'Buffalo general manager Darcy Regier admitted it would be difficult to keep paying Gratton $2 million to centre the fourth line. "In the short term, it works," Regier said of Gratton's role. "In the long term, it becomes problematic.'
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'"I was simply told that I would be up here for three or four days, practice with the team and see what happens from there," said Noronen.'
'Tests showed Rasmussen's knee needs rest, coach Lindy Ruff said Thursday. Rasmussen will miss Friday's home game against Carolina, but he could play Saturday against the New York Rangers.'
'"It was a tough one for us. We at least deserved a point," said Sabres winger Vaclav Varada.'
'"I want to play here, but I don't think they're going to keep me on the fourth line with the salary that I'm making this year."'
'They finally posted their first win in nine tries against an Eastern Conference team.'
'But Turco gave up goals on the first two shots he faced against Buffalo and was pulled by coach Ken Hitchcock, who said simply, "Those goals can't go in."'
'3. Stu Barnes, Buffalo: Helped make the Sabres' first line a constant threat.'
'"I don't think anybody in that locker room was happy the way we played in the first period," Hitchcock said.'
'"I thought Rucinsky out there was excellent. I thought that was a really good line," Ken Hitchcock said."That was good for us."'