'Sabres defenseman Teppo Numminen had successful open heart surgery Thursday to repair a faulty valve and hopes to be back on the ice within three months.'
Archives for September 20, 2007
‘After I became a free-agent I got a call from Buffalo and got an offer from them. It’s a good team and good organization and I was looking forward to joining a team that was a contender obviously this year. I’ve always respected Buffalo as an organization and as a team. They have always been competitive and a solid franchise. You’re always happy where you are but this is a great organization to join and you want to win and it’s good.’
‘This season, Sabres fans will be able to watch all 82 of the team’s regular season games. MSG will broadcast 71 regular season games, and the Sabres will appear seven times nationally on Versus and four on NBC — including the Winter Classic that will be played outdoors at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Tuesday, January 1 at 1 p.m.’
The 6-foot-4 winger was all over the ice. He made many key plays tonight by either keeping the puck in the offensive zone or back-checking aggressively enough to come away with the puck in the defensive zone. Of all the players in camp that could surprise come cut-down day, Mancari may have been the best tonight.
'The Sabres were one of the favorites to win the Stanley Cup last season, but the loss of Briere and Drury will make a title run a bit difficult this season. However, just because Buffalo won't be considered an Eastern Conference powerhouse this season, doesn't mean the team will be left out of the playoffs. After all, head coach Lindy Ruff has taken less talented teams to the postseason.'
'"Maybe we'll have guys who look to me as a leader even though I don't play as much or get as many points or wear a letter on my sweater. I just want to have their respect."'
'Nonetheless, the league is prepared for various scenarios to delay the game, including holding back the start time in the event of liquid precipitation or too warm temperatures; in the event that the game is not playable on New Year’s Day, January 2 would serve as an alternate play date. Said Bettman, “We have a list of variables in mind. We will be in constant consultation with the teams, in case we have to postpone or reschedule.”'
‘“Whether I played again or not, the odds turn against you at one point, and I guess they would have turned soon,” Numminen said. “They can’t say if it’s going to be two months or two years, but something happens and then you’re in trouble. Then it’s too late.”’
‘But have faith. The game will draw a respectable TV audience among Americans who may have already had their fill of lower-level college football games. And it will be a nice cold day for a really hot event. Let’s snow, Buff-a-lo!’
'Instead, it's a way to create a gate three to four times the size of a usual Sabres home gate while wrapping the entire effort in faux nostalgia. Just a little more dabbling by the caretakers of the sport.'