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Sabres Not Happy With Recall Rule

from the Buffalo News,

Ryan was summoned to Buffalo on an emergency recall and must be returned to the minor leagues once the Sabres have 12 other healthy forwards.
The Sabres could bring him back right away, but teams are allowed only four standard recalls while their American Hockey League affiliates are still alive in the playoffs. The Sabres have already used two on wingers Drew Stafford and Clarke MacArthur and might want to remain flexible.
Buffalo General Manager Darcy Regier isn’t a huge fan of the NHL’s arcane rules, which were designed to safeguard AHL teams in the playoffs, but often hurt the parent club….
“The fly in the ointment with this system is the four-recall rule,” Regier said. “NHL teams in the Stanley Cup playoffs benefit from their minor-league team not being in the [AHL] playoffs because they can access their players freely.”

more... One question, who approved the rule?  Every NHL team has to live by this, so try to fix it instead of complain about it.

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Someone Was Watching

from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,

The Buzz: You can’t get Americans to watch a hockey game without dressing it up with a healthy dollop of good old fist-in-your-face violence.
The BACKHAND: For the record (and you can look it up) the highest-rated Versus Network hockey telecast ever was last week’s game between the swift-skating Buffalo Sabres and the similarly inclined Pittsburgh Penguins. The game didn’t have a single fight, almost no penalties and was a breathtaking, edge-of-your-seat affair that featured Buffalo coming back from a two-goal deficit in the closing minutes of play before Pittsburgh pulled out the win via a walk-off shootout goal from Sidney Crosby before a sellout crown in the supposedly decrepit Mellon Arena.

read on and much more Buzz & Backhand topics…

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All Gone

from the Buffalo News,

The Buffalo Sabres have made it all but official: They will have no playoff tickets left to sell to the general public this season.
A whopping 98.5 percent of season-ticket holders have put down a deposit for their playoff tickets, while 90 percent already have renewed for next year — more than six months before the start of next season.

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Not Easy Being A Scout

from The Guardian,

Think being an NHL scout is a glamorous job?
Charlottetown’s Kevin Devine, head scout for the Buffalo Sabres, might beg to differ.
“After Christmas it’s crazy. . . . I’ve got an apartment in Buffalo I spend some of the winter in, mostly to show up and pay my rent (and I) slept in my bed in Buffalo maybe six nights,” Devine told The Guardian recently. “And now it’s getting more and more hectic with March and April because games are running out. You get a little bit panicky now. You’ve got to get to see this guy, you’ve got to get to see that guy.”

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Drury Back

from the Buffalo News,

It’s been 13 days since Chris Drury was knocked out of the lineup, but time has an interesting way of moving for players unaccustomed to being on the sidelines.
“In some ways it feels like a couple months,” he said.
The time away ends today for the Buffalo Sabres co-captain. He will be in the lineup at 7 p.m. when his first NHL team, the Colorado Avalanche, visits HSBC Arena.

continued... While there, check out the Buffalo News’ new look…

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A Sabre-Rattling CBA

Hi, everybody! My name's George Malik, and I write the Snapshots blog on MLive, and a second one's on the way. I've followed the Wings and the NHL since the days of Paul "Rocketman" Ysebaert, and the stories I've made up about my goaltending exploits are legendary. Paul very kindly extended an offer to share my opinion with you, and I hope you do the same. I'll start 'er off with one of my favourite topics: the Collective Bargaining Agreement. ______________________ On the day the previous CBA expired, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman made a promise to the fans of two smaller-market teams that felt they couldn't compete in a world where salaries kept climbing in an "inflationary spiral."

For the fans it has meant high and increasing ticket prices, and the status quo has meant that teams cannot meaningfully compete. It is a fact, a fact, that during this CBA, a team in the top one third of salaries has been three times more likely to make the Playoffs than a team in the bottom third. This is a status quo with which we simply cannot continue to live. Our game and our fans deserve better.
[W]e owe it to hockey's fans to achieve an economic system that will result in affordable ticket prices and stable, competitive franchises.
That "affordable ticket prices" business? Sorry, ol' Gary says that ticket prices vary on a "market-to-market basis,” which is why the Islanders and Kings (via a "facilities fee") decided to raise prices after non-playoff seasons. Competitive franchises? Twenty-plus teams fight it out every year for playoff spots, cap or no cap. What about the CBA helping franchises become “stable?” Let's look at one of Bettman's poster-boy franchises, and ask the fans of the Buffalo Sabres how they like ol’ Gary’s definition of stability:

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