'Superman has his kryptonite, and the Buffalo Sabres have the Florida Panthers.'
Archives for January 2, 2006
‘Still, this Sabres’ start goes beyond the numbers. Head coach Lindy Ruff knew all about his personnel because of the hours spent in Rochester last season. As he put it, “I am 18,000 miles over on my lease vehicle.” That is a lot of time spent behind the wheel on I-90 between Buffalo and Rochester. But talk about return on investment.’
‘The Sabres will play their next four games on home ice, before a challenging road stretch that has them away from home for six straight. They then have four-of-six at HSBC Arena leading into the Olympic break. By the time the league’s hiatus for the Winter Games comes next month, we should know a lot more about where this team sits on the NHL totem pole.’
'"Lately we haven't been skating like we want in the first period," Sabres defenseman Teppo Numminen said. "We weren't focused enough. We didn't make the simple plays, the simple passes. We didn't really get anything going. That cost us."'
'"It's hard to leave, but when that offer comes that you can't refuse, you can't refuse it. You can't win the lottery and then be sad to pay the taxes."'
‘”Growing up were you a Bills fan?”
Fitzpatrick: “Yep, growing up I was a Bills fan and I’ve never been able to get to a Bills game. My brother has been to a few.. but I did grow up a Bills fan.”‘
'But expect Regier to show patience in waiting for the right deal. He's wise enough to know that injuries can come at anytime, and that sometimes the best trades are the ones you don't make.'
'"Our attendance and revenue is directly related to the performance of the team," said Michael Gilbert, Sabres director of media relations. "Considering where this organization was just a few years ago, this year has been great."'
'"I tell everyone what a great place this is," Barnes said. "Anyone who has lived here for any amount of time will tell you that. People are friendly and I love the small-town atmosphere."'
‘Thus, they’re presented with a new challenge as a new year begins: Learning how to deal with elite status. They failed the test against the Florida Panthers on Sunday evening, when lack of inspiration left them 2-1 losers.’