'If championships were awarded for passionate fans then the city of Buffalo would have plenty of titles to boast of, but alas, that is not the case.'
Archives for May 20, 2007
‘The day after blowing what could be their last chance to win a Stanley Cup, the Sabres will look into the mirror and see the reason why they choked.’
‘Even if the cap increases this offseason, the Sabres won’t have much room to maneuver without sacrificing other parts of their roster. Briere completed a one-year, $5 million contract he received through arbitration — a decision that forced the team to release forward J.P. Dumont. Drury, meanwhile, is projected to double his $3.15 million paycheck. “We’ve got some time to discuss and think about that one,” Sabres owner Tom Golisano said. “It’s going to be a while.” And it might be a while before Buffalo sports fans embrace a group such as this.’
'The Sabres outshot the Senators in the third period, 11-3, but they were helped by five penalties called on the visitors. The Sabres took three penalties in the second period, none in the third.'
'“We don’t have any more games to play,” Sabres forward Derek Roy said. “We’re done. It’s a weird feeling. It’s not something we want to get used to.”'
'“He’s a tremendous player, leader, teammate, friend,” Connolly said. “He’s as good as they get out there.'
'“The difference between him last year and this year is tremendous,” Sens GM John Muckler said. “He came in leaps and bounds. He’s shown he can be a No. 1 goalkeeper.”'
'The sad reality is that the Sabres could already be a year removed from their best chance to win it all. This team is about to change, and chances are it’s not going to be for the better. This was the year.'
'But now, it must be doubly difficult to know he might let the town down again. Briere will be an unrestricted free agent on July 1. Prevailing wisdom in hockey circles says the affable Quebec native has played his last game in a Sabres uniform. Briere didn’t speculate on his future.'
‘“He’s been the example, the workhorse for the team,” said coach Bryan Murray. “One-on-three rush and he scores. Just fantastic.”’