Buffalo Sabres

City seeks public input on Webster Block proposals

Jul 27, 2012
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The city of Buffalo is seeking the public's input on two proposals for developing the Webster Block in downtown Buffalo.

Companies tied to developer Carl Paladino and the Buffalo Sabres are the two bidders for the project.  Mayor Byron Brown says the city will announce the winning bid on August 15, but first they want to hear from citizens. 

The proposals can be viewed on the city's website.

Newest Sabre feels at home in Buffalo

Jul 19, 2012
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The newest member of the Buffalo Sabres met with reporters this morning at First Niagara Center.  Forward Steve Ott is promising to bring his hard work ethic to the team.

Ott calls Buffalo a first class place to play hockey, from ownership to management to staff. He says he wants to help make the Sabres, who have been criticized for lacking toughness, a harder team to play against.

"I think team toughness is your best toughness," Ott said. "I think if you go in there and you play a team-structured game, heavy heavy, that will take care of your toughness."

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The Buffalo Sabres will be honoring the famed French Connection line of the 1970s with a statue outside First Niagara Center. 

Sabres president Ted Black stood outside the arena Thursday to announce that a 10-foot bronze statue of the renowned trio -- Gilbert Perreault, Rene Robert, and Rick Martin -- will be part of a larger, newly-renamed Alumni Plaza.

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The Buffalo Sabres pulled off a big trade Monday, sending veteran Derek Roy to Dallas in exchange for forward Steve Ott and defenseman Adam Pardy.

Ott is the key element in the trade, able to play both center and wing and strong on faceoffs.

"We felt we had to, and still will have to...get a little bigger in the middle," said Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier.

Regier says he told Roy a trade was a real possibility and a trade with Dallas had been on the table for almost a year before he pulled the trigger as player free agency kicked off this week.

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Buffalo Sabres play-by-play announcer Rick Jeanneret will be in the broadcast booth for all 82 games next season.  That's a change from the past few seasons, where the veteran broadcaster took a reduced role behind the microphone, calling fewer games. 

Jeanneret signed a new, multi-year contract with the team earlier this month. 

Buffalo Sabres add depth to broadcast roster

Jun 12, 2012

The Buffalo Sabres are shaking up their broadcast team.

While Hall-of-Fame play-by-play man Rick Jeanneret has signed a contract extension, other familiar faces will be shifting roles.

Former Sabre Rob Ray will join Jeanneret in the broadcast booth taking over the analyst role previously held by Harry Neale.

Neale will work with Mike Robitaille on pre-game and intermission segments.

Other members of the broadcast team, Danny Gare and Brian Duff, will have expanded roles in this year's productions. 



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The Hockey Hall of Fame is welcoming the voice of the Buffalo Sabres, Rick Jeanneret.

Jeanneret will be the recipient of the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award and will have his name affixed in the Hall amongst other broadcasters.

The ceremony will take place on November 12th in Toronto.

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The greening of the downtown waterfront is about to be enhanced thanks to the Buffalo Sabres.

Mayor Byron Brown met with reporters at Main Street and Marine Drive beneath the Skyway Tuesday to announce that the Sabres organization is picking up the $120,000 tab for enhancements and landscaping at  unfinished parcels at the Central Wharf, near First Niagara Center.

The project will include the installation 90,000 square feet of new sod. The land is already being cleared and cleaned and existing fences and barriers will be removed to allow for greater public access.

Sabres ban smoking at arena, raise ticket prices

Apr 25, 2012

The Buffalo Sabres have announced that starting this fall, smoking will no longer be allowed on First Niagara Center property. 

Designated smoking areas outside the arena will become a thing of the past as of September 1.  Fans will not be able to smoke on arena grounds during any games or events.  The team says the change in policy comes at the request of fans and reflects similar trends at the sporting venues across the country. 

Sabres president: Ruff and Regier staying

Apr 11, 2012

Buffalo Sabres President Ted Black says the team is already looking ahead on how to rebound from this year's disappointing finish. And he adds those plans include moving forward with both general manager Darcy Regier and coach Lindy Ruff.

As difficult as it was on the franchise to miss the playoffs, Black told the Associated Press by phone that there's ``no time to wallow in misery.'' He says the team will continue the aggressive approach in adding players it established last offseason, its first under new owner Terry Pegula.

Disappointing Sabres clear out lockers

Apr 9, 2012
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As 16 NHL teams prepare for the start of this week's Stanley Cup playoffs, the Buffalo Sabres will be cleaning out their lockers Monday and answering questions regarding their failure to make the post-season for the third time in the last five years.

A season-ending shootout loss on Saturday to the Boston Bruins gave the Sabres a 39-32-and-11 record,  producing 89 points which ranked 19th in the 30-team league.

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For listeners of WBFO’s FM signal, the voice of Morning Edition host Jay Moran is still relatively new to you.  But even long time listeners of AM 970 might not be aware of how Jay spends 40-plus evenings a year. 

Tuesday night, the Buffalo Sabres play their final home game of the season at First Niagara Center.  And if you plan on attending, you might just recognize Jay’s voice.  He moonlights as the public address announcer for the Buffalo Sabres.  He’s been doing so since the Fall of 2005.

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Time Warner Cable customers may find themselves missing the rest of Buffalo's hockey season on television.

Fans have already missed most of the Sabres' season due to a dispute over a price increase demanded by the Madison Square Garden Network, or MSG. Network President Michael Bair reports that no end to the dispute appears to be imminent, and with just 27 games left in the Sabres' regular season, cable subscribers could be without the remaining games.

The contractual stalemate is affecting fans of professional sports teams from the New York City region as well.

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Buffalo Sabres Head Coach Lindy Ruff was hurt during practice Monday morning at the First Niagara Center.

Ruff collided on the ice with Sabres defenseman Jordan Leopold.

"This is the first time in 15 years that I remember this happening," said Mike Gilbert, Sabres spokesman. "Jordan Leopold slid into Lindy from behind and the two of them collided and unfortunately he landed on his side."

Ruff suffered  three broken ribs.   In the locker room Leopold told reporters accidents are part of the game, but noted it was an unexpected hit.   Leopold said he lost his breath.

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Late last week Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula pointed to player injuries as the root cause of the team's difficult season. 

But Pegula did note that he remains confident the team will be able to bounce back in the second half of the season.  

WBFO'S Eileen Buckley had a chance to ask a former Sabre about the lackluster season.

When the Sabres are in a slump, fans often call changes both on and off the ice.

Sabres Kaleta suspended for head butt

Nov 3, 2011
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 Buffalo Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta has been suspended, without pay, for four games for a head butt to another player.  

It involved an illegal hit to the face of  a Philadelphia Flyers forward during NHL Wednesday night in Buffalo.  The National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced the decision Thursday.