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Tim Connolly Waiting For The Right Situation

from Lindsay Kramer of the Post-Standard,

Center Tim Connolly is waiting in anticipation that the secondary wave of free-agent action will sweep him toward another NHL job.

Connolly, most recently of the Toronto Maple Leafs/Marlies, remains an unsigned free agent at this late point in the off-season. His agent, J.P. Barry, said Connolly, 32, is not retiring and is focused on landing another NHL deal.

Barry said once NHL teams sort out their shopping in the early stages of free agency in July, they often come around and re-assess what they need heading into training camp. Barry said Connolly, a Baldwinsville native, hopes that process presents him with a few contract options.

"Right now, Tim wants to take some time and find the right situation for himself,'' Barry said Wednesday. "He's being patient. I think he's just taking a pause now. He's been through some injuries. He just wants his body to heal. I think there will be a demand for him when he decides to play. I think he understands most of the teams are going to look at younger players first.''

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Teams Showing Interest In Connolly

from Sportsnet,

Tim Connolly’s return to the NHL may come sooner rather than later, but whether or not it will be with the Toronto Maple Leafs is in question as general manager Dave Nonis told Sportsnet 590 The Fan that a number of teams have called to inquire about the 31-year-old centre.

“Is there a chance (Connolly) will be back (in the NHL)? No question,” Nonis told Brady and Lang in the morning. "We've had teams call on him. I would expect at some point whether it's with us or someone else that he'll be back in the NHL before the season's over."

Since joining the Marlies after clearing waivers, Connolly has scored five goals and netted two assists in seven games for the AHL affiliate.

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Video- You Almost Want To Call It A Goal

But the shot by Tim Connolly was ruled no goal on the ice and multiple angles never shows the puck crossing the line.

Rangers goaltender Marty Biron did a fine job of covering the puck and also blocking-out all the cameras.

I wonder if the call on the ice was goal would the situation room overruled the call?

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Tim Connolly Out Again For The Leafs

from Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun,

The $9.5-million US centre will be out of action for up to 10 days and possibly as long as two weeks, Leafs coach Ron Wilson said after practice on Monday.

Connolly missed the first eight games of the season with a cracked bone in his shoulder. In six games, he has one goals and three assists.

“He got an upper-body injury that is totally unrelated to the other injury,” Wilson said. “He was hurt in the game (the 7-0 loss to Boston). Got hurt in the first penalty kill, left the ice for a bit, felt OK. Played regular (shift) in the game, and I did not think about it until I got the e-mail yesterday that he is going to be out.”

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Afternoon Line

“I don’t really know if it’s day-to-day to now.  It may a little bit longer, but I can’t really speculate. I can’t just give you a guess of how long it’s going to be. I’d like to just to give you guys some more information, but whether it’s a week or two weeks before I’m playing I couldn’t tell you.”

-Tim Connolly of the Toronto Maple Leafs on his latest injury.  More from Jonas Siegel of TSN.

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Video- Mike Richards Gets Two For Boarding

Some are suggesting the NHL should take a look at the hit, others are saying Tim Connolly put himself in a bad position.

What do you think?

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Sabres May Trade Connolly

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

Tim Connolly has been with the Buffalo Sabres longer than any other player on the roster, coming from the New York Islanders in 2001 for Michael Peca. But this could be Connolly’s final week with the team.

The center is in the final year of the controversial two-year, $9 million extension he signed at the trade deadline in 2009. He’s an unrestricted free agent after the season and could be the kind of third-line center and special teams player that a club like Pittsburgh, Washington or Los Angeles might be interested in as the NHL trade deadline looms next Monday.

It’s unfathomable that the Sabres would re-sign Connolly again for next season. And many observers think it would be hard to believe he even lasts the week here.

