'The Sabres have been taking a hard look at hiring a full-time goaltending coach. Jim Corsi has been the team's part-time coach for five seasons. "I like Jim. I like the job he does and how he teaches," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. "You sometimes wonder if there's somebody better out there."'
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'Said Roy: "That's my game. If it's hitting the goalie to get them off their game, I'll do that. I'm competitive. They don't like the way I play, some guys. I try to play hard every night."'
'''I'm sure I'm not just speaking for myself, but for Derek, too. We're very grateful for the opportunity,'' Thorburn said. ''I just hope we give it back by being successful.'''
'''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.'''
'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."'