'Sabres jerseys are the No. 1 seller on nhl.com since Sept. 23.'
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‘But if the Sabres suffer another injury on defense, they have only three rookies to choose from in Rochester (Mike Funk, Mike Card and injured Andrej Sekera). Amerks captain Brandon Smith is their property, but they have never considered him to be a player on their NHL roster. “Ideally you’d like 12 defensemen who could all play in the NHL,” general manager Darcy Regier said…”But you make decisions based on how much room you have in the minors, and in our case there’s not a lot of room, and on the salary cap.”‘
‘”Scotty Arniel, the coach in Manitoba, had him in Buffalo the last few years and he told us Taylor could go anywhere from being on the top line to the fourth line,” Vigneault explained. “He had the potential to be a top-line player but, for whatever reason, it didn’t come out in Buffalo. Scotty told us he had great size but that he didn’t always use it.”‘
‘”He had the potential to be a top-line player but in Buffalo that didn’t come out on a regular basis,” said Vigneault. “He’s been one of our positive upsides.”‘
Amerks want their revenge (Rochester D&C)
Lack of defensive depth puts Sabres on thin ice (Rochester D&C)
Crunch still upbeat after shootout loss (Syracuse Post Standard)
Amerks Avenge Loss (RNews.com)
Amerks beat Crunch in Shootout (Amerks.com)
Crunch Cap Off Five Point Weekend with Shootout Loss (SyracuseCrunch.com)
'"Same place exactly," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said after a 5-4 shootout loss to Atlanta on Saturday night. "It wasn't picked up on X-rays. It just wasn't feeling right again, even after practice [Friday]."'
'"The one thing we have to be careful of is that winning hides bad habits," said Briere, who extended his career-high point streak to 10 games with a goal and an assist against Atlanta. "Hopefully we didn't pick up too many bad habits, and we realize that speed and hard work will carry us through the rest of the season."'
'"I still don't know how Kozlov's [shootout goal] went in," Miller said. "I read it. I made the move. I swear to God I could feel it brush over my foot. Just a really good shot, I guess."'
'"To go out there the first month and pick up 21 points with a possibility of 22 is a great way to start the year," he said.'
'Most fascinating is that Buffalo's style is so anti-Lindy Ruff. He is a conservative-thinking coach. But Ruff, hired in 1997 and the NHL's longest-tenured coach at 666 games, is intelligent enough to look at his Buffalo personnel and realize this is not a defense-first squad.'