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Sabres Sign Grier

via Greg Bauch of WGR550,

WGR 550 has learned that the Sabres have signed forward Mike Grier. The free agent played with Buffalo for the two seasons surrounding the NHL lockout in 2004.

added 7:44pm,

BUFFALO, NY (August 10, 2009) – Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier announced today the Sabres have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with unrestricted free agent forward Mike Grier, who previously played in Buffalo from 2004-06.

Grier (1/5/1975, 6’1”, 225 lbs.) had 23 points (10+13) in 62 games for San Jose last season. He was third on the Sharks in hits with 147, and was tied for 12th in the NHL with four SH points. Grier missed 20 games with a knee injury last season, after averaging 77 games played during his first 11 NHL seasons. He has played at least 81 games in a season five times during his career.


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Playing In Sweden

At The Hockey News,

Defenseman Joe DiPenta returns to the NHL for a fifth NHL season after spending 2008-09 with the Frolunda Indians of the Swedish Elite League. The 30-year-old, who won a Stanley Cup with the Anaheim Ducks in 2006-07, will blog throughout the season about his experiences on the Buffalo Sabres blueline.

from Joe DiPenta at The Hockey News,

People say hockey players use too many cliches, but I’m afraid I have to throw another one out there: What a difference a year makes.

I finished the 2007 season playing a limited, but valued, role on the blueline of a Stanley Cup-winning team. After the 2008 campaign, one in which I was a healthy scratch more times than I care to count, my hockey future was a bit uncertain.

At the time I was a 29-year-old defensive defenseman with 174 NHL games on my resume and an Anaheim Ducks Cup ring in my back pocket. I was hoping that would be enough to get me another NHL ride, so when my agent told me there was interest in my services from a Swedish club in May of ’08, I initially dismissed the notion.

But as the weeks passed, I began doing some research and giving it a bit more thought.


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Numminen Officially Retires

from the NHLPA,

TORONTO (August 5, 2009) – Teppo Numminen, a 20-year veteran with the Winnipeg Jets/ Phoenix Coyotes, Dallas Stars and Buffalo Sabres, as well as a decorated international hockey player, officially announced his retirement today from the National Hockey League.

Numminen, 41, a three-time NHL All-Star (1999, 2000, 2001) appeared in a total of 1,372 NHL games and recorded 117 goals and 520 assists for 637 points in his career.

“I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to play with and against the best players in the world for so many years,” said Numminen. “Playing hockey in the NHL and also for my country, Finland, was very enjoyable. I want to thank my teammates, coaches, fans, and the media for all the great years.”


Risto Pakarinen gives his thoughts on Teppo too,

A Tampere native, Numminen fits the stereotype perfectly. The people from Tampere are said to be calm, slow, and modest, to a fault. “Let’s not make a big deal out of this,” is a phrase that echoes in the Tampere Arena. Numminen has never made a big deal out of himself.


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Regier Loves His Sabres

from John McGourty of NHL.com,

Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier didn’t tinker much with his lineup over the summer, believing that if the team can stay relatively healthy, it’ll be a serious contender for the Northeast Division crown and more.

The local media has criticized Regier’s approach, but the players deeply appreciate his faith in them, said rugged forward Adam Mair.

“I love our team and I love our players,” Mair said. “When you look at the young players we’ve signed to long-term contracts, you can see that Darcy and upper management believe in those players. It would go against the plan to deviate and start bringing in new players because we missed the playoffs by two points.


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Teppo Numminen Retiring

from NHL.com,

According to reports in Finland, veteran Buffalo Sabres defenseman Teppo Numminen is retiring after 20 NHL seasons.


Here is the story from the Suomen Kuvalehti in Finland (not translated), but a friend of KK did give me some hightlights of the story…

Teppo doesn’t think he can play another 82 game season, he felt by the end of last season that he’d lost a step

Jari Kurri, GM for Team Finland has asked him to scout for him in regards to the Finnish Olympians.

Teppo said playing the last game of the regular season in 2008 was the highlight of his career, “it ws the most important game of my life, and I’ll never forget it.”

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In The Words Of Harry Neale

from BuffaloSabres.com,

Sabres.com is counting down the top five “Harry-isms” - or one liners from color commentator Harry Neale. Watch the eight nominees below and rank them from 1-5 with 1 being your favorite. All moments are listed in alphabetical order and are not ranked.

Watch all the nominated Harry-isms and my favorite is…

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Sabres Season Tickets Are Sold-Out

from BuffaloSabres.com,

The Buffalo Sabres today announced they have capped their full season tickets for the 2009-10 season at 14,825, an increase of 500 tickets from last year. After renewing 95% of their season tickets this summer, the club was able to issue over 1,200 new season tickets to members of their Blue & Gold Club.

“Season ticket holders are very important to the business success of the organization,” said Chief Operating Officer, Dan DiPofi. “Our fans have been very loyal over the years and we are extremely grateful they have continued to support the team. We take great pride in the partnership we have nurtured with our fans over the last several years.”


I wonder how some of the other teams are doing in season ticket sales?  If you know, feel free to leave a comment.

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Ruff Comfortable With His Team

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

Folks in Sabreland have been worriedly and angrily wringing their hands the last couple of weeks. They’ve watched teams throughout the NHL make changes to their rosters and can’t figure out why the Buffalo Sabres are sticking with what they have.

Lindy Ruff, however, isn’t worried.

“I like what we have here as a team, and these guys can continue to grow,” the coach said Friday….

“I’m OK going in,” said Ruff, whose team finished two points out of a playoff spot. “We were pretty close to being where we wanted to be, and a couple disappointing things happened, and we ended up not getting there. The fact that we were able to put on a strong finish [7-2-1 in the final 10 games] was something that I really felt was important for our team.”

read on

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Other Teams Get Better While Sabres Don’t Do Much

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

Minority owner Larry Quinn says he wants to compete for a Stanley Cup, but champions aren’t built by accident. The best teams refuse to make excuses, identify their shortcomings and aggressively address problems. The Sabres have done none of the above in recent years, and there’s little reason to believe it’s going to change any time soon.

Buffalo stocking up on bruisers in the draft was a good sign, but it was two years after it became clear they weren’t tough enough to win it all with the talent they had. Now, they don’t have the talent or the toughness to compete.

That’s why they’re, well, here. They blame injuries when it’s really a lack of depth and character. They point toward big contracts when they could have kept players for less. They preach patience when it’s really status quo. Meanwhile, teams across the league make honest attempts to get significantly better.


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Montador Signs with Buffalo

Various reports are that Steve Montador has signed with the Buffalo Sabres.  TSN reports the deal is for 2 years 3.1 million.

More later.

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