'This is an organization that couldn’t lure any of the big-name free agents – and most middle-tier NHLers, too – to sign with them last summer. They were laughed at by most members of the media, including yours truly (and often, cluelessly). And while doubters keep waiting for their ship to sink, GM Darcy Regier, coach Lindy Ruff, and their players keep sailing along. They should stop waiting, and start appreciating. The season is 50 games old, and this group of not-quite-there-yets, forgotten-abouts and counted-outs is for real.'
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'Oh, attendance is up in company with that winning record, but the Sabres remain a grand story supporting financial parity that goes largely unnoticed.'
Thrashers try to snap five-game slide as Sabres come to town (Sportsticker)
Buffalo Sabres (31-15-3) at Atlanta Thrashers (23-23-6) (The Sports Network)
'"I think I need to get more consistent, but it's still my first year. I'm getting used to playing every night at the same level. But I can tell I get more comfortable every five games or so, so hopefully I can not be as streaky as I've been in the past and play consistent the next 30-some games."'
'LW Ilya Kovalchuk is on pace for 57 goals and 53 assists.'
Two Amerks at All-Star Game (RNews.com)
Paolini and the Moose to visit the Charlotte Library (Amerks.com)
'"We just need to play every night the way we've been playing the entire year," Miller said. "I don't think we need to turn it up a level. I think the intensity will follow, and it should just be there."'
'"We'll start with your height. At 5'8, you are the shortest guy on the team. Do any of the guys on the team play jokes on you?"
Derek Roy: "A couple of guys call me umpaloompa and things like that. Since I'm one of the smallest guys in the league, it's pretty funny around the dressing room."'
'Briere skated Sunday for the first time since undergoing surgery to repair a sports hernia earlier in the month. He's expected to be out until March. Connolly, who leads the team with 29 assists, hurt his left knee last week after a questionable hit by New York Rangers defenseman Darius Kasparaitis. He will be lost for at least another five weeks. Mair is still trying to recover from a concussion sustained against Phoenix on Jan. 12.'
'Large and physical fourth-line center Paul Gaustad, not exactly a bonus baby as a seventh-round draft pick in 2000, made the team out of training camp and is out-pacing Pyatt's average campaign at less than half the salary.'