‘The cold, hard truth: McKee posted regular season numbers of 16 points and a plus-minus rating of 0. He spent less than 19 minutes on the ice per game. McKee has been plagued by injuries throughout his career, and when his team needed him most in the Eastern Conference Finals, he was out.’
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‘Also Thursday, the Lightning signed defenseman Doug Janik to a two-way contract. Janik spent the 2005-06 regular season with Rochester of the AHL, before being called up to play with the Buffalo Sabres in five playoff games.’
'"You can look at Spacek signing today, and it gives you an indication of ownership's commitment to keeping this club very competitive," Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier said.'
'The move represents a homecoming for Arniel. He began his NHL career with the Winnipeg Jets and spent the last three seasons of his pro career with the Moose. His family remained in the Winnipeg area while he was coaching in Buffalo.'
'That means Sabres coach Lindy Ruff has an opening on his staff, and Cunneyworth is the logical replacement for Arniel.'
‘What it came down to, Freyer went on to explain, were things like the travel, which is less taxing in the east. Spacek also liked the fact that Buffalo is closer to Europe and his native Czech Republic and that the Sabres have done great things with their young club.’
‘”He has such great love for this market,” said Tambellini. “He has great passion for this market and he’s going to be accountable to this market. I can’t think of a better person, not only to lead the Manitoba team but to be in charge of the Vancouver prospects.”‘
‘So Arniel shuffled off to Buffalo, leaving his wife and kids to keep the home fires burning, so to speak. After taking three cracks at landing this job, he finally got it.’
‘It’s possible Patrick could join Scott Arniel as an assistant coach with the Manitoba Moose or perhaps replace him as an assistant coach with the Sabres. “It’s something I would definitely consider, but I don’t know what’s going to happen,” said Patrick, when asked specifically about a potential Moose opportunity. “I’ve thought about it but we’ll see how things play out.”‘
'The proposed new logo bears no similarity to the original. It would look better on an Arena Football League helmet than an NHL sweater.'