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Sabres Ranked Too Low

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”.

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Report- Sabres Sign Numminen

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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Rivet Ready To Play In Buffalo

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

“I’m not going to lie. I wasn’t happy about being moved,” Rivet said by telephone. “It wasn’t the point of me going to Buffalo. I didn’t care where I would have gone. I was leaving a place that I really enjoyed. I had a great setup, and now that’s done. Now, I have to start over. We’ve heard great things about Buffalo. We’re excited.”

At first, it sounded like Rivet was sincere about the trade before backing off with lip service about the town. Actually, he’s been doing his homework. He sees the Sabres going in the right direction with a core of young players. Along the way, he’s learning that his perception of Buffalo was actually a misperception.

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Selective Pricing

from the Buffalo News,

The Buffalo Sabres announced today they have added a fifth category to their variable pricing schedule for the 2008-2009 season. The three Toronto games and a Friday night game against Montreal on February 6 will be designated as “Platinum” games, which will be the most costly, ranging from $78 to $233.

The other 37 home games will be allocated in last year’s categories of Gold (10), Silver (15), Bronze (9) and Value (3). The team said prices for Gold games will decrease by 15 percent from 2007-08 will increase on average 12 percent for the remaining categories.

more Sabres news…

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Numminen Close To Signing With Buffalo

from Mike Harrington of Sabres Edge at the Buffalo News,

Darcy Regier told me today the Sabres are negotiating with Teppo Numminen to bring the veteran back and it appears the parties are getting close to a deal that I imagine would be for one year and at quite a bit less than last year’s $2.6 million. Hmmmm. Here’s what I see:

continued

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Miller Signing Put Sabres Back In The Game

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

The contract extension was critical on many fronts. For once, it didn’t take the Sabres an hour to make minute rice. The deal was done 18 days after they were eligible to begin negotiations. There were no lowball offers, no botching of tentative agreements, no animosity, no jerking around a star player, no distractions.

It was a grand departure from business practices that led to Chris Drury and Daniel Briere bolting, Brian Campbell getting traded and the franchise landing on its ear. By golly, maybe they’ve finally learned their lesson.

Miller wanted to remain here. The Sabres showed they were committed to keeping him. Everybody’s satisfied.

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Sabres Sign Paille

from the Buffalo Sabres,

Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier announced today that forward Daniel Paille has agreed to terms on a multi-year deal. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“Danny is a talented young player that can make a difference at both ends of the ice,” Regier said. “Danny has been a key component to our penalty killing unit and we look forward to helping him continue to develop with our club for years to come.”

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Sabres Stick To Their Plan

from Tim Schmitt of the Niagara Gazette,

But truth be told, the Sabres aren’t cheap. They’ve tried to be innovative, and have indeed been frugal with free agent dollars, but just a tiny bit of number crunching shows this cheapskate reputation is unfounded.

Of the four teams with 19 players signed, the Sabres have the highest payroll. Their current cap hit is just over $46 million, and three teams with more players under contract have lower payrolls

read on

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Staying Away From Buffalo

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

News alert: The Sabres have a poor reputation among players. It has become increasingly evident that the only way to get quality veterans into Buffalo is to force them here through trades. It’s an unpleasant way to survive.

Forget the woe-is-Buffalo excuse. Everybody knows this is a passionate hockey town, but the word has spread about the organization’s business practices. The Sabres are known more for their commitment to the bottom line than their commitment to winning. To players, it might as well be Edmonton.

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Craig Rivet Traded from the Sharks to the Sabres

From Phil Coffey at NHL.com:

The Buffalo Sabres acquired veteran defenseman Craig Rivet from the San Jose Sharks on Friday.

The Sharks sent the 33-year-old veteran and a seventh-round selection in the 2010 Entry Draft to the Sabres in exchange for second-round selections in the 2009 and 2010 Drafts.

Rivet will help the Sabres replace Dmitri Kalinin, who signed with the New York Rangers on Thursday.

Update 5:10pm ET: Comment from Sabres GM Darcy Regier, via press release—

“We are very excited to add such a quality veteran player to our roster.  He is a great character player that will provide our club added leadership and experience.”

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