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via the National Post,

Nine-time Grand Slam champion Monica Seles is dating Thomas Golisano, owner of the Buffalo Sabres, the New York Post reports.

Golisano confirmed the relationship to the Post’s Page 6 on Tuesday when the newspaper asked if the two were dating.

“Why do you want to know?” he asked coyly, before replying, “Monica and I see each other.”...

There are 32 years difference between Seles, 35, and Golisano, 67.

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What Team Do You Associate Scotty Bowman With?

from Mick Kern of Home Ice XM 204,

A large number of books have been written about Bowman and his coaching style.  Suffice to say, Bowman is arguably the greatest head coach in NHL history.  His two greatest stretches of accomplishements happened in Montreal, and Detroit.  Each incarnation was impressive to behold.  My heart says Scotty Bowman is first-and-foremost identified with the Montreal Canadiens, but my head says that his most impressive coaching job was with the Red Wings.

The better question might be, who would win in a best-of-seven battle between the 1977 Montreal Canadiens and the 1997 Detroit Red Wings?

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When In Doubt, Shoot The Darn Puck

So says Buffalo Sabres broadcaster Rick Jeanneret.

With all the off-ice news going on today, I thought maybe you would like to think hockey again and pick the top five Rick Jeanneret calls from the 2008-09 season.

If so, head to BuffaloSabres.com and make your choice, video is included…

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Mikael Tellqvist Signs With KHL Team

via John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

The Buffalo Sabres acquired Mikael Tellqvist at the trade deadline as a short-term insurance policy. Turns out that’s exactly what he was.

The goaltender’s career in Buffalo lasted just six games, as the pending unrestricted free agent has signed to play with Ak Bars of Russia’s KHL. A report out of Sweden said Tellqvist signed for about $1.3 million, up from this season’s NHL salary of $800,000.

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The Quiet Team

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

One longtime announcer and former NHL player, while watching the Sabres practice in his team’s arena on game day, remarked, “I’ve never, ever been to such a quiet morning skate. Nobody’s saying anything.”

No one is saying the Sabres need a loudmouth like Sean Avery in the room. But too many quiet players did lessen the Sabres. During a few off-the-record chats, some Sabres said the silence diminished their days.

It was described as this: Imagine walking into a room eager to start your day. You’re excited about getting ready to play in front of 19,000 fans, thrilled to be living in the fantasy world of a professional hockey player. You’re bubbling to chat and get more psyched up, giddy with anticipation about the drop of the puck.

You get to the rink and ... nothing. It seems no one is sharing your fun or excitement. You look left and a guy is silently lacing his skates. You look right and the teammate may as well be Charlie Chaplin or Marcel Marceau.

read on

 

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Former Player Has Issues With Sabres Ownership

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

You think you’re frustrated with the Buffalo Sabres? Rene Robert feels your pain and then some. The only difference between you and him these days is, well, the former right winger played on one of the famed lines in NHL history and his No. 14 hangs from the rafters at HSBC Arena.

Well, it’s up there for now, anyway.

To say he’s frustrated is an understatement. Robert has grown increasingly angry and disgusted from watching his former team, your favorite team, miss the playoffs in two straight seasons after building a contender. He also wanted fans to know they weren’t alone.

“If I didn’t care, I wouldn’t say a word,” he said. “I’ve been frustrated for I don’t know how many years. I want nothing other than to see this team to succeed and do well.”

continued

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Regier & Ruff Returning

via BuffaloSabres.com,

Tom Golisano and Larry Quinn today announced that General Manager Darcy Regier and head coach Lindy Ruff will return next season in their current roles with the organization. Ownership is very excited to have these two individuals return to help lead the organization back to the playoffs next season.

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Sabres Need Their Swagger Back

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

The Buffalo Sabres need to be more like Ryan Miller. Or, at the very least, they need to write down what he said, tape it to their walls and read the words daily during this second long summer in a row.

The franchise goaltender stood in front of his stall in HSBC Arena on locker-cleanout day and started with a caveat. He said it was too soon to make a list of what went wrong because the season ended just days ago. He said he needed time to digest things.

Then, for more than 10 minutes, Miller passionately and articulately described exactly what went wrong and how the Sabres can fix it. He provided the map the Sabres can use to find the way back to successes like 2006 and 2007, when they went to consecutive Eastern Conference finals.

The road to the Stanley Cup playoffs in 2009-10 starts with establishing an identity, finding a pulse for the dressing room.

“We’ve got to get back to some of the years we had a few years ago,” Miller said.

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A Lifeless Team

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

...less than 15 minutes after Buffalo’s easy, breezy 6-1 victory over Boston in the season finale, most of the players had slipped into the showers, slithered out the side door and made themselves scarce. Heaven forbid they would actually take responsibility for missing the playoffs in two straight years and five out of seven seasons.

It was typical.

Why rant about their dressing room after the final game? I was waiting for them to address the issue without being told. They shouldn’t need public criticism about a glaring problem before finding a solution. Their willingness to let each other slide this year said plenty about their lack of accountability amid a rumor Lindy Ruff was getting fired….

Minority owner Larry Quinn said an intense evaluation was forthcoming, but he did not say either way whether Regier or Ruff would be canned. Ruff looked like a beaten man Saturday, like someone prepared to put out a cigarette and walk the plank.

We’ll see what happens, but Ruff has been the least of their problems.

read on

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Another Tease

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

Other than a ceremony honoring winger Brad May for playing his 1,000th game, the evening had less electricity than an Amish barn. Toronto fans long ago became accustomed to watching their team lose, so it wasn’t as if the Sabres’ two quick goals in the third period in a 3-1 victory was a jolt to anyone in the Air Canada Centre.

Buffalo won the game and is still alive. That’s all that matters. So why does this feel like another tease?

There was a stronger sense that the Sabres were merely prolonging the agony, that fans would spend today generating whatever optimism they could muster only to have Flyers center Daniel Briere cough up the puck to Chris Drury tonight for the Rangers’ game-winner.

Yeah, I know, don’t go there. But it would be another reminder of how far the NHL’s one-time darlings have fallen in less than two years. May made you remember when the Sabres missed the playoffs with dignity, when they went down swinging. This group reminded you of the Sabres at their worst, underachievers who often looked uninterested in a big game against a 12th-place team.

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