March 7, 1989 |
The Buffalo Sabres yesterday traded defenseman Cale Johansson to the Washington Capitals for goalie Clint Malarchuk and defenseman Grant Ledyard. The teams also will exchange undisclosed draft choices. Malarchuk spent five seasons with the Quebec Nordiques before being traded to Washington in 1987. Last season, he played in 54 games and compiled a 3.16 goals-against average. Ledyard had four goals and three assists in 21 games. Johansson, a native of Sweden, played in 71 games with the Sabres last season, collecting 42 points.
March 10, 1998 |
The Buffalo Sabres offered Dominik Hasek a long-term contract that would make the Olympic gold medalist the NHL's highest-paid goaltender. Hasek is being offered between $7.5 million and $8.5 million a season, starting with the 1998-99 season, people familiar with the negotiations told Bloomberg News. The contract would replace the $4 million he was scheduled to make after the Sabres exercised an option on his current contract. "We are encouraged by the team's offer," said agent Rich Winter.
May 4, 1995 |
Few will fess up, but every team in this mad dash to the Stanley Cup had a favorite first-round foe. The Rangers wanted the untested Flyers. The Flyers would have liked the Capitals, dreaded the possibility of the Rangers, and will take the Sabres as a consolation. The Sabres got what they wanted. At least they got what Dominik Hasek, their standout goaltender, wanted. And that's really all that matters. For without him, the only request these guys would be making right now is for a tee time.
January 16, 1999 |
Maybe what Dominik Hasek and Buffalo needed in the last couple of weeks were more divisional games. The Dominator made 33 saves, while Brian Holzinger and Curtis Brown added offensive support with goals, as the Sabres defeated visiting Boston last night, 2-1, in a Northeast Division matchup. Buffalo, playing its first division contest since a 3-2 overtime loss to Ottawa Dec. 30, snapped a four-game winless streak (0-3-1) and inched closer in the division race. The Sabres' 50 points are just one behind division co-leaders Toronto and Ottawa.
October 22, 1999 |
The Buffalo Sabres are still without a victory and goaltender Dominik Hasek is without a starting job - at least for now. The 0-5-2 Sabres sent their struggling goaltender to the bench after one period in a loss to Nashville and have decided to leave him there a while. Third-string goalie Martin Biron will start against Carolina tonight as the desperate Sabres try to stave off the worst start in team history. How long Hasek remains idle depends on 22-year-old Biron. "If Marty plays unbelievable and wins games, he's going to play," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said yesterday.
June 12, 1999 |
The Buffalo Sabres were more than a bit miffed after their Game 2 Stanley Cup finals loss to Dallas, and not just because the Sabres had come infuriatingly close to taking a commanding 2-0 series lead. The Sabres were concerned about the half-dozen or so times Dallas players made contact with Buffalo goalie Dominik Hasek during the Stars' 4-2 series-evening victory. Everybody on both sides undertands Hasek, the NHL's two-time defending MVP, is the key player in this series.
May 19, 2007 |
Disappointed in letting the Sabres off the hook once, Ray Emery and the Ottawa Senators arrived in Buffalo yesterday confident they won't let that happen again. "Not to take anything away from them, they had their backs against the wall and performed," the Senators goaltender said. "But we still believe we control our own destiny. And if we play our game, we're a very tough team to beat, and we'll win more often than not. " The Senators, with a 3-1 lead on the Sabres in the Eastern Conference finals, will get their second crack at clinching their first Stanley Cup finals berth in Game 5 at Buffalo this afternoon.
January 14, 2003 |
The Buffalo Sabres filed for bankruptcy protection yesterday, becoming the second NHL team in a week to seek relief from creditors. Commissioner Gary Bettman said the Chapter 11 filing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Buffalo is a step toward resolving the financial problems that put the Sabres under league control in June. The team is for sale, and the filing could be a step toward a possible move. "It will enable the Sabres to secure financing that will allow them to continue to operate in the ordinary course, subject to league supervision, while the sale process is completed," said Bettman, who addressed Sabres employees and the media.
June 19, 1999 |
The only thing we can really say for sure is that this alley fight of a Stanley Cup final series isn't over. The Buffalo Sabres are down, 3-2, to the Dallas Stars, but they're headed home to Marine Midland Arena for tonight's Game 6. They are 8-1 at home in the playoffs, their only loss there coming a week ago in Game 3 of this series. "We're pretty positive," Sabres captain Michael Peca said after a gut-wrenching 2-0 loss Thursday in Dallas. "We just fell a couple of bounces s short.
June 3, 1998 |
It was happening to Dominik Hasek again. The Buffalo Sabres had lost three successive playoff games, and somehow, in Buffalo, it was all Hasek's fault, just as it had been a year earlier, when Hasek exited the playoffs with a knee injury and the Sabres soon followed. A column in yesterday's Buffalo News referred to "a now obvious lack of mental toughness" on the part of the NHL's reigning most valuable player, who almost certainly will win that award again this season. So Hasek skated onto the hostile MCI Center ice last night needing to prove something, and never mind that he'd stolen the gold medal for the Czech Republic in the Nagano Olympics, or that he'd led a team that lacks even a 25-goal scorer into the Stanley Cup semifinals, where the Sabres had last ventured in 1980.