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Anaheim Hands Over Portland to Buffalo

From the Buffalo Sabres:

The Portland Pirates announced today a new, long-term affiliation agreement with the Buffalo Sabres effective with the 2008-2009 AHL season. The announcement was made by Pirates Managing Owner/CEO Brian Petrovek, Pirates Chairman/Governor Lyman Bullard, Sabres’ Managing Partner Larry Quinn, and Sabres’ General Manager Darcy Regier.

The Anaheim Ducks made the decision to sever its ties with the Pirates earlier this month for reasons of wanting their AHL team in closer proximity.

Looking at the map, I’d have to say Buffalo didn’t share the same concern.

Update 2:47pm ET: And as a commenter just pointed out… the Portland Pirates play in Maine. More coffee for me! Let me kill that map…

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Sabres Want Your Stories

From the Buffalo Sabres:

It was a day that many people will never forget. And now the Buffalo Sabres want to find out why it was so special to you. 

As the summer months roll on, the Sabres are producing a DVD to commemorate last January’s Winter Classic. The New Year’s Day match-up featured the Buffalo Sabres and Pittsburgh Penguins playing outdoors in front of a capacity crowd of more than 71,000 hearty fans at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, NY.

A featured section of that DVD will be “My Classic Stories,” a collection of fan stories from the day told by the actual individuals who experienced them.  The six most compelling entries, as chosen by Sabres staff, will be videotaped by Sabres production crew and used in the Winter Classic DVD that will be released prior to the start of the 2008-09 season.

Enteries must be received by June 20th. More information below.

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  Tags: hockey+fans, media, winter+classic

It’s a Fine Line

From the National Post,

Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller, recently appointed to the NHL rules committee, said he will enter discussions about smaller goaltending equipment with an open mind.

“You have to walk a fine line,” Miller told the Buffalo News. “They’ve already trimmed it down once. I suffered for it from breaking my thumb (during the 2005-06 season). That situation wasn’t well thought out. They had dimensions and said, ‘Here, this should work.’ ”

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  Tags: equipment, goalies, ryan+miller

If The Sabres Are Sold, They Won’t Move

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

Simply, the Sabres aren’t going anywhere regardless of whether Golisano decides to cash in on his investment. And that remains a possibility.

Who could blame the guy?

Even conservative estimates show potential profits surpassing $50 million if the team is sold. Golisano expressed concerns about the NHL’s future if the salary cap continues rising. He would get the biggest bang from a sale after pulling the team from bankruptcy and assuming the risk. Quinn would stand to make a good buck. Presumably, Chief Operating Officer Dan DiPofi would get a slice, too.

If it were me, sorry, but I’d be selling.

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Musings From the Playoffs

From Jim Kelly at Sportsnet.ca,

4) Is there an NHL team that looks dumber or cheaper than the Buffalo Sabres right now?

Former Sabre Danny Briere, who practically begged the Sabres to give him a reasonable contract offer last season, is leading the league in playoff scoring and is a big reason that the Flyers still have a chance to go from worst to first in a single season. The Sabres made it clear they had no interest in signing Briere (though for the record they did make a token effort hours before free agency opened, an effort that reminded many of their “attempt” to re-sign Ted Nolan as coach a decade earlier).

more… observations gleaned from this year’s playoffs

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What Could Have Been In Buffalo

from Jerry Sullivan of the Buffalo News,

I miss the big hit that sets the tone for a series, like Brian Campbell on R. J. Umberger two years ago, reminding you that playoff hockey is a whole different animal.

I miss the simple, reassuring rhythm of games being played every other day.

I miss the Goo Goo Dolls singing “Better Days” on the Jumbotron to get things going before the games.

I miss the Sabres flags popping up on cars, like flowers blooming in spring.

I miss playoff beards.

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Ryan Miller Blogs

Over at Maxim, Ryan Miller is blogging the playoffs in a weekly report.  From today’s entry, he’s got a few thoughts to share on watching Avery the other night:

The NHL weighed in and will now interpret any actions like that as interference. Ya think? It is like when a kid is trying to annoy someone by getting as close as they can without actually touching them…the whole time yelling “I’m not touching you…I’m not touching you!” The best part is that it almost looks like Chris Drury skates over during the play to tell him to get in position. Haha.

more... *plus Miller is also doing a weekly appearance on Maxim Radio—Sirius Satellite Radio.

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  Tags: ryan+miller

Pointing Buffalo In The Right Direction

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

Larry Quinn and Darcy Regier offered a few hints about their offseason plans during a news conference Thursday that was less clumsy than the charade orchestrated last summer. What they accomplish in the months ahead should reveal the direction of the organization for the next five years. Now, let’s do it right.

Doing it right means unloading Maxim Afinogenov, an enigma desperately in need of a change in scenery. Finally, Regier was prepared to shop him, and he should get a decent return while cutting costs. Dmitri Kalinin will be an unrestricted free agent. The Sabres wasted $5.75 million on them this year.

It means using the extra dough to reshape the roster with younger players who can grow together. If they’re convinced Daniel Paille and Steve Bernier are part of the equation, for example, get them signed to long-term deals with the idea they’ll be part of the future core.

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NHL Conference Call: Lindy Ruff and Ken Hitchcock

Today, the NHL hosted a teleconference call for the media to ask questions of Buffalo Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff and Columbus Blue Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock.

Here is the transcript of that Q&A.


Q. The emphasis has been in the west all year now. Now the popular belief is whoever comes out of the west is going to be the Stanley Cup champion. Do you have that sense, as well?

KEN HITCHCOCK: No, I don’t. I think one of the problems is when you have so many good teams that what’s left of your team at the end of the three series that you have to play in sometimes isn’t much. I think a lot of it depends on the damage that gets done in some of these series.

I think when you look at the competitiveness of the teams and the closeness of really almost all eight teams in the playoffs, you know, I think health is going to be a major issue on whoever comes out from this series because it has the makings, especially in these early rounds, of some really long series here.

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  Tags: ken+hitchcock, lindy+ruff, media, nhl+conference+call, transcripts

The Goal Of The Sabres

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

Ryan Miller received word that Buffalo Sabres managing partner Larry Quinn wanted to sign the goaltender to a long-term deal. That was well and good Monday, but Miller wanted to meet with management first before making any bold statements about his future with the franchise.

It wouldn’t be surprising if Miller looks for a few assurances before he begins talking about a long-term deal for big money. Miller is going to get his dough one way or another. But as a competitor, he should want a commitment about where this whole thing is headed.

The goal hasn’t been clear since the whole Chris Drury-Daniel Briere charade last summer. Are the Sabres simply trying to turn a buck? Was this a transition year for a team looking to win the Cup?

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