'The Sabres figure they've been through the worst with the financial uncertainty that dogged the team last season. The acquisition of C Chris Drury from Calgary should give Buffalo its best two-way player since former captain C Michael Peca was traded away.'
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'It's a new season in Buffalo. The Sabres actually have money to pay players capable of putting a decent product on the ice. Money. Go figure.'
'It was Polisseni, Paychex's senior vice president of marketing, who dragged Golisano to at least one NHL game a season, even though Golisano wasn't a fan. It was Polisseni who helped establish youth and adult hockey programs in Rochester. And it was Polisseni who likely would've made a bid to buy the Sabres instead of Golisano.'
'After three weeks of training camp, the club still has not decided who will be their No. 1 goaltender out of a trio that includes Martin Biron, Mika Noronen and Ryan Miller.'
'Buffalo has 23 healthy players, the NHL regular season limit. Right now the roster includes three injured players – left wing Eric Boulton (left hand), center Tim Connolly (concussion) and left wing Jochen Hecht (broken arm). Hecht is expected to miss 6-8 weeks. In addition to his injury, Connolly must serve a four-game NHL suspension at the start of the regular season, a carry-over from last season.'
'Kriukov, 21, has battled injuries the past two seasons. The Sabres liked what they have seen in training camp and believe his development would be better served in Rochester. He has a contract with a team in Russia, but the Sabres will attempt to free him from that deal so they can sign him.'