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Winning Makeup

from S.L. Price at Sports Illustrated,

What makes a winner? Considering that this is sport’s central question, the one agonized over by coaches, general managers, owners, parents and fans, considering how winners such as Yogi Berra and Michael Jordan are still revered, it’s remarkable that even those who wear the label find the question difficult to answer. After an initial stab at familiar terms—luck, confidence, hard work—there comes the flutter of ums, a pause and then surrender: “I can’t explain it,” Sakic says of Drury. “I can’t explain what he does.”
Or in the words of Scotty Bowman, who won the Stanley Cup nine times as a head coach and, with the Red Wings, fell victim to Drury’s overtime game-winner in Game 2 of the ‘02 Western Conference finals, “It’s hard to describe. We had one in Detroit with [Steve] Yzerman; they’re not big guys. You look at them game in, game out—and you still don’t know how they can do it.”

read on... long and if you like Chris Drury, you will be happy…

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Watching The Sabres

via the Buffalo News,

NBC has to be impressed by Buffalo’s TV ratings. The Sabres’ win over Pittsburgh Tuesday to clinch the Eastern Conference title had an incredibly strong 12.2 rating here on Versus even though it was competing for separate hours with “American Idol” (16.9) and “Dancing with the Stars” (11.4).
NBC executives have said their network made money on the revenue sharing deal it had with the NHL in 2005-06 and will again this season even though it is only averaging about a 1 rating nationally.

 

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Ruff Still Evaluating Conolly

from the Buffalo News,

Buffalo Sabres center Tim Connolly has proclaimed to the coaching staff he’s ready to play.
It’s foreseeable doctors will clear him to return for Saturday’s road game against the Washington Capitals.
That doesn’t mean Sabres coach Lindy Ruff will feel comfortable enough to use the itchy triggerman….
“If we’re in a situation where we’re playing him on special teams and he gets in a footrace on a turnover, can he match the pace of the guy he’s going against or will it cost us? Those are the little things we’re trying to evaluate.”

more

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Fashion On Ryan Miller’s Mind

from the State News, Five years ago,

Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller was playing hockey in Rochester, N.Y., and came across Jason Snyder’s clothing store, Men-tality.
The two became friends after talking, and decided to team up to spread their love of fashion to East Lansing….
But it was always Miller’s dream to come back to East Lansing — the place he grew up.
“This store was something the town could appreciate,” he said. “They needed something local and trendy providing students in Okemos and East Lansing an opportunity to get a taste of what is usually reserved for Chicago.”
“With a couple great colleges in the area, there’s going to be a lot of people wanting to express themselves,” he said.

read on...

thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…

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Sabres Mania

from the AP via Fox Sports,

Sabres mania has hit town, and has started to bubble over as the team prepares to enter the playoffs next week as the Eastern Conference’s top seed with one objective: Winning the Stanley Cup.
Everyone - and that includes Bishop Edward Kmiec - is on board with the blue and gold.
When The Buffalo News unveiled a series of Sabres collectible medallions last month, fans began lining up at stores at 6 a.m. each day for the $2.99 trinket. When coach Lindy Ruff was fined $10,000 by the NHL in February, it took one local pizza parlor a month to raise the money, which will be donated to charity.

read on

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Sabres Getting Healthy

via the Buffalo News,

Buffalo Sabres winger Maxim Afinogenov might return to the lineup Thursday night.
Sabres coach Lindy Ruff revealed after Wednesday’s practice Afinogenov could be available to play all three of the team’s remaining regular-season games. They play the Boston Bruins on Thursday night in HSBC Arena and then finish up with afternoon road games against the Washington Capitals on Saturday and the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday.
The status of center Tim Connolly remains in question. Connolly said he is ready to play after rehabbing from post-concussion symptoms and a leg stress fracture. Ruff said Connolly is at 80 percent and the team doesn’t want to rush him back too soon.

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Vanek Will Be Judged In Playoffs

from the Buffalo News,

Buffalo Sabres coach Lindy Ruff hasn’t forgotten the version of Thomas Vanek that got benched in the playoffs last spring.
While the dynamic winger has been a revelation and is within yodeling distance of a 40-goal season, something rare in recent Sabres history, Ruff gave a sense he wouldn’t be impressed until he sees Vanek come through in crunch time.
Vanek finished last season tied for second on the Buffalo goal chart, but Ruff didn’t hesitate to bench the rookie in the playoffs because the passion level and a dedication to two-way play just weren’t there.

continued

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Sabres In A Giving Mood

from the Buffalo News,

It will be another 2½ months before any team skates around a National Hockey League rink, hoisting the Stanley Cup in triumph. But the Buffalo Sabres already can claim they’re No. 1 — in an ESPN The Magazine ranking of all 122 major professional sports franchises.
Called the Ultimate Standings, the listing ranks pro franchises on how well they pay back their fans for all the time, money and emotion fans invest in their teams.

continued

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Leafs Had It - Then Lost It Quickly

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

First came March 16, just eight days ago, and an embarrassing 5-1 loss in Washington to a dreadful Capitals team that was riding a terrible losing streak.
Then came last night.
At one moment, the Leafs were ahead 4-1, with pucks bouncing off referees to assist on goals and the hometown Buffalo Sabres seemingly rattled by the manner in which they were being manhandled by their division rivals.
Crammed with delirious Leaf fans, the HSBC Center rocked with chants of “Miller, Miller” aimed at the Sabres’ all-star puckstopper, Ryan Miller.
Then, as if accompanied by a clap of thunder, it all changed.

read on... Truly a classic game last night.  Leafs need to recover quickly for tonight’s rematch, points are at a premium this time of year.

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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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