'"Originally, we wondered how he put on so much weight and gained so much strength in five months," Regier said, "but it's important to note there also had been great improvement in his work ethic."'
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'Two of Lydman's recommendations came from Numminen and Sabres center Chris Drury, a former Flames teammate. Lydman and Sabres goalie Mika Noronen played two seasons together with Tappara Tampere of the Finnish League. "I spoke to Chris, and I spoke to Teppo, and they were both excited," Regier said. "He's a good player, a good teammate. For us, the dressing room is important, and their comments were very positive."'
'It's the second time in consecutive seasons that Buffalo will play a regular-season game at Rochester in an effort to expand the franchise's marketing region. Located about 90 minutes east of Buffalo, Rochester is also home to the Sabres' minor league affiliate.'
'The defenceman with the smooth stride. The Finn with the sharp sense of humour.'
'Prices are $35 for upper level, $58 for the corners and lower level behind the net, and $77 for center-ice seats in lower and upper levels. There is a $2 discount for fans who purchase the Rochester Five-Pack, which includes the choice of any four games at HSBC Arena in Buffalo (prices vary by date and opponent). A ticket to the Sept. 30 preseason game at the War Memorial against the Minnesota Wild is included with every Five-Pack.'
‘With the new rules, including the elimination of the red-line, Regier said Lydman could take a big step forward this season. “We are taking the league seriously and at face value with respect to the rule changes,” he said. “So the game should move more towards these types of players so it should help someone like Toni. I was asked earlier if we expect him to be the anchor on the powerplay and we don’t. But he can definitely spend some time on the powerplay.”‘