Posted on March 3, 2014 by Patrick Moran
Ryan Miller’s debut with the St. Louis Blues was a successful one Sunday evening.
Miller surrendered a goal in both the first and second periods, but his teammates picked him up with four unanswered tallies in the third as the Blues beat the Phoenix Coyotes on the road, 4-2. Miller finished the game with 23 saves.
Teammate Steve Ott came to St. Louis in the trade last Friday along with Miller. He didn’t score but did finish the night with two shots on net and three hits in 13:58 of ice time.
Miller could make his home debut on Tuesday when the Blues host the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Posted on March 2, 2014 by Patrick Moran
The Buffalo Bills have until 4pm Monday to use the franchise tag on safety Jairus Byrd. According to a report from WGR’s Joe Buscaglia, it’s unlikely to happen.
Buscaglia cites a source that says not only are the Bills unlikely to use the tag again on Byrd before Monday’s deadline, they’re also unlikely to reach any type of deal with Byrd before the three-time Pro Bowler reaches free agency on March 11.
Translation— so long, Jairus Byrd.
In theory the Bills could still sign Byrd to a long-term deal before free agency begins and technically still can even after shopping season begins, but the reality is once tomorrow passes without the Bills tagging Byrd, his Buffalo career will become a thing of the past.
It would cost the Bills $8.43 million…and plenty of headaches to tag Byrd again.
Continue reading ‘Report: Bills Unlikey To Tag Byrd’
Posted on March 2, 2014 by Chris Ostrander
Only the Sabres could find a way to overshadow the news that they had traded their franchise goaltender.
News of Pat LaFontaine’s resignation came less than 24 hours after Ryan Miller and Steve Ott had been traded to St. Louis and managed to throw Sabres Nation into a tizzy. As the news broke fans and media alike scrambled to find an explanation for the decision with the Sabres’ news conference earlier today offering little clarity on the proceedings.
Ted Black confirming that LaFontaine’s departure was known for a few days prior Friday’s trade indicates that whatever discord existed had been brewing for some time. Exactly what the genesis of the divorce was is what’s being so hotly speculated.
Some indicate that LaFontaine was lobbying for retaining Miller and trying to re-sign him with the decision to trade him leading him to step down. Others are jumping to the conclusion that LaFontaine was leaned on to resign or else be fired by those in management. It’s also being suggested that perhaps Tim Murray isn’t planning on extending Ted Nolan and that LaFontaine was going down with Nolan and the ship.
Continue reading ‘Opinion: LaFontaine’s Departure Shouldn’t Alter Direction’
Manhattan guard George Beamon scored a game-high 21 points, highlighted by his steal and layup late in the game to give Manhattan a three-point lead, and teammate RaShawn Stores added 15 points and three assists as the host Jaspers defeated Canisius 68-63 Sunday afternoon in the regular-season finale for both teams in the Draddy Gymnasium.
With the loss, the Golden Griffins end the regular season with a 20-11 overall record and a 14-6 mark in MAAC play. Canisius has earned the No. 4 seed in next weekend’s MAAC Championship Tournament in Springfield, Mass., where the Blue and Gold will meet No. 5 seed Siena on Saturday, March 8 in the quarterfinal round. That game will tipoff at 2:30 p.m., and will be broadcast live on ESPN3 and AM-1400 in Buffalo.
Canisius senior Chris Perez led the way offensively for the Griffs with his team-high 13 points. Fellow senior Billy Baron added 10 points and four assists, while freshman Zach Lewis scored eight points, which all came in the second half. Redshirt-sophomore Dominique Raney had eight points off the bench and junior Josiah Heath chipped in six points and two rebounds as the Griffs ended the game by shooting 37.3 percent from the floor, 30 percent from 3-point land and 77.3 percent from the free-throw line.
Continue reading ‘Griffs Fall at Manhattan in Season Finale’
Posted on February 21, 2014 by Patrick Moran
Here are a few Buffalo Bills related items I’m hearing on Friday via various people. I wouldn’t call it any of it groundbreaking, but perhaps it’s worth a glance anyway.
