'"All of a sudden you hear rumours about drunkenness, affairs, just rumours that really attacked my integrity more than anything. People can say I can't coach, that's their prerogative. But when they start talking about things that they don't know, that's hard. I bet you 99 per cent of the people who said all those things don't really know who I am."'
Archives for March 27, 2003
'"We take every game by itself," said Sabres left wing Jochen Hecht, "and it's a great feeling when you come in the dressing room after you won the game. Whether it's at the beginning of the year or the end of the year, it doesn't matter. You want to have that feeling of winning."'
'Smith, the architect of the Rangers' 1994 Stanley Cup champions, is eager to prove he can run a rebuilding, small-budget team. He would be an ideal choice. But other teams (San Jose, for one) might be interested in Smith, too.'
'Golisano's pledge is viewed by city officials as an important step in gaining their approval, an essential piece to his purchase of the Sabres. The money reflects the annual ground rent the city is entitled to under the operating agreement for HSBC Arena. By agreeing to pay the rent, Golisano has done what previous bidder Mark Hamister failed to do and, in the process, paved the way for City Hall to approve his deal.'
'Jokinen said Briere confessed to the Greg Louganis impersonation, which is punishable by a $1,000 fine from the NHL office, even if it isn't called.'
'"I thought diving was going to be called, and it wasn't," Keenan said. "It was a nose dive, a swan dive, a double gainer. I'm surprised he didn't flip backwards in the air while he was doing it."'
'1. Mika Noronen, Sabres: The young goalie was terrific as he made 29 saves.'
'If the Buffalo Sabres could play as well as they act, they might be headed for the playoffs instead of battling the Panthers for 11th place in the Eastern Conference.'