'The Sabres said they recalled right wing Jaroslav Kristek from Rochester of the American Hockey League to replace Varada. Kristek, who has yet to play in a National Hockey League game, has 12 goals and 13 assists in 34 games for Rochester this season.'
Archives for January 8, 2003
'To replace Varada, the Sabres called up right wing Jaroslav Kristek from Rochester of the AHL.'
Some random thoughts while waiting for the Mark Hamister bid for the Sabres to be made public: In defending Tim Connolly's minus-19 rating, which places him near the bottom of the NHL, the Sabres recently told Paul Hamilton of WGR that Connolly had been on the ice for seven empty-net goals-against. The excuse is an interesting one that the Sabres have never used to defend Miro Satan, Chris Gratton, Stu Barnes or Alexei Zhitnik, all of whom are also usually on the ice when the Sabre net is empty.
'"I know it wasn't pretty, but that is a sign of a good hockey club, when you can win though you are not at your best. You are down 2-0 and to come back and win 3-2, when you are not at your best, is a great win."'
'The Fedoruk-Ray fight was a big factor, according to Roenick. "When you have a guy who's looked upon to do certain things '. . . Fridge' brought some good energy to us. He deserves a lot of credit for lifting us up emotionally," he said. "One of the hardest things is coming off a long road trip. Complacency sets in. It's easy to sit back and feel lax in your own building. But we were able to battle back, that's the sign of a good team."'
'The Sabres could be excused if they played a little absentmindedly last night. The fate of their franchise could be decided on Friday.'
'"I think this is about the sixth game that we led by two goals and ended up losing," Sabres winger Rob Ray said. "It's definitely a problem."'
'Let's just hope it's a slump. If it isn't, what we've seen from Connolly is what we get. If that's the case, the Sabres traded away their captain, inspirational leader, top defensive forward and an offensive contributor for two prospects. So far, one hasn't worked out.'
'The Common Council rejected a request Tuesday to waive ground rent at HSBC Arena in a bid to help Mark Hamister buy the Buffalo Sabres, but lawmakers promised to look at other strategies to assist the effort.'
'"The bids were different in a variety of ways, but Adelphia and the NHL concluded that the bid that was most likely to be successful and be able to close the sale was the Hamister bid. And any debate over which bid was better at this point is a waste of everyone's time. If the Hamister bid doesn't close, I would have grave concerns about the franchise," Bettman said. Asked if he would open up the bidding to Golisano if Hamister's proposal falls apart, he said, "I think I answered your question."'