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Ruff Talking Big at Sabres Camp

If the Buffalo Sabres are supposed to falter and fall short of once again being a major player in the Eastern Conference, someone forgot to tell head coach Lindy Ruff..

“Our goal here is to win the Stanley Cup,” Ruff told the local media this week.  “We might as well talk about that - because I think our team, with the additions we’ve made and where we were at last year, should be able to challenge for it.”

Here is the latest from Sabres training camp:

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Caps are Still the Caps, Which is Bad News for Everyone Else

Of all five Southeast Division clubs, the Washington Capitals of 2010-11 will look the most like themselves from a year ago, having added only a spattering of depth to the lineup that captured the President’s Trophy last season. Alas, as the reigning division champ and still the clear-cut class of the division, if it ain’t broke, well, you know… But a first-round playoff exit thanks to Jaroslav Halak and the Montreal Canadiens left an awful taste in the mouths of Bruce Boudreau’s squad, meaning improvements are in order this year for sure. (Or else?)

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New Sweaters For The Sabres

BUFFALO, N.Y. (September 18, 2010)—- The Buffalo Sabres today unveiled the team’s new road jersey and commemorative 40th anniversary third jersey before a crowd of 3,500 at HSBC Arena. The event was part of “Puckdrop 2010,” the team’s all-day fan event to celebrate the first official day of training camp.

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Carolina’s Push Toward Youth is Both Promising and Perilous

The future is now in Carolina, where the old guard is out, an influx of youth is taking over and everyone is looking to put the injury-plagued woes that ruined things a season ago far, far behind them.

With the retirement of former captain Rod Brind’Amour symbolizing the changing of the guard in Raleigh, which started with Eric Staal succeeding Brind’Amour as team captain in January last season, the process of remolding the club is well underway. The 25-year-old Staal will have some veteran support in his first full year wearing the ‘C’ but Carolina’s heavy reliance on several key youngsters is a make-or-break formula for success this season. If the kids collectively respond to the challenge, the ‘Canes have enough going for them to cause trouble in the Southeast and surprise a lot of people. Some growing pains are sure to be felt, however, in such a transitional year for the franchise and immediate success probably takes a back seat to more long-term achievements.

Avoiding the injury bug has to be high on the list of priorities for a club that holds the unfortunate distinction of hitting the 300 man-games lost to injury milestone a year ago.

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How Did You Spend Your Summer Break Ryan Miller?

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

After a sensational season that saw him capture Olympic MVP honors and his first Vezina Trophy, Ryan Miller decided there was only one way to recharge his batteries this summer.

“I disappeared,” the Buffalo Sabres star netminder told ESPN.com this week. “I just tried to relax and lay low.”

Most of his offseason was spent in Southern California instead of his native Michigan, as the Team USA lynchpin opted to get out of the limelight after a superb but draining season.

And yet, there was no hiding. Not after what he did for Team USA last February, backstopping the underdog club to an unexpected silver medal. Americans from all walks of life have been thanking Miller for what he did in Vancouver.

“A lot of people, actually, a lot of people I wouldn’t expect from different parts of the country,” said Miller.

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Sabres Training Camp Begins

Sabres veterans are reporting to training camp today for physicals and on-ice testing.  Full camp begins tomorrow, with 58 players - 33 forwards, 20 defensemen, and 5 goaltenders - scheduled to attend.

The Sabres go into camp with nine NHL-caliber defensemen vying for positions.  With Chris Butler and Andrej Sekera struggling a bit last season, opportunities exist for Mike Weber and Marc Andre-Gragnani to play their way onto the team.

Weber has already gotten off to a good start with an impressive showing at rookie camp.  There will be a spot for him if he keeps it going, especially since he now must clear waivers to get sent back to AHL Portland.  And pending what shakes down at camp, the Sabres aren’t averse to starting the season with eight defensemen.

Up front, much is expected of forward Tyler Ennis, who came on the scene at the end of last season with 13 points in 16 games counting regular season and playoffs.  Despite comments by Sabres GM Darcy Regier that he warned the young speedster not to take anything for granted, it’s a virtual lock that Ennis will be on the team.

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the World Of Alexander Mogilny

from Erin Pollina of Sabres.com,

When the Buffalo Sabres General Manager took a chance on drafting Alexander Mogilny in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft, he faced some skepticism from his peers – and a political impasse from the Soviet Union.

At the time, the Cold War was not yet resolved, and tension between Mogilny’s homeland and the United States were still high.

Making the situation more implausible was the fact that Mogilny was currently playing for the Soviet national team – the Central Red Army.

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Report: Sabres offered Kennedy one-way contract

While some Sabres fans are still fuming about the actions of management during the Tim Kennedy arbitration saga, an interesting tidbit came out of Buffalo yesterday from beat reporter Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550. 

Hamilton, a long time respected Buffalo media veteran, revealed that he knew from a source with the team that near the end of the arbitration process the Kennedy camp rejected a final offer from the Sabres of $800k on a one-way contract. 

It had been speculated for weeks that Kennedy not being offered a one-way deal was the major obstacle between the two parties during negotiations.

The comment by Hamilton was made during one of his daily appearances on the station and following the announcement that the South Buffalo native had agreed to a one-year, $550k deal with the New York Rangers. 

The Sabres open their home schedule against the Rangers at HSBC Arena on October 9.

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Regier Talks World Hockey Summit And Sabres

Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier is at the World Hockey Summit and will be involved in a symposium on junior hockey development this afternoon at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre.

Much of the discussion is expected to revolve around the Canadian Hockey League and the impact of the influx of young players from European countries.  The panel will be moderated by Hockey Night in Canada’s Jim Hughson and will include such heavy hitters as Regier, IIHF Vice President Murray Costello and USA Hockey’s Jim Johannson.

“It’s very important for the hockey community to share best practices, ideas, and concerns that everyone has regarding junior development,” Regier said this morning on Toronto’s FAN 590.  “There are a lot of choices out there for kids and I think it’s critical that they choose hockey over all other sports.”

As Sabres fans are well aware, the value of player development for a budget conscious team like Buffalo is a big issue to Regier.  “We don’t get heavily involved in the unrestricted market, and with players becoming unrestricted at the latest at age 27, it puts tremendous pressure on junior development, and we’re very dependent on it.”

Regier also admitted that the Olympics affected franchise goaltender Ryan Miller as the season wore on.  “I think at the end we did see him maybe not as sharp as he was at the top of the season.  When you have someone playing that many games and with very little rest time it’s going to impact him.”

The Sabres open training camp with “Puck Drop 2010” at HSBC Arena on September 18.

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Name That Sabres Blog

As the Buffalo Sabres were preparing for their 1970 entry into the NHL, owners Seymour and Northrup Knox ran a contest for fans to vote for the name of their new team.

In the spirit of celebrating the 40th anniversary of the franchise, we’re doing something along those lines here at KK. 

Come up with a name for the new Sabres blog coming to KK next month.  If your idea is selected you’ll win some modest but cool prizes:

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