9-2-2003 Bob Essensa frustrated
Buffalo Sabres goaltender Bob Essensa feels frustrated about his position in the organization. He feels he's good enough to be a franchise player for the team and wonders why the organization still considers him a regular player.

A native of Canada, Bob Essensa was originally drafted to the NHL by the Arizona Coyotes in the 4th round of the 1983 entry draft. He has appeared in 490 NHL games during his career, booking 25 career shutouts and allowing 1341 goals. The 28 year old goaltender has played 53 games with the Buffalo Sabres this season, allowing 88 goals on 919 while booking 7 shutouts.


9-2-2003 Weekly team report
Who's hot

Stu Barnes is looking good with 3 points in 2 games last week. Richard Martin is looking good with a 4 game point scoring streak with 2 game goalstreak. Tim Connolly is looking red hot with a 6 game point streak. Bob Essensa is playing well with 2 wins in his 2 starts last week and allowing 3 goals. Dixon Ward is looking good with 3 points in 2 games last week.

Who's cold

Martin Biron hasn't got a chance to start in the last five games. Curtis Brown has lost his sights and is now 14 games without a goal. James Patrick has played 14 games without a goal. Jay McKee has been a healthy scratch in his last five games. Tom Poti has played 15 games without a goal. Taylor Pyatt is sliding on a 18 game streak without registering a single point. Rory Fitzpatrick has been a healthy scratch in his last five games. Valeri Kamensky has lost his sights and is now 6 games without a goal.

Trainer's room

Chris Gratton remains sidelined with head injury. Scott Thornton remains sidelined with wrist injury.



6-2-2003 Chris Gratton resumes light training.
Buffalo Sabres right wing Chris Gratton has resumed light training after his head injury and is listed day to day.

6-2-2003 Chris Gratton injured.
Chris Gratton (BUF) suffered head injury during the game in an incident with Bryan Berard (NYR). He is expected to be sidelined for about a week. I'm just looking forward to getting back on the ice and helping this team win, he quoted before being taken to the hospital for tests.

2-2-2003 Weekly team report
Who's hot

Richard Martin is looking steady with 3 points in 3 games last week. Scott Mellanby is looking good with a 3 game point scoring streak with 1 game goalstreak. Tim Connolly is looking good with 4 points in 3 games last week. René Robert is looking steady with 3 points in 3 games last week.

Who's cold

Martin Biron hasn't got a chance to start in the last five games. Curtis Brown has lost his sights and is now 12 games without a goal. Rob Ray has been a healthy scratch in his last five games. James Patrick has played 12 games without a goal. Jay McKee has been a healthy scratch in his last five games. Tom Poti has played 13 games without a goal. Taylor Pyatt is sliding on a 16 game streak without registering a single point. Rory Fitzpatrick has been a healthy scratch in his last five games.

Trainer's room

Scott Thornton remains sidelined with wrist injury.



1-2-2003 Ales Kotalik frustrated
Buffalo Sabres right wing Ales Kotalik feels frustrated about his position in the organization. He feels he's good enough to be a regular player for the team and wonders why the organization still considers him a minor league player.

A native of Czech, Ales Kotalik was originally drafted to the NHL by the Buffalo Sabres in the 6th round of the 1998 entry draft. He has not yet played at NHL level. The 24 year old right wing has not yet played for the Buffalo Sabres this season. He has played 51 games with the Rochester Americans this season, totalling 7+6=13 with 50 PIM.


27-1-2003 Lindy Ruff praises Jan Hejda
Buffalo Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff has praised young defenseman Jan Hejda in his latest interviews. Altough he seems very fond of this highly skilled youngster, he didn't want to comment on his team's strategy concerning the upcoming draft.

Jan Hejda has played 49 games with Plymouth Whalers this season, collecting 5+14=19 with 87 PIM.


26-1-2003 Weekly team report
Who's hot

Stu Barnes is looking steady with 3 points in 3 games last week. Bob Essensa is playing well with 3 wins in his 3 starts last week and allowing 2 goals. Dixon Ward is looking good with a 4 game point scoring streak with 1 game goalstreak.

Who's cold

Martin Biron hasn't got a chance to start in the last five games. Curtis Brown has lost his sights and is now 9 games without a goal. Rob Ray has been a healthy scratch in his last five games. Jay McKee has been a healthy scratch in his last five games. Richard Martin has lost his sights and is now 6 games without a goal. Tom Poti has played 10 games without a goal. Tim Connolly has lost his sights and is now 11 games without a goal. Rory Fitzpatrick has been a healthy scratch in his last five games. Al MacInnis has played 16 games without a goal.

Trainer's room

Scott Thornton remains sidelined with wrist injury.



26-1-2003 Brian Campbell resumes full training.
Rochester Americans defenseman Brian Campbell has resumed full training after his injury.

21-1-2003 Brian Campbell resumes light training.
Rochester Americans defenseman Brian Campbell has resumed light training after his injury and is listed day to day.

20-1-2003 Jay McKee speaks up.
Jay McKee is disappointed in the team tactics after having not played in the last five games. He wants more icetime.

19-1-2003 Bob Essensa frustrated
Buffalo Sabres goaltender Bob Essensa feels frustrated about his position in the organization. He feels he's good enough to be a franchise player for the team and wonders why the organization still considers him a regular player.

A native of Canada, Bob Essensa was originally drafted to the NHL by the Arizona Coyotes in the 4th round of the 1983 entry draft. He has appeared in 482 NHL games during his career, booking 24 career shutouts and allowing 1330 goals. The 28 year old goaltender has played 45 games with the Buffalo Sabres this season, allowing 77 goals on 783 while booking 6 shutouts.


19-1-2003 Lindy Ruff praises Dustin Brown
Buffalo Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff has praised young right wing Dustin Brown in his latest interviews. Altough he seems very fond of this highly skilled youngster, he didn't want to comment on his team's strategy concerning the upcoming draft.

Dustin Brown has played 47 games with Sarnia Sting this season, collecting 39+15=54 with 57 PIM.


19-1-2003 Weekly team report
Who's hot

Bob Essensa is playing well with 2 wins in his 2 starts last week and allowing 3 goals.

Who's cold

Martin Biron hasn't got a chance to start in the last five games. Curtis Brown has lost his sights and is now 6 games without a goal. Rob Ray has been a healthy scratch in his last five games. Jay McKee has been a healthy scratch in his last five games. Tim Connolly has lost his sights and is now 8 games without a goal. Rory Fitzpatrick has been a healthy scratch in his last five games. Al MacInnis has played 13 games without a goal.

Trainer's room

Scott Thornton remains sidelined with wrist injury.



19-1-2003 René Robert reaches a milestone !
René Robert scored the 200th goal of his career in tonight's game against the Florida Panthers. I'm just happy to be playing the game, he commented after giving the puck to a fan.

A native of Canada, René Robert was originally drafted to the NHL by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 4th round of the 1986 entry draft. He has appeared in 587 NHL games during his career, notching 200 goals and adding 260 assists along with 623 penalty minutes. The 28 year old right wing has played 44 games with the Buffalo Sabres this season, totalling 10+12=22 with 24 PIM.


19-1-2003 Valeri Kamensky reaches career high !
Valeri Kamensky marked a new career high in goals with 6 tallies after scoring in tonights game against Florida Panthers on a feed by Mike Keane. This is an unbeliveable feeling, i don't know what else to say, our record breaker told a Hockey Night in Canada reporter.