Of course, the big-ticket Bills saga this offseason remains the Jairus Byrd contract watch. Buffalo is currently in the window of opportunity to franchise tag the pending free agent again, this time at a cost of around $8.3 million. The Bills obviously want Byrd back, and I have no inside knowledge on what they’re willing to pay to retain him long term. What I do know, or should say have heard is there’s no way Byrd is signing for a penny less than being the highest paid safety in the league. I reported on January 21 that Byrd is looking for at least $9 million per year. Now I’m hearing he may actually want more to not test the open market.
The sides haven’t formally met to try and iron out a deal, although that’s expected in the coming days. From what I gather Byrd is determined to see how much he can fetch as a free agent and as crazy as it sounds, his number could land very close to $10 million annually. The list of suitors around the league would be formidable, with Indianapolis, Miami, Green Bay and Cleveland among the possible destinations. Make no mistake about it—Byrd will be a hot commodity if he reaches the market.
Having said that, even in the worst case the Bills still have control of Byrd for another year, should they choose to go down the same path as 2013.
As far as a potential tag-and-trade goes, that’s one area where Byrd actually has leverage. Any team willing to deal for Byrd will have to agree to a long-term deal before surrendering a draft pick of any value. If Byrd doesn’t like the situation he can simply inform an interested franchise that he’ll refuse to sign beyond 2014. There isn’t a team, at least not one with sense that will trade a first or second rounder to what may amount as a rental player. Like it or not, this isn’t the NHL, folks.
Continue reading ‘Friday Bills News & Notes’
Posted on February 20, 2014 by Canisius College Press Release
Quinnipiac senior guard Umar Shannon scored 26 points and fellow guard Zaid Hearst chipped in 21 points, five assists and four rebounds as the visiting Bobcats defeated Canisius 88-81 in front of a sold-out Koessler Athletic Center Thursday night. The win was Quinnipiac’s sixth straight and improves the team to 19-7 overall and 13-4 in MAAC play, while the Golden Griffins saw their two-game winning streak come to and end with the loss. Canisius is now 18-10 overall and 12-5 in conference action.
For Canisius, senior guard Billy Baron scored a game-high 31 points in the loss, his eighth game of 30 points or more this season. He also added six assists, four rebounds and three steals to the Griffs’ effort. Senior forward Chris Manhertz, who returned to the starting line-up after missing three games with a broken nose, had 14 points and seven rebounds and senior Chris Perez chipped in 14 points as well. Canisius shot 44 percent from the floor and 38.1 percent from 3-point land in the loss while turning the ball over just five times, but Quinnipiac controlled the rebounding battle, as the Bobcats out rebounded the Griffs by a 49-27 count.
“Quinnipiac is a very, very physical team and they crash the boards on every shot,” Canisius head coach Jim Baron said. “It’s an attitude. They go up for the ball with a purpose. When we beat them at their place, we did it because we matched them on the glass. Tonight, to their credit, they hit shots and got rebounds, and they never really allowed us to get out in transition.”
Canisius, which trailed by as many as 19 in the opening moments of the second half, was down 68-52 with 3:41 left in the game after Quinnipiac senior Ike Azotam scored on a lay-up. From there, the Griffs tried to battle back, using a 14-5 run over the span of 1:56 to make the score 73-66 in favor of the Bobcats. During that run, Baron scored six points for the Griffs and was credited with an assist on a made 3-point field goal by fellow senior Jordan Heath. After Quinnipiac took a nine-point lead at 77-68 with 1:17 left, Baron hit a 3-pointer in transition on the Griffs’ next trip down the floor to make it a six-point contest at 77-71 with 1:14 left on the clock.
Continue reading ‘Griffs Fall Short Against Quinnipiac’
Posted on February 20, 2014 by Patrick Moran
Fans and officials in Austria aren’t happy with how their hockey team was represented in the Olympics, and it appears that former Buffalo Sabres captain Thomas Vanek is catching the brunt of it.
