'With Martin Biron and Mika Noronen both ticketed for future stardom and 1999 draft pick Ryan Miller rewriting the collegiate record book, there simply is no need for incoming veteran competition for the starter's role in the crease. But what the Sabres do need is something Essensa can be: a wise backup to win an occasional start and help the Sabres mine their precious commodities.'
Archives for September 23, 2001
'Until further notice, tickets to the two games against Toronto in HSBC Arena, Dominik Hasek's lone appearance in Buffalo and a Jan. 10 contest against Mario Lemieux's Pittsburgh Penguins are off limits unless you're a loyal follower, as defined by your financial commitment to the Sabres. The Sabres are giving fans who purchased season tickets or 10-game packages first dibs on buying more to those four games. They say it's a way of rewarding the faithful.'
'The Columbus Blue Jackets got two goals from a non-threat and their goaltender set up the opposing team for the second time in three games. Yes, it was another funky preseason outing. The Jackets allowed three power-play goals and lost 4-3 to the Buffalo Sabres last night in HSBC Arena.'
'Slava Kozlov scored a power-play goal with 4:58 remaining, lifting the Buffalo Sabres to a 4-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets in an NHL preseason game Saturday night. Norm Milley, Jason Woolley, and Denis Hamel also scored for Buffalo (1-1), which was 3-for-5 on the power play.'
'Vyacheslav Kozlov's power-play goal with 4:58 remaining gave the Buffalo Sabres a 4-3 exhibition victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.'