A native of Canada, Valeri Kamensky was originally drafted to the NHL by the Vancouver Canucks in the 3rd round of the 1988 entry draft. He has appeared in 64 NHL games during his career, notching 18 goals and adding 10 assists along with 66 penalty minutes. The 28 year old right wing has played 19 games with the Buffalo Sabres this season, totalling 6+4=10 with 8 PIM.


18-1-2003 Buffalo Sabres players named to All-Star Game
The following players from Buffalo Sabres were named to this year's All-Star Game:
-Bob Essensa


16-1-2003 Rob Ray frustrated
Buffalo Sabres left wing Rob Ray feels frustrated about his position in the organization. He feels he's good enough to be a regular player for the team and wonders why the organization still considers him a minor league player.

A native of Canada, Rob Ray was originally drafted to the NHL by the Buffalo Sabres in the 5th round of the 1988 entry draft. He has appeared in 813 NHL games during his career, notching 45 goals and adding 52 assists along with 2928 penalty minutes. The 34 year old left wing has played 36 games with the Buffalo Sabres this season, totalling 7+5=12 with 31 PIM.


15-1-2003 Eric Boulton frustrated
Buffalo Sabres left wing Eric Boulton feels frustrated about his position in the organization. He feels he's good enough to be a regular player for the team and wonders why the organization still considers him a minor league player.

A native of Canada, Eric Boulton was originally drafted to the NHL by the New York Rangers in the 9th round of the 1994 entry draft. He has appeared in 37 NHL games during his career, notching 1 goals and adding 2 assists along with 96 penalty minutes. The 26 year old left wing has not yet played for the Buffalo Sabres this season. He has played 43 games with the Rochester Americans this season, totalling 6+2=8 with 22 PIM.


12-1-2003 Weekly team report
Who's hot

Tim Connolly is looking steady with 4 points in 4 games last week.

Who's cold

Martin Biron hasn't got a chance to start in the last five games. Stu Barnes has lost his sights and is now 9 games without a goal. Rob Ray has been a healthy scratch in his last five games. Jay McKee has been a healthy scratch in his last five games. Rory Fitzpatrick has been a healthy scratch in his last five games. Al MacInnis has played 11 games without a goal. Valeri Kamensky has lost his sights and is now 10 games without a goal. Steve Washburn is looking out of place on the ice despite notching 2 points last week.

Trainer's room

Scott Thornton remains sidelined with wrist injury.



12-1-2003 Denis Hamel resumes full training.
Rochester Americans left wing Denis Hamel has resumed full training after his injury.

11-1-2003 Bob Essensa frustrated
Buffalo Sabres goaltender Bob Essensa feels frustrated about his position in the organization. He feels he's good enough to be a franchise player for the team and wonders why the organization still considers him a regular player.

A native of Canada, Bob Essensa was originally drafted to the NHL by the Arizona Coyotes in the 4th round of the 1983 entry draft. He has appeared in 479 NHL games during his career, booking 24 career shutouts and allowing 1324 goals. The 27 year old goaltender has played 42 games with the Buffalo Sabres this season, allowing 71 goals on 727 while booking 6 shutouts.


7-1-2003 Team captain meets with Chris Gratton
Team captain Rob Ray called a short meeting with Chris Gratton after practice today to discuss some issues that have affected his play. I guess they needed someone to take the blame..., said Chris Gratton as he left the ice, ...but I'll take it like a man

7-1-2003 Denis Hamel resumes light training.
Rochester Americans left wing Denis Hamel has resumed light training after his injury and is listed day to day.

5-1-2003 Rob Ray frustrated
Buffalo Sabres left wing Rob Ray feels frustrated about his position in the organization. He feels he's good enough to be a regular player for the team and wonders why the organization still considers him a minor league player.

A native of Canada, Rob Ray was originally drafted to the NHL by the Buffalo Sabres in the 5th round of the 1988 entry draft. He has appeared in 813 NHL games during his career, notching 45 goals and adding 52 assists along with 2928 penalty minutes. The 34 year old left wing has played 36 games with the Buffalo Sabres this season, totalling 7+5=12 with 31 PIM.


5-1-2003 Weekly team report
Who's hot

Curtis Brown is looking steady with 3 points in 4 games last week. Rhett Warrener is looking steady with 3 points in 4 games last week.

Who's cold

Martin Biron hasn't got a chance to start in the last five games. Stu Barnes has lost his sights and is now 5 games without a goal. Chris Gratton is looking out of place on the ice despite notching 2 points last week. Richard Martin has lost his sights and is now 6 games without a goal. Scott Mellanby has lost his sights and is now 19 games without a goal. Valeri Kamensky has lost his sights and is now 6 games without a goal. René Robert has lost his sights and is now 9 games without a goal. Steve Washburn is looking out of place on the ice despite notching 2 points last week.

Trainer's room

Scott Thornton remains sidelined with wrist injury.



5-1-2003 Dixon Ward reaches a milestone !
Dixon Ward scored the 100th goal of his career in tonight's game against the Montreal Canadiens on a feed by René Robert. With line mates like I have, it makes it pretty easy to score goals, he commented during a post game radio interview.

A native of Canada, Dixon Ward was originally drafted to the NHL by the Vancouver Canucks in the 7th round of the 1988 entry draft. He has appeared in 555 NHL games during his career, notching 100 goals and adding 137 assists along with 433 penalty minutes. The 33 year old left wing has played 26 games with the Buffalo Sabres this season, totalling 5+8=13 with 4 PIM.


2-1-2003 Buffalo Sabres players selected to World Junior Championships
World Junior Championships (U-20) in icehockey are about to start. The following players from Buffalo Sabres organization have been selected to represent their countries:

-Jiri Novotny (CZE)
-Marek Dubec (SVK)


30-12-2002 Mike Keane resumes full training.
Buffalo Sabres left wing Mike Keane has resumed full training after his wrist injury.

30-12-2002 Brian Campbell injured.
Brian Campbell of Rochester Americans suffered injury during tonights minorleague game against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. He is expected to be sidelined for almost a month . This comes at a really bad time for us, but all I can do follow the rehab program and try to get back into the lineup as soon as possible, he said while limping toward the dressing room.

29-12-2002 Weekly team report
Who's hot

Stu Barnes is looking good with 4 points in 3 games last week. Richard Martin is looking good with 6 points in 3 games last week.

Who's cold

Martin Biron hasn't got a chance to start in the last five games. James Patrick has played 10 games without a goal. Tom Poti has played 17 games without a goal. Scott Mellanby is down on his game pulling a 10 game streak without registering a single point. Taylor Pyatt has been a healthy scratch in his last five games. Al MacInnis has been a healthy scratch in his last five games. René Robert has lost his sights and is now 5 games without a goal.

Trainer's room

Mike Keane remains sidelined with wrist injury. Scott Thornton remains sidelined with wrist injury.



29-12-2002 Richard Martin reaches career high !
Richard Martin marked a new career high in assists with 14 assists after assisting in tonights game against Ottawa Senators on a goal by Jean-Pierre Dumont. We were playing our game tonight and I just happened to be in the right place at the right time, the player said in an interview.

