'But the better of the two Sabres teams, comparing last year's squad and the team the year before, was the team that just missed knocking off eventual Cup Champion Carolina. THAT team may not have had quite the regular season as the 2006-2007 bunch, but it was a team better suited for the playoffs, in retrospect.'
Archives for February 27, 2008
'Miller, struck by Marek Zidlicky’s blast from inside the blue line 3 minutes into the period, looked woozy, and briefly collapsed to the ice. Jan Hlavac, making his Predators debut, scored on the play by depositing the rebound into the open left side.'
'"It's just frustrating because we felt like we had a team that could pursue a Stanley Cup for the last two years," Sabres goalie Ryan Miller said. "We're going to have to retool, regroup."'
'“I’ve had two guys in Darcy Regier and Lindy Ruff that have trusted me and put faith in me and watched me grow,” Campbell said. “It’s probably not to the extent of a father watching a son leave, but it gets to that extent in a lot of ways.”'
'“This is a real hockey city and I’m excited to be here.”'
'"The only thing I want to do is what I'm supposed to do on the ice," he said. "My goal is just to have fun, and that's what I'm going to do. I'm nervous, but sometimes nervous is good."'
‘Jason Pominville will take Brian Campbell’s place on the point of the first power play unit. Dmitri Kalinin is paired with Jaro Spacek in place of Campbell for even strength hockey. Nathan Paetsch moves from the press box to the ice. Paetsch will be paired with Nolan Pratt.’
'"Yesterday was a tough day," Ruff said during his weekly appearance on The Howard Simon Show. "Brian's been a big part of our team. I went with our daily routine and we were in our video meeting and I went back in the room and got Brian. Darcy and I sat down and talked to him."'
'“You recognize that if you allow everyone to go to the unrestricted free agent market, and I’m not blaming anyone here, your draft cannot support the makeup of your hockey club,” Regier said. “Subsequently, in the best interest of the club, you have to get something back. Otherwise, you won’t have enough players and you won’t have enough quality.”'
'The difference between the Sabres’ laughable three-year offer and the one he’ll receive this summer could be $20 million, maybe more, in guaranteed money. Taking a hometown discount is one thing, and using common sense is quite another. Put yourself in his skates.'