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Afinogenov Healthy & Ready To Play - Anywhere

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

There are several ways to look at Maxim Afinogenov’s reappearance on the top scoring line. It could be because the Buffalo Sabres want to showcase him for other teams. It could be because they want to boost his confidence after a terrible season. And maybe, just maybe, he’s there because they feel that’s where he belongs….

The Sabres need his help if they want to return to the playoffs. Afinogenov’s play nose-dived last season. Formerly a point-per-game star, he had just 10 goals and 18 assists in 56 games with a team-worst minus-16 rating….

“I haven’t lost any confidence because I’m healthy right now, which is the most important thing,” Afinogenov said. “When I was injured, I couldn’t even practice, I can’t be in shape. When I was on the ice, I was out of shape. Right now, I worked hard in the summer and prepared for the season, and I’m ready to go.”

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Sabres Extend Regier

via WHAM,

The General Manager of the Buffalo Sabres, Darcy Regier has signed a two-year contract extension. The announcement was made Saturday at HSBC Arena by manager partner Larry Quinn and team owner Tom Golisano.

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Numminen Glad To Be Back

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

Numminen went through the physical process again Friday in HSBC Arena. This time, he didn’t skip a beat.

“It’s special to be back. It’s an exciting day,” Numminen said. “I’ve been waiting for this. I feel good. I feel strong. I feel comfortable. I feel healthy. I feel normal. So everything’s going well.”

The defenseman had no problems with either the physical or the rigorous on-ice testing he and the Sabres underwent on the opening day of training camp. He knew he’d be fine. He recently visited his doctors at the Cleveland Clinic and passed their tests, too.

Next up is proving that a 40-year-old can return to the NHL after nearly a full year away.

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Sabres On The Rebound

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Slowly but surely, GM Darcy Regier got himself off the mat after the Drury/Briere nightmare (he also lost Brian Campbell, forced to trade the star blueliner after failing to sign him last February) and began to lock up the rest of the team’s key players.

“I was talking to [coach] Lindy [Ruff]. The environment that we live in is very different than the pre-lockout CBA,” Regier told ESPN.com. “With the offer sheets and unrestricted free agency at the latest at 27—it forces teams to make decisions earlier and to make them for a longer period of time….”

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Sabres Sign Pominville

from WGR 550,

The Sabres have signed forward Jason Pominville to a multi-year contract extension. The 26-year old was entering the final year of his contract, but will now be with the team long-term. Financial terms were not given.

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added 3:15pm, via the Buffalo Sabres,

Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier announced today the Sabres have agreed to terms on a five-year contract extension with right winger Jason Pominville, keeping him in Buffalo through the 2013-14 season.

 

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Pominville Wants A Deal Done Soon

from WGR 550,

WGR has learned that Jason Pominville has set a Friday deadline to get a deal done with the Sabres. Agent Norman DuPoint said he and Pominville have agreed they do not want negotiations going on once Pominville gets to camp.

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Sabres Want To Hit The Ice Running

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

As with most Ruff-coached teams, the concentration will be on solid defensive play. But Ruff doesn’t want the phrase “defense first” to scare anyone. The Sabres were fourth in the league in scoring last year and led the NHL the year before, so he knows he has to let his firepower flame.

“I didn’t like our play away from the puck, and that’s going to be an area of focus through camp,” Ruff said. “We want that area stronger, and at the same time still play the style that’s made us successful. I don’t think we want to get away from that.

“I think that can be done, but that’s going to take a little more commitment from different individuals on this team.”

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Sabres On The Web

from the Buffalo News,

Sabres.com, which will be linked to the NHL Web site, NHL.com, also will have a feature that enables fans to call up every goal scored in every Sabres game and eventually every player shift or hit.

The online expansion could be bad news for local TV sports departments, which generally show the goals in each game. Viewers with a high speed internet connection won’t have to wait for the sports reports to see the goals.

In addition, the Sabres plan to put morning skates and interviews with coach Lindy Ruff online on game days. It also will introduce the team’s new jersey Sept. 20 online when it carries the Puck Drop festivities surrounding the first day of training camp.

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Pominville Hopeful Regarding New Contract

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

The captain remained hopeful he will have a new contract before the official start of camp. His agent and the Sabres have been talking long-term extensions.

“You never know with that,” Pominville said. “It’s going well until the deal’s done. We’ll have to wait and see. Hopefully it’ll be done before. I’m just leaving [my agent] to do his thing.”

Although the sides would like to reach an agreement, there is no urgency. Pominville is under contract for this season and then becomes a restricted free agent.

more on the Sabres as they prepare for training camp…

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Sabres Add Minority Owners

from the Buffalo Sabres,

Buffalo Sabres owner B. Thomas Golisano announced today that Larry Quinn, Sabres Managing Partner, and Dan DiPofi, Chief Operating Officer, have been granted minority ownership in the Buffalo Sabres and their related companies.

Golisano stated “this announcement marks the culmination of a process that really goes back to my original acquisition of the franchise in 2003. Both Larry and Dan were instrumental with regard to my purchase of the Sabres and continue to be an important part of the organizations success today”.

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