'Varada is the kind of player that is loved by the Sabres and hated by 29 other NHL teams. But all 29 other teams would love to have Varada on their team if they had the chance.'
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'The Buffalo Sabres called up wing Ales Kotalik from the minor league Rochester Americans. Kotalik, who has never played an NHL game, leads Rochester with six goals in 13 games. He had 48 points in 52 games in the Czech league last season.'
'Varada, who could not be reached for comment Sunday, maintained his innocence Saturday night, saying, "I thought it was clean. The puck was in his skates, his head was down. I just came in and finished the check."'
'The Sabres have outshot opponents, 399-282, since Oct. 14 but are 5-7-1 during that span.'
'For his part, Lindros was as silent on the issue of the ruling as he had been following Saturday night's game. Low and Fleury also toned down their comments, though Fleury couldn't help but crack: "Three games … ha-ha."'
'"I can show you tapes from 100 games where Varada tries to take someone's knee out or cross-checks somebody from behind," Rangers forward Theo Fleury said. "His sole purpose for being on the ice is to try to hurt someone."'
'Varada is considered a "repeat offender" by the league. In October, Varada was suspended for one game for kneeing Montreal goalie Jose Theodore, who sustained a concussion.'
'Varada loses $28,048, or 3/82 of his annual salary. He will miss games Monday at Florida, Tuesday at Nashville and Friday vs. Florida. He will be eligible to return Saturday at Boston.'
‘Sabres coach Lindy Ruff was unimpressed by the incident saying, “Lindros has hit more guys in the head with his stick than Varada ever has. The big man took a dive. Tell the big man to stand up.”‘