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Afinogenov Still Struggling

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

Yes, Afinogenov can still take fans’ breath away. It’s just good they aren’t holding it in until he scores.

Afinogenov’s struggles continue, as the winger enters tonight’s game against Los Angeles in HSBC Arena in a slump that’s lasted for more than half a season. Since returning from a groin injury Feb. 29, Afinogenov has played in 43 games. His goal total in that span? Two. He has just one goal in 28 games this year.

“Every hockey player probably goes through some bad stuff,” Afinogenov said Thursday. “Right now it’s my turn, and I need to just get out from that and be strong. Do my job on the ice, and that’s it.”

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The Sabres Point A Game Man

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

Derek Roy has reached a point in his NHL career where big things are expected daily. He’s also reached a point where he can deliver.

Roy is a fixture on the Buffalo Sabres’ score sheet, but that’s nothing new. The center led the team in points last season, averaging a shade more than one per game. He’s back on a similar tear. It raises the question: Does Roy expect to be on the score sheet every night?

“Yeah,” he said Tuesday. “The coaching staff expects that of me, I expect that of myself, my teammates expect that from me. That’s what I’m here for.

“Everyone’s a piece of the puzzle, and my job is to make plays, score goals, play defense and log a lot of minutes — play well consistently game in and game out. That’s what I’m trying to do every night.”

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Rivet Out With Bad Shoulder

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

Buffalo Sabres defenseman Craig Rivet revealed today that he’s dealing with an injured shoulder and the team’s captain is going to be out least two weeks while he tries to rehab the shoulder.

“It’s something that I tried to play with and it was really limiting what I could do on the ice,” Rivet said after taking part in practice in a limited role at HSBC Arena. “It’s really affecting my game so we took a different game plan. The pain issue, you can get through. But when it starts making it that much more difficult on the ice, you have to take a step back. We’re going to try to rehabilitate it.”

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Remembering The Aud

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

It is a grey blustery December day on the frigid shores of Lake Erie and the Aud, the grand ol’ lady of Western New York hockey, looks very much like a rotting building in need of being put out of its misery.

Inside, the longtime home of the Buffalo Sabres—a place where 17,000 screaming hockey fans regularly used to gather—now is a crumbling afterthought where rats congregate to frolic.

Outside, as part of the early stages of demolition, the outer shell of the upper walls already have been peeled, revealing a pattern of decaying beams and girders that have endured the building’s 68-year history.

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Watch a video below as some of the all-time Buffalo greats take one last skate at the Aud.

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Same Miller, But Now Making More Money

from Jerry Sullivan of the Buffalo News,

When Ryan Miller signed a five-year, $31.25 million extension during the offseason, his bank account soared. So did expectations. Miller was being paid like an elite NHL goalie, and now it was time for him to perform like one.

He hasn’t. Miller has been good at times, spectacular at others. But it’s hard to dispute the numbers, which suggest that Miller has been essentially the same player he was in his first three full seasons in Buffalo.

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Ruff Says The Right Words

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

Buffalo Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said today he was surprised when Ryan Miller told him that referee Tim Peel swore at the Buffalo goaltender during Monday night’s game in Pittsburgh.

“That would be unusual,” Ruff said following today’s morning skate. “The referees 99 percent of the time show a lot of class and they’re under a lot of duress. They take a lot of abuse, even to a point where they give players a lot of room.

“If this is just that rare occasion, it’s a rare occasion that happened. For the most part, they keep a great handle on it because they take the majority of abuse in the games.”

Calls for comment to Stephen Walkom, the NHL’s officiating supervisor, have not been returned.

“There is no Ryan Miller situation,” Frank Brown, the NHL’s vice president of communications, said in an e-mail to The Buffalo News today.

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Hey Ref, Watch The Language

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

At the end of a 5-1/2-minute session with reporters today in the Amherst Pepsi Center, Miller was asked about an end-of-practice chat with coach Lindy Ruff. The Buffalo goaltender revealed he was telling his coach that one of the officials swore at him during a stoppage in play a couple of minutes before the Sabres received a bench minor for arguing an interference call on Thomas Vanek.

“It was just about the referee last night, a brief conversation I had with the ref that was a little surprising to me,” Miller said. “He told me to “go [bleep] myself’ because I was just asking a question. I was just kind of joking around [to Ruff], saying, “Maybe that kind of started what got the bench minor going.’

“To be honest, I was respectful. I asked him a question and he told me maybe I should “go [bleep] myself.”

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The Sabres and the Art of Denial

From Jim Kelley at Sportsnet.ca:

One thing we’ve learned is that the art of denial is exactly that; it is an art form and it has reached new and fascinating heights.

For instance, lost in a spate of denunciations is the fact that no one in the Sabres organization denied the original point of the story that the team is for sale. What minority partner Larry Quinn said was that, “We are not in negotiations to sell the team.” Quinn neither named the “we” nor did he say that team owner Tom Golisano, the man most likely to be in the discussions to sell the franchise he purchased out of bankruptcy in 2003, was or was not involved. In fact, Golisano is said to be at the winter meetings in Florida but nowhere to be seen or heard. The owner made no public appearance after Day 1 of the Board of Governors meetings despite the fact he winters in Florida and the other 29 owners have, essentially, come to his house.

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Balsillie Name Linked To Buffalo

from WROC-TV,

Rochester-area billionaire Tom Golisano is looking to sell the Buffalo Sabres, according to a report out later this week.

The report in Western New York Hockey magazine, which cites an unnamed source, says that talks are in the exploratory stage.  It goes on to say that Golisano is listening to offers and prices are being discussed.  The source claims that there is a group with NHL expertise involved in the discussions.

The December issue of WNY Hockey will be out Thursday.  The author of the article is Jim Kelley, the magazine’s managing editor….

The source says that Sabres minority owner Larry Quinn is actively looking to find a buyer, and that Canandian businessman Jim Balsillie has been approached by Quinn or an associate.

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added 10:50am, BUFFALO, NY (December 8, 2008)—- Statement from Buffalo Sabres Managing Partner Larry Quinn on the Sabres being for sale:

“We are not in negotiations to sell the team and as we have stated in the past, we will never entertain discussions to move the team out of Buffalo, NY.”

added 3:22pm, Much more on this from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet...

 

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A Look At Rick Jeanneret

NHL Network profiles one of the NHL’s signature voices, play-by-play man, Rick Jeanneret, of the Buffalo Sabres, tonight at 7:30pm ET.

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