'The Atlanta Thrashers had the most interest in Miller in the past, but nobody is going to get a shot at him now. Instead, the attention will turn to Mika Noronen who has never really been given the shot he deserves in the NHL.' (Submitted by: Sculley)
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'"When you look at (Kotalik), he's very skilled," Sabres leading scorer Miroslav Satan said. "And he's 220 pounds, which is tough to get off the puck. He's got everything. He's got all the tools. Now all he needs probably is experience. You can see it in him – he has the potential to be a very good player."'
'"It's going to be based on his play," Ruff said. "We're going to approach him one game at a time. We haven't even talked about the rest of the year. "We know where we're at, and we know how well he's played (in Rochester). We're evaluating what he can do at this level right now, and we're concerned with winning games."'
'"It will have a profound impact on the economic stability of the arena and of the team," Hamister said.'
'Regier has more patience than a kindergarten teacher, but this is ridiculous. This is about him hanging a coach and torturing a hockey town that has made the deadly turn from passionate to indifferent. He would have been better off skipping offseason town hall meetings with season-ticket holders because, obviously, he didn't hear a word.'
'The loss was only the fourth for the Senators (24-9-5-0) in their past 26 games, and only the third road win for the Sabres (10-22-5-2).'
'"In the big picture, guys are getting paid because our salaries are guaranteed, but I guess everybody always thought the league was so strong, that there was so much money behind it. Now you have questions about it, thinking that maybe some teams might not be here. And that's jobs gone for us."'
Miller, starting his second game in a row after being called up for his second NHL stint, was steady if not spectacular and lucky when he had to be as he got his second win in as many nights. He made 32 saves on the evening, including 15 in the second period when the Senators outshot the Sabres 16-3.
The Buffalo Sabres went into last nights Creditors Cup at the Corel Centre with one advantage on the Senators: We have never missed a paycheque, said Buffalo tough guy Rob Ray.
The attendance of 16,406 was once again boosted by the minor hockey tournament in town (did the Senators request visits from Atlanta and Buffalo the past week?), but a lack of fans at the Corel Centre has not really been the problem some believe it is. After 19 home games, they have attracted an average of 16,370 per game, or just less than 200 shy of the 16,559 who had turned out at this point a year ago. The search continues for those people who used to buy the expensive seats in the lower bowls.