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20 Years After ‘Wide Right’, One Thing Hasn’t Changed

It was 20 years ago today that Buffalo lost a tough one, and by the narrowest of margins.  The Calgary Flames came into town and beat the Sabres 5-4 at Memorial Auditorium.  Rick Dudley was the Sabres head coach, and his assistant was a young and fiery up-and-comer named John Tortorella. 

Sabres fans and media were questioning the toughness of Dale Hawerchuk and Pierre Turgeon and the worthiness of their $500,000 salaries.  Buffalo media legend Ted Darling was in his final full season in the broadcast booth.  There were captaincy issues as Mike Ramsey had just replaced Mike Foligno, who was traded to Toronto.  The Sabres were an average team trodding along with 51 points near the end of January.

It so happens that there was another game that day, with a little bit more at stake, that was of interest to Buffalo fans, and for that matter people all over the world.

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No Pity Party In Ottawa Tonight

The Buffalo Sabres’ lack of sympathy for the misfortunes of the free falling Ottawa Senators should be in full display tonight at Scotiabank Place. 

The streaking Sabres need every point they can get, and if that means figuratively kicking their already wounded division rival in the stomach on their way out the door towards the All-Star break, then so be it.

In their last 12 games, the Sabres are 8-3-1 while the Sens are 1-8-3.  Ottawa will start Brian Elliott, who is winless in his last 10 starts, in goal tonight.

Still, it’s not like the Sabres don’t have issues of their own.  They need to win this one just to get within four points of eighth place.  The defense is still shaky.  To be honest, not a whole lot of fans and media here are taking the streak too seriously.

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Pending Sabres Sale Doesn’t Mean No Deals

There is a misguided notion among some Sabres fans hungry for change that the timing of the impending sale to triple-billionaire Terry Pegula will potentially put a freeze on some much needed player transactions as the February 28th trade deadline approaches.  If history is an indicator, don’t fret.

Assuming Buffalo is still out of the playoff picture in five weeks, GM Darcy Regier will best serve the organization by putting on his seller’s cap and stockpiling some draft picks and prospects in what’s starting to look a lot like his final trade deadline at the helm of this team.

Regier has been in this position before, in 2003 to be exact, when Tom Golisano was in the process of saving the franchise.  But while the wheels were turning behind the scenes as a transfer of ownership was slowly being completed, Regier wasn’t exactly sitting around contemplating his job status.

He cut ties with veteran forward Vaclav Varada.  He parted ways with fan favorite Rob Ray.  He moved Stu Barnes to tears when he dealt his captain to Dallas.  And in the most brilliant execution of stratagem imaginable, he somehow convinced then-GM Mike Barnett of Phoenix that the Coyotes would be a better team with Chris Gratton than with Daniel Briere.

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Ruff Has Run Out of Buttons to Push

Buffalo isn’t a city known for feeling a lot of heat in November, but don’t tell that to coach Lindy Ruff and his 30th place hockey team.

The longest tenured bench boss in the NHL is getting desperate, and his solutions for pulling his befuddled group of underachievers out of the ditch aren’t working.  But it certainly hasn’t been for lack of trying.

He showed the captain a seat in the press box.  He benched one of his leading scorers for almost an entire 3rd period with his team down one goal.  He leapfrogged over his veteran backup goalie for a critical home game, with Ryan Miller injured, and started an AHL netminder with 1 game of NHL experience.

But the magic touch isn’t there.  Buffalo is in danger of missing the playoffs for the third time in four years, and things are now seriously starting to unravel a bit. 

Sabres fans that were booing Zdeno Chara and Daniel Alfredsson every time they touched the puck are now doing the same to Tim Connolly.  Ruff’s post-game press conferences are getting testy to the point where you’re waiting for him to go Tortorella on someone.

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Sabres Could Use a Heist or Two

Rewind to three weeks ago:  The 2010-11 season is about to commence, and your friends over at Psychic Freaks Network get a few premonitions right for a change.  The crystal ball shows the Sabres completing their first 10-game segment with a winning road record, Derek Roy on pace for a 90-point season, and Tyler Ennis delivering pretty much as advertised and battling for the lead in rookie points.