A native of Canada, Richard Martin was originally drafted to the NHL by the Washington Capitals in the 3rd round of the 1987 entry draft. He has appeared in 128 NHL games during his career, notching 24 goals and adding 29 assists along with 52 penalty minutes. The 28 year old left wing has played 34 games with the Buffalo Sabres this season, totalling 15+14=29 with 11 PIM.


28-12-2002 Dixon Ward resumes full training.
Buffalo Sabres left wing Dixon Ward has resumed full training after his knee injury.

26-12-2002 Quinn Hancock resumes full training.
Rochester Americans center Quinn Hancock has resumed full training after his injury.

26-12-2002 Dixon Ward injured.
Dixon Ward (BUF) suffered knee injury during the game in an incident with Chris Therien (PHI). He is expected to be sidelined for a couple of days. It's nothing, just two good guys goin' at it - nobody got seriously hurt, he said in a TV interview.

25-12-2002 Mike Keane resumes light training.
Buffalo Sabres left wing Mike Keane has resumed light training after his wrist injury and is listed day to day.

23-12-2002 Denis Hamel injured.
Denis Hamel of Rochester Americans suffered arm injury during tonights minorleague game against the San Jose Barracuda. He is expected to be sidelined for almost a month . Our trainer has assured me this is not serious, but I won't be on my skates for a few weeks anyway, he said from the locker room after being helped off the ice.

22-12-2002 Weekly team report
Who's hot

Jay McKee is looking good with a 3 game point scoring streak with 1 game goalstreak. Richard Martin is looking steady with 3 points in 3 games last week. Valeri Kamensky is looking good with a 3 game point scoring streak with 1 game goalstreak. René Robert is looking steady with 3 points in 3 games last week. Dixon Ward is looking steady with 3 points in 3 games last week.

Who's cold

Martin Biron hasn't got a chance to start in the last five games. Stu Barnes has lost his sights and is now 13 games without a goal. Tom Poti has played 17 games without a goal. Scott Mellanby has lost his sights and is now 12 games without a goal. Tim Connolly has lost his sights and is now 11 games without a goal. Taylor Pyatt has been a healthy scratch in his last five games. Al MacInnis has been a healthy scratch in his last five games.

Trainer's room

Mike Keane remains sidelined with wrist injury. Scott Thornton remains sidelined with wrist injury.



21-12-2002 Quinn Hancock resumes light training.
Rochester Americans center Quinn Hancock has resumed light training after his injury and is listed day to day.

21-12-2002 Tom Poti interviewed in paper
Tom Poti was interviewed in today's paper about the recent trade that sent him from Nashville Predators to Buffalo Sabres. To the fans and us players it's a game, but we can't forget it's also a business. Sometimes in business they have to make the tough decisions, I can't hold it against them, he told reporters.

21-12-2002 Buffalo Sabres trade
Buffalo Sabres traded BUF's round 2 pick in 2003 to Nashville Predators for Tom Poti

21-12-2002 Quinn Hancock injured.
Quinn Hancock of Rochester Americans suffered injury during tonights minorleague game against the Hershey Bears. He is expected to be sidelined for about a week . It is one of those nagging injuries that you just have to wait out, he said to the press.

16-12-2002 Richard Martin reaches career high !
Richard Martin marked a new career high in points with 21 after assisting in tonights game against Florida Panthers on a goal by Valeri Kamensky. That's one for the books, he said after the game in the dressing room..

A native of Canada, Richard Martin was originally drafted to the NHL by the Washington Capitals in the 3rd round of the 1987 entry draft. He has appeared in 123 NHL games during his career, notching 20 goals and adding 25 assists along with 52 penalty minutes. The 28 year old left wing has played 29 games with the Buffalo Sabres this season, totalling 11+10=21 with 11 PIM.


15-12-2002 Weekly team report
Who's hot

No-one is especially hot at the moment.

Who's cold

Martin Biron hasn't got a chance to start in the last five games. Stu Barnes has lost his sights and is now 10 games without a goal. Curtis Brown has lost his sights and is now 8 games without a goal. Scott Mellanby has lost his sights and is now 9 games without a goal. Tim Connolly has lost his sights and is now 8 games without a goal. Al MacInnis has been a healthy scratch in his last five games. René Robert has lost his sights and is now 5 games without a goal.

Trainer's room

Mike Keane remains sidelined with wrist injury. Scott Thornton remains sidelined with wrist injury.



13-12-2002 Brian Campbell resumes full training.
Rochester Americans defenseman Brian Campbell has resumed full training after his injury.

11-12-2002 Team captain meets with Rory Fitzpatrick
Team captain Rob Ray called a short meeting with Rory Fitzpatrick after practice today to discuss some issues that have affected his play. I have to take the brunt of this, said Rory Fitzpatrick as he left the ice. My play has not been up to snuff and if I'm not contributing more, I have to work harder.

11-12-2002 Ales Kotalik frustrated
Buffalo Sabres right wing Ales Kotalik feels frustrated about his position in the organization. He feels he's good enough to be a regular player for the team and wonders why the organization still considers him a minor league player.

A native of Czech, Ales Kotalik was originally drafted to the NHL by the Buffalo Sabres in the 6th round of the 1998 entry draft. He has not yet played at NHL level. The 23 year old right wing has not yet played for the Buffalo Sabres this season. He has played 27 games with the Rochester Americans this season, totalling 6+4=10 with 50 PIM.


8-12-2002 Weekly team report
Who's hot

Valeri Kamensky is looking good with 3 points in 2 games last week.

Who's cold

Martin Biron hasn't got a chance to start in the last five games. Stu Barnes has lost his sights and is now 8 games without a goal. Curtis Brown has lost his sights and is now 6 games without a goal. Jean-Pierre Dumont has lost his sights and is now 6 games without a goal. Scott Mellanby has lost his sights and is now 7 games without a goal. Tim Connolly has lost his sights and is now 6 games without a goal. Al MacInnis has been a healthy scratch in his last five games.

Trainer's room

Mike Keane remains sidelined with wrist injury. Scott Thornton remains sidelined with wrist injury.



8-12-2002 Brian Campbell resumes light training.
Rochester Americans defenseman Brian Campbell has resumed light training after his injury and is listed day to day.

8-12-2002 Media criticises the Buffalo Sabres
The Buffalo Sabres are stumbling in a 6 game winless streak. Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rory Fitzpatrick commented about their recent play: This is bad. It's one of those streaks that you don't want to remember when you're old.

2-12-2002 Team captain meets with Stu Barnes
Following the team's recent 3-1 loss at Philadelphia Flyers on 2-12-2002, Buffalo Sabres captain Rob Ray and Stu Barnes did not leave the bench after the game for a while. I wanted to go over some things that have been troubling his game lately, said Rob Ray

2-12-2002 Mike Keane injured.
Mike Keane (BUF) suffered wrist injury during the game in an incident with Luke Richardson (PHI). He is expected to be sidelined for almost a month. When you've gone as long as I have without injuries these things are hard to accept, but it's all part of the game, he murmured as he grimaced in pain.

1-12-2002 Weekly team report
Who's hot

No-one is especially hot at the moment.

Who's cold

Martin Biron hasn't got a chance to start in the last five games. Alexei Zhitnik is looking out of place on the ice despite notching 2 points last week. Richard Martin has lost his sights and is now 6 games without a goal. Rory Fitzpatrick is looking out of place on the ice despite notching 2 points last week.

