'Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are as good, if not better than a year ago. Offensively, though, the team continues to struggle and has even gotten worse, if one can believe that.'
Archives for November 8, 2001
'"When you get two (game misconducts) back-to-back I think there was a little bit of hesitation going into corners when players had their backs turned," Ruff said. "But he's one guy who needs to set the tempo not only for his line but for his team. In the past, Vaclav's taken penalties which we call good penalties. Sometimes they're mean, sometimes they're vicious, sometimes they show no regard for the other team. Those are the ones we gotta kill off."'
'Slovakia is one of eight countries that will compete in a preliminary round, beginning Feb. 9, to determine the remaining two spots in the medal round. Most of the Slovakians have NHL games during those five days, so they can't compete in the preliminaries without leaving their employers in the lurch. Satan would miss three Sabres games between Feb. 9-12. That would be a big sacrifice for the Sabres, especially if they're fighting for their playoff lives.'
'"Within two weeks I'd like to be playing, but that might just be something in my head," Warrener said. "The doctors will decide when everything's all right. It's better than what we originally thought, but it's still a ways away."'
'The Sabres are coming off a four-day respite, their longest until the All-Star break from Jan. 30 to Feb. 4.'
'The Buffalo Sabres will not issue their right wing a leave of absence to play for Slovakia in the preliminary round at the Salt Lake City Games because they're paying him $3.25 million to play for them.'