If you’re a Sabres fan you’d be guessing first place on Halloween and hearing pundit predictions of a 40th franchise anniversary party with a happy ending, right?  After further review, you might want to throw that crystal ball in the trash along with the Brett Hull trading card your prankster friend got you for your birthday.

Given all of the above, plus the fact that Thomas Vanek, Tim Connolly and Drew Stafford are each on pace to exceed their respective goal totals from last season, how does this team find itself wallowing near the bottom of the pack at 3-6-1?

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Sabres Loss Brings To Mind Another Anniversary

With the excitement of the 40th anniversary ceremonies only to be followed by the Sabres losing a 2-1 snooze-fest to the Montreal Canadiens, you can see why many folks in Buffalo took the liberty of comparing last night’s game to the 3-0 loss to the Habs on 10/15/70.

But there’s a much more recent anniversary that you could say is more suitable for comparison.

It was six months ago this weekend that the Sabres were in the midst of a futile week-and-a-half-long attempt to scrape together some offense in a first round playoff series against the Boston Bruins - a team that for various reasons was supposed to have major goal scoring problems of their own.

There are some striking similarities between Buffalo’s poor playoff performance and the events of last night’s game - and for that matter of this young season.  It’s a scary reminder that nothing in the past six months with this team seems to have really changed.

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Time To Move Connolly

from Jerry Sullivan of the Buffalo News,

It’s lip service if they continue to pretend that Connolly can lead a team to the Cup. The Sabres have a young, promising team, but they won’t begin to grow up until Connolly is out of here.

Fans are fed up with Tiny Tim. Management is clearly disillusioned. From what I hear, several of his teammates are down on Connolly, too. Yes, he was coming back from a broken foot in the playoffs. But that’s no excuse. His play was flat and unspired, as it’s been during long stretches when he’s actually healthy.

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Health Issues In The East

from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding,

...the No. 1 health concern in the Eastern Conference might be the Sabres’ need for center Tim Connolly to remain in the lineup this season.

The Sabres need him to play 80 or more games this season and he has been able to play only 38% of his team’s games over the past three seasons….

The frustration of Connolly’s injury history is that he is highly productive when he does play. Last season, he registered 18 goals and 29 assists for 47 points in 48 games. He had 40 points the season before.

“From where I am sitting and from where (coach) Lindy Ruff is sitting, he is a very important piece to our success,” said Buffalo general manager Darcy Regier. “What we saw when he was healthy is that when we have him and Derek Roy in the middle then we have two quality offensive lines. It’s not as easy to key on one of our lines.”

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Connolly Signs Extension with Sabres

According to Darren Dreger of TSN, Tim Connolly signs 2 year extension with the Buffalo Sabres for $4.5 per year for a total of $9 million.

Link will be added as soon as it’s available.

Update 10:51am ET: Link at TSN now available.

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The Connolly Talks

There has been talk this morning the Sabres are still negotiating a new contract for Tim Connolly.  Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News feels he will be moved…

My previous suggestion that the Sabres re-sign him was based on him returning at the right price and having a healthy lineup around him get into the playoffs. Apparently, he doesn’t want to come back for less. The banged-up Sabres could miss the postseason even if they keep him, so why keep him?

Columbus and Vancouver are interested in Connolly, but Chicago appears to have an inside track. The Blackhawks are looking for a No. 2 center and would be willing to include defenseman James Wisniewski in a package with the Sabres. The two teams were talking Tuesday.

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added 9:39am, via Darren Dreger of TSN,

Sources tell TSN the Buffalo Sabres have tabled a two-year contract extension at better than $4 million per season to keep forward Tim Connolly in Buffalo.

Although the offer is considered to be strong, it may not be quite good enough to get the deal done without further negotiations.

