Clock ticking for Sabres as trade deadline approaches

‘One of the worst-kept secrets in hockey is the back-and-forth Murray continues to have with Boston GM Peter Chiarelli about Stewart. The Sabres are believed to want a second-round pick and a young prospect in exchange for the 27-year-old Stewart but the price could be growing. Arizona got a first-rounder from Chicago for Antoine Vermette, and 36-year-old Dallas winger Erik Cole brought two prospects, a second-round pick and a conditional third-rounder back from Detroit.’

Chris Stewart prepared to leave Sabres at trade deadline

‘“If it does happen, I’m chomping at the bit,” Stewart told reporters Saturday in Florida. “I think that’s why all of us play. We want to win a Stanley Cup, we want to play playoff hockey. That’s the best time of the year. It’s no fun going home and watching it, that’s for sure. I’m sick of watching it last year. So I’ve seen enough. I want to play in it, represent my team and my family, play fun hockey.”’

Sabres anxiously await Monday’s trade deadline

‘“I don’t think it’s a comfortable feel for anyone when the trade deadline comes, but you know, going through it you know last year it’s obviously tough not knowing what’s going to happen. Obviously none of that’s in your control and the guys have families, and houses, and all sorts of different things that have to be worked out when trades come, but, it’s something that you deal with as it comes.”’

We’re finally going to see some trades

‘Stewart will generate the most interest and get Buffalo the highest return. Ever since the winger was benched by Ted Nolan he’s been a different player. Stewart understands he’s likely gone and said, “I wouldn’t say I’m nervous, I’ve been waiting around all year so I’m just counting down the time here and try not to think about it.”’

Loss sends some Sabres into limbo

‘The Sabres were outshot, 47-14, and the Panthers had a monstrous 76-30 advantage in shot attempts in the game. The shots on goal over the final two periods were an eye-popping 37-8, but Neuvirth was again stellar in giving his team a chance.’

Seriously, Gretzky best fit to coach Sabres

‘Gretzky’s biggest joy while coaching Phoenix from 2005 to 2009 was working with young guys such as Peter Mueller, Keith Yandle, Kyle Turris and Viktor Tikhonov. Gretzky urged the organization to keep the teens and 20-year-olds on the roster even though it meant more losses on his coaching record.’

Pysyk OK after pickup basketball game collapse

‘Word came shortly after the Sabres’ 5-3 loss to Florida that Pysyk had been discharged from the hospital. Sabres coach Ted Nolan told reporters a couple of players had received texts from Pysyk as well.’

Sabres prospect Mark Pysyk released from hospital, doing well after collapse

‘In a short statement, the Rochester Americans said Pysyk “is doing well.” Pysyk has had no known medical issues since the Sabres drafted him 23rd overall in 2010.’

Sunday’s Florida Coverage

Jaromir Jagr’s presence felt in Panthers debut — a win (Miami Herald)
Panthers trade Tomas Fleischmann to Ducks for Dany Heatley, draft pick (Miami Herald)
Photo gallery (Miami Herald)
Jagr arrives but Pirri stars in Panthers’ 5-3 victory over lowly Sabres (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
Jaromir Jagr makes Panthers’ debut a winning one (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
Jagr makes winning entrance; is there more ahead? (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
Panthers trade Tomas Fleischmann to Ducks for Dany Heatley and third-round pick (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
Though not on scoresheet, Jaromir Jagr imparts wisdom in first game with Panthers (Fox Sports Florida)
Photo gallery (Fox Sports Florida)
Panthers swing another deal, trade Fleischmann for Heatley (AP)
Ducks nab Fleischmann for Heatley, pick (The Sports Network)
Ducks acquire F Fleischmann from Panthers (The Sports Xchange)
Florida Panthers Acquire F Dany Heatley & 2015 Third-Round Draft Choice from Anaheim in Exchange for F Tomas Fleischmann (
Florida Panthers Reassign F Garrett Wilson to San Antonio (
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Jagr makes Florida debut in Panthers’ win over Sabres

‘The Sabres scored two goals on their first three shots. Hodgson opened the scoring with a shot from the top of the left circle that got past Luongo on the stick side 2:57 in. Meszaros took a soft shot from above the left circle that went five-hole on Luongo at 7:18.’

Sabres farmhand Pysyk collapses during pickup basketball

‘The Americans said Pysyk was being evaluated at the hospital.’

Florida 5, Buffalo 3

‘”Against a team like Buffalo who hasn’t had the best year, those are games you gotta win,” said Upshall.’

Jagr makes presence felt in Panthers’ win

‘Center Cody Hodgson had a goal and an assist for Buffalo (19-39-5), and defenseman Andrej Meszaros and center Torrey Mitchell also scored.’

Sabres’ Pysyk out of hospital after collapsing

‘Pysyk, 23, was released from the hospital after several hours, and Sabres coach Ted Nolan said, “It seems everything is OK and that’s a great thing.”‘

Florida Storms Back to Beat Sabres 5-3

‘After giving up the first six shots of the third period, the Sabres did manage to put some pressure on Roberto Luongo, though their best chance came on a Nic Deslaurier one timer that was fired wide. Buffalo would would tie the game up just a few minutes later as Torrey Mitchell scored his third goal in two games knotting up the score at 3. That would be short-lived however, as Scottie Upshall threw one past Neuvirth to put the Cats back up by a goal.’