Gratton has enjoyed a solid turnaround since he was elevated from the Sabres fourth line shortly after the Olympic break. The goal was his 11th of the season, and sixth in 10 games. His recent performance led Sabres general manager Darcy Regier to reconsider plans to deal Gratton before Tuesdays NHL trade deadline.
Archives for March 19, 2002
The Senators dropped their seventh straight decision in Buffalo.
'Corkum, a dependable checking forward, bolsters the Sabres lineup after the team lost captain Stu Barnes, who will miss up to two weeks after sustaining a concussion on Sunday.'
'Florida Panthers forward Marcus Nilson was suspended for one game by the NHL for slashing Buffalo's Eric Boulton last week.'
'"We gotta get over it. We gotta have guys like Denis and Erik (Rasmussen) step up and fill roles. There's a lot of ice time guys are going to get and have to produce with."'
'"Me sitting here is not doing anybody any good. I've done a lot for this organization, and this organization has done a lot for me. I think it's fair that we both treat each other with respect and make the right decision. If I'm not going to be playing, I don't see any reason for me to be an insurance policy."'
'Sabres allowed first power-play goal in seven games in Sunday's loss to the Lightning.'
'Does Regier upgrade his roster before today's 3 p.m. NHL trade deadline in hopes of climbing into the playoffs? Or does he pawn off veterans to Stanley Cup contenders in return for prospects? Considering the gap between the Sabres, who sit 10th in the Eastern Conference, and the eighth-place Montreal Canadiens is four points, he may end up doing more subtracting than adding.'