'"You could knock him down and blacken his eye, but he wouldn't let it die until he'd hit you that one extra shot; until he'd won."'
Archives for May 13, 2001
'Dominik Hasek wants to sit down with Buffalo Sabres' management before announcing his plans for next season, but it appears almost certain that he'll play one more year before retiring to the Czech Republic.'
'In a farewell address that will never be confused with Lou Gehrig's, Gilmour railed against the Empire Sports Network and WNSA, which belong to Adelphia Communications. The Rigas family controls both Adelphia and the Sabres. Gilmour particularly lanced Brian Blessing and Mike Robitaille. They are co-hosts of "Hockey Hotline," a postgame show simulcast on Empire and WNSA.'
'"I think we got as much as we could out of Doug." And what was that? A parting shot at Adelphia? An implied shot at the coach? That's about the truth of it. And sometimes the truth hurts.'
'On Thursday night, in the Queen City, Gilmour was barely a factor as the Sabres bowed out 3-2 in overtime, another Game 7 – Gilmour's 11th – and it became pitifully clear that he was an athlete in irreversible eclipse.'
'How he played with such fire and energy. How he lifted all those larger than him to a place they never thought possible.'
'The Islanders are getting closer to naming their next head coach and Ted Nolan appears to be the man they're looking to hire. It will be a perfect match of two needy souls: a team that needs an influx of positive energy and a popular coach who is seeking an opportunity to get back into the league.'
'Sources have told Foxsports.com that Gilmour wasn't happy with the way he was used at points in the season in Buffalo.'