'Ruff, in Rochester for the Tour's Challenge golf event, said current Amerks coach Randy Cunneyworth and former Amerks coach John Van Boxmeer are both being considered.'
Archives for July 11, 2002
'The Sabres are decorated with finesse players, softies who show up once every three games. Regier has not provided an education, but here's hoping he's getting one. Nobody wants a team filled with goons, but they are demanding one team filled with heart. Fans will spend their hard-earned money if they see an honest effort in return.'
'The 32-year-old Smehlik made $1.65 million for the Sabres last season, one that was plagued by injuries and an occasional benching from coach Lindy Ruff. Smehlik missed 15 games with a shoulder injury and finished with three goals and a career-low nine points in 60 games.'
'The 32-year-old Smehlik had three goals and six assists this past season in 60 games with the Sabres. He has 47 goals and 135 assists in 589 career National Hockey League games, all with Buffalo.'
'Cunneyworth would offer something the Sabres coaching staff has lacked the past two years — someone not far removed from playing. He retired after playing the 1999-2000 season with the Amerks and was skating for the Sabres the year before in the Stanley Cup finals.'
'Smehlik, 32, will receive $2.5 million this season, an increase from his $1.65 million deal last year with Buffalo. But that is the only part of the agreement that is guaranteed. The Thrashers have one-season options for the next two years at the same salary.'
'While no NHL club was mentioned, Powers believes the group was interested in bringing the financially-troubled Buffalo Sabres to town. The NHL recently took over day-to-day operations of the Sabres pending the possible sale of the franchise to an owner committed to keeping the team in the Queen City. The group in contact with Hamilton had indicated territorial compensation would not be an issue, fuelling speculation Buffalo was the franchise. Powers said the negotiations, which saw both the Toronto group and HECFI exchange proposals, broke down about 12 days ago.'