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from WGR 550,
WGR has learned that Jason Pominville has set a Friday deadline to get a deal done with the Sabres. Agent Norman DuPoint said he and Pominville have agreed they do not want negotiations going on once Pominville gets to camp.
from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,
As with most Ruff-coached teams, the concentration will be on solid defensive play. But Ruff doesn’t want the phrase “defense first” to scare anyone. The Sabres were fourth in the league in scoring last year and led the NHL the year before, so he knows he has to let his firepower flame.
“I didn’t like our play away from the puck, and that’s going to be an area of focus through camp,” Ruff said. “We want that area stronger, and at the same time still play the style that’s made us successful. I don’t think we want to get away from that.
“I think that can be done, but that’s going to take a little more commitment from different individuals on this team.”
from the Buffalo News,
Sabres.com, which will be linked to the NHL Web site, NHL.com, also will have a feature that enables fans to call up every goal scored in every Sabres game and eventually every player shift or hit.
The online expansion could be bad news for local TV sports departments, which generally show the goals in each game. Viewers with a high speed internet connection won’t have to wait for the sports reports to see the goals.
In addition, the Sabres plan to put morning skates and interviews with coach Lindy Ruff online on game days. It also will introduce the team’s new jersey Sept. 20 online when it carries the Puck Drop festivities surrounding the first day of training camp.
from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,
The captain remained hopeful he will have a new contract before the official start of camp. His agent and the Sabres have been talking long-term extensions.
“You never know with that,” Pominville said. “It’s going well until the deal’s done. We’ll have to wait and see. Hopefully it’ll be done before. I’m just leaving [my agent] to do his thing.”
Although the sides would like to reach an agreement, there is no urgency. Pominville is under contract for this season and then becomes a restricted free agent.
more on the Sabres as they prepare for training camp…
from the Buffalo Sabres,
Buffalo Sabres owner B. Thomas Golisano announced today that Larry Quinn, Sabres Managing Partner, and Dan DiPofi, Chief Operating Officer, have been granted minority ownership in the Buffalo Sabres and their related companies.
Golisano stated “this announcement marks the culmination of a process that really goes back to my original acquisition of the franchise in 2003. Both Larry and Dan were instrumental with regard to my purchase of the Sabres and continue to be an important part of the organizations success today”.
from E.J. Hradek of ESPN,
Well, four divisions down and just two to go. Today, I’ll take a look at the Northeast….
Best forward: Jean Beliveau. So many choices! I’ll take the great Beliveau over Rocket Richard
more and sorry E.J., I have to go with the ‘Rocket’.
Buffalo Sabres sniper Jason Pominville will be logging on to Sabres.com and give his insight into the Sabres throughout the 2008-09 season….
What is the weirdest thing someone has said on the ice?
“I’ve been pretty lucky with that. There really hasn’t been anything that has caught my attention.
“But probably the funniest thing I’ve heard on the ice was when I was in the American Hockey League and had long hair. Somebody yelled something at me like, ‘get a haircut poodle’ or ‘nice haircut poodle.’
from Mike Harrington of Sabres Edge,
No. 61 stands to be a huge X-factor player for the Sabres this season if he’s still on the roster, hard as that may be to believe. Shows there wasn’t a lot of interest in a guy making that kind of dough coming off a 10-goal season when he was minus-16. And Max just drove Lindy Ruff crazy at times with giveaways in the offensive zone.
Let’s assume for a second that Afinogenov is on the team come Oct. 10. He’s heading into a contract year so is it possible to think he could approach the 23-goal, plus-19 guy we saw two years ago? Or has that ship sailed?
from Mike Harrington at Sabres Edge,
Quite an exciting day to get the mail and get my copy of the annual yearbook from The Hockey News….
Be sure to check out their conference predictions on Page 64. They pick Detroit to win the Stanley Cup again. No biggie. But the game’s premier publication has the Sabres 11th—yes, 11th—in the East. At this point in the summer, I’m still on the fence about the Sabres as a playoff team but I doubt they’re going to get worse either.
read on with the complete conference rankings for both conferences…
On a side note, you can purchase the digital version of the Hockey News Yearbook here. When you get to the page just click “Yearbook 2008 Issue $3.99”.
via WGR 550,
WGR 550 has learned that the Sabres have signed veteran defenseman Teppo Numminen to a contract today. Numminen missed all but one game last season with a heart ailment. The 40-year old underwent successful heart surgery in September of 2007. Terms of the deal were not given.
Update 3:35pm ET: From the Buffalo Sabres, Numminen’s deal has been confirmed—
Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier announced today the Sabres have signed unrestricted free agent defenseman Teppo Numminen to a one-year contract.
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