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Sources say Adam Mair of the Buffalo Sabres has been fined $2,500 by the NHL for venturing down a hallway and trying to get at Ottawa Senators players during Monday’s NHL game in Buffalo.
The fine is the maximum amount that is allowed under the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
In case you missed the incident, you can view it here.
from Bruce Garrioch of Off The Posts,
Expect to see Adam Mair get the book thrown at him by the NHL.
A league official confirmed to Sun Media today that the league is reviewing the incident of Mair marching down the hallway late in the Senators’ 5-2 victory at the HSBC Arena to try to get Ottawa winger Chris Neil. Senators coach Craig Hartsburg told reporters this morning that the league has to deal with Mair.
All that stopped Mair was Senators winger Jarkko Ruutu, defenceman Luke Richardson (who was in his street clothes) and director of communications Phil Legault, who stepped in the middle.
continued and see a video of the incident below…
from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,
Goaltending was the Sabres’ vital component this year. Miller was a one-man workhorse last season and wore down after Ruff lost faith in Jocelyn Thibault. But the stellar starts by the new combination have Buffalo enjoying a 6-0-1 record.
“We’ve got two great goaltenders, and they’re both great guys, and they get along great. What more could you ask for?” Ruff said. “It’s healthy competition.”
The netminders are feeding off each other. Lalime sees Miller make 25 saves and follows with 35. Miller has little choice but to respond with a pair of 30-save performances.
via the Buffalo Sabres,
Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier announced that defenseman Craig Rivet had arthroscopic surgery on his knee today. His recovery is expected to be a minimum of two weeks.
from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,
Ruff has been harping since the first day of training camp about playing better away from the puck. Detroit has excelled in that area for years, Datsyuk in particular. He had 97 points last season and was among the Red Wings’ most dangerous offensive weapons, but he also won the Selke Trophy as the NHL’s top defensive forward.
Henrik Zetterberg finished last season with 43 goals and 92 points and was a runner-up for the Selke. He won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the playoffs after the Red Wings won the Stanley Cup. They helped set Detroit apart in a tight league.
Ruff isn’t asking for Datsyuk and Zetterberg’s talent, but he wants his players matching their effort. Vanek has scored two short-handed goals, both the results of Paille’s labor.
The First Star of the Week, Thomas Vanek took part in a tele-conference today….
Q. When you’re a goal scorer, is there a lot more weight put on you than if you’re a point producer? Is there a lot more pressure on guys who are known as goal scorers?
THOMAS VANEK: Sure, I mean, just like you said, I mean, it’s a good label and a bad label at the same time. I think if you’re known as a goal scorer, you want to be the one putting up the goals. Guys who are just known as point guys sometimes get away with I think a lot of maybe second assists or so.
But at the same time I think it is a team sport. Like myself, I’m not too worried about goals and points. Always at the end of the year you look back and you obviously want to be up there in the top 20 or top 15 in goal scoring.
from Matt Higgins at Slap Shot of the NYT,
Asked if he is faster this year, Vanek laughed. “I feel the same as the year before,” he said. “A lot of it has to do with confidence. Right now I feel good about myself. I’m getting my ice time. Any time you’re getting the ice time, gaining the coach’s trust, you feel better.
“Maybe the years before you had a couple bad shifts and all of a sudden you’re not playing anymore,” he said.
“You start thinking about things too much. Instead of doing the obvious thing and jumping into holes and going after loose pucks, you sit back and make sure you don’t do anything wrong.”
from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,
One of the many reasons the Sabres are 3-0 with only three goals allowed is the improved play of their defense. The blue-liners have dramatically reduced their mistakes from last season, a trend they hope continues tonight when Vancouver visits HSBC Arena.
Numminen and Rivet have become indispensable parts of that corps, but not just for the obvious reasons. Sure, they provide leadership, poise and grit. But they have something else the Sabres lacked: right-handed shots on the blue line.
from Mike Harrington of Sabres Edge,
The Sabres have just announced that Jochen Hecht had finger surgery today in Buffalo. No diagnosis, no information on which finger but the team says Hecht will be out a couple of weeks. So Hecht joins Paul Gaustad and Tim Connolly on the sidelines.
from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,
Even though he had practiced all week, Tim Connolly’s sore back is now a major issue for the Buffalo Sabres because it’s more than just lingering stiffness.
Connolly was a surprising scratch from Friday’s season opener and Sabres coach Lindy Ruff revealed after the game that his center has a hairline fracture in a vertebrae.
“He was trying to get through it in practice all week,” Ruff said. “We felt he could get through it, the doctors felt he could get through it but he couldn’t. It just got too painful.”
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