Trainer's room

Scott Thornton remains sidelined with wrist injury. Valeri Kamensky remains sidelined with wrist injury.



1-12-2002 Valeri Kamensky resumes full training.
Buffalo Sabres right wing Valeri Kamensky has resumed full training after his wrist injury.

29-11-2002 Craig Charron resumes full training.
Rochester Americans center Craig Charron has resumed full training after his injury.

28-11-2002 Craig Charron injured.
Craig Charron of Rochester Americans suffered injury during tonights minorleague game against the Binghamton Senators. He is expected to be sidelined for a couple of days . I'll just put some ice on it and it'll be as good as new. It will take more than this to slow me down, he quoted before being taken to the hospital for tests.

27-11-2002 Eric Boulton frustrated
Buffalo Sabres left wing Eric Boulton feels frustrated about his position in the organization. He feels he's good enough to be a regular player for the team and wonders why the organization still considers him a minor league player.

A native of Canada, Eric Boulton was originally drafted to the NHL by the New York Rangers in the 9th round of the 1994 entry draft. He has appeared in 37 NHL games during his career, notching 1 goals and adding 2 assists along with 96 penalty minutes. The 26 year old left wing has not yet played for the Buffalo Sabres this season. He has played 21 games with the Rochester Americans this season, totalling 2+0=2 with 16 PIM.


26-11-2002 Valeri Kamensky resumes light training.
Buffalo Sabres right wing Valeri Kamensky has resumed light training after his wrist injury and is listed day to day.

24-11-2002 Weekly team report
Who's hot

Bob Essensa is playing well with 3 wins in his 3 starts last week and allowing 2 goals.

Who's cold

Martin Biron hasn't got a chance to start in the last five games. Curtis Brown has lost his sights and is now 15 games without a goal.

Trainer's room

Scott Thornton remains sidelined with wrist injury. Valeri Kamensky remains sidelined with wrist injury.



24-11-2002 Scott Thornton injured.
Scott Thornton (BUF) suffered wrist injury during the game in an incident with Mark Messier (NYR). He is expected to be sidelined for at least three months. This is a serious injury, but doctors said that I should be back in about 3-4 months, he commented to the press.

22-11-2002 Al MacInnis resumes full training.
Buffalo Sabres defenseman Al MacInnis has resumed full training after his chest injury.

22-11-2002 Mike Thomas agrees on a contract.
Mike Thomas has signed a one year deal with the Rochester Americans. Financial terms of the deal were not announced.

18-11-2002 Media glorifies the Buffalo Sabres
The media is impressed by the team's 6 game winning streak. Much of the credit is granted to the good work of general manager 4 and headcoach Lindy Ruff

18-11-2002 Al MacInnis injured.
Al MacInnis (BUF) suffered chest injury during the game in an incident with Reed Low (STL). He is expected to be sidelined for a couple of days. That was just good, clean, hard hitting hockey. If you think I look bad now you should see the other guy, he said before being taken away for x-rays.

17-11-2002 Weekly team report
Who's hot

Stu Barnes is looking good with 7 points in 4 games last week. Chris Gratton is looking steady with 3 points in 4 games last week. Richard Martin is looking good with a 5 game point scoring streak with 2 game goalstreak. Tim Connolly is looking good with 5 points in 4 games last week. Scott Thornton is looking steady with 3 points in 4 games last week. Bob Essensa is playing well with 4 wins in his 4 starts last week and allowing 3 goals. René Robert is looking good with 5 points in 4 games last week. Steve Washburn is looking steady with 3 points in 4 games last week. Dixon Ward is looking good with 5 points in 4 games last week.

Who's cold

Martin Biron hasn't got a chance to start in the last five games. Curtis Brown is down on his game pulling a 11 game streak without registering a single point. Scott Mellanby has lost his sights and is now 7 games without a goal.

Trainer's room

Valeri Kamensky remains sidelined with wrist injury.



17-11-2002 Richard Martin reaches career high !
Richard Martin marked a new career high in goals with 8 tallies after scoring in tonights game against Minnesota Wild on a feed by René Robert. I just try to play hard for 60 minutes and give the team a chance for the 2 points. If I get a goal along the way that's just icing on the cake, the player said in an interview.

A native of Canada, Richard Martin was originally drafted to the NHL by the Washington Capitals in the 3rd round of the 1987 entry draft. He has appeared in 110 NHL games during his career, notching 17 goals and adding 23 assists along with 43 penalty minutes. The 28 year old left wing has played 16 games with the Buffalo Sabres this season, totalling 8+8=16 with 2 PIM.


17-11-2002 Media glorifies the Buffalo Sabres
The media is impressed by the team's 5 game winning streak. Much of the credit is granted to the good work of general manager 4 and headcoach Lindy Ruff

13-11-2002 Jean-Pierre Dumont resumes full training.
Rochester Americans right wing Jean-Pierre Dumont has resumed full training after his injury.

10-11-2002 Weekly team report
Who's hot

No-one is especially hot at the moment.

Who's cold

Martin Biron hasn't got a chance to start in the last five games. Curtis Brown has lost his sights and is now 8 games without a goal. James Patrick has played 13 games without a goal.

Trainer's room

Valeri Kamensky remains sidelined with wrist injury.



9-11-2002 Jean-Pierre Dumont injured.
Jean-Pierre Dumont of Rochester Americans suffered injury during tonights minorleague game against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. He is expected to be sidelined for a couple of days . Nothing serious, but I do remember who hit me and caused the injury, was his comment to the press after leaving the game.

3-11-2002 Scott Mellanby frustrated
Buffalo Sabres right wing Scott Mellanby feels frustrated about his position in the organization. He feels he's good enough to be a franchise player for the team and wonders why the organization still considers him a regular player.

A native of Canada, Scott Mellanby was originally drafted to the NHL by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2nd round of the 1984 entry draft. He has appeared in 1090 NHL games during his career, notching 287 goals and adding 357 assists along with 2016 penalty minutes. The 28 year old right wing has played 11 games with the Buffalo Sabres this season, totalling 2+1=3 with 0 PIM.


3-11-2002 Weekly team report
Who's hot

Richard Martin is looking good with a 3 game point scoring streak with 3 game goalstreak. Tim Connolly is looking good with 3 points in 2 games last week.

Who's cold

Martin Biron hasn't got a chance to start in the last five games. Curtis Brown has lost his sights and is now 6 games without a goal. James Patrick has played 11 games without a goal. Jay McKee is looking out of place on the ice despite notching 2 points last week. Bryan Marchment has been a healthy scratch in his last five games. Steve Washburn has been a healthy scratch in his last five games. Dixon Ward has been a healthy scratch in his last five games.

Trainer's room

Valeri Kamensky remains sidelined with wrist injury.



2-11-2002 James Patrick frustrated
Buffalo Sabres defenseman James Patrick feels frustrated about his position in the organization. He feels he's good enough to be a core player for the team and wonders why the organization still considers him a regular player.

A native of Canada, James Patrick was originally drafted to the NHL by the New York Rangers in the 1st round of the 1981 entry draft. He has appeared in 1110 NHL games during his career, notching 136 goals and adding 467 assists along with 707 penalty minutes. The 29 year old defenseman has played 10 games with the Buffalo Sabres this season, totalling 0+4=4 with 2 PIM.


