admire the guy that has taken that route and they support him.”‘

Friday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks’ Catenacci making up for lost time (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Amerks poised for turnaround (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
The comeback kids (Amerks.com)

Sabres’ numbers paint a picture that’s worth a thousand four-letter words

‘-26: The rating of defenseman Josh Gorges, who is last in the NHL.’

How Not to Do a Banner Ceremony

‘And just like that it was over. If you were at that game and expecting video vignettes of career highlights, from Nagano, or those highlight reel saves, you were disappointed. What you did see were two vintage commercials starring Hasek and promoting Adelphia Power Link. A brutal reminder of a failed criminal corporation which almost cost Buffalo its team.’

Hockey is defining passion for Latvians who voted Girgensons into all-star game

‘”People plan their vacations around their national team,” said Nolan, who now coaches the Sabres. “It’s not a fluid country where the people have a lot of extra cash and a lot of extra money. But this is a part of life they really enjoy, and they save and they use it as a vacation.”‘

Captain Kootenay

‘“[The Sabres] are always keeping a close eye. So that’s always nice.”’

Sabres reassign Fs Ellis, Varone

‘Ellis, 33, is scoreless in four NHL games this season. He has seven goals and 13 assists in 36 games with Rochester.’