'Buffalo Sabres fans have no choice but to think about the future. Some bright-eyed, fresh-faced kids can help in the coming days. Fans can glimpse the next generation of Sabres when the World Junior Championships begin Christmas night and the Rochester Americans make another HSBC Arena visit Tuesday. The Sabres will be represented by six prospects in the prestigious junior tournament, which will be televised by ESPN2 from Grand Forks, N.D., and Thief River Falls, Minn.'
Archives for December 2004
'Let's take a stroll down memory lane, reliving This Day in Sabres History, which could be as close to real hockey as we're going to get…'.
'"We've been, as a group of players, made to understand that it's possible we might not be playing for a year, a year and a half, two years," Buffalo Sabres center Adam Mair said. "Guys are prepared for a long process – two years, five years, whatever it is. The overall sentiment right now is we're not going to agree to the salary cap."'
'Drew Stafford has had quite a year. In June, the 6-foot-2-inch, 204-pound forward was picked by the Buffalo Sabres in the first round of the NHL draft.'
'I guess what I’m trying to say is that the players should comeback now. I can’t believe a group of men, no matter how many times they’ve been hit in the head can blindly follow a man like their union chief Bob Goodenow whose only job seems to be costing them millions of dollars.'
'"His skill level is beyond most guys in this league," said 13th-year veteran center Chris Taylor, Vanek's linemate the past six weeks. "Some guys, it takes two years. Some guys never adjust. It took him three weeks."'
'Attendance in Rochester is up more than 11 percent. Nine of the 28 teams reported increases of more than 10 percent since last season. Games played in NHL arenas have helped. The Amerks drew 12,126 last month for a game in HSBC Arena, including some 2,700 walk-up customers.'
'"Not anymore," McKee said Tuesday night. "I consider the season gone now. That's for sure."'
'Larry will not be remembered for any offensive flare but rather for his punishing hits and heavy blows with his fists. He was a fierce competitor who earned every minute and shift in the NHL.'
'"Whether you're making $10 million or $500,000, 24 percent is 24 percent," said Sabres enforcer Andrew Peters, whose salary would shrink from $400,000 to $304,000. "I don't think that's a proposal the NHL can turn a deaf ear to."'