'The defenceman with the smooth stride. The Finn with the sharp sense of humour.'
Archives for August 2005
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'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.”‘
'The Sabres will also close out their pre-season slate in Rochester on Friday, September 30 versus the Minnesota Wild.'
'Sabres general manager Darcy Regier said Lydman is an all-around defenseman, who can play in all situations and will get time on Buffalo's power play. Regier noted Lydman's size — he's listed at 6-foot-1, 202 pounds — and that he's a strong skater and passer.'
'After recording a minus-22 rating his first three seasons with Calgary, he was plus-six in 2003-04.'
'A fifth-round pick of the Flames in 1996, Lydman has netted 93 points (19 goals, 74 assists) in 289 games over four seasons with Calgary. He has also posted three straight seasons of 20 or more points.'
'Lydman, the 6-1, 202 lb.-native of Lahti, Finland, appeared in 67 games for Calgary in the 2003-04 season, collecting 20 points (4+16) in 67 games. Fourteen of his 20 points (2+12) came on the power play. Lydman represented Finland in the 2004 World Cup, finishing third on the team in scoring with three points (0+3) in six games.'
'“I am thrilled that we will be returning to Rochester again this season,” said Larry Quinn, Sabres’ Managing Partner. “By giving our fans in Rochester this exciting opportunity to attend a live NHL game in their hometown, it further demonstrates our commitment to making the Buffalo Sabres a regional team.”'
'Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier announced today that the team has acquired defenseman Toni Lydman from the Calgary Flames in exchange for Buffalo third-round selection in the 2006 NHL entry Draft.'