August 20th, 2014 at 9:00 AM
By Anthony Custode Jr
For the first time since Ryan Miller's emergence in 2005, the Buffalo Sabres have a big question mark between the pipes entering this season.
The Sabres traded Miller to St. Louis last season, and he eventually signed with the Vancouver Canucks in the offseason. As the great era of "Miller Time" concludes, questions surrounding Buffalo's goaltending situation begin swirling.
Jhonas Enroth served as Miller's backup for the past few years, and showed some signs of decency during that period. However, whenever he was pushed into the starting role for a significant period of time, Enroth struggled. In five seasons with Buffalo, Enroth has never posted a 10-win season. He is an under-sized goaltender and has proven in the past to be unreliable as a regular starter.
Michal Neuvirth had a decent run with the Washington Capitals before being traded to Buffalo. His best season came in the 2010-2011 campaign, where he posted a 27-12-4-4 record for Washington. He appeared in two games for Buffalo last season, but was unable to secure a win, as wins were hard to come by with any netminder last season.Read more... Join the Conversation...
August 19th, 2014 at 4:05 PM
By Mike Matisz
The Buffalo Sabres' AHL affiliate Rochester Americans have announced the signing of two players. The Americans have signed defenseman Nick Petrecki and forward Allan McPherson.
Petrecki, who signed a one-year AHL contract, appeared in 14 regular season games with the Amerks. He was acquired on a loan from the San Jose Sharks. In those 14 matches, Petrecki amassed one assist and 28 penalty minutes. Petrecki also appeared in all five Amerks Calder Cup Playoff games.
In his 291 career AHL games, Petrecki has 47 points (eight goals) and 559 penalty minutes.
McPherson signed a one-year, two-way AHL deal with the Amerks.
A Clarkson University product, McPherson registered 103 points (41 goals) and 88 penalty minutes in 150 games. In his five AHL appearances for the Abbotsford Heat, McPherson recorded an assist. McPherson lead Clarkson in scoring last season before joining the Heat.
The Rochester Americans will play 37 home games next season at Blue Cross Arena with a tentative game scheduled to be played in Buffalo at First Niagara Center.
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August 18th, 2014 at 3:02 PM
By Richard N. Wade II
Hockey starved fans in Buffalo still have to wait several weeks before the first Sabres preseason games take place.
Fans got other exciting news this afternoon during a press conference at First Niagara Center today. The Buffalo Sabres will host the next two National Hockey League Scouting Combines, both in 2015 & 2016. The event will take place at the HarborCenter, which will open in the Fall of this year.
The announcement came today at a 1 p.m. Monday afternoon. Sabres president Ted Black was delighted to have the Sabres chosen to host the Combine.
"We are honored that the NHL has once again looked to Buffalo to launch a new concept," Black said. "We want to be sure the combine is a premier event for all 30 teams in the league."
The Scouting Combine is usually held in late May or June, and is essential for teams looking to acquire knowledge on the newest prospects in the upcoming draft. Teams conduct interviews with potential draftees and prospects undergo fitness and skill tests, hopefully improving their draft value.
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"The HarborCenter was built with events like the combine in mind," said John Koelmel, HarborCenter's president.
August 17th, 2014 at 12:00 PM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101
A fundraiser next month will help raise funds for Buffalo filmmakers making a fan documentary about the Buffalo Sabres.
The evening of music at the North Park Theatre will raise funds for Marl Wall and Eric Wojtanik. For three years beginning in 2011, when Terry Pegula bought the team, they followed 12 Sabres fans who struggled along with the team.
Those fans have seen resurgence in downtown Buffalo, the filmmakers said on their website, but not with their team. Even as HARBORCENTER nears completion and Canalside is revived just outside the First Niagara Center, the team that plays inside the arena is coming off of perhaps its worst season ever and is stuck in a three-year playoff drought. The fans that the filmmakers followed have had to live with those up and downs, as well as those of their own lives.
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"While they cheer on the Sabres or hope for a better future, they are also falling in love, having children, overcoming addictions, discovering serious medical conditions, running marathons, charting careers and learning to drive. They remind us that fans do not live their lives in a vacuum. Their stories are our stories. Despite their best efforts, they can't control the outcome of a sporting event, but they can work to better their own lives and those around them," the filmmakers said in a release.
August 16th, 2014 at 12:15 PM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101
Former Niagara University forward Ryan Rashid and Canisius College goalie Tony Capobianco won't have to move far to begin their professional hockey careers.
Both local college standouts have signed on with the Buffalo Sabres organization for 2014-15, inking one-year contracts with the Elmira Jackals of the ECHL.
Rashid was actually with the Jackals at the end of last season, before the Sabres made Elmira part of their organization. He had two goals and two assists in six ECHL games.
That came after he co-captained the Purple Eagles last season. He netted 38 career goals and 50 assists in 143 NCAA contests.
The 24-year-old Ryan Rashid is a native of Farmington Hills, Mich.
Capobianco guided the Golden Griffins to their first-ever NCAA tournament berth in 2012-13. He leaves Canisius as the career leader in save percentage (.920), goals-against average (2.71) and shutouts (eight). He also played the end of last season in Elmira, going 0-1-0 in two appearances. He also played three times in the AHL, going 1-2-0 with a .906 save percentage with the Adirondack Phantoms.Read more... Join the Conversation...