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updates May 25, 2011

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It had been relatively quiet in Sabreland while everyone’s been busy focusing on the conference finals.. but there was some exciting news today.

The Pegula management has been following through on their promises of making Buffalo a destination that hockey players are going to want to come to, and a family they want to be part of. Today marked the beginning of the ambitious facilities area overhaul, highlights being a circular locker room to facilitate communication, theater areas to watch video in, larger players’ lounge and coaches’ suites, and an improved training facility as well. {plans}

One other note – two prospects have been signed up for Sabres contracts. 2009 3rd round pick defenseman Brayden McNabb was second in scoring among WHL blueliners, and second in scoring among all WHL players in the playoffs. The 20 yr old is 6’5″ and 216lbs, and he can hit dirty and fight clean too!  Forward Marcus Foligno (2009 4th round) is the son of Sabres’ alumni Mike Foligno, and at 6’3″, 222lbs is another big boy. He was named on the the OHL’s Second All-Star Team, and is a good combo of skill and brawn.

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the kids are alright May 10, 2011

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The Sabres have learned a lot about the youth brigade on the team, and the portents for the future are bright. here’s a review of all the kids who have come up from the Pirates over the last couple of years and shined with the Sabres. I’ve thrown in some others as well who really aren’t new to the team, but are still young(ish).

Without further ado, i present to you.. the future of your Buffalo Sabres!! basically, a rrrrroooolllll the highlight film series..

Goalies
Jhonas Enroth (22) as magnificent as any Viking warrior ever was {with or without a helmet}

Defensemen
Mike Weber (23) was gritty and brutal, in hitting and in efficiency, and boy does he hit {hello Cindy Crosby?}
Chris Butler (24) has been steady and quiet, remind anyone of Jeeves? {the Sens are just dirt}
Tyler Myers (21) improved later in his sophomore season, became a beast in the corners {this, this or that?}
Marc-Andre Gragnani (24) AHL Defenseman of the Year, shined in the playoffs {game winner}

Forwards
Tyler Ennis (21) the pocket rocket, and what a top-shelf shot he has {bye bye water bottle}
Nathan Gerbe (23) renamed Tenacious G, and with good reason {he does everything}
Patrick Kaleta* (24) called the 2nd most hated player in hockey {making Mike Tyson jealous}
Mark Mancari (25) has a slapshot only second to Chara, hits like a horse {AHL hardest shot}
Cody McCormick (27) has been the enforcer who fights, scores and assists {Tyson’s still fuming}
Drew Stafford* (25) became a pure scorer this season, leading the way with four hatties this season {1, 2, 3 & 4; he’s funny too!}
Luke Adam (20) one of the AHL Rookies of the Year, big and brawny {Sabres season till Feb}

The Sabres kids have been invited to a NHL Prospects Tournament late this summer as well, giving some of the kids another chance to show what they’ve got.

*Kaleta & Stafford never played on the Pirates – thanks for the note Phil

Ch-ch-changes.. May 6, 2011

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First of all, thank you to Amanda for all the hard work you’ve put into this blog. We are going to do our best to ensure that your legacy continues in the same vein, and we look forward to you coming back and posting whenever you get the itch!

As we all know, the season is over for Sabres fans. This offseason however, brings much more promise for us than in the past when we have waited with bated breath for the beginning of free agency on July 1st. Before, we worried more about which players we would lose and which retreads would be brought in to replace them. Since Terry Pegula has taken over there’s a lot of hope that we will be major players in the free agent market.

Over the next few weeks we’ll be doing a Sabres’ season recap, looking at the highlights and the low points, identifying needs and what can be done about them, and where players stand with injuries and surgeries. Meanwhile the playoffs go on without us, and we’ll keep an eye out on players who could become important pieces of the puzzle, resplendent in blue and gold come July.

So long, farewell (but only from me)… May 5, 2011

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Well, friends, the time has come to turn the blog over to others. As you’ve no doubt figured out, I don’t have time to update it regularly anymore. My writing career has taken off and I simply can’t devote the time or energy required to keep up a good blog. I thought it would be fairer to turn it over to some people who can, so I made some inquiries and two lovely people will be coming on board to further the tradition of 2 Minutes for Roughing. I’ll let them introduce themselves.

I truly had a blast during my two years blogging about the Sabres, and I’m sure I’ll return here to guest post every now and again, but if you actually care what I think of the Sabres it’s probably best to follow me on Twitter at @manda903.

— Adios, Amanda

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