'If you get to the Marina this week you'll see the teams scrimmage with the new rules. There was a steady parade to the penalty box.'
Archives for September 13, 2005
'It's the same old song and dance at the Sabres training camp this season…'.
'As for Biron? "It's my job," he said. "That's the way I want it."'
'"We drafted him because he is a smart hockey player," said Jim Benning, Buffalo's director of amateur scouting. Benning played for the Winter Hawks from 1979-81 and spent nine years as an NHL defenseman for Toronto and Vancouver. "Hockey sense is something that can't be taught," Benning said. "You can get stronger or develop a harder shot, but there's nothing you can do to make yourself a smarter player. And Mike has that."'
'The Sabres enter camp with 13 established NHL forwards and a few prospects who might be ready to make their marks. Right now, the numbers add up to a surplus of skaters deserving of a big-league roster spot.'
'Satan's style rubbed many of his former teammates the wrong way, and he often clashed with coach Lindy Ruff. "His (player-coach) relationship ran into some stale points," said Sabres center Chris Drury, "and I think it was best for everybody that he got a fresh start."'
'"We have to get back on the ice and show people that (2003-04) wasn't a fluke, and we really do have a good team and a team that can do some damage", said Daniel Briere, who served as captain for February during the 2003-2004 season. "We have players that can step-up and maybe take a better offensive lead to this team."'
'“My job isn’t finished. Every year I know I have to prove myself,” Peters said Monday morning after a vigorous fitness skating drill as the Sabres opened training camp at HSBC Arena. “I want to be here for a long time. I want to make Buffalo my home some day and become like Rob Ray, who had a long stint and was counted on to protect his teammates and play.”'
'The most intriguing part of this training camp will be what happens to the Sabres’ three goaltenders, Ryan Miller, Martin Biron, and Mika Noronen. One of the three will finally get the boot out of Buffalo, with an uncertain return. The Sabres currently hold the rights of only two goaltending prospects, Michal Valent, who remains in Europe and Adam Dennis, who turns pro this year. Dennis will compete for the one goaltending slot with Rochester, alongside a Florida Panthers prospect.'