While Austria wasn’t regarded as legitimate medal contenders, more was expected of them in Russia. Instead, the team went just 1-4 in the Olympics and were soundly eliminated by Slovenia, 4-0 in the pre-quarterfinals.
The backlash is in full swing courtesy of Austrian Ice Hockey Federation President Deiter Kalt. It’s been reported several members of the team, including Vanek were out drinking at a bar until the wee hours of the morning leading up to their elimination game against Slovenia.
For his part, Vanek had just one assist in four games and carried a minus-12 rating.
“He also chose Vanek as team captain to have an experienced player and this obviously went wrong.” Kalt said of Austria head coach Manny Viveiros.
Viveriros said the team partying had a profound negative impact on their game against the Slovs.
“This was our fourth game in the last seven days against three teams who are among the best in the world,” he said. “This costs a lot of energy. We only had a small training before the match against Slovenia because regeneration is so important.”
Austrian Olympic Committee president Karl Stross said in a news conference that they will publish a full list of the players involved and the consequences for each of them.
Vanek will be a NHL unrestricted free agent this summer. I highly doubt his Olympic performance will affect his next contract. Still, it’s not a good look for him, assuming of course everything is true.
Posted on February 20, 2014 by Patrick Moran
A rule of thumb when assessing any NFL draft is to let things simmer for three full seasons before serving up any grades. Fortunately for the Buffalo Bills, remaining loyal to that formula makes the 2011 class look plenty more appealing than if you jumped the gun.
The Bills 2011 draft appeared disastrous if you rendered a verdict one year ago, especially considering the team had two of the first 34 picks. One NFL campaign later that Buddy Nix-orchestrated train wreck is more pleasant on the eyes when reviewing the list, as the first two picks became important pieces to a defense that emerged among the league’s best in several significant categories.
The Bills finished second in the NFL with a franchise-best 57 sacks and also finishing second in the league with 23 interceptions. It was a significant ascent from the 36 sacks and 12 interception totals the Bills accumulated in 2012.
Marcell Dareus and Aaron Williams, the Bills first two picks in 2011 deserve a lot of credit for the rising.
But as a whole, how was that Bills draft class? Most would say it’s ranged from by and large pedestrian to downright inadequate, especially when you see how agonizingly close future NFL superstars came off the board just moments after several Bills selections.
Let’s take a closer look and hand out a final grade:
Continue reading ‘Grading The 2011 Bills Draft – 3 Years Later’
The University at Buffalo men’s basketball team shot 63.3% from the floor, its fifth highest total in school history, as the Bulls defeated Akron, 96-90, Wednesday evening at Alumni Arena. For the first time since 1999, the Bulls had three players score at least 20 points, led by Javon McCrea who just missed recording the first triple-double in school history with 20 points, 13 rebounds and a career-high eight assists.
The victory improves Buffalo to 15-8, surpassing its win total from last year, and putting the Bulls in a first place tie in the MAC East at 9-4.
The two teams showed early that it was going to be a high-scoring affair as the Bulls shot nearly 68% in the first half. However, Akron stayed in the contest, hitting six first half three pointers and shooting 54.8% itself in the opening half. Neither team led by more than six points in the opening half and Akron did take its only two leads midway through the half. The Zips led 24-22 with 8:53 left when the Bulls went on a 6-0 run following a pair of three pointers from Will Regan and Joshua Freelove. The Zips tied the game back up at 35-35, but another Freelove three pointer and a McCrea dunk put the Bulls on top for the remainder of the night. A dunk from McCrea in the final seconds of the half gave UB a 48-42 lead into the break.
UB was consistently good offensively on Wednesday evening as it followed its 48 points in the first half up with 48 more in the second. UB opened up the second half on an 8-2 run, capped off on a Freelove three as Akron called the quick timeout. The Bulls got their lead up to as many as 14 following a steal and a fast-break jam from senior Jarod Oldham, giving the Bulls a 60-46 lead with 16:04 left.
