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from the Buffalo News,
No team wants to be compared to the 2002-03 Buffalo Sabres. Too late.
It’s not just the results that create comparisons, though. It’s the way the Sabres are losing — and what they are saying about it — that links this club to one of the worst in franchise history.
• Hard work goes nowhere. Now: “If we work like that and play like that, we’ll start winning.” — Coach Lindy Ruff after the streak reached seven games.
Then: “Today’s work ethic was enough to get the win, and if we work like that every game, we’re going to win our fair share.” — Defenseman Rhett Warrener after the streak reached four.
from the Buffalo News,
As Lundqvist made the save, however, Rangers veteran Brendan Shanahan cross-checked Clarke MacArthur into the goalpost. That dislodged the net and caused a faceoff. It also raised the ire of Sabres coach Lindy Ruff.
“There should probably be a suspension on that last play,” Ruff said after the 2-1 loss in Madison Square Garden. “The league definitely has to look at it. That was a definite intent to try to hurt somebody. He could have a broken neck, he could have a broken shoulder, he could have a broken back, he could have a number of things….”
“It was harder than I would have wanted,” said Shanahan. “It certainly warranted a penalty. I’m glad the kid didn’t get hurt….”
Watch the video…
from the Buffalo News,
The Sabres will again be without Jaroslav Spacek (back), Maxim Afinogenov (groin), Tim Connolly (groin) and Derek Roy (shoulder) tonight. Ruff said Spacek will probably take today’s morning skate in New York and could play Friday against Atlanta.
Afinogenov regressed during Tuesday’s practice.
“Max doesn’t seem to be getting any better,” Ruff said. “He’s gotten to a point where he’s frustrated. We thought today would be a better day for him. It wasn’t. It turned out we got him off the ice early.”
more on the Sabres…
addede 8:26am, from Bob DiCesare of the Buffalo News,
Brian Campbell’s latest stance on his contract talks — Don’t call me, I’ll call you — is just what the Buffalo Sabres deserve given their infuriating dysfunction.
They’ve bungled negotiations with another marquee player. They’ve further angered their fan base. And they’ve re-established their ignorance on the issue of team chemistry. There you have it. The season’s first hat trick.
Rome wasn’t built in a day, nor did it crumble in a day. But apparently that’s only because Tom Golisano wasn’t around to undermine the empire.
from the Buffalo News,
Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier admitted today that he’s disappointed with defenseman Brian Campbell’s decision to suspend negotiations on a new contract with the team….
“[A trade is] not the intention and that’s not the focal point,” Regier said. “The focal point is to try to sign him. You never say never about anything but the the thing we’d like to do and hope to do is to sign him.”
from Stan Fischler at Game On,
So, despite another sizzling Gomez night and some good efforts by Jagr and Marty Straka, the dots failed to connect overall. Ergo: another loss.
Why should Wednesday night be different? A similar effort against Buffalo very well could produce a win.
Then, it’s home-and-home with the beatable Bruins.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Baby steps come first.
A win over the Sabres and then, maybe, it’ll be time for “Oh, Baby!”
via the Buffalo News,
The chance to re-sign Sabres defenseman Brian Campbell has passed for now. Campbell said today he is done negotiating with the team until the end of the season. Campbell, the Sabres’ lone All-Star, becomes an unrestricted free agent July 1.
“There’s more important things right now than just me,” Campobell said. “I think it’s for the best.”
from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,
...And that brings us to Campbell, who is one of several players who personified the Sabres’ direction in the post-lockout NHL. His price tag increased again Friday when he was named an All-Star for the second straight season. A few days ago, Campbell said that he’s finished talking about money.
Presumably, that meant with the Sabres, too.
It’s why General Manager Darcy Regier needs to find out what he can get, while he can get it, and minimize the damage. Chicago and Phoenix are two teams loaded with prospects and looking to make the playoffs. Dallas is anxious to make a bold move. Vancouver needs a player or two who can push them toward the top.
Once the Sabres’ brain trust gets past the idea that Campbell is gone, once they embrace another couple years of retooling, moving Afinogenov becomes easier. He’s a pretty player during the regular season, pretty darned ugly in the playoffs with 10 goals and 23 points in 49 career games.
From Brian Duff at The Hockey News,
At 23-and-a-half, he had the world by the tail. Six months later, his family’s finances secure for generations to come, the world of hockey is spinning him by the tail, in a tale of too much too soon for a player who has yet to complete his third NHL season.
On Jan. 19, Thomas Vanek will turn 24. And try as he might to live up to the pressure of a seven-year pact worth $50 million, nothing on the ice is going his way.
You know, it’s funny. When Vanek signed his long-term deal, a lifelong supporter of the team suggested to me “a contract like this could kill his career.” Sadly, her foreshadowing has been accurate so far.
from Allison Moore at TVPredictions,
Every day here at TVPredictions.com, I scan the HD programming aisles and serve up 10 programs so good—so hot!—that you can’t miss them.
We call this list, “The Hottest Shows in HDTV!” And here they are for Thursday, January 10, 2008: (All times Eastern; smart remarks are the opinion of the author alone.)
1. NHL Hockey
Buffalo takes on Ottawa.
HDNet, 7:30 p.m.
more (but no more hockey) and great to see a NHL hockey game is listed as the hottest show in HD!
From Mike Harrington at Sabres Edge,
Lots of news from the Sabres camp Wednesday around Teppo Numminen and Jocelyn Thibault—two guys who haven’t seen the ice much this season outside of practice.
The latest on Numminen is that he’s been told he has to wait six months after his heart surgery—or the middle of March—before Sabres doctors clear him for full contact. And while it still smells like the Sabres are trying to shirk their way out of paying any of his $2.6 million salary, I reached Numminen at his home today and he said, “doctors talk to doctors” when asked what has changed in the last week since he gave a glowing post-practice report after a return from the Cleveland Clinic. The heart is fine but no one, he says, is confident the scar in his chest cavity is sufficiently healed for him to play.
continued… with updates on Thibault as well
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