'Some of those wild tilts where remembered for his ending up half naked on the ice. That was cleverly by design. He would deliberately wear his jersey and equipment in a fashion where he could easily discard the gear so that his opponent had nothing to grab on to. The NHL quickly installed the "Rob Ray Rule" – any player who does not have his jersey tied down and is involved in an altercation is banned for the rest of the game.'
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'"Some of the things that make it exciting they're trying to take out – the big hitting and maybe the fighting side," Ray said. "People go to a rink and they get excited about a big hit and a fight. They don't get excited about defensive hockey and power plays and all that kind of crap. It is what it is – they come to see a physical game."'
Skating with the Best (RNews.com)
Amerks shoot for a record this week (Amerks.com)
Booster club and players to visit firehouse Tuesday (Amerks.com)
'There won't be an amateur draft without an agreement so the NHL would like to have something in place by June.'
'Gary Bettman has spent his tenure as commissioner gloating that NHL games are played before near-capacity crowds, using attendance as an affirmation of the game's solid footing and widespread popularity. What he failed to notice, or chose to ignore, was the contrary signal being sent by the television audience. Viewers were souring on the sport…'.
'"Playing in Europe? No way," he says. "Being in Buffalo with my family far outweighed any benefits of playing in Switzerland and living out of a hotel all winter."'
Amerks a match for Joe Crozier’s fabled 1965 squad (Rochester D&C)
'In the preseason version of this listing of the Buffalo Sabres Top 20 prospects, forward Thomas Vanek knocked goaltender Ryan Miller from the top slot that the goaltender had held for some time. But the pendulum has swung back towards Miller in this mid-season presentation of the Top 20, with the two Rochester Americans teammates reverting back to their former standings.' (Submitted by: Superhero)
'"I feel like I was played," Biron said. "I feel the fans were played. I feel bad. People were coming up to me at the rink, and they were so excited the lockout was over.'
'Goodenow can do little but wait for Bettman's next move.'