Continue reading ‘Bulls Outlast Akron in Shootout, 96-90′
Posted on February 20, 2014 by BSD Staff Reports
Chris Brown of the Bills official website writes that Doug Marrone and his coaching staff are ahead of the game in his second season with the Buffalo Bills.
When it comes to the NFL draft, Rob Quinn of Forged in Buffalo thinks that despite his talent, the Bills may be best served to avoid North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron.
Buffalo Rumblings offers a quick, but still detailed comparison between Jim Schwartz and Dave Wannstedt when it comes to comparing base defenses.
WGR’s Joe Buscaglia lists five Buffalo Bills things to watch out for at the 2014 NFL Combine.
If there is a system that doesn’t fit UB prospect Khalil Mack, Mike Mayock has yet to find it.
Swedish-born forward Linus Omark intends to pursue his career in Europe after getting his release from the Buffalo Sabres. Omark went unclaimed on Tuesday, a day after the Sabres placed him on unconditional waivers, the player’s agent Kevin Epp said in an email to The Associated Press.
Continue reading ‘The Daily Links – February 20, 2014′
Posted on February 19, 2014 by Canisius College Press Release
Senior forward Kyle Gibbons, a standout for the Canisius College hockey team, has been named one of 10 finalists nationally for the Senior CLASS Award.
The 10 finalists were selected from a list of 20 Division I candidates by a national media committee. A nationwide vote now begins and runs through March 31. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I head coaches’ votes to determine a winner (CLICK HERE TO VOTE).
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in the community.
On the ice, Gibbons has enjoyed one of the more successful careers in the program’s history. He currently ranks fourth in the school’s Division I history with 121 career points and second with 55 career goals. He leads the Griffs with 29 points, 13 goals and eight power-play tallies during his senior campaign.
Continue reading ‘Canisius’ Gibbons Named Senior CLASS Award Finalist’
Posted on February 19, 2014 by Patrick Moran
If there’s one thing about this year’s Super Bowl worth savoring, assuming you’re no Seattle Seahawks fan is that the second the clock struck zero on Denver’s debacle (and sorry Peyton, but it was “embarrassing”), the NFL season officially concluded and there’s now 32 teams back to having a .500 record.
It’s going to be an interesting offseason around the league for many teams, and that list should include the Buffalo Bills. For starters and by far most prominently, the front office must decide not if they want to retain Jairus Byrd, but what lengths they’re willing to go in order to make that happen. I reported a few weeks ago Byrd had no interest in signing a deal for anything less than making him the highest paid safety in the league. Or of course, they can franchise tag him again.
The organization also has less nerve-racking decisions to make on a few other free agents of their own, including Scott Chandler, Alex Carrington and Dan Carpenter among others.
Then come March 11 there’s free agency. While the Bills won’t be voiceless during the open shopping period, I strongly suspect they’ll be dedicated to using the majority of their cap space into keeping key players that could become free agents in 2015—a list that may include Marcell Dareus, C.J. Spiller, Aaron Williams, Jerry Hughes and Fred Jackson.
It culminates with the NFL draft, set to begin on May 8. For a team trying to halt a 14-year playoff drought, nailing the ninth overall selection (among other picks) is as essential as ever.
But more on that another time.
Before more significant parts of the offseason begins, teams around the league will spend the next several weeks cutting some dead weight from their roster and/or cap salaries that simply don’t fit. The Bills are no exception.
Continue reading ‘Ranking List Of Potential Bills Cuts’
The Bulls close out their two-game homestand Wednesday night when they host MAC East leader Akron at Alumni Arena. The Bulls had their three-game winning streak snapped on Saturday against Ohio and they are currently one game behind Akron for first place in the MAC East. Fans are encouraged to wear white to the game and join us in a “white out.”
The Bulls are being led by Javon McCrea, who is averaging 18.3 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. He currently has 12 double-doubles on the year. Senior Joshua Freelove is second on the team in scoring at 12.5 points per game.
