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Friday, July 30, 2010

Sabres, Kennedy Reach Agreement

Buffalo Sabres forward Tim Kennedy was awarded a one year, $1 million contract today by an arbitrator. Kennedy’s hearing took place July 27 in Toronto. As per the NHL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, the club is not eligible to walk away from an award lower than $1,611,180.

Kennedy collected 26 points (10+16) in 78 games during his rookie season last year with the Sabres. The 24-year-old Buffalo native also contributed three points (1+2) in six playoff games.

--Sabres Communications--

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

#Maineiacs News:New Team President, Players, and Asst. Coach w/ #NHL Ties

Reports around the team and confirmed by QMJHL sources have given us the following Maineiacs nuggets:

  • New president is Bill Schurman. His son is Tim is the assistant general manager. Bill's prior role was as the general manager of the Moncton Wildcats. This move would have been announced the first week of June, but immigration issues delayed it to now.
  • Jeff Guay and the organization were unable to come to terms on a contract, so they needed to look for another assistant coach to go along with Steve Finn. This one will be Darren Rumble - a former defenseman in the NHL and AHL, and the former head coach of the Norfolk Admirals. (He was awesome on NHL 95 for Sega)
  • There are two new players. Colton Stairs - an 18 year old 6'5", 235 lbs. left wing from Woodstock, NB, as well as Nick Jordan - a 17 year old 6'3", 210 lbs. right wing from Fredericton, NB.
  • There will be a new trainer as well, as Tom Bourdon has taken a job with the Springfield Falcons in the AHL.

No official announcements yet, but I would bet these become confirmed by the team in the next few days.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

#Sabres agree to terms with Patrick Kaleta #portlandpirates

BUFFALO, NY - JANUARY 29: Zdeno Chara #33 of the Boston Bruins checks Patrick Kaleta #36 of the Buffalo Sabres at HSBC Arena on January 29, 2010 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier announced today the Sabres have agreed to terms on a two-year deal with restricted free agent winger Patrick Kaleta. Kaleta was previously scheduled for a club elected arbitration hearing later this month.

Kaleta (6/8/1986, 5’11”, 205 lbs.) set career-highs in goals (10), points (15) and games played (55) during the 2009-2010 season. Kaleta also picked up two points (1+1) in six playoff games. Overall, the Angola, NY native has appeared in 153 NHL games with Buffalo, collecting 31 points (17+14) and 241 penalty minutes.

Kaleta was selected by the Sabres in the sixth-round (176th overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

Friday, July 16, 2010

#SABRES SIGN TIM CONBOY TO ONE YEAR DEAL #portlandpirates #sabres #theahl

NEWARK, NJ - APRIL 15: Tim Conboy #38 of the Carolina Hurricanes skates against the New Jersey Devils during game one of the 2009 NHL Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at Prudential Center on April 15, 2009 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier announced today the Sabres have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with unrestricted free agent winger Tim Conboy.

Conboy (3/22/1982, 6’2”, 210 lbs.) appeared in 37 games with the Albany River Rats (AHL)last season, collecting three assists and 87 penalty minutes. Conboy also appeared in 12 games with the Carolina Hurricanes last season, collecting 34 penalty minutes. Overall, the Farmington, Minnesota native appeared in 59 career NHL games with the Carolina Hurricanes, picking up six assists and 121 penalty minutes. In 342 career AHL games, Conboy has collected 58 points (16+42) and 826 penalty minutes.

Conboy was originally selected by the San Jose Sharks in the seventh round (217th overall) in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. The Hurricanes had signed Conboy as a free agent in July 2006.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010


Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier announced today the Sabres have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with restricted free agent winger Derek Whitmore.

