'"We're certainly not in any position not to have a 100 percent effort every night. Until we consistently find that, we're going to be battling close to .500, eighth, ninth, 10th, 11th spot (in the standings). That's not where we want to be."'
Archives for January 20, 2004
'The hip injury that kept Afinogenov out of the last four games has healed. The right winger showed no problems during or after the Sabres' workouts Sunday and Monday at the Thrashers' practice facility. "I'm ready," Afinogenov said. "It's healthy. It doesn't bother me anymore. It feels good."'
'The Thrashers snapped a nine-game winless skid (0-7-1-1) with Sunday's 5-2 victory over Carolina.'
'Paille said he was unaware that the Buffalo brass — including Director of Player Personnel Don Luce — were in the stands. The Welland native was a first-round pick of the Sabres in the 2002 NHL entry draft but remains unsigned…Paille had hoped to have signed an NHL contract before the OHL playoffs started. The Sabres and his agent have had some discussions, but nothing is imminent. If he is not signed prior to June's 2004 NHL draft, Paille would go back into the pool of available players.'
'The Thrashers are 9-7-1-0 all-time against the Sabres, including 5-2-1-0 at home.'