31-10-2002 Quinn Hancock resumes full training.
Rochester Americans center Quinn Hancock has resumed full training after his injury.

30-10-2002 René Robert frustrated
Buffalo Sabres right wing René Robert feels frustrated about his position in the organization. He feels he's good enough to be a core player for the team and wonders why the organization still considers him a minor league player.

A native of Canada, René Robert was originally drafted to the NHL by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 4th round of the 1986 entry draft. He has appeared in 553 NHL games during his career, notching 193 goals and adding 249 assists along with 604 penalty minutes. The 28 year old right wing has played 10 games with the Buffalo Sabres this season, totalling 3+1=4 with 5 PIM.


28-10-2002 Quinn Hancock injured.
Quinn Hancock of Rochester Americans suffered groin injury during tonights minorleague game against the Rockford IceHogs. He is expected to be sidelined for a couple of days . Sometimes you just have bad luck and get knocked around, were his words after the game.

27-10-2002 Eric Boulton frustrated
Buffalo Sabres left wing Eric Boulton feels frustrated about his position in the organization. He feels he's good enough to be a regular player for the team and wonders why the organization still considers him a minor league player.

A native of Canada, Eric Boulton was originally drafted to the NHL by the New York Rangers in the 9th round of the 1994 entry draft. He has appeared in 37 NHL games during his career, notching 1 goals and adding 2 assists along with 96 penalty minutes. The 26 year old left wing has not yet played for the Buffalo Sabres this season. He has played 9 games with the Rochester Americans this season, totalling 0+0=0 with 16 PIM.


27-10-2002 Weekly team report
Who's hot

Chris Gratton is looking steady with 3 points in 3 games last week. Al MacInnis is looking steady with 3 points in 3 games last week.

Who's cold

Martin Biron hasn't got a chance to start in the last five games. Bryan Marchment has been a healthy scratch in his last five games. Steve Washburn has been a healthy scratch in his last five games. Dixon Ward has been a healthy scratch in his last five games.

Trainer's room

Valeri Kamensky remains sidelined with wrist injury.



27-10-2002 Stu Barnes reaches a milestone !
Stu Barnes scored the 400th point of his career in tonight's game against the Montreal Canadiens on a goal by Scott Thornton. I'm not out here to set records, but it's always nice to get the points, he commented and was all smiles..

A native of Canada, Stu Barnes, was originally signed as a free agent to the NHL. He has appeared in 681 NHL games during his career, notching 181 goals and adding 219 assists along with 262 penalty minutes. The 31 year old center has played 8 games with the Buffalo Sabres this season, totalling 1+2=3 with 6 PIM.


26-10-2002 James Patrick frustrated
Buffalo Sabres defenseman James Patrick feels frustrated about his position in the organization. He feels he's good enough to be a core player for the team and wonders why the organization still considers him a regular player.

A native of Canada, James Patrick was originally drafted to the NHL by the New York Rangers in the 1st round of the 1981 entry draft. He has appeared in 1108 NHL games during his career, notching 136 goals and adding 466 assists along with 707 penalty minutes. The 29 year old defenseman has played 8 games with the Buffalo Sabres this season, totalling 0+3=3 with 2 PIM.


26-10-2002 Ales Kotalik resumes full training.
Rochester Americans right wing Ales Kotalik has resumed full training after his injury.

25-10-2002 Al MacInnis frustrated
Buffalo Sabres defenseman Al MacInnis feels frustrated about his position in the organization. He feels he's good enough to be a franchise player for the team and wonders why the organization still considers him a core player.

A native of Canada, Al MacInnis was originally drafted to the NHL by the Calgary Flames in the 1st round of the 1981 entry draft. He has appeared in 1270 NHL games during his career, notching 314 goals and adding 848 assists along with 1382 penalty minutes. The 29 year old defenseman has played 8 games with the Buffalo Sabres this season, totalling 1+3=4 with 0 PIM.


25-10-2002 Ales Kotalik injured.
Ales Kotalik of Rochester Americans suffered injury during tonights minorleague game against the Manitoba Moose. He is expected to be sidelined for a couple of days . Sometimes you just have bad luck and get knocked around, he said from the locker room after being helped off the ice.

24-10-2002 Valeri Kamensky frustrated
Buffalo Sabres right wing Valeri Kamensky feels frustrated about his position in the organization. He feels he's good enough to be a core player for the team and wonders why the organization still considers him a minor league player.

A native of Canada, Valeri Kamensky was originally drafted to the NHL by the Vancouver Canucks in the 3rd round of the 1988 entry draft. He has appeared in 45 NHL games during his career, notching 12 goals and adding 6 assists along with 58 penalty minutes. The 28 year old right wing has not yet played for the Buffalo Sabres this season.


23-10-2002 Eric Boulton frustrated
Buffalo Sabres left wing Eric Boulton feels frustrated about his position in the organization. He feels he's good enough to be a regular player for the team and wonders why the organization still considers him a minor league player.

A native of Canada, Eric Boulton was originally drafted to the NHL by the New York Rangers in the 9th round of the 1994 entry draft. He has appeared in 37 NHL games during his career, notching 1 goals and adding 2 assists along with 96 penalty minutes. The 26 year old left wing has not yet played for the Buffalo Sabres this season. He has played 7 games with the Rochester Americans this season, totalling 0+0=0 with 4 PIM.


21-10-2002 Brian Campbell injured.
Brian Campbell of Rochester Americans suffered injury during tonights minorleague game against the Springfield Falcons. He is expected to be sidelined for a couple of months . You can't rush these kinds of injuries, sometimes you just have to stay off your feet for awhile, he said as the trainers examined him.

20-10-2002 Weekly team report
Who's hot

Jean-Pierre Dumont is looking good with a 3 game point scoring streak with 2 game goalstreak. Richard Martin is looking good with 4 points in 3 games last week. Mike Keane is looking steady with 3 points in 3 games last week. Tim Connolly is looking good with 4 points in 3 games last week.

Who's cold

Martin Biron hasn't got a chance to start in the last five games. Bryan Marchment has been a healthy scratch in his last five games. Steve Washburn has been a healthy scratch in his last five games. Dixon Ward has been a healthy scratch in his last five games.

Trainer's room

Valeri Kamensky remains sidelined with wrist injury.



13-10-2002 Weekly team report
Who's hot

Bob Essensa is playing well with 2 wins in his 2 starts last week and allowing 1 goals.

Who's cold

No-one is especially cold at the moment.

Trainer's room

Valeri Kamensky remains sidelined with wrist injury.



10-10-2002 James Patrick frustrated
Buffalo Sabres defenseman James Patrick feels frustrated about his position in the organization. He feels he's good enough to be a core player for the team and wonders why the organization still considers him a regular player.

A native of Canada, James Patrick was originally drafted to the NHL by the New York Rangers in the 1st round of the 1981 entry draft. He has appeared in 1102 NHL games during his career, notching 136 goals and adding 464 assists along with 705 penalty minutes. The 29 year old defenseman has played 2 games with the Buffalo Sabres this season, totalling 0+1=1 with 0 PIM.


9-10-2002 Valeri Kamensky frustrated
Buffalo Sabres right wing Valeri Kamensky feels frustrated about his position in the organization. He feels he's good enough to be a core player for the team and wonders why the organization still considers him a minor league player.

