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from the Buffalo News,
The Sabres remain ninth in the East, four points behind Philadelphia after the Flyers lost to Toronto for the second straight night. The Leafs, Washington and Florida all have crept within one point of the Sabres after winning their games Wednesday.
On top of losing a chance to gain ground, the Sabres lost another defenseman. Nathan Paetsch joined Dmitri Kalinin and Jaroslav Spacek on the out-for- weeks list when he suffered a concussion after taking a fierce elbow to the chin from Pittsburgh’s Georges Laraque with 17:26 left in the second period. Paetsch was out cold on the ice before getting up and wobbling off.
“It was a cheap shot,” said Sabres coach Lindy Ruff. “ . . . I think that’s an easy suspension.”
more on the Sabres…
TORONTO (March 12, 2008) - Buffalo Sabres’ forward Andrew Peters has been suspended for one game, without pay, for an altercation involving New York Rangers player Colton Orr in NHL game #1045 on March 10, the National Hockey League announced today.
The incident occurred at 20:00 of the third period. While on the players’ bench, Peters became involved in a confrontation with Orr on the ice. Peters was assessed a 10-minute misconduct on the play.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Peters will forfeit $2,807.49. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
Peters will miss tonight’s game at Pittsburgh.
Update 10:45am ET: Video here shows the incident in question, just over one minute into the footage.
From the CP via TSN,
Jaroslav Spacek could miss the rest of the regular season and Dmitri Kalinin will be out for weeks, leaving the Buffalo Sabres without two veteran defencemen for their final playoff push.
Spacek has a chest injury and will require more tests to determine when he could return, but coach Lindy Ruff said Tuesday, “It’s going to be a good period of time.”
As for Kalinin, Ruff said the player will miss up to two weeks with a shoulder injury.
from Ryan Kennedy of the Hockey News,
In an interview with CBC’s Elliotte Friedman on the weekend, Buffalo Sabres owner Tom Golisano was roughed up by the sharp reporter on several fronts, but most illuminating was Golisano’s claims the Sabres may not make money this year. To which my heartfelt response is:
from the Buffalo News,
The ninth-place Sabres are three points out of the final Eastern Conference playoff position with less than a month remaining. The standings are tight from sixth through 11th, and the Sabres’ conclusion might be the most unenviable of all.
The Sabres’ remaining opponents entered Thursday’s games with a record of 270-208-61, which means they picked up points in 61.4 percent of their games — the highest for the six teams fighting for three playoff spots. Boston’s opponents were next at 61.1, followed by the New York Islanders (60.8), New York Rangers (59.9), Philadelphia (59.7) and Washington (59.1).
via Sabres Edge,
Asked how the Sabres would defend Ovechkin, coach Lindy Ruff couldn’t resist cracking off a couple one-liners and getting another shot in at the whiners in Philadelphia griping about Derek Roy’s goal last night.
“We’re going to put three guys on [Ovechkin],” Ruff said. “Then we’re going to watch [Alexander] Semin and then we’re going to watch [Mike] Green on defense. So obviously we’re going to have too many men on the ice again.”
from the Buffalo News,
Kalinin coasted lap after lap around the Wachovia Center ice Tuesday during the morning warm-up, and Ruff was right with him. He skated next to Kalinin, yelling in his ear. He skated backward, nearly nose-to-nose with the defenseman, firing profanities in Kalinin’s face.
“Play with some passion!” screamed Ruff, who benched the veteran for Tuesday night’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers. “Play with some [expletive] passion! You’re better than that!”
It was no coincidence Ruff conducted his session in front of the other players
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
Did Brian Campbell act in his own best interest by turning down a deal with the Buffalo Sabres, which led to his being traded to the San Jose Sharks?
That question has emerged as an emotional Campbell moved west and hardly looked happy about it.
There are those who suggest that Campbell was under great pressure, quite possibly from the Players’ Association, not to sign a deal in Buffalo that would have undercut the market place of a high-end free agent defenceman.
continued plus more NHL talk…
from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,
Bernier quickly learned that Buffalo is a true hockey city, a drastic change from his two-plus seasons in the Silicon Valley. The right winger could have gone a decade in San Jose without anyone greeting him in public. Here he was, a new face in a foreign place, recognizable and enjoying his first taste of Buffalo.
“Oh, my God,” Bernier said Thursday. “I don’t think I could explain it. I was in shock. When I was in the plane, I was nervous. It was a big trade and I knew Buffalo lost a very good player. I didn’t know how the fans were going to respond to that. It made me feel so good when I saw that. It took a lot of weight away from me.”
from Sabres Edge at the Buffalo News,
Brian Campbell’s last message to Sabres fans was a simple one, and it came from the heart.
“Don’t boo me when I come back,” the defenseman said this afternoon shortly after being traded to the San Jose Sharks.
Campbell fought back tears but also chuckled with reporters as he discussed the trade. He was sent to San Jose along with a seventh-round draft pick in exchange for 22-year-old right wing Steve Bernier and a first-round pick.
“It’s life changing,” Campbell said in HSBC Arena.
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