Akron is 17-8 and 9-3 in conference following a 62-54 home win over Northern Illinois. Demetrius Treadwell leads the Zips at 14.5 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. He has 13 double-doubles on the year to lead the MAC. Quincy Diggs is second on the team at 12.1 points per game.
Akron leads the all-time series 26-22, but the Bulls have won three of the last four meetings including the last four at Alumni Arena.
Tickets are still available by calling 1-877-UB-THERE. Fans who aren’t able to make it to Alumni Arena can listen in on 1270 AM “The Fan”, with Josh Whetzel on the call.
Posted on February 5, 2014 by Patrick Moran
It’s National Signing Day for high school football stars ready to take their talent to the college level, and Western New York has a handful of NCAA Division 1 recruits ready to sign today.
Among them is Canisius running back Qadree Ollison, who has signed on to attend the University of Pittsburgh. Ollison’s teammate, Augie Toris has committed to the University of Texas-El Paso.
Another catholic league high school star to ink a D-1 offer today is St. Joe’s Tyler Hill, who signed with Cincinnati.
Also signing today is the 2013 Buffalo News Player of the Year, quarterback Jake Sisson of Jamestown. The Red Raider is signing with D-II Edinboro.
Congratulations to all future college athletes on officially continuing their education and athletics today. We’ll have a few updates throughout the day on exactly who’s going where.
Posted on February 5, 2014 by Canisius College Press Release
The Canisius athletic department announced that Friday’s nationally-broadcasted basketball games from the Koessler Athletic Center will feature a “Gold Rush”. All fans are asked to wear gold to support both the men’s and women’s basketball teams, and the first 2,000 fans in the door will receive a special “Gold Rush” T-shirt, compliments of Try-It Distributing, Tim Hortons and ADPRO.
The women’s team will start the basketball doubleheader Friday afternoon when the team meets long-time rival Niagara at 4 p.m. in the Koessler Athletic Center. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN3. The women’s team is 8-13 overall and 4-8 in MAAC play. This will mark the 84th all-time meeting between the two Western New York rivals. Friday is Canisius’ “Play4Kay” game, and the first 150 female fans in the building will receive a special Canisius pink knit hat, compliments of New Era.
The Canisius men’s team will ride a four-game winning streak into its home contest with Manhattan, which will tipoff at 7 p.m., and be broadcast live on ESPNU. This will be the Griffs’ first national TV game in the Koessler Athletic Center since the 2010-11 season. Canisius is 16-7 overall and 10-2 in MAAC play after the team went on the road and defeated Quinnipiac and Fairfield last weekend. The Griffs are 8-0 at home this season and 20-4 in the Koessler Athletic Center under second-year head coach Jim Baron.
A limited number of tickets for Friday’s home games, as well as Sunday’s men’s game against Iona, are on sale now through the Canisius Ticket Office. Fans can purchase tickets by calling (716) 888-2885 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., daily, by going online to GoGriffs.com or Ticketmaster.com or in person at the ticket office, located in the main lobby of the Koessler Athletic Center.
Posted on February 5, 2014 by BSD Staff Reports
Pepper Johnson explains on the John Murphy show why he left the New England Patriots and took the job as the Buffalo Bills defensive line coach.
Bills Hall of Famers would like to see Steve Tasker be the next to join the exclusive fraternity, but the special teams legend himself is unsure if he’s a fit. Bills.com has more.
Professional football player and former Etiwanda High School student Joe Unga understood the concept of humility early in his childhood and put it in practice during adulthood, serving an LDS Church mission. Last week, Unga, who plays offensive guard for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League, urged Truman Middle School students to always dream and never forget their roots once those dreams have been achieved.(Fontana Herald News)
If Ryan Miller’s new Team USA Olympic mask for the upcoming Sochi Games looks familiar, it’s because the Sabres goalie kept the same theme he used in 2010. Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald reports.