Whitmore (12/17/1984, 5’11”, 185 lbs.) collected 34 points (18+16) in 78 games last season for the Portland Pirates (AHL). In 163 career AHL games with Portland and Rochester, Whitmore has amassed 57 points on 30 goals and 27 assists.
The Rochester, NY native played four seasons at Bowling Green University where he picked up 102 points (70+32). His 70 career goals ranked him in the top 20 in BGSU all-time goal scoring list. Whitmore scored his first professional goal against the Syracuse Crunch (AHL) on April 4, 2008 as a member of the Rochester Americans.

#Pirates 2010-11 Opponents Released

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The Portland Pirates announced their opponents for the 2010-11 season today.

All of the Pirates 80 regular season games will be contested in the Eastern Conference.

A total of 64 of the Pirates games will be played against Atlantic Division competition including 12 games (six on home ice and six on the road) against each of Manchester, Providence and Worcester. The Pirates will also face Springfield and Bridgeport 10 times (five home, five road) each and Hartford eight times (four and four).

The Pirates will play their remaining 16 games against teams from the East Division, including four contests (two home, two road) against the Charlotte Checkers (formerly the Albany River Rats, and the Norfolk Admirals.

The complete 2010-11 American Hockey League game schedule is slated for release in August.

With the additions of the Checkers and Oklahoma City Barons, and the relocation of the Devils from Lowell to Albany, the league’s Board of Governors approved the following conference and division alignment for 2010-11 (number of home/away games listed in parenthesis):

Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division (64 games)
Bridgeport Sound Tigers (NYI) 5 home/5 away
Hartford Wolf Pack (NYR) 4 home/4 away
Manchester Monarchs (LA) 6 home/6 away
Providence Bruins (BOS) 6 home/6 away
Springfield Falcons (CBJ) 5 home/5 away
Worcester Sharks (SJ) 6 home/6 away

East Division (16 games)
Adirondack Phantoms (PHI) 1 home/1 away
Albany Devils (NJ) 1 home/1 away
Binghamton Senators (OTT) 1 home/1 away
Charlotte Checkers (CAR) 2 home/2 away
Hershey Bears (WSH) 1 home/1 away
Norfolk Admirals (TB) 2 home/2 away
Syracuse Crunch (ANA)
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (PIT)

Monday, July 12, 2010


According to CSNPhilly, Lisbon Maine native and former Maine Black Bear forward has signed a 2 way deal with the Flyers.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Portland #Pirates Managing Owner/CEO Brian Petrovek On Arena, Dineen

Brian Petrovek stopped by the Morning Jab today to talk about the Pirates reaching out and asking fans their opinions on where they want to see the Pirates play (read more about that here). He also talked about the future of Kevin Dineen, and it seems like it's good news for Pirates fans.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Portland #Pirates ask Fans to Answer a Question

This is very interesting. A post on the Portland Pirates website asks fans to vote for where they would like to see the Pirates play (Albany is not on the list, mercifully) The options...

  • Downtown Portland
  • Off Turnpike, South Portland (Portland, Westbrook)
  • Off Turnpike, Saco
  • No Preference

Vote below, and start your theories...

Saturday, July 3, 2010

#Flyers draftee and Lewiston Maineiacs forward Michael Chaput


Philadelphia Flyers draftee Michael Chaput from the Lewiston Maineiacs joined us to talk hockey. Check it out below.

Friday, July 2, 2010



Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier announced today the Sabres have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with unrestricted free agent winger Cody McCormick.

McCormick (4/18/1983, 6’3”, 215 lbs.) played his first season with the Sabres organization in 2009-10 after signing as a free agent on August 1, 2009. McCormick skated in three playoff games with the Sabres last season, picking up two assists and 14 PIMs. He finished the regular season with 29 points (17+12) and a team-high 168 PIMs over 66 games with the AHL’s Portland Pirates.

McCormick had previously played in 190 NHL games over parts of five seasons with Colorado from 2003-09, accumulating 30 points (9+21) and 250 PIMs.

Born in London, Ont., McCormick was originally selected by the Avalanche in the fifth round (144th overall) of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.


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