A native of Canada, Valeri Kamensky was originally drafted to the NHL by the Vancouver Canucks in the 3rd round of the 1988 entry draft. He has appeared in 45 NHL games during his career, notching 12 goals and adding 6 assists along with 58 penalty minutes. The 28 year old right wing has not yet played for the Buffalo Sabres this season.


7-10-2002 Brian Campbell frustrated
Buffalo Sabres defenseman Brian Campbell feels frustrated about his position in the organization. He feels he's good enough to be a regular player for the team and wonders why the organization still considers him a minor league player.

A native of Canada, Brian Campbell was originally drafted to the NHL by the Buffalo Sabres in the 6th round of the 1997 entry draft. He has appeared in 20 NHL games during his career, notching 1 goals and adding 4 assists along with 6 penalty minutes. The 23 year old defenseman has not yet played for the Buffalo Sabres this season. He has played 2 games with the Rochester Americans this season, totalling 0+0=0 with 2 PIM.


7-10-2002 James Patrick reaches a milestone !
James Patrick scored the 600th point of his career in tonight's game against the Dallas Stars on a goal by Stu Barnes. You've got to hand it to the other guys in the room though, they gave it their all tonight, our record breaker told a Hockey Night in Canada reporter..

A native of Canada, James Patrick was originally drafted to the NHL by the New York Rangers in the 1st round of the 1981 entry draft. He has appeared in 1101 NHL games during his career, notching 136 goals and adding 464 assists along with 705 penalty minutes. The 29 year old defenseman has played 1 games with the Buffalo Sabres this season, totalling 0+1=1 with 0 PIM.


6-10-2002 Weekly team report
Who's hot

No-one is especially hot at the moment.

Who's cold

Bob Essensa has been chilly and allowed 4 goals in 1 games.

Trainer's room

Valeri Kamensky remains sidelined with wrist injury.



3-10-2002 Martin Prusek agrees on a contract.
Martin Prusek has signed a one year deal with the Rochester Americans. Financial terms of the deal were not announced.

2-10-2002 Richard Martin frustrated
Buffalo Sabres left wing Richard Martin feels frustrated about his position in the organization. He feels he's good enough to be a franchise player for the team and wonders why the organization still considers him a minor league player.

A native of Canada, Richard Martin was originally drafted to the NHL by the Washington Capitals in the 3rd round of the 1987 entry draft. He has appeared in 94 NHL games during his career, notching 9 goals and adding 15 assists along with 41 penalty minutes. The 28 year old left wing looks to stay a member of the team for a long time.


30-9-2002 Richard Martin frustrated
Buffalo Sabres left wing Richard Martin feels frustrated about his position in the organization. He feels he's good enough to be a franchise player for the team and wonders why the organization still considers him a minor league player.

A native of Canada, Richard Martin was originally drafted to the NHL by the Washington Capitals in the 3rd round of the 1987 entry draft. He has appeared in 94 NHL games during his career, notching 9 goals and adding 15 assists along with 41 penalty minutes. The 28 year old left wing is expecting a good season for the team.


30-9-2002 Media rates the best players in the league
GOALTENDER
NameOFDFOAAgeTeam
Tom BarrassoA-A-A-27Carolina Hurricanes
Dominik Hasek BA-A-37Detroit Red Wings
Patrick Roy88878631Colorado Avalanche
Jean-Sebastien GiguereA-BB25Anaheim Ducks
Martin BrodeurBBB30New Jersey Devils
Billy SmithBBB28New York Islanders
Ed BelfourBBB30Dallas Stars
Ken DrydenB-BB28Montreal Canadiens
Mike RichterBBB29Columbus Blue Jackets
Curtis JosephB-B-B28Toronto Maple Leafs
DEFENSEMAN
NameOFDFOAAgeTeam
Brian LeetchA-B-B27New York Rangers
Rob Blake85828327Colorado Avalanche
Bobby OrrBBB29Boston Bruins
Scott NiedermayerB-BB29New Jersey Devils
Chris ProngerCAB27Edmonton Oilers
Sandis OzolinshB-B-B30Florida Panthers
Nicklas LidstromB-BB32Detroit Red Wings
Kimmo TimonenB-BB27Nashville Predators
Scott StevensC-AB28New Jersey Devils
Al MacInnisB-B-B29Buffalo Sabres
LEFT WING
NameOFDFOAAgeTeam
Sergei FedorovBB-B32Detroit Red Wings
John LeClairA-B-B29Philadelphia Flyers
Paul KariyaACB27Anaheim Ducks
Mike ModanoA-B-B32Dallas Stars
Mark MessierB-BB29New York Rangers
Adam GravesBB-B27San Jose Sharks
Keith TkachukBB-B30Edmonton Oilers
Gary RobertsB-B-B29Toronto Maple Leafs
Shayne CorsonB-B-B29Toronto Maple Leafs
Peter BondraBB-B28Washington Capitals
CENTER
NameOFDFOAAgeTeam
Joe SakicAB-A-28Arizona Coyotes
Wayne GretzkyAB-A-27Edmonton Oilers
Jean BeliveauBB-A-27Minnesota Wild
Mario LemieuxAB-A-26Pittsburgh Penguins
Peter Forsberg86838529Colorado Avalanche
Ron FrancisB-BB29Carolina Hurricanes
Jeremy RoenickBBB27Philadelphia Flyers
Steve YzermanBB-B27Detroit Red Wings
Alexei YashinA-CB28New York Islanders
Adam OatesBB-B30Washington Capitals
RIGHT WING
NameOFDFOAAgeTeam
Jaromir JagrAC-A-30Washington Capitals
Teemu SelanneA-B-B27Anaheim Ducks
Tony AmonteA-CB28Chicago Blackhawks
Mark RecchiBB-B28Philadelphia Flyers
Brett HullB-CB28Detroit Red Wings
Maurice RichardBB-B28Montreal Canadiens
Eric LindrosA-BB29New York Rangers
Claude LemieuxB-BB27Arizona Coyotes
Pavel BureADB31Nashville Predators
Scott MellanbyB-B-B28Buffalo Sabres


29-9-2002 Weekly team report
Who's hot

No-one is especially hot at the moment.

Who's cold

No-one is especially cold at the moment.

Trainer's room

Valeri Kamensky remains sidelined with wrist injury.



29-9-2002 Scott Thornton interviewed in paper
Scott Thornton was interviewed in today's paper about the recent trade that sent him from San Jose Sharks to Buffalo Sabres. This is a great hockey town, and I'm gonna' miss it here. In some ways this will always feel like a home to me, he choked before breaking down and being helped out.

29-9-2002 Buffalo Sabres trade
Buffalo Sabres traded Miroslav Satan to San Jose Sharks for Scott Thornton, Bryan Marchment and DAL's round 2 pick in 2003

A native of Canada, Scott Thornton was originally drafted to the NHL by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1st round of the 1989 entry draft. He has appeared in 575 NHL games during his career, notching 74 goals and adding 80 assists along with 1025 penalty minutes. The 31 year old left wing has played 8 games with the San Jose Sharks this season, totalling 0+1=1 with 15 PIM.