Ryan Miller will start Wednesday at home against Pittsburgh. If Miller gets traded before the NHL roster freeze on the 7th or after the freeze is over, this could be his last game in Buffalo as a Sabre. (WGR)
Continue reading ‘The Daily Links – February 5, 2014′
Posted on February 4, 2014 by BSD Staff Reports
There is little doubt that Sunday was the best Super Bowl Sunday of Andre Reed’s life.After playing in four of them with the Buffalo Bills and having his team come up short each time, the phrase “Super Bowl” always had a bittersweet ring to it for the former Dieruff High School and Kutztown University standout. (Allentown Morning Call)
As a means to continue to celebrate Andre Reed making the Hall of Fame, let’s look at Reed’s 40-yard touchdown against Miami in the 1990 AFC divisional playoffs. (Buffalo Rumblings)
ForgedinBuffalo has an excellent, in-depth look at Doug Marrone’s passing attack via Rob Quinn. This is a recommended read.
Michael Necci of BuffaloWins does his first NFL mock draft of the season. He has the Bills taking Ha Ha Clinton Dix of Alabama with the ninth overall pick. (I couldn’t think of a worse scenario for the Bills, as that would mean Jairus Byrd would be departed.)
The Bills official website lists all the important dates on the 2014 NFL calendar.
Continue reading ‘The Daily Links – February 4, 2014′
Posted on February 3, 2014 by Patrick Moran
It was Tankapolooza Monday over at the First Niagara Center.
In a “battle” between the two worst teams in the NHL, the Buffalo Sabres proved they belong exactly where they currently stand—in the league cellar after losing to the second-worst Edmonton Oilers, 3-2. The regulation “loss” dropped the Sabres six points behind the Oilers in the race for the fewest points in the league.
When it comes to tanking this season, Buffalo has no equal. The Sabres not only lost but did so without earning a point despite ringing a season high 44 shots at backup goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov.
Perhaps the referee was the biggest Sabres fan in attendance. Marcus Foligno appeared to tie the game at 3-3 around the midpoint of the third period but despite replays showing the puck never frozen and Foligno poking in a rebound before the whistle blew, the goal was reviewed and disallowed as the referee intended to stop play before the puck found its way over the goal line.
For the record, complain if you want but based on the rule, the call was correct.
Continue reading ‘Sabres Tank Job Continues With Oilers’
Posted on February 2, 2014 by Patrick Moran
In an effort to get a little more creative at Buffalo Sports Daily, For 2014 we’re offering an extensive review of the top stories, athletes, teams and games at the conclusion of each month. We’re also including a daily timeline directly related to all things Buffalo sports.
You’ll see this around the beginning of each month for the remainder of the year.
Without further ado—here’s your January 2014 Buffalo sports review.
STORY OF THE MONTH: TIM MURRAY TAKES SABRES GM SPOT
The Buffalo Sabres introduced Tim Murray to succeed Darcy Regier as general manager during a late morning press conference January 9 at the First Niagara Center. If you were following all the news and rumors leading up to the announcement, Murray’s appointment hardly came as a surprise as several reports said Murray becoming the team’s next GM was imminent.
But few saw another important addition to the front office coming. Team president Pat LaFontaine also announced the hiring of Craig Patrick as a special assistant and advisor. Patrick, 67, is a former head coach and general manager of the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins as well as an assistant coach and assistant general manager of the U.S. 1980 “Miracle on Ice” Olympic gold medal winning team.
Murray, 50 takes over following his stint as assistant general manager in Ottawa, a post he’s held since 2007. Murray has a reputation around the league for being an excellent evaluator of talent.
Of course, the Sabres GM post had been vacant since November 13—the day LaFontaine was introduced as team president and fired Reiger along with former head coach Ron Rolson as his first act of duty. Regier had been running the hockey side of the Sabres since 1997.
Continue reading ‘BSD January Month-In-Review’
Posted on February 1, 2014 by Patrick Moran
After waiting nine long years, the greatest wide receiver in Buffalo Bills history will be joining football’s greatest fraternity. Andre Reed finally got the call he’s been waiting for and so richly deserved, and the former Bills great will be inducted into the 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame class.
Reed was announced Saturday as part of the 2014 class along with Derrick Brooks, Walter Jones, Aeneas Williams, Michael Strahan, Ray Guy and Claude Humphrey.