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Connolly Will Know Where He Stands Soon

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

Most observers are keeping their eyes on Connolly. The gifted, oft-injured playmaker will be an unrestricted free agent this summer. The sides have been discussing a contract extension. If talks prove futile — or if juicy offers come Regier’s way — the Sabres may decide to deal Connolly for assets that would help them now and next season.

After Friday’s workout in the Islanders’ practice facility, Connolly firmly stated what he wants.

“The No. 1 option is to stay in Buffalo,” the center said. “Right now I don’t think about that too much. I think about how important these games are and how important it is to win hockey games right now and make the playoffs.”

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Connolly Would Be A Fit In Columbus

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

In terms of truth, I’d rather swallow whatever drivel A-Rod is selling than the garble generated near the NHL trade deadline. The only thing planted between an overage of gossip and a shortage of substance is an exaggeration of facts. But every now and again, a juicy hockey rumor actually makes sense.

That brings us to the latest “Tim Connolly is headed for [insert team]” chatter making the rounds in recent weeks. This one had the pending unrestricted free agent going to Columbus, where the Blue Jackets have been clamoring for a center of Connolly’s ilk.

And why not?

Connolly alongside Rick Nash would be frightening with the big winger manning the left side and the right-handed center wheeling and dealing the way he can when healthy.

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Connolly Has Another Injury

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

Lindy Ruff saw Tim Connolly get leveled, and he immediately was concerned. Not just because the Buffalo Sabres center has a history of concussions, but because the hit was hard enough to hurt anyone. It certainly hurt Connolly….

“Tim’s just got a bruised chest, so he’s going to be day-to-day,” Ruff said. “Don’t feel it’s bad, but don’t really have a handle on how much time it’s going to take.”

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More Health Issues For Connolly

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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Report: Sabres Lose Tim Connolly for Season

From TSN,

In an interview with Buffalo radio station WGR, Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier confirmed that Connolly will have season-ending surgery on his hip.

Injuries have proven to be a continuing theme during Connolly’s six-year NHL career. The native of Syracuse, New York missed almost the entire 2006-07 season due to concussion and in the past has missed time due to knee, groin and upper body injuries.

The surgery will be performed Monday by hip specialist Dr. Marc Philippon - the same doctor who recently operated on Islanders’ goalie Rick DiPietro.

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Decisions in Buffalo

From John Vogl at The Buffalo News,

The Buffalo Sabres’ coach could face his toughest decision of the season Wednesday when his suddenly impressive team returns to the ice to face Tampa Bay. The Sabres have won two in a row and, at times, looked dominating doing it. All four forward lines were solid, with a player from each scoring Saturday during a 6-2 victory over Toronto.

But once again, Connolly could become a factor. The oft-injured center might be healthy enough to play against the Lightning. He sat out the three games last week, and the team has three days between games this week. That might be enough time for Connolly’s sore hip to get enough rest.

So, what’s a coach to do? Does he stick with the same lineup, reward the 12 forwards who spent the weekend playing well? Or does he risk disruption by inserting Connolly, one of his finest all-around players and a guy who can make a difference when healthy?

more... with Sabres one point out of 8th in the East

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Sabres Take An Injury Hit

from WGR 550,

Plenty of veterans missed practice this morning at HSBC Arena. Adam Mair has an ankle injury that Lindy Ruff said would keep him out weeks. Tim Connolly has a strained oblique will be out for an undetermined amount of time. Ruff insisted that his injury has nothing to do with his head.

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Sabres Turn To Connolly

from WGR,

Lindy Ruff knows what’s on the tops of the minds of Sabre fans, and, yes, life without Chris Drury and Daniel Briere will be a change for him as well.

“We’re going to miss qualities that both those players brought to our team, but the past couple weeks of players being around, they’ve already gone past that,” Ruff said Wednesday morning on The Howard Simon Show. “The players realize the opportunity that lies there with added responsibility and added ice time.”

The first name Ruff mentioned was oft-injured forward Tim Connolly, who returned for the playoff run in the 2006-07 campaign.

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