'''I want to make this team. I just don't want to get sent down to Rochester,'' he said, referring to the Sabres' AHL affiliate. ''They believe in me and, hopefully, I can come into training camp in good shape and be ready to go.'''
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'The Sabres desperately need goal scorers and some locker room leadership. They're still a long way from making the playoffs … much less contending for the Cup. But by the same token … it was only four years ago that they were in the Cup finals.'
'"It's a good organization, I know them and I've been through two training camps with them,'' Roy said. "That was really important for me. It's always important when you know the people you work with and I didn't want to chance being drafted by a team I didn't know.'''
'“I didn’t want to go back in the draft so this is a big day. I figured if I went back in, who knows, maybe I’d get lost in the shuffle because there are many good young players out there.”'
‘One of the most intriguing would be a trade for Biron. Mired in their own post-great-goalie-era after the retirement of Dominik Hasek last summer, the Sabres are loaded with highly regarded young prospects, namely Mikka Norenen and Ryan Miller. This would be the time to go with the kids.’
'"Everyone here recognized this is a challenge," Regier said. "Lindy does as well. No one's backing away from it. No one's running. Everybody knows the criticism. Everybody knows about status quo. We're not going to run away, and we're not walking away. We're going to find a way to get it done. In seven months, come back and we'll talk."'
'"I thought I was done here," Ruff admitted. "I thought it would be time to go elsewhere."'
'Making the playoffs isn't a very ambitious goal, but at least he's giving us something to hold them to. If they miss the playoffs for a third straight year, there'll be hell to pay. The first one held to account will be the coach.'
'The Sabres will make qualifying offers before June 30 to their other 12 restricted free agents: forwards Eric Boulton, Curtis Brown, Tim Connolly, Ales Kotalik, Adam Mair, Taylor Pyatt and Miroslav Satan and defensemen Rory Fitzpatrick, Dmitri Kalinin, Jay McKee, Henrik Tallinder and Rhett Warrener. Boulton, Brown, Satan, Fitzpatrick, McKee and Warrener have arbitration rights. They must declare by July 15.'
'Regier acknowledged that this team got too young too fast and is looking for veteran leadership to come on board. Quinn and Ruff both described last year's performance as an "embarrassment."'