After a day of watching 26 other NHL teams take the ice on the opening day of the 2012-2013 season, the Sabres will begin their season today against Philadelphia. But, is there any advantage to having an extra day off before starting the season?
There certainly is.
The Sabres were able to get in another practice that allowed players to become reacquainted with one another during a much shorter than usual training camp. It also enabled the coaches and other staff members to watch the Flyers battle the Penguins.
Key matchups could be set along with possible changes in the lineup that may be e...
There are many key factors in building a successful team in the NHL; from players and coaching staff to scouts and management. This allows a franchise to build a foundation that will allow your team to be competitive for years at a time.
The Sabres have done just that.
The oldest players on the Sabres’ roster are a mere 32 years old. One of them is goalie Ryan Miller, the other two are defensemen Jordan Leopold and Robyn Regehr.
In NHL years, these players are in their prime and in this case as these three players are invaluable to a successful Sabres’ team.
Even veterans Christian Ehrhoff and Steve Ott are only 30 and 29 years old respecti...
Finally, the Dallas Stars have financial freedom. Tom Gaglardi has given GM Joe Nieuwendyk the ability to spend money—and did he ever. He dished out pretty good money to sign some free agents, and pick up a few assets over the summer. Let's take a look at what happened after another heartbreaking season.
In with the new: Jaromir Jagr - one year, $4.5 million Ray Whitney - two years, $9 million Derek Roy - acquired in Ott trade Cody Eakin - acquired in Ribeiro trade Aaron Rome - three years, $4.5 million
Out with the old: Sheldon Souray - to Anaheim Mike Ribeiro - to Was...
At age 47, the goalie known as the ‘Dominator’ Dominik Hasek wants to come back to the NHL. Hasek not only wants to play he wants to sign a multi-year deal with a team.
“There is no option. He will play and he will excel will do all of the things he can do,” Hasek’s agent Ritch Winter said of a comeback to reporters in a recent interview.
There is no doubt Hasek is a legend but at age 47 (turning 48 in January), teams are skeptical he will be able to produce at a high level and rightfully so. Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier has already refused to entertain Hasek’s returnaas.
With the first two weeks of free agency over and the focus moving towards that of the new CBA agreement, let’s take a look at what the Sabres have done during the offseason so far.
A veteran of five seasons and one of the biggest wingers in the NHL, John Scott comes in at 6-feet, 8 inches and 270 pounds. Although he’s only averaged a point per season in his career, his role will be to bring size, toughness, and experience to the roster.
He may not be in the lineup every night, but Scott will be invaluable against division rivals who have used size to their advantage in seasons past.
Longtime Dallas Star, Steve Ott, and teammate Adam Pardy came ov...
The Stars have suffered a bit of a setback, as Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reported that newly-acquired center Derek Roy suffered a shoulder injury that required surgery. This injury will leave Roy out of the lineup until November.
This may come as no surprise to those who followed Roy in Buffalo, as he suffered a shoulder injury in 2009, a few upper-body injuries in 2010, and a quadriceps injury to finish his season in 2011. The arms and upper body seem to be the issue of interest for the 29-year-old.
Roy's injury will leave him out for the first month of the season. This may not be a problem because of the ongoing Collective Bargaining Agreement talks between t...
Every fan hopes their team lands an eye-popping free agent that will bring their city a Stanley Cup.
How can a team attract those types of players? Better yet, what makes a team an attractive destination?
Here are a couple of things players may take into consideration.
Location: Is it a hockey city? How much media attention does the team get? Will players be noticed on the street?
In Buffalo, you better believe that the fans know their team.
No, it’s not Detroit, Montreal, New York City, or Toronto, but plenty of people in the area will recognize you. New York State is slowly becoming a hotbed for hockey talent, so Buffalo might be on a few...
In perhaps Joe Nieuwendyk's biggest move since becoming general manager, the Dallas Stars have acquired center Derek Roy from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for super-pest Steve Ott and defenseman Adam Pardy.
Roy, 29, is most known for his scoring ability and quickness. He has fallen off the path in the past few seasons by posting career lows in goals and points, but he possesses the tools necessary to post 60-70 points; this is evidenced by his numbers from 2006-10.
Roy has one more year left on his deal at $4 million before becoming an unrestricted free agent next summer.
After signing Aaron Rome to a deal yesterday, Pardy became an expendable asset. Ott's name...
With the recent huge contracts signed by Sidney Crosby and Jonathan Quick, some pundits have started to speculate. They wonder whether or not this is good for any player, even if that player helped his team to a Stanley Cup and has a room full of hardware.
Most fans would like to think that their favorite team's coach, general manager, and owner are thinking long term and looking for consistency throughout the organization.
On the surface, these contracts show a couple of things. First and most obviously, it shows the club is looking to lock up one of their most valuable assets.
Secondly, it shows the player is committed to staying with the organization and become on...