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Sabres notes: Vanek sits, Gaustad out Wednesday

  • Posted on March 9, 2010 at 4:07 pm

A few quick notes from Buffalo Sabres practice today.

Thomas Vanek was held out of practice with what Lindy Ruff called a schedule “maintenance” day.  Vanek has been banged up but hasn’t missed any games. Many think he’s been playing hurt the majority of the year, which may explain only having 19 goals after having 36 and 40 the past two years, respectively.

Paul Gaustad will not be in the lineup tomorrow night when the Sabres host the Dallas Stars. He’s been out with a shoulder injury since getting into a fight Mike Rupp off Pittsburgh last Monday.

Gaustad took part in non contact drills on Tuesday skating on a line with Tim Kennedy and Mike Greer.

Stupar and Harris were tendered by the Bills

  • Posted on March 9, 2010 at 12:33 pm

Though the team never officially announced it and I’m befuddled as to why, I’m told that the Bills tendered Jonathan Stupar and Cary Harris as Exclusive Rights Free Agents before last week’s deadline.

Harris appeared in four games with Buffalo last year and had the game of his life in the season finale against Indianapolis, picking off a pair of  passes, including one against Peyton Manning during the Colts opening drive.

Stupar appeared in 14 games last season, catching five passes for 39 yards.

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NU’s Beattle named to CHA All-Rookie team

  • Posted on March 9, 2010 at 11:49 am

After a strong rookie season, men’s hockey blueliner Jason Beattie has been named to the 2009-10 College Hockey America All-Rookie Team, as announced by the conference on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-3 product has scored two goals, three assists and five points in 28 games thus far for the Purple Eagles. Beattie also is a force to be dealt with in the defensive end, known for his physical play and crushing checks.

The No. 4 Niagara Purple Eagles open the 2010 CHA Tournament against the No. 1 Bemidji State Beavers at Dwyer Arena at 7 p.m. on Friday. Tickets are still available for Friday night’s game. The game will be broadcasted on the Niagara Sports Network.

Woods earns spot in NCAA Championships

  • Posted on March 9, 2010 at 11:38 am

The University at Buffalo’s Kristy Woods (Mercer, PA/Grove City) has earned a spot in this weekend’s NCAA Indoor Track and Field National Championships in Fayetteville, AR. The sophomore will compete in the women’s shot put event at the national championship meet.

Woods secured her spot in the national field at last Friday’s Columbia Last Chance Meet in New York City. She posted a throw of 53-9.50 (16.40m), breaking her UB school record for the third time this season and adding more than nine inches to her NCAA provisional qualification distance.

Woods is seeded 17th in a 19-thrower field. Seven throwers in the national field automatically earned their slots in the competition. The remainder of the field was filled with provisional qualifiers, based on their top throws, in descending order until the field was completed.

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Source: Bills “quietly and patiently” monitoring Bryant, Mason

  • Posted on March 9, 2010 at 10:00 am

Antonio BryantI’m told by a source I trust that Buddy Nix and the Buffalo Bills front office is “quietly and patiently” monitoring free agent wide receivers Antonio Bryant and Derrick Mason.

With a lot of holes to fill in the upcoming April NFL draft, the Bills are likely to address wide receiver at some point in free agency.  But the team isn’t in any rush to find one and want to see what the market is going to be for the more productive receivers still out there.

“The Bills are quietly and patiently waiting to see what happens with them and a few other guys,” the source said.  “They will find a receiver in this crop but don’t want to jump the gun and have to overpay for a number two like they did last year (with Terrell Owens).  There should be one or more guys that don’t find the money they’re looking for out there and that could help Buffalo.”

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Report: Bills to meet with C.J. Spiller

  • Posted on March 9, 2010 at 8:40 am

CJ SpillerIn what could be best described as interesting, Pro Football Talk is reporting Tuesday morning that the Buffalo are lining up a visit with University of Clemson running back C.J. Spiller.

The Mike Florio report says a source with knowledge tells him the visit will take place sometime next week.

There are few running backs considered a first round prospect in this year’s NFL draft but Spiller is one of them.  Some have him rated as high as a potential top ten pick.

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Free Agency news & notes

  • Posted on March 9, 2010 at 8:25 am

Some Buffalo Bills related free agency notes you may or may not have already known for Tuesday morning.

♦♦ Terrell Owens will be in Cincinnati today.  The Bengals are expected to sign a wide receiver as early as this afternoon and it could be Owens or fellow free agent wide receiver Antonio Bryant.  As we all know, Bengals eccentric wide out Chad Ochocinco has been lobbying for Owens for the past few months so we’ll see what happens.

♦♦ After the Bills failed to tender offensive guard Richie Incognito it was widely rumored he’d be returning to the St. Louis Rams.  According to the St. Louis Globe-Democrat, that’s not going to happen.

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