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Biron Almost Went Back To Buffalo

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

Biron investigated a similar option in Buffalo. Backup Patrick Lalime was coming off a down year and two offseason surgeries. Starter Ryan Miller is scheduled to play for Team USA in the Olympics. Biron saw a team that likely would give him ample starts in the crease.

“We were fairly serious,” Biron said of talks with the Sabres. “Negotiations are what they are. To be honest with you, this wasn’t about money, not anything other trying to get a fit into where I would be able to play and compete, put myself in the position where on January 1 I can look for a long-term deal with the organization that I’m with, or come July 1 next year I’m at the top level where I was last year.

“This was a very unique year just because of the Olympic year, because there’s a lot of games. I knew that a situation like Buffalo would have been a situation where I would have gotten to play some games, maybe more than usual. But at the same time, this situation [in New York] was giving me the best chance to play on a regular basis.

“I was very excited about possibly having a chance to come back, but in the end, you make sacrifices to be at the top level you can.”

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Is Goalie Interference On The Upswing?

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

After getting the wind knocked out of him, Ryan Miller thought he was trading goal posts for ring posts. The New York Islanders may as well have been Jimmy Snuka of the Fiji Islands.

“Just a good old-fashioned WWF knee drop to the back,” Miller said after his night of wrestling in the crease.

Buffalo Sabres fans howled for several goaltender interference calls Friday when the Isles visited HSBC Arena. They got one when Tim Jackman sat on Miller, which resulted in a pummeling by Paul Gaustad, who rushed to his goaltender’s aid.

“He was trying to spark his team by doing that,” Gaustad said. “It’s something that shouldn’t be allowed in this league, to be purposeful of trying to injure somebody to spark a momentum change for the team.

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This One Had To Feel Good

Max Afinogenov of the Thrashers scores against his old team, the Buffalo Sabres tonight.

added 10:54pm, Alexei Kovalev of the Senators with a goal tonight against the Canadiens can be watched below…

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Vanek May Return Earlier Than First Thought

from Erin Pollina of BuffaloSabres.com,

Lindy Ruff delivered some good news regarding Thomas Vanek on Wednesday afternoon.

The Buffalo Sabres Head Coach said the winger may only miss a few days - not weeks - after sustaining an upper body injury in Tuesday’s 6-2 win against the Red Wings….

“They thought he would feel a lot worse today, but he’s actually feeling a lot better,” Ruff said following practice on Wednesday. “He’s doing remarkably well which is good.. I wouldn’t even rule him out maybe for a game on the weekend, as well as he’s doing today.

“It’s a stretch but it’s something I won’t rule out now.”

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Vanek Out With Upper Body Injury

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

Thomas Vanek left for good with 7:14 to play in the second period after scoring his second goal in the 6-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. Coach Lindy Ruff revealed Vanek will miss several weeks with an undisclosed upper body injury.

Vanek slid hard into the end boards after scoring the goal on Derek Roy’s third assist in a 4½-minute span, but Ruff said the injury actually occurred before that play. Television shots of Vanek on the bench before the shift showed Vanek grimacing while moving his neck/shoulder area.

Vanek’s shoulder was not in a sling when he left the locker room about 40 minutes after the game was over, and he was believed to have undergone X-rays on his ribs.

“It was before the goal, when I collided with [former Sabre Brad] May,” Vanek told The Buffalo News. “I went to hit him, and it happened there. I just finished the shift and felt it after. I knew right away and just tried to tough it out. After the shift, I just got it checked out.”

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Money Is Always On The Minds Of General Managers

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

Long gone are the days of the quick fix, in which general managers across the NHL would evaluate their rosters through 20 games and address needs with a quarter-pole swap meet. Back in the day, trades were mostly completed based on need and talent over the almighty buck.

Not anymore.

GMs these days are all about dollars and sense with a four-step thought process that generally goes in this order: annual salary, length of contract, years remaining before unrestricted free agency, hockey ability. If the first three don’t add up, the fourth doesn’t make a bit of difference.

“It isn’t about just hockey,” Sabres GM Darcy Regier said. “It’s about years on the contract, dollars in the contract and a lot of things that weren’t there before. You can say, ‘I love that player,’ but that’s not the first place you look. The first place is, ‘What’s his contract?’ ”

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Patrick Kaleta Hit On Petr Prucha

Dave Strader and Tyson Nash with the call.  Did Kaleta leave his feet?

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Remembering The Sabres Bankruptcy Year

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

Henrik Tallinder was a typical rookie, happy to be in the NHL and possessing a mind filled with questions. The best place to go for answers was to the veterans, but the defenseman noticed they were occasionally preoccupied. Even a 23-year-old newcomer could tell why.

Mixed in with power-play meetings were bankruptcy updates. In addition to game plans, the 2002-03 Buffalo Sabres had to discuss which prospective owner might buy the team. Some guys had their minds split on faceoffs and court dates, wondering whether a judge would permit their bonuses to be paid.

It certainly wasn’t how Tallinder had pictured professional sports, but it’s how things were on the bankrupt Sabres team being run by the league.

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Sabres Will Be Tougher This Season

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

General Manager Darcy Regier isn’t going to win executive of the year for his work in the offseason, but at least he made an attempt to address obvious flaws when he signed winger Mike Grier and defenseman Steve Montador. They give the Sabres a stronger backbone without getting involved in senseless scraps found in the schoolyard.

To me, that’s toughness.

It’s a minor change that could make a significant difference for a team that had too many listless nights a year ago. Talent wasn’t the issue. The Sabres had enough to make the playoffs last season. Their lack of aggression, lack of competitiveness, lack of heart ultimately sabotaged their season.

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Sabres Should Keep Tyler Myers

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

Let’s hope money isn’t an issue. History suggests the Sabres are worried about starting the clock on his contract, which would get him get back to the bargaining table for dough a year sooner after his three-year rookie deal expires.

If their roster is overcrowded, make room even if it means waiving a veteran. Toni Lydman and Henrik Tallinder, headed toward unrestricted free agency and not part of the Sabres’ long-term future, are good candidates. The Sabres missed the playoffs with them, so they can certainly do the same without them.

No matter, the kid needs to stay. The Sabres would need to live with his mistakes knowing he’ll improve as he becomes more comfortable. His teammates believe he belongs. Ruff acknowledged that Myers is pushing them more than they’re pulling him.

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