'Added coach Lindy Ruff: ''He sums up the way he wants to play. … He pays the price around the net and combines that with playing a good defensive game, which makes him a hot commodity.'''
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'Regier said Wideman put up strong numbers but noted that, at 21, he was competing against younger players.'
'Are you flattered to be compared to Michael Peca?
"Definitely. When I watched him play, I thought he was a great captain and player. He has accomplished so much in his career. When I was growing up, he was definitely an idol in this city and for myself. Being compared to him is a good thing and I can't complain about that. Plus, I hear he is a good guy."'
'"My agent said he was going to get it done and he kept his word," Paille said. "As soon as I got back (from Kelowna) Buffalo came with an offer. They pretty much had it all planned. If we would have finished (the season) earlier, it probably would have been done sooner."'
'The two-way deal would allow Paille to play next season in the minors if the NHL fails to reach a new Collective Bargaining Agreement with the players union.'
'"I don't think being compared to a player like Michael Peca is more pressure at all," said Paille, the two-way forward who agreed to terms with the Sabres on Monday. "That is a great compliment. The way he plays is pretty much the way I play. It's the same style: a skilled forward that plays physical."'