Rumor Roundup: Stars may be aligning for Martin Brodeur

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It appears the Boston Bruins could look elsewhere for help at right wing. While they reportedly had interest in Buffalo Sabres winger Chris Stewart, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman claims it doesn’t appear a deal can be made at this time.

Friedman claims the asking price was either two young players or a young player and a draft pick. CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty commended Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli for walking away, noting Chiarelli is pleased with the improved stability his forward lines have shown in recent games. Read more

Buffalo, Carolina playing beer league-caliber hockey – with no end in sight

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The NHL hasn't fielded two teams this poor at the same time in more than 20 years. (Getty Images)

The before: my summer conversation with Buffalo Sabres right winger Chris Stewart.

“You look at our team now and there are 13 or 14 new faces. So we come in and think of last year as an anomaly. There’s nothing we can do now. We can worry about the future. I hear everybody talking about tanking for Connor McDavid. That’s not in my DNA, personally.”

The after: my conversation with Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers after Tuesday’s humiliating loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

“It didn’t go our way because we didn’t work. That was an embarrassing effort, top to bottom, from our group, including myself. We hung out our goalie (Michal Neuvirth). He battled as much as he could, and we didn’t give him any help.

“Something’s got to change. This is probably the worst we’ve had it.”

It’s not like optimism in Buffalo was sky-high entering 2014-15, but there was a glimmer of hope the team would improve. General manager Tim Murray brought back Matt Moulson and added a cadre of veterans, including Brian Gionta, Josh Gorges and Andrej Meszaros. Maybe, just maybe, the Sabres would trudge their way up the basement stairs.

But, goodness, Tuesday in Toronto was a sight to behold. The Sabres’ 10 shots set a 44-year franchise low. They’ve been shut out four times in six games and are on pace to double the record for the most donuted team in one NHL campaign. They average 1.1 goals per game. After posting an NHL-worst 41.0 Corsi Close percentage last season, they sit at 36.6 percent after 10 contests.

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Rumor Roundup: Mike Green could be perfect fit for Colorado

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Nearly a month into this season, the Colorado Avalanche stumbled from the gate with a 2-4-4 record. Poor defensive play is a significant factor behind their sputtering start, as they rank among the worst teams in shots-against and goals-against per game.

This poor start is a far cry from last season, when they topped the Central Division with 112 points and qualified for the playoffs for the first time in four years. With their depth in young talent and 2013-14 Jack Adams Award winner Patrick Roy behind the bench, the Avs entered this season seemingly poised to build upon that success. Read more

Rumor Roundup: Isles have prospects to help land supplementary talent

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The New York Islanders are off to a terrific start this season. Entering this week, the Isles had a record of 6-2-0, putting them atop the Metropolitan Division and second overall in the Eastern Conference.

ESPN.com’s Craig Custance fielded a question from an Islanders fan wondering if the club might pursue a top-six forward like Carolina’s Eric Staal or a top-four defenseman. With over $63.5 million in payroll, the Isles have the space to take on a star player, as well as depth in promising young players to offer up as trade bait. Read more

Rumor Roundup: Staal, Stewart still highly sought after

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Carolina Hurricanes captain Eric Staal reportedly has no intention of waiving his no-trade clause, but that hasn’t kept his name out of the rumor mill.

TSN’s Darren Dreger reports there’s no change in Staal’s commitment to the struggling Hurricanes, who enter this week as the NHL’s only winless team. Dreger claims the Toronto Maple Leafs, who inquired about the Hurricanes’ captain in the offseason, remain interested in him. Read more

Buffalo’s new HarborCenter aims to be destination site for North American players and teams

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Note: This article has been sponsored by HarborCenter.

It wasn’t until he was 18 years old and he got to meet Pat LaFontaine that Kevyn Adams rubbed shoulders with an NHL superstar.

Adams had attended hockey schools as a kid, but there were never any NHL instructors present. So as the 40-year-old ex-NHLer prepares to tackle the responsibility of imparting his experience and influence on young hockey players at the newly constructed HarborCenter in Buffalo, it is a responsibility he takes seriously.

“I just had that conversation with my mother the other day and she said, ‘Do you remember when you were a kid how excited you would have been to have an opportunity like this to work with an NHL player?’ and the truth is, it is pretty special,” said Adams, the director of the Academy of Hockey at HarborCenter.

HarborCenter, which officially opens Oct. 31 and will be home to the Buffalo Junior Sabres program as well as Canisius College men’s Div. I hockey team, is a hockey and entertainment complex with two NHL-sized rinks, six 1,000-square-foot dressing rooms, a sports bar and restaurant and a two-story Tim Horton’s Coffee and Bake Shop. Buffalo mayor Byron Brown will unveil a statue of former Sabres defenseman Tim Horton on the weekend.

Adams, a defensive specialist who played 540 games in the NHL scoring 59 goals and 136 points with a handful of teams, spent two years as the development coach with the Buffalo Sabres upon retiring as a player and then two more years as coach Lindy Ruff’s assistant before returning to school to complete his MBA. He was approached by Sabres owner Terry Pegula with the notion of building HarborCenter and has spent the past year and a half hiring staff and preparing for the opening of the facility.

Although he was born in Washington, D.C., Adams grew up in Buffalo and is pumped to be able to give back to the community he cherishes.

“It’s a really exciting opportunity to have the chance, with the Pegulas’ backing, to raise the level of hockey in Western New York and beyond,” Adams said.

Adams added he has always been passionate about player development and teaching as well as building on the business side. He said his philosophy is simple: “This game is about having fun; it’s at the core of everything we do. It’s about teaching players and coaches to love the game.”

Adams believes HarborCenter will become a destination site for players and teams from all over the United States and Canada. He said there are already plans in place for 20 tournaments starting Halloween weekend and running right through the end of hockey season for all levels of player, male and female.

The team Adams assembled to help run the Academy of Hockey includes former NHL goalie Martin Biron, who will be the director of goaltending, and another former NHL forward, Adam Mair. The staff will also include up to 10 instructors who either coached college hockey or played at a high level.

Adams will take a holistic approach to player development that will be all-encompassing from on-ice skill development to off-ice workouts with video as a teaching tool. There will be a small player-to-coach ratio.

“We want players,” Adams said, “from the young ones right up to NHL players, to come here and have a great experience.”

Dominik Hasek wins again as the Buffalo Sabres prepare to retire his number

Josh Elliott
Dominik Hasek Buffalo Sabres

He terrorized enemy shooters for years in Buffalo with his wild acrobatics and nigh-unbeatable glove, and now, former Sabre Dominik Hasek’s number will take a permanent place in the rafters of First Niagara Center in Western New York.

The Sabres will retire Hasek’s No. 39 jersey at a ceremony in Buffalo on Jan. 13 before a game against the Detroit Red Wings. It’s yet another honour for the award-winning ‘Dominator,’ who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in June.
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