A native of Canada, Bryan Marchment was originally drafted to the NHL by the Arizona Coyotes in the 1st round of the 1987 entry draft. He has appeared in 669 NHL games during his career, notching 34 goals and adding 105 assists along with 1823 penalty minutes. The 33 year old defenseman has played 8 games with the San Jose Sharks this season, totalling 0+0=0 with 16 PIM.

A native of Slovakia, Miroslav Satan was originally drafted to the NHL by the Edmonton Oilers in the 5th round of the 1993 entry draft. He has appeared in 469 NHL games during his career, notching 168 goals and adding 149 assists along with 200 penalty minutes. The 27 year old left wing has played 8 games with the Buffalo Sabres this season, totalling 1+2=3 with 6 PIM.


26-9-2002 Team captain meets with Chris Gratton
Team captain Rob Ray called a short meeting with Chris Gratton after practice today to discuss some issues that have affected his play. I guess they needed someone to take the blame..., said Chris Gratton as he left the ice, ...but I'll take it like a man

26-9-2002 René Robert frustrated
Buffalo Sabres right wing René Robert feels frustrated about his position in the organization. He feels he's good enough to be a core player for the team and wonders why the organization still considers him a minor league player.

A native of Canada, René Robert was originally drafted to the NHL by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 4th round of the 1986 entry draft. He has appeared in 551 NHL games during his career, notching 191 goals and adding 250 assists along with 611 penalty minutes. The 28 year old right wing has played 8 games with the Buffalo Sabres this season, totalling 1+2=3 with 12 PIM.


22-9-2002 Al MacInnis frustrated
Buffalo Sabres defenseman Al MacInnis feels frustrated about his position in the organization. He feels he's good enough to be a franchise player for the team and wonders why the organization still considers him a core player.

A native of Canada, Al MacInnis was originally drafted to the NHL by the Calgary Flames in the 1st round of the 1981 entry draft. He has appeared in 1264 NHL games during his career, notching 313 goals and adding 845 assists along with 1384 penalty minutes. The 29 year old defenseman has played 2 games with the Buffalo Sabres this season, totalling 0+0=0 with 2 PIM.


22-9-2002 Weekly team report
Who's hot

Bob Essensa is playing well with 1 wins in his 2 starts last week and allowing 3 goals.

Who's cold

Martin Biron hasn't got a chance to start in the last five games. Curtis Brown has lost his sights and is now 6 games without a goal. Tim Connolly has lost his sights and is now 5 games without a goal. René Robert has lost his sights and is now 5 games without a goal.

Trainer's room

Valeri Kamensky remains sidelined with wrist injury.



21-9-2002 Valeri Kamensky frustrated
Buffalo Sabres right wing Valeri Kamensky feels frustrated about his position in the organization. He feels he's good enough to be a core player for the team and wonders why the organization still considers him a minor league player.

A native of Canada, Valeri Kamensky was originally drafted to the NHL by the Vancouver Canucks in the 3rd round of the 1988 entry draft. He has appeared in 49 NHL games during his career, notching 13 goals and adding 6 assists along with 60 penalty minutes. The 28 year old right wing has played 4 games with the Buffalo Sabres this season, totalling 1+0=1 with 2 PIM.


18-9-2002 Brian Campbell frustrated
Buffalo Sabres defenseman Brian Campbell feels frustrated about his position in the organization. He feels he's good enough to be a regular player for the team and wonders why the organization still considers him a minor league player.

A native of Canada, Brian Campbell was originally drafted to the NHL by the Buffalo Sabres in the 6th round of the 1997 entry draft. He has appeared in 20 NHL games during his career, notching 1 goals and adding 4 assists along with 6 penalty minutes. The 23 year old defenseman has not yet played for the Buffalo Sabres this season.


15-9-2002 Valeri Kamensky frustrated
Buffalo Sabres right wing Valeri Kamensky feels frustrated about his position in the organization. He feels he's good enough to be a core player for the team and wonders why the organization still considers him a minor league player.

A native of Canada, Valeri Kamensky was originally drafted to the NHL by the Vancouver Canucks in the 3rd round of the 1988 entry draft. He has appeared in 49 NHL games during his career, notching 13 goals and adding 6 assists along with 60 penalty minutes. The 28 year old right wing has played 4 games with the Buffalo Sabres this season, totalling 1+0=1 with 2 PIM.


15-9-2002 Weekly team report
Who's hot

Stu Barnes is looking good with 3 points in 2 games last week.

Who's cold

No-one is especially cold at the moment.

Trainer's room

Richard Martin remains sidelined with arm injury. Valeri Kamensky remains sidelined with wrist injury.



15-9-2002 Richard Martin resumes full training.
Buffalo Sabres left wing Richard Martin has resumed full training after his arm injury.

14-9-2002 Valeri Kamensky injured.
Valeri Kamensky (BUF) suffered wrist injury during the game in an incident with Chris Therien (PHI). He is expected to be sidelined for a couple of months. You can't rush these kinds of injuries, sometimes you just have to stay off your feet for awhile, he said while limping toward the dressing room.

12-9-2002 Scott Mellanby frustrated
Buffalo Sabres right wing Scott Mellanby feels frustrated about his position in the organization. He feels he's good enough to be a franchise player for the team and wonders why the organization still considers him a regular player.

A native of Canada, Scott Mellanby was originally drafted to the NHL by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2nd round of the 1984 entry draft. He has appeared in 1079 NHL games during his career, notching 285 goals and adding 356 assists along with 2016 penalty minutes. The 28 year old right wing has not yet played for the Buffalo Sabres this season.


11-9-2002 Miroslav Satan frustrated
Buffalo Sabres left wing Miroslav Satan feels frustrated about his position in the organization. He feels he's good enough to be a franchise player for the team and wonders why the organization still considers him a core player.

A native of Slovakia, Miroslav Satan was originally drafted to the NHL by the Edmonton Oilers in the 5th round of the 1993 entry draft. He has appeared in 464 NHL games during his career, notching 167 goals and adding 147 assists along with 198 penalty minutes. The 27 year old left wing has played 3 games with the Buffalo Sabres this season, totalling 0+0=0 with 4 PIM.


11-9-2002 Richard Martin injured.
Richard Martin (BUF) suffered arm injury during the game in an incident with Ken Daneyko (NJ). He is expected to be sidelined for a couple of days. I'll just put some ice on it and it'll be as good as new. It will take more than this to slow me down, he commented to the press.

8-9-2002 Al MacInnis frustrated
Buffalo Sabres defenseman Al MacInnis feels frustrated about his position in the organization. He feels he's good enough to be a franchise player for the team and wonders why the organization still considers him a core player.

A native of Canada, Al MacInnis was originally drafted to the NHL by the Calgary Flames in the 1st round of the 1981 entry draft. He has appeared in 1262 NHL games during his career, notching 313 goals and adding 845 assists along with 1382 penalty minutes. The 29 year old defenseman has not yet played for the Buffalo Sabres this season.


8-9-2002 Weekly team report
Who's hot

René Robert is looking good with 3 points in 2 games last week.

Who's cold

No-one is especially cold at the moment.

Trainer's room

No injuries at the moment.



7-9-2002 James Patrick frustrated
Buffalo Sabres defenseman James Patrick feels frustrated about his position in the organization. He feels he's good enough to be a core player for the team and wonders why the organization still considers him a regular player.

