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Buffalo Sabres managing partner Larry Quinn dropped by the WGR studios on Wednesday afternoon to chat with Mike Schopp and The Bulldog on a number of topics surrounding the organziation….
He expressed concern over the fact that the NHL salary cap may reach $48 million this year. Quinn feels it’s counterproductive to the original plan of the cap during the lockout.
more on the Sabres… Another management type concerned about the cap, the one the owners agreed upon!!!
Regular KK readers may recall another team doing the same about a month or so ago, but it has been a long week and I can’t recall who it was.
from the AP via Sports Illustrated,
Daniel Briere has heard the rumors that he’s heading to Nashville, Philadelphia or Montreal, ready to cash in once free agency opens in July.
Not so fast, the Buffalo Sabres co-captain said Monday, after he and his teammates cleaned out their lockers.
“My first, my probably biggest wish right now would be to be a part of this team,” Briere said. “The Sabres, if they’re interested, they’re going to have the first chance. They’re going to have the best chance. And if that doesn’t work out, then we’ll start looking at different options.”
from the Ottawa Citizen,
Drury said part of the pain on Saturday was the knowledge that faces were going to change in the next few months.
“Yeah, it certainly is,” he said.
“We’re not going to be a group anymore. After nine months, that is hard to take.
“And even teams that win, you know, like Carolina (in 2006), there are always changes, new faces. We know there are going to be changes here, and it’s hard because you do build friendships and you battle with guys
“Ultimately I guess that’s just the job we do and that’s sports.”
from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,
The crowd’s reaction was predictable after the Senators won, 3-2, in overtime and reached the Stanley Cup finals. At first fans were confused. Within seconds, they were crushed. They started with a warm applause, an ovation that gained momentum before ultimately falling short, much like the very team in which they had invested their souls for two years.
You’ll hear plenty from the organization about how the Sabres entertained their fans for two seasons and how the future looks bright. But there’s no getting around the fact that this team ultimately underachieved. A good many fans should wake up today feeling cheated.
“It’s one of the parts that hurts so much, just how awesome they were throughout the city,” co-captain Daniel Briere said. “I’m getting goose bumps just thinking about it. That’s the part that hurts the most, the feeling that we let them down.”
Q. Coach, this is going to get analyzed and analyzed over the next couple days. Was it special teams perhaps your power plays inability to score goals?
COACH LINDY RUFF: I don’t think you can put it there. If you look at Ottawa was maybe 0-17, 0-18 on their power play. The last three games and we were - we had got a couple so - I think, you know, the first two home games, that hurts. When you lose those first two home games and the second game where we had the 2-goal lead and end up losing that game, you know, to leave your building and then try to resurrect a series gave them some momentum, I thought.
‘‘It’s kind of surreal right now,’’ Alfredsson said of his first-ever foray into the NHL’s championship series.
It was fitting in too many ways that Alfredsson got the big goal, his 10th of the post-season, having been the goat on last year’s overtime winner by the Sabres when Jason Pominville walked around him and beat Ray Emery to end yet another disappointing playoffs for the Senators in the second round.
‘‘He’s taken a lot of heat over the years,’’ said Senators linemate Dany Heatley. ‘‘It’s great to see him score big goals. He deserves it. He’s a man on a mission.’‘
added 7:05pm, Bryan Murray, Daniel Alfreddsson and Ray Emery press transcript
Alfredsson, the best Ottawa player this post season, ends the hopes of Buffalo fans with a goal in OT.
Watch the press conference (will be available soon after the game).
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
Needing to win four straight games against the red-hot Ottawa Senators with only one in the bag so far remains an enormous task any which way you spin in it.
So let’s ignore the bigger picture for the moment, shall we?
What about today?
The Sabres, it would seem, have managed to re-invent themselves, or at least they did to win Game 4 on Wednesday night in the nation’s capital.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
“Buffalo is going to have to show me they can play a lot better,” said (Denis) Potvin. “Even in Game 4, I didn’t think Buffalo played that well. They weren’t skating very good, they were showing signs of what they showed in the first three games and they were still hesitant.
“I think they’re intimidated and I still think that Chris Neil’s hit on Chris Drury early in the season is still having an effect on Buffalo. I absolutely do.
“It appears to me that this series has been determined around the boards and Buffalo can’t come out with the puck.”
That’s why Potvin isn’t convinced the Senators will give up this lead.
Lindy Ruff on an off-day Q & A…
Q. Lindy, the message today, you got the chance to play another home game and stay alive in this series. What’s the message to your players today?
COACH LINDY RUFF: Well, along the lines that we talked about before Game 4, again, that got to take care of all the little areas and make sure that we’re good with the puck and in a lot of situations just try to make sure we outwork them.
Q. They had a few more turnovers last game than the previous ones. Was that forecheck, guys clogging the middle better, pressure on them more?
COACH LINDY RUFF: I think it was a little bit of everything. I think that, you know, we were better with it. I think when you get the lead, a team has a tendency to try more things, you know, try to get back in the game. I think obviously when you get down by a couple, you’re going to err on the side of being more aggressive and trying to make more plays.
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