'''Rick's got an incredible passion for the game. I think he will be a tremendous asset to our team,'' coach Lindy Ruff said.'
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'Martin on Monday was named the Sabres' skill development coach. In the position, he will be responsible for working with players on their offensive skills, particularly shooting.'
'It was a meaningless game really, a slow, sloppy display of professional hockey. It was too warm outside, too sunny to invest much time or interest in the outcome for the Toronto Maple Leafs, who played to a less-than-capacity crowd at the Air Canada Centre last night.'
The Leafs were 0-for-4 with a man advantage and gave up three goals on six power-play chances by Buffalo.
It may not be the stuff of which Stanley Cups are made, but Buffalos realistic goal is to make the playoffs and it should be good enough for that.
'The game itself was a typical pre-season dud complete with strong performances from career minor leaguers and a crew of Leafs who were still obviously fatigued from the overseas trip.'
'The Sabres should be a much-improved club compared with the team that placed 26th overall last year. Unlike Leafs general manager John Ferguson Jr., who wasn't hired until Aug. 29, Sabres GM Darcy Regier had all summer to bolster his roster that failed to qualify for the playoffs the past two seasons.'
'Buffalo was without leading scorer Miro Satan, who remains in Slovakia in a contract impasse; Curtis Brown, Maxim Afinogenov, James Patrick, Dmitri Kalinin, Adam Mair, Henrik Tallinder and Jay McKee, who also remains unsigned.'
'Drury scored on Buffalo's second shot on Centomo, giving the Sabres a 4-1 lead at 1:44 of the third. Buffalo went 3-for-6 on the power-play.'
'The steps the Buffalo Sabres took to improve their power play in the offseason already are paying dividends.'