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Former Buffalo Sabres Make List of Top 10 NHL Signings

September 2nd, 2014 at 6:00 PM
By Mike Matisz

According to thehockeynews.com's Adam Proteau, two NHL players who spent time with the Buffalo Sabres last season are on the list of the top 10 NHL free agent signings.

The list, which does not include any signings by the Sabres, looks at how impactful each signing will be and how the signing will help their new team in their quest for a Stanley Cup.

The first former Sabres player to appear on the list is Thomas Vanek, who ranked at number 10. Vanek signed a three year, $19.5 million contract with the Minnesota Wild. Proteau wrote:

"Granted, Vanek didn’t help his contract negotiating stance with a poor playoff showing for the Canadiens, but his regular-season production has been dependably above-average – and given that Minnesota struggled to put pucks in nets last season (their 207 goals-for was third-worst in the Western Conference), he’ll help a great deal and isn’t locked up to a contract with an onerous term."

Vanek left the Sabres last season in a trade with the New York Islanders. Vanek was later traded by the Islanders to the Montreal Canadiens.

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HARBORCENTER Announces Partnership with Niagara Junior Purple Eagles

September 1st, 2014 at 10:14 PM
By Anthony Custode Jr

In an effort to bolster the development of youth hockey, the Niagara Junior Purple Eagles have partnered with the HARBORCENTER.

The youth travel teams for the Purple Eagles will get two hours of programming and on-ice training developed by a staff that includes Kevyn Adams, Adam Mair and Martin Biron.

Niagara Junior Purple Eagles hockey has been committed to the development of youth hockey in Niagara Falls for years. This partnership will help further that development, allowing USA Hockey to continue to grow as a more cohesive unit.

For more information regarding the Niagara Junior Purple Eagles visit their website.

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Marcus Foligno Will Look to Take Bigger Leadership Role for Buffalo Sabres

August 31st, 2014 at 11:17 AM
By Anthony Custode Jr

Buffalo Sabres head coach Ted Nolan looked to Marcus Foligno for leadership of a young team last season, and that will not change this season.

Foligno capped off his first, full NHL season last year, and spoke many times of his growing leadership role with the club. The Sabres did bring in Brian Gionta and Josh Gorges, who can provide veteran leadership for the team. Still, Foligno is a major part of the young core the Sabres are building, and Nolan will continue to look to him to provide leadership to the group.

Leadership is shown both on and off the ice, whether it's holding teammates accountable or producing, Foligno knows he needs to be better this season. Last season, Foligno told Sabres 101 that he expected to be a leader on the team, and his effort showed that. In 74 games, Foligno racked up 19 points (7 goals, 12 assists), and this season his production needs to be higher. Toward the end of last season Foligno seemed to intensify his game, which is exactly what Buffalo needs from him.

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Top Players That May not Be Members of Buffalo Sabres at the End of This Season

August 30th, 2014 at 11:04 AM
By Anthony Custode Jr

As the rebuild continues, the Buffalo Sabres are likely to continue to make roster adjustments to acquire assets.

Buffalo has a very deep prospect pool and Tim Murray has shown that he's not afraid to move players for value. The list of players that could be playing for different teams before this season is over is below.

Drew Stafford has worn out his welcome as far as Sabres fans are concerned, and he could be entering his final year with the team. Stafford is entering a contract year, which means he'll probably produce, which could make him valuable to a team looking for secondary scoring for a playoff push.

Chris Stewart is an interesting case because he is valuable to the Sabres. Still, the roster is somewhat crowded with players that have a similar playing style, like Marcus Foligno, Nicolas Deslauriers and Patrick Kaleta, and trade rumors surrounding Stewart began to swirl almost as soon as Buffalo acquired him.

Andrej Meszaros is an older defenseman that was acquired for depth, and to eat up salary. Murray knows Meszaros well from his Ottawa days, which brings a certain level of familiarity to the situation. Still, Murray said when Meszaros signed with Buffalo that his status would be evaluated throughout the course of the season and he could very possibly be moved.

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Patrick Kaleta Shows Buffalo Pride by Giving Back to Community

August 29th, 2014 at 10:31 AM
By Anthony Custode Jr

The story about Patrick Kaleta providing assistance to Blasdell man who had his scooter stolen has been circulated for the last few days, and rightfully so.

Kaleta is a native of Western New York and takes pride in helping the city any way he can. To recap the story, 42-year-old Rick Jarosz, who needs a special car and motorized scooter to get around, had his scooter stolen from him. The story aired on WGRZ-TV, and many around the area had offered assistance. Enter Kaleta, who founded the HITS (Helping Individuals To Smile) Foundation. Kaleta's foundation offered Jarosz the use of a vehicle that has the appropriate hand controls he needs in order to drive.

Kaleta has come under plenty of scrutiny for his edgy play on the ice. But one simply cannot question his true character. Hockey is a rough sport, and he plays his role to the best of his ability, which sometimes leads to disciplinary action from the NHL. Still, Kaleta has found a way to give back to the Buffalo community even while his future with the Sabres is in limbo.

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