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Clarke MacArthur To Atlanta

via an email alert,

Rogers Sportsnet announces that the Buffalo Sabres trade Clarke MacArthur to the Atlanta Thrashers for draft picks

TSN reports it is a 3rd and 4th round pick.

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Torres To Buffalo

via John Shannon tweet,

Torres to Buffalo…for a pick and a player!

added 2:24pm, via Elliotte Friedman tweet,

Paetsch and second-rounder to Columbus, I think

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  Tags: nathan+paetsch, raffi+torres

Time To Give Ryan Miller Some Help

from Jerry Sullivan of the Buffalo News,

Ryan Miller has made his statement. Powerful and assertive, it resounds through the hockey world, two days after the close of the Olympics. Gold medal or not, Miller showed he is one of the world’s elite goaltenders, capable of leading a team on a seemingly unimaginable ride.

The next move belongs to Darcy Regier, the Sabres’ general manager. The NHL trade deadline is 3 p.m. Wednesday. It’s time for Regier to show his belief in his hockey team and let the world know he’s serious about making a run at the Stanley Cup this year.

How close are they, really? The Sabres are only two points out of second place in the East. But they blew a 13-point lead in the Northeast Division in a month. They had three regulation wins in 17 games before the break. Outside the goalie crease, there’s something missing in the competitive soul of this team.

But Miller’s Olympic performance raises the stakes.


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Get Well Mike Robitaille

from Henry L. Davis of the Buffalo News,

Buffalo Sabres studio analyst Mike Robitaille was listed Wednesday in serious but stable condition after surgery for a spinal cord injury he suffered last week.

Robitaille, 61, was injured Feb. 3 when the car he was driving was rear-ended.

The surgery decompressed Robitaille’s spinal cord and stabilized his spine, and he is recovering in the intensive- care unit of Millard Fillmore Hospital, Buffalo, hospital officials said. Robitaille suffered

neurological deficits involving his arms and legs but is able to walk and move about, Dr. Kevin J. Gibbons, who performed the surgery, said in a written statement.


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Should The Sabres Bench Their Captain?

from Jerry Sullivan of the Buffalo News,

Lindy Ruff said after today’s practice that he has no intention of benching Craig Rivet. Ruff sat Rivet for a large stretch of Tuesday night’s shootout loss to the Bruins at HSBC Arena. Rivet played just 4:03 after the first period against Boston. This hardly comes as a surprise. Ruff is understandably sensitive about sitting out his captain. He was benched as captain of the Sabres by Ted Sator.

But if Rivet didn’t have the “C” on his jersey, he probably would have watched a game from the press box by now.


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Sabres Hope Help Comes From Within The Organization

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

Improvement is needed for the Sabres to make a run at the Stanley Cup. The defensive breakdowns and other problems that have hurt them during their 2-5-1 slump need to depart, with the next chance coming tonight when Carolina visits HSBC Arena.

Regier said the improvements can come from within. Though several teams began trading players this week, Regier isn’t interested in that route yet.

“The focus isn’t to look right now for outside help,” he said. “It’s how do we all get better internally. I think we’re all focused on that.

“You’re always looking at ways internally within your own organization, first and foremost, how you can become better. You’re looking at your minor-league club. You’re looking at players in positions, which are the things [coach] Lindy [Ruff is] doing. We sit down and talk about how we can become better internally or on the outside.”

read on

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Ryan Miller For MVP

from Jerry Sullivan of the Buffalo News,

A goalie has won the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s MVP only four times. Montreal’s Jacques Plante won it in 1961-62. Jose Theodore won it for the Canadiens in 2001-02. The Sabres’ Dominik Hasek won it back-to-back in 1996-97 and 1997-98.

If I had a vote now, it would go to the Sabres’ Ryan Miller. You can make arguments for other players, but Miller has been the most vital player to his team, the man most responsible for his team’s lofty position in the standings.


KK readers, who is your Hart Trophy winner or is it to early to tell?

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No Complaining In Vancouver Today

from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,

The morning after Alex Burrows’ famous rant, a Globe colleague posed some constructive questions.

Is Burrows a brilliant reverse psychologist? And would his tirade against NHL referee Stephane Auger buy the Canucks the benefit of future whistles?

The latest returns: yes and yes.

Buffalo’s Lindy Ruff was in a huff Monday, after an indigestible defeat to the Canucks at GM Place. The Sabres looked to have tied the score 2-2 late in the second period, but referee Kerry Fraser made an early, decisive call to disallow a bang-bang goal.

At full speed, the goal looked fishy. Upon review, it looked legit.

continued and if you missed the call in question, watch it here...

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Canucks Get A Break

from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,

Both Lindy Ruff and Paul Gaustad said a controversial call by referee Kerry Fraser did not cost the Buffalo Sabres a game against the Vancouver Canucks on Monday.

But the Sabres head coach and centremen were nevertheless appalled by a disallowed goal late in the second period, a key play in a 3-2 Canucks victory.

“I understand it, but I don’t like it,” said Ruff, who went crazy on the bench, yelling and gesticulating at Fraser and co-referee Mike Leggo.

What was the official call?

“That Gaustad had cross-checked their player,” Ruff said. “I just felt it was more incidental contact. If you’re going to call that, you better call about 75 cross-checks in the game around the front of the net.”

continued and watch the play in question below…

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Fans Of The Sabres Need To Get Into The Game

from Edward Fraser of The Hockey News,

THN correspondent John Vogl suggested in his Jan. 11 issue team report that a distance has been created between the team and the fans as a result of free agents leaving town coupled with disappointing on-ice results.

“The arena, though near capacity, is often lifeless,” Vogl wrote. “There are just as many doubters as diehards. The Sabres must inspire their fans again.”

Well, with a death-lock on the Northeast Division, one of the league’s stingiest defenses (2.27 goals-against average), the current best goalie in the world (and leading Hart and Vezina candidate) between the pipes and a good bet for the Calder Trophy patrolling the blueline, inspiration is now as plentiful as cheese on a Chef’s ‘parmed’ sandwich.


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