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Sabres Surprising Just About Everyone

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

Place your left hand on the Bible and raise your right hand before answering this question, understanding you could face charges of perjury: Did you think before the season began that the Buffalo Sabres would be sitting in second place in the Eastern Conference today, Jan. 10, 2010?

Well, um, not, gee, uh ...

Good heavens, no.

For what it’s worth, I picked them to finish eighth in the conference with the idea they were capable of finishing anywhere between sixth and 10th. Nobody of sound hockey mind would have predicted the Sabres charging to the top of the division and challenging for the NHL’s best record.


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The Underachievers

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

Vincent Lecavalier is the highest-paid player in the league this year at $10 million. The Lightning center signed a monster contract based on previous production and potential for more, but he had only six goals and 26 points in his first 32 games before he had three goals and seven points in a five-game hot streak.

Carolina center Eric Staal has a $6 million salary for this season on a contract in which he’ll average $8.25 million. He was sixth on the NHL’s worst team in goals (six), fourth in points (19) and sixth-worst in plus-minus (minus-10). In all three categories, he’s behind Jussi Jokinen, who is making $1.5 million.

Chris Drury and Daniel Briere, usually mentioned in the same breath in these parts, are together for their ineffectiveness. I’ll go to my grave — hey, don’t get any ideas — believing the Sabres should have kept them for $10.3 million combined because they were terrific here with the right chemistry and ideal circumstances.


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Goal Of The Night?

Brendan Morrison of the Washington Capitals against Ryan Miller of the Sabres.

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Now Here Is A Unique Gift

from the Buffalo Sabres,

The Buffalo Sabres today announced a $99 Birthday Card offer that includes a limited edition Buffalo Sabres Birthday Card with a pre-recorded Rick Jeanneret audio greeting.

continued (purchase information)...

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Sabres Can Establish Their Identity This Week

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

There are windows in a long NHL season that provide you with a nice barometer of what a team may be all about.

I think we have that this week with the Buffalo Sabres. Three home dates and three contenders in town in New Jersey, Washington and Chicago.

To me, at the end of that three-game set, we might know a little more about this Sabres team, which wants to belong with those elite squads.

Problem is, Sabres coach Lindy Ruff was having none of my theory when I put it to him Tuesday after practice. He didn’t see any difference from these games this week than any others on the schedule.

“You point to a game on the calendar that’s going to be easy for me and we’ll skip these games,” said Ruff. “There are no easy games. This league is so tight, the parity is so good, if you don’t put the work in and go the little bit extra, you’re not going to win. It’s as simple as that. It really is that close.”


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Brodeur Ties Sawchuk’s Shutout Mark

from Brian Hunter of NHL.com,

It was the 103rd shutout of Brodeur’s illustrious career, tying him with Hall of Fame goaltender Terry Sawchuk, who accomplished the mark in 971 career games for the Red Wings, Bruins, Maple Leafs, Kings and Rangers.

“I think with the last few games, we had a couple going into the third with no goals,” said Brodeur, who had been waiting to tie the record since his last shutout on Oct. 17 against Carolina.

“When it was nine minutes left I was like, well let’s try to beat this, and then move on to five minutes and really think about it in the last five minutes. The guys played really well in front of me and made a big difference in why we were able to get a shutout, but especially a big win.”


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The Best Rookie

from Damien Cox of The Spin,

t would be pretty much impossible for Tyler Myers to hide.

At 6-foot-8 — 6-foot-9? — the Buffalo Sabres blueliner is noticeable from the pre-game skate on at any NHL game involving the Sabres, but its time to understand that Myers is noteworthy for something beyond his unusual height.

So far, he’s the NHL’s best rookie this season on this scorecard, an early leader for the Calder Trophy.

Now, this is no easy award for a freshman defenceman to capture. Only one rearguard — Barrett Jackman in 2003 — has won the Calder in the past 11 years, and if the multi-talented Drew Doughty wasn’t good enough last year, you have to wonder what defender actually could be.

But watching Myers live in two games last week against the Canadiens and the Rangers convinced these eyes that he’s not just the real deal, but possibly shaping up into a better blueliner than anyone ever thought he would.


My suggestion is we wait until the 60 game mark before deciding the rookie of the year.  Many young players seem to hit a wall about that time and those that can avoid a slump or downturn may just grab the award.

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Gilbert Perreault Likes The Sabres Chances

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

Here’s one to make all you Buffalo fans over 35 squirm a little: The greatest Sabre of them all is less than a year away from 60 and you can call him Grandpa Gil.

Here’s one that will make you smile: Gilbert Perreault likes what he sees from this year’s Sabres. A lot. Whereas Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly is voicing all that needs fixing with the dysfunctional Bills, Perreault is able to sit back, relax and dream about what could be for his former team.

“They have a good chance to go all the way. I really think so,” Perreault told The Buffalo News over the weekend following an autograph signing in HSBC Arena. “I don’t want to put a lot of pressure on them but they have a very good team. There’s a lot of excitement to watching them.

“I just hope they keep going like that. I know it’s a long season. So far they’re having a great year. They have to stay away from the injuries. The goaltending is great, very hot so far.”


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Ryan Miller Getting Noticed

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

Miller leads the NHL with a 1.84 goals-against average and an eye-popping .937 save percentage. Oddly enough, that’s the exact figure of Hasek’s NHL record set during the Sabres’ 1998-99 season that ended in the Stanley Cup finals. Miller has 15 wins, one off the league lead.

Just past the first quarter of the season, Miller would be a heavy favorite for the Vezina Trophy given to the league’s best goalie. And he’d be in the small circle of discussion for the Hart Trophy, given to the league’s most valuable player.

Best in the world?

“That’s nice of them to say but there’s a lot of great goalies in the league,” Miller said after Tuesday’s optional practice in HSBC Arena. “We’re playing a game that really fits our style. Our system and the way we’re playing benefits the way I read plays and how I go out and play every night. The coaching staff took that into account.


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Photographer Takes A Clearing Pass To The Cheekbone

from the Toronto Star,

Toronto Star photographer Steve Russell is used to shooting the story, not being shot at.

Midway through the third period of Monday night’s Leaf game, Russell took a shot off his right cheekbone from Sabres goalie Ryan Miller.

Miller, clearing the puck, shot toward the glass. In a kind of million-to-one shot, the puck somehow went through a little cutout area in the glass where photographers aim their cameras.

“He wasn’t shooting it hard, he was just throwing it into the corner,” said Russell, whose camera was slightly lowered at the time while he followed the play. “If it was a hard shot, I would have got a lot more messed up. It went right straight through the hole and hit me square in the cheekbone.”


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