The Bills organization will now have their tenth member inducted come August as Reed joins O.J. Simpson, Billy Shaw, Joe DeLamielleure, Jim Kelly, Bruce Smith, Thurman Thomas, James Lofton, Marv Levy and Ralph Wilson.
Reed is the Bills all-time leader in receptions (941), receiving yards (13,198) and receiving touchdowns (86) in a 15-year Buffalo career that saw him earn seven Pro Bowl nods. Beyond the stats he’s regarded as one of the toughest wide receivers in league history, particularly in going over the middle of the field.
Reed had to overcome obstacles on the field throughout his career and while his wait to get in the Hall has often been agonizing, he overcame one more Saturday. He becomes the first Buffalo Bill up for induction later than his third year of eligibility.
On a personal note, I choose to make covering the Bills and Sabres on the blog an unbiased cause. While I’ve grown up in Buffalo a fan of all their sports teams I blog about now, I try to cover them objectively and not come off as a fan. However, in this case it’s impossible. Reed was one of my favorite Bills ever and when word got out that Reed would be going into the Hall, I ran around my house fist-pumping like a young child who just received the biggest gift on his Christmas list. I’m thrilled for Reed and don’t care to try and contain it. Reed’s inclusion was overdue, and this is one the happier days for Bills fans in recent memory.
August 2 is going to be a great day for Bills fans. I can’t wait.
We’ll have plenty of reaction tomorrow.
Posted on February 1, 2014 by Buffalo Bandits Press Release
The Buffalo Bandits pulled away in the fourth quarter on Saturday night, as the team defeated the Toronto Rock, 12-10. Buffalo ended the contest on a 3-1 run to secure their fifth consecutive victory; the longest win streak since 2009. The first-place Bandits are now 5-1, as they prepare to face Rochester next Saturday.
Only 54 seconds into the fourth quarter, Bandits captain John Tavares took a five-minute major penalty for an illegal cross check. Toronto converted once over the stretch, and when Tavares returned to the floor, the Bandits picked up their offensive game.
Just 11 seconds removed from the major, Tavares found himself back on the turf. Tavares sparked a 3-0 run; the veteran found an open Mark Steenhuis, who beat Rose over the shoulder for a hat trick. Tavares also found Ryan Benesch, who beat to beat Rose on the power play to record a hat trick. And, minutes later, Steenhuis returned to 2009-like form, recording his fourth of the game.
“We kind of have a system in place. And, I think you’re starting to see that work,” Steenhuis said. “We’re trying to work that whole floor, and you’re kind of seeing that pay dividends right now.”
The teams combined for 12 goals over the duration of the opening half; but contact from both sides drew an astronomical amount of penalties. Tempers flared, as Buffalo spent 32:00 in the box while Toronto also spent 20:00 in the box. Each team converted on two power-play chances, while Buffalo added a shorthanded goal.
Continue reading ‘Bandits Win Fifth Straight’
Posted on February 1, 2014 by Patrick Moran
While the Buffalo Sabres have become accustomed to losing hockey games this year in every way possible, it’s been rare for them to look severely overmatched. That was the case, however on Saturday afternoon as the Colorado Avalanche flat-out had Ted Nolan and company looking like they were in well over their heads.
The Avs literally seemed to do whatever they wanted to Buffalo at home and by the time it was over the Sabres left the ice on the wrong end of an embarrassing 7-1 loss. It was the most goals Buffalo has allowed this season.
Last year Colorado finished second from last in the league standings. This year after pummeling the Sabres they sit at 35-14-5 and are becoming one of the league’s best teams. Given the talent discrepancy between the clubs Buffalo can only pray for results in the same ballpark.
Colorado is lead by 2013 overall draft pick Nathan MacKinnon, who had a goal and three points. The Avs led after one period 3-0 and were up 5-1 by the end of the second. At that point Nolan mercifully gave Ryan Miller the final 20 minutes off.
