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Sabres Hope Help Comes From Within The Organization

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

Improvement is needed for the Sabres to make a run at the Stanley Cup. The defensive breakdowns and other problems that have hurt them during their 2-5-1 slump need to depart, with the next chance coming tonight when Carolina visits HSBC Arena.

Regier said the improvements can come from within. Though several teams began trading players this week, Regier isn’t interested in that route yet.

“The focus isn’t to look right now for outside help,” he said. “It’s how do we all get better internally. I think we’re all focused on that.

“You’re always looking at ways internally within your own organization, first and foremost, how you can become better. You’re looking at your minor-league club. You’re looking at players in positions, which are the things [coach] Lindy [Ruff is] doing. We sit down and talk about how we can become better internally or on the outside.”

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Ryan Miller For MVP

from Jerry Sullivan of the Buffalo News,

A goalie has won the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s MVP only four times. Montreal’s Jacques Plante won it in 1961-62. Jose Theodore won it for the Canadiens in 2001-02. The Sabres’ Dominik Hasek won it back-to-back in 1996-97 and 1997-98.

If I had a vote now, it would go to the Sabres’ Ryan Miller. You can make arguments for other players, but Miller has been the most vital player to his team, the man most responsible for his team’s lofty position in the standings.


KK readers, who is your Hart Trophy winner or is it to early to tell?

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No Complaining In Vancouver Today

from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,

The morning after Alex Burrows’ famous rant, a Globe colleague posed some constructive questions.

Is Burrows a brilliant reverse psychologist? And would his tirade against NHL referee Stephane Auger buy the Canucks the benefit of future whistles?

The latest returns: yes and yes.

Buffalo’s Lindy Ruff was in a huff Monday, after an indigestible defeat to the Canucks at GM Place. The Sabres looked to have tied the score 2-2 late in the second period, but referee Kerry Fraser made an early, decisive call to disallow a bang-bang goal.

At full speed, the goal looked fishy. Upon review, it looked legit.

continued and if you missed the call in question, watch it here...

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Canucks Get A Break

from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,

Both Lindy Ruff and Paul Gaustad said a controversial call by referee Kerry Fraser did not cost the Buffalo Sabres a game against the Vancouver Canucks on Monday.

But the Sabres head coach and centremen were nevertheless appalled by a disallowed goal late in the second period, a key play in a 3-2 Canucks victory.

“I understand it, but I don’t like it,” said Ruff, who went crazy on the bench, yelling and gesticulating at Fraser and co-referee Mike Leggo.

What was the official call?

“That Gaustad had cross-checked their player,” Ruff said. “I just felt it was more incidental contact. If you’re going to call that, you better call about 75 cross-checks in the game around the front of the net.”

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Fans Of The Sabres Need To Get Into The Game

from Edward Fraser of The Hockey News,

THN correspondent John Vogl suggested in his Jan. 11 issue team report that a distance has been created between the team and the fans as a result of free agents leaving town coupled with disappointing on-ice results.

“The arena, though near capacity, is often lifeless,” Vogl wrote. “There are just as many doubters as diehards. The Sabres must inspire their fans again.”

Well, with a death-lock on the Northeast Division, one of the league’s stingiest defenses (2.27 goals-against average), the current best goalie in the world (and leading Hart and Vezina candidate) between the pipes and a good bet for the Calder Trophy patrolling the blueline, inspiration is now as plentiful as cheese on a Chef’s ‘parmed’ sandwich.


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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.

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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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