'The Sabres want to be a single-affiliate team again. Any hockey person will tell you splitting a farm team is a less-than-ideal situation and can hinder playing development. The Sabres have shared the Americans with the Florida Panthers the past three seasons. They brought the Panthers to Rochester after the lockout when they were short on players to stock the team. It was supposed to be a one-year deal. But Quinn claims the Americans use the dual affiliation as cost-saving measure.'
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'"What's happened has happened and it's in the past now," Briere said by phone this week. "It's not my goal to tarnish the image of the Sabres with what they decided to do. It was in their right. They did what they felt was best for the team. And you know what? I'm OK with that."'
'Yet, Stafford has been to Bills games and is well aware that nature can present problems in the stadium. Wind has caused havoc for NFL kickers and passers, and Stafford hopes it is at his back most of the way. "We could use that to our advantage," Stafford said. "Hopefully though, it'll be as calm as possible. Hopefully, we'll get some luck on our side and get some decent weather. Regardless, it'll be an interesting experience."'
'When viewers click to NBC and see players skating around with a blue sky in the background, Flood joked that they'll think, "Am I really this drunk from New Year's Eve?"'
'Coach Lindy Ruff said Roy's injury is "somewhere between a bad bruise and a sprain."'
'Briere shared some thoughts on the early season struggles of the Sabres, and how he's kept a close eye on his former squad. "There was going to be a lot of pressure… adjustments to be made," Briere said. "I know what kind of dressing room they have, and I knew it was just a matter of time for them to get back to where they should be."'
‘“He really looks comfortable,” Ruff said. “He’s finding a groove, and you find that groove by playing. There’s no doubt in my mind that he’s playing as good as he has at any time. It was just a real solid night for him.”’
‘“The bottom line is that this is about Chris as a human being more than a hockey player right now,” Nolan said. “He’s had something taken away from him that he’s been doing his whole life. Now, we have to support him through a very difficult time.”’
‘While the wooden seats that make up the Aud’s old “Blue Section” are salvageable, Brown said the fabriccovered seats in other sections need to be inspected to make sure they’re clean enough to be offered to the public. The building is filled with mold and asbestos. In fact, reporters were strongly encouraged to wear face masks during Wednesday’s news conference.’
The Islanders’ Simon Is Banished 30 Games (New York Times)
Islanders accept Simon’s suspension, but deny Colin Campbell’s claims (New York Daily News)
Simon banned for 30 games (New York Post)
Isles had a shot (New York Newsday)
Isles’ Simon suspended for NHL-record 30 games (New York Newsday)
Okposo leaves school, could join Islanders soon (New York Newsday)
Simon suspended for 30 games (The Sports Network)
Okposo leaves college to sign with Islanders (The Sports Network)
Late goal by Afinogenov seals victory for Buffalo (NewYorkIslanders.com)
Photo gallery (Sabres.com)