A native of Canada, James Patrick was originally drafted to the NHL by the New York Rangers in the 1st round of the 1981 entry draft. He has appeared in 1101 NHL games during his career, notching 136 goals and adding 464 assists along with 705 penalty minutes. The 29 year old defenseman has played 1 games with the Buffalo Sabres this season, totalling 0+1=1 with 0 PIM.


3-9-2002 René Robert frustrated
Buffalo Sabres right wing René Robert feels frustrated about his position in the organization. He feels he's good enough to be a core player for the team and wonders why the organization still considers him a minor league player.

A native of Canada, René Robert was originally drafted to the NHL by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 4th round of the 1986 entry draft. He has appeared in 543 NHL games during his career, notching 190 goals and adding 248 assists along with 599 penalty minutes. The 28 year old right wing is looking forward for the start of the season.


2-9-2002 Richard Martin frustrated
Buffalo Sabres left wing Richard Martin feels frustrated about his position in the organization. He feels he's good enough to be a franchise player for the team and wonders why the organization still considers him a minor league player.

A native of Canada, Richard Martin was originally drafted to the NHL by the Washington Capitals in the 3rd round of the 1987 entry draft. He has appeared in 94 NHL games during his career, notching 9 goals and adding 15 assists along with 41 penalty minutes. The 28 year old left wing is looking forward for the start of the season.


2-9-2002 Buffalo Sabres trade
Buffalo Sabres traded Dmitri Kalinin, Henrik Tallinder, Jason Pominville and BUF's round 1 pick in 2004 to Winnipeg Jets for Richard Martin and René Robert

2-9-2002 Buffalo Sabres trade
Buffalo Sabres traded Maxim Afinogenov, Ryan Miller, Keith Ballard, Derek Roy, BUF's round 1 pick in 2003 and BUF's round 1 pick in 2005 to St. Louis Blues for Mike Keane, Scott Mellanby and Al MacInnis

1-9-2002 Weekly team report
Who's hot

No-one is especially hot at the moment.

Who's cold

No-one is especially cold at the moment.

Trainer's room

No injuries at the moment.



31-8-2002 Christian Matte released.
Buffalo Sabres released Christian Matte to free agency.

31-8-2002 Chris Taylor released.
Buffalo Sabres released Chris Taylor to free agency.

31-8-2002 Sasha Lakovic released.
Buffalo Sabres released Sasha Lakovic to free agency.

31-8-2002 Greg Walters released.
Buffalo Sabres released Greg Walters to free agency.

31-8-2002 Tom Askey released.
Buffalo Sabres released Tom Askey to free agency.

31-8-2002 Kirk Daubenspeck released.
Buffalo Sabres released Kirk Daubenspeck to free agency.

31-8-2002 Doug Houda released.
Buffalo Sabres released Doug Houda to free agency.

31-8-2002 Mike Hurlbut released.
Buffalo Sabres released Mike Hurlbut to free agency.

31-8-2002 Todd Nelson released.
Buffalo Sabres released Todd Nelson to free agency.

31-8-2002 Paul Traynor released.
Buffalo Sabres released Paul Traynor to free agency.

31-8-2002 Kevin Bolibruck released.
Buffalo Sabres released Kevin Bolibruck to free agency.

31-8-2002 Mario Larocque released.
Buffalo Sabres released Mario Larocque to free agency.

30-8-2002 Eric Boulton frustrated
Buffalo Sabres left wing Eric Boulton feels frustrated about his position in the organization. He feels he's good enough to be a regular player for the team and wonders why the organization still considers him a minor league player.

A native of Canada, Eric Boulton was originally drafted to the NHL by the New York Rangers in the 9th round of the 1994 entry draft. He has appeared in 37 NHL games during his career, notching 1 goals and adding 2 assists along with 96 penalty minutes. The 26 year old left wing is waiting for a good start this season.


29-8-2002 Luc Theoret uncertain about future
Luc Theoret wants clarification on his future as he no longer can be considered a prospect. He wants you to clarify his status in the organization.

30-6-2002 Training camp preview
Buffalo Sabres will arrange the annual training camp starting on September 14th. Players reporting to the training camp with either Buffalo Sabres and Rochester Americans:
- Martin Biron G
- Eric Boulton L
- Denis Hamel L
- Stu Barnes C
- Curtis Brown C
- Chris Gratton C
- Erik Rasmussen L
- Maxim Afinogenov R
- Jean-Pierre Dumont R
- Rob Ray R
- Miroslav Satan L
- Mika Noronen G
- Vaclav Varada R
- Dmitri Kalinin D
- Jason Woolley D
- Alexei Zhitnik D
- Rhett Warrener D
- James Patrick D
- Jay McKee D
- Richard Smehlik D
- Slava Kozlov L
- Christian Matte R
- Tim Connolly C
- Taylor Pyatt L
- Rory Fitzpatrick D
- Bob Essensa G
- Kirk Daubenspeck G
- Jeremy Adduono L
- Tom Askey G
- Kevin Bolibruck D
- Ryan Brindley D
- Brian Campbell D
- Craig Charron C
- Quinn Hancock C
- Doug Houda D
- Mike Hurlbut D
- Joel Irving R
- Dane Jackson R
- Jaroslav Kristek R
- David Kudelka D
- Sasha Lakovic R
- Mike Mader R
- Francois Methot C
- Norm Milley L
- Todd Nelson D
- Andrew Peters L
- Chris Taylor R
- Paul Traynor D
- Darren VanOene L
- Mike Barrie C
- Mario Larocque D
- Greg Walters L
- Henrik Tallinder D
- Doug Janik D
- Milan Bartovic R
- Ales Kotalik R
- Luc Theoret D

Players reporting out of shape:
- Rob Ray R
- Dmitri Kalinin D
- Alexei Zhitnik D
- Rhett Warrener D
- Kevin Bolibruck D
- Doug Houda D
- Dane Jackson R
- Chris Taylor R
- Mike Barrie C

Players reporting in good shape:
- Martin Biron G
- Stu Barnes C
- Curtis Brown C
- Richard Smehlik D
- Christian Matte R
- Rory Fitzpatrick D
- Kirk Daubenspeck G
- Joel Irving R
- Jaroslav Kristek R


24-6-2002 Bob Essensa frustrated
Buffalo Sabres goaltender Bob Essensa feels frustrated about his position in the organization. He feels he's good enough to be a core player for the team and wonders why the organization still considers him a regular player.

A native of Canada, Bob Essensa was originally drafted to the NHL by the Arizona Coyotes in the 4th round of the 1983 entry draft. He has appeared in 437 NHL games during his career, booking 18 career shutouts and allowing 1253 goals. The 37 year old goaltender is looking forward for the start of the season.


22-6-2002 Bob Essensa frustrated
Buffalo Sabres goaltender Bob Essensa feels frustrated about his position in the organization. He feels he's good enough to be a core player for the team and wonders why the organization still considers him a regular player.

A native of Canada, Bob Essensa was originally drafted to the NHL by the Arizona Coyotes in the 4th round of the 1983 entry draft. He has appeared in 437 NHL games during his career, booking 18 career shutouts and allowing 1253 goals. The 37 year old goaltender is looking forward for the start of the season.


23-6-2002 Contracts expiring !
The following players' contracts are going to expire in one week:


23-6-2002 Contracts expiring !
The following staff members' contracts are going to expire in one week:


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