Sabres captain Steve Ott said the team embarrassed their talented goaltender by offering him no help.
Continue reading ‘Sabres Humiliated In Colorado’
The Niagara Purple Eagles fell to the Marist Red Foxes, 78-64, in the MAAC National Game of the Week on Saturday night to conclude their road weekend.
The Purple Eagles (6-17, 3-9 MAAC) had their three-game winning streak in the series snapped in part to an uncharacteristically sluggish second half which led to a big run by Marist (8-14, 5-7 MAAC).
“We played a good first half, but we didn’t come out with enough intensity to the start of the second half, especially on defense,” head coach Chris Casey said.
The first half went back-and-forth with 13 lead changes. Marcus Ware and Marvin Jordan each scored 10 points in the half to pace Niagara, while Antoine Mason added a team-high three assists. Niagara was up 35-34 with one minute remaining after a Wesley Myers layup, before Marist ended the half by scoring the last four points to take a 38-35 lead into the break.
The Red Foxes rode that momentum into the second half where they went on a 16-4 run through the opening six-plus minutes. Marist’s lead increased to 22 points while Niagara continued to struggle generating offense as it tied its second lowest second half scoring output of the season.
Continue reading ‘Niagara Falls At Marist’
Posted on January 31, 2014 by BSD Staff Reports
Over the course of his 16-year NLL career, Shawn Williams of the Buffalo Bandits has developed a reputation as one the league’s strongest players. These days, Williams may no longer be considered the strongest person within his own household. That distinction belongs to Williams’ seven-year-old son, Tucker. The avid lacrosse and hockey player is the youngest of the three Williams’ kids that that reside in Oshawa, Ont. Tucker is now involved in one of the toughest battles of his young life.
Buffalo Bills quarterback E.J. Manuel confirmed to the Buffalo News Thursday that he recently had a second surgery on his left knee following the end of the regular season. “It was a minor procedure,” Manuel told Jay Skurski. ”Just like a 20-minute, in-and-out cleanup of the ligaments and things like that, so I’m happy I got it done.
After 10 games in one rookie season, the Bills remain steadfast in their backing quarterback Manuel – and they’ve shown it in the past week by hiring two notable offensive assistants that will aid in his development. (Buffalo Rumblings)
The Bills have hired Jim Hostler to work as a senior offensive assistant coach. Hostler has 14 years of NFL coaching experience, including the past six as Baltimore’s receivers coach. He also spent three seasons as an assistant in San Francisco, including 2007 as the 49ers offensive coordinator. (AP)
He’s been here seven times before. For the eighth consecutive year, former Buffalo Bills wide receiver Andre Reed is a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame and will learn Saturday whether he has cracked Canton’s latest class. Having experienced disappointment for nearly the last decade, is Reed handling Saturday’s induction announcement any differently? (ESPN.com)
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Posted on January 30, 2014 by Patrick Moran
Ryan Miller has been good against most teams throughout his formidable NHL career. He saves his very best for the Phoenix Coyotes, and Thursday evening was no exception.
Miller stopped 38 of 40 shots and the Buffalo Sabres got a go-ahead shorthanded goal from rookie Zegmus Girgensons early in the third period as the Sabres hung on to defeat Phoenix, 3-2.
It’s their fourth straight victory in Arizona against the Coyotes. As usual that’s largely because of Miller, who’s now 6-0 lifetime against Phoenix, even though his career 0.98 goals against average and .966 save percentage got “inflated” on Thursday.
Buffalo took the lead for good just 1:52 in the third when Girgensons poked the puck away from Phoenix defensemen Keith Yandle in front of their net and poked the puck past Thomas Greiss.
Tyler Ennis scored his 12th goal of the season in the first period and Steve Ott his eight on the power play in the second.
The Sabres were playing their third game in four nights and had lost seven of their eight entering tonight.
Buffalo remains out west to face Colorado on Saturday before returning home against Edmonton Monday in a game that can have a significant impact in the NHL standings. Buffalo has the fewest points in the league but currently trails Edmonton by just four points.