'Biron was brilliant for much of the night, but the Sabres generated little offense and were outshot, 33-15. It was the Sabres' lowest shot output of the season.'
Archives for December 15, 2002
'"There's too many nights you just go through the game and it's non-eventful. It's just kind of blah. What is somebody walking away with? If you win, that's something they're walking away with. If you don't, they're walking away with a void that's needed to be filled."'
'What's more is Hamister and Berman could grab the Sabres cheap and receive extra money from a dwindling local tax base with another boost coming from the state. What they actually would pay out of pocket isn't quite clear, but they ask you to open your wallets come tax time and maybe – maybe – you'll find out later.'
'Take away the Bills and the Sabres, and there isn't much that separates Buffalo from Toledo.'
'Hamister insists the public money isn't a subsidy, but is rather the same money that the municipalities would pay to maintain HSBC Arena no matter who owned the hockey team.'
'Earlier in the week, an angry Ken Hitchcock told his players he wanted no more excuses about their inability to score goals. This came just a day or so after Brashear told the media scoring wasn't one of his primary roles. Since that coach-player meeting, the Flyers have gone on a three-game winning streak, outscoring the opposition 9-3.'
'The Sabres handed the Flyers their first loss of this season back in October, and swept them in four games last season. The futility goes back farther, however. The Sabres eliminated the Flyers during the first round of the 2000-2001 Stanley Cup playoffs.'
'It doesn't take Scotty Bowman to realize the way to stop Buffalo is to slow down Satan. Buffalo is 5-0-2 when Satan scores a goal and 2-16-3-1 when he doesn't.'
'So a string of six straight beatings by Buffalo that extended back to the 2001 playoffs was finally snapped, and better yet, a resurrection streak stretched to three consecutive victories — and this one pushed the Flyers (15-7-6-1, 37 points) into the Atlantic Division lead.'
'Sources were telling the Buffalo sports media that doing so would help ease the transition for the prospective new ownership group headed by Mark Hamister. Why? Apparently under Chapter 11, certain management contracts could be voided. In other words, that long-term deal Regier has? Gone. Beyond that, even Ruff knows he’ll be fired as soon as Hamister and Sons (sorry, no sons puns intended) win approval from the league for the transfer of ownership.'