‘”We made a decision with a certain amount of risk,” Golisano said. “We speculated we might see him before the end of the [calendar] year, but we weren’t sure. Nobody was sure. But we are confident we made the right decision.”‘
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‘”You need to be able to do more than just one thing when you come down on the goaltender,” Briere said. “Everybody uses video now. Everybody knows what the players’ tendencies are and what moves they like to use. If you’re always doing the same move goalies will know. I remember last year my first two or three shootouts I’d use the same move and then goalies would start cheating and that’s why you got to mix it up and start working on other moves that might surprise them.”‘
‘The Sabres are perilously close to the salary cap ceiling of $44 million. They entered last weekend with just $95,000 to spare. After the duo suited up for the overtime victory in the Big Apple, the cap room dwindled to about $91,000. Another $4,000 or so would have disappeared every day had the pair remained to prep for Friday’s home game against the Florida Panthers. So rather than eat up cap space on practice days, the Sabres had little choice but to send the players down with the promise of recalling at least one of them on the next game day.’
‘Such is life in the NHL under the salary cap. By sending Stafford and Paille back to Rochester for the week, their daily wages don’t count against the cap.’
Cap has Amerks callups on the fly (Rochester D&C)
'The thousand-pound monkey that is arbitration aside — that's a collective bargaining issue and the union loves it, thanks very much — the most contentious issue yesterday was the NHL's heavily unbalanced schedule. Simply put, the Toronto Maple Leafs would like it changed. The Buffalo Sabres would not.'