'The Sabres now have four-straight wins and have increased their season total to 40. It's the 11th time in franchise history that the Sabres have won at least 40 regular season games. Buffalo continues to sit in second place in the Northeast with 85 points and trail first place Ottawa by two points.'
Archives for March 9, 2006
'The Sabres held the lead five times in the wide-open game and had 14 players register at least a point.'
'Thomas Vanek netted the game-winning goal and Derek Roy tallied his second hat trick in four games, as the Buffalo Sabres won a wild one over the Tampa Bay Lightning, 8-5, at HSBC Arena.'
'Noronen, 26, has played in four games with the Buffalo Sabres this season posting a save percentage of .844. Through two games played with the Rochester Americans of the AHL, Noronen recorded a save percentage of 0.898 and a 2.99 goals against average.'
'The Buffalo Sabres announced today that the team has acquired a second-round selection in the 2006 NHL Entry draft from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for goaltender Mikka Noronen.'
‘”I think it’s great news for Mika because there’s an opportunity for him to play there,” Noronen’s agent, Jay Grossman, told The Associated Press. “We’re real pleased, because the Sabres might have thought better to hold on to him. But I think they were more than fair in giving him this opportunity.”‘
'Noronen has been the odd-man out in Buffalo this season, as Ryan Miller and Martin Biron have seen the bulk of the netminding action. He has appeared in only four games in 2005-06, going 1-2-0 with a 4.27 goals-against average and .844 save percentage.'
'In his five-year career with Buffalo, the native of Finland went 22-31 with six ties, a 2.64 GAA and a .902 save percentage.'
'Noronen is earning $665,000 US this season and is a restricted free agent.'
When Mika Noronen left the morning skate today he heard he may be going across the hall to join Tampa Bay for its skate. Instead, Noronen is going across the country and north as he’s been dealt to Vancouver.