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Sabres Will Bounce Back

from the AP via Yahoo,

(Larry) Quinn, the team’s managing partner, was both defiant and upbeat during a telephone interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday. He had no time for excuses, blame or regret over questionable personnel decisions, injuries, and plain bad luck that have contributed to the Sabres’ free-fall - from first overall a year ago to the NHL’s near-worst.

“It’s been a tough stretch, and there’s no hiding that,” Quinn said. “But like I said to everybody, ‘We got here together and we’re going to get out of it together.’ And that’s all we can really do.”

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Sabres Handling Campbell Correctly

from Mike Brophy of the Hockey News,

Brian Campbell is a good defenseman and, by all accounts, a very good citizen, too.

So why are the Buffalo Sabres playing games where his contract extension is concerned?

Because they’re smart, that’s why.

It would be very easy for the slumping Sabres to cave into Campbell’s salary demands; you know, give the locals something to smile about as the team’s losses continue to mount.

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You Never Know Who Is Listening

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

You probably don’t know Haney, and she definitely doesn’t know much about hockey. The stay-athome mom from Clarence couldn’t remember Martin Biron’s name, referring to the goaltender as “that guy who used to be with us but is now in Philly” during an interview last week.

So how did she get tangled up in questions about Briere?

Sources said the Buffalo Sabres asked the NHL to look into whether Briere started negotiations with the Philadelphia Flyers before July 1, when he became an unrestricted free agent.

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Mornng Line

from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

It was the most goals the Thrashers had ever allowed in franchise history, and the Sabres were enjoying every minute of it.

“When it’s going like that, the last thing you want is them running up the score on your team and taking cheap shots,” said Garnet Exelby who racked up 16 penalty minutes. “I saw them laughing at us. They really wanted to score that tenth goal. I think everyone in this room should be embarrassed.”

more on the game last night…

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Back In Time

from the Buffalo News,

No team wants to be compared to the 2002-03 Buffalo Sabres. Too late.

It’s not just the results that create comparisons, though. It’s the way the Sabres are losing — and what they are saying about it — that links this club to one of the worst in franchise history.

• Hard work goes nowhere. Now: “If we work like that and play like that, we’ll start winning.” — Coach Lindy Ruff after the streak reached seven games.

Then: “Today’s work ethic was enough to get the win, and if we work like that every game, we’re going to win our fair share.” — Defenseman Rhett Warrener after the streak reached four.

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Ruff Upset With Shanahan Cross-Check

from the Buffalo News,

As Lundqvist made the save, however, Rangers veteran Brendan Shanahan cross-checked Clarke MacArthur into the goalpost. That dislodged the net and caused a faceoff. It also raised the ire of Sabres coach Lindy Ruff.

“There should probably be a suspension on that last play,” Ruff said after the 2-1 loss in Madison Square Garden. “The league definitely has to look at it. That was a definite intent to try to hurt somebody. He could have a broken neck, he could have a broken shoulder, he could have a broken back, he could have a number of things….”

“It was harder than I would have wanted,” said Shanahan. “It certainly warranted a penalty. I’m glad the kid didn’t get hurt….”

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Sabres Still Hurting

from the Buffalo News,

The Sabres will again be without Jaroslav Spacek (back), Maxim Afinogenov (groin), Tim Connolly (groin) and Derek Roy (shoulder) tonight. Ruff said Spacek will probably take today’s morning skate in New York and could play Friday against Atlanta.

Afinogenov regressed during Tuesday’s practice.

“Max doesn’t seem to be getting any better,” Ruff said. “He’s gotten to a point where he’s frustrated. We thought today would be a better day for him. It wasn’t. It turned out we got him off the ice early.”

more on the Sabres…

addede 8:26am, from Bob DiCesare of the Buffalo News,

Brian Campbell’s latest stance on his contract talks — Don’t call me, I’ll call you — is just what the Buffalo Sabres deserve given their infuriating dysfunction.

They’ve bungled negotiations with another marquee player. They’ve further angered their fan base. And they’ve re-established their ignorance on the issue of team chemistry. There you have it. The season’s first hat trick.

Rome wasn’t built in a day, nor did it crumble in a day. But apparently that’s only because Tom Golisano wasn’t around to undermine the empire.

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Sabres Plan To Sign Campbell

from the Buffalo News,

Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier admitted today that he’s disappointed with defenseman Brian Campbell’s decision to suspend negotiations on a new contract with the team….

“[A trade is] not the intention and that’s not the focal point,” Regier said. “The focal point is to try to sign him. You never say never about anything but the the thing we’d like to do and hope to do is to sign him.”

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Let’s Go Beat Buffalo

from Stan Fischler at Game On,

So, despite another sizzling Gomez night and some good efforts by Jagr and Marty Straka, the dots failed to connect overall. Ergo: another loss.

Why should Wednesday night be different? A similar effort against Buffalo very well could produce a win.

Then, it’s home-and-home with the beatable Bruins.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Baby steps come first.

A win over the Sabres and then, maybe, it’ll be time for “Oh, Baby!”

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Campbell Done Negotiating For The Season

via the Buffalo News,

The chance to re-sign Sabres defenseman Brian Campbell has passed for now. Campbell said today he is done negotiating with the team until the end of the season. Campbell, the Sabres’ lone All-Star, becomes an unrestricted free agent July 1.

“There’s more important things right now than just me,” Campobell said. “I think it’s for the best.”

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