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Source: Regehr inquiring about Buffalo

MINNEAPOLIS -- Robyn Regehr, reportedly asked by Calgary to waive his no-movement clause to be traded to the Sabres, has been doing his due diligence on Buffalo and Western New York, a source said this afternoon.

The defenseman has called at least one former teammate who is familiar with Buffalo. Regehr has calmly been discussing the scenario that would see the 31-year-old leave the only NHL team for which he's ever played.

The Sabres had no comment on the proposed deal.

---John Vogl

Sabres reportedly seek Regehr

Calgary defenseman Robyn Regehr has been asked to waive his no-movemen clause to accept a trade to the Buffalo Sabres, according to a tweet posted by TSN's Darren Dreger.

There was no information on who the Sabres would be sending to Calgary for Regehr and no source named for the report.

Regehr turned 31 in April. The 6-foot-3, 226-pounder has played all 827 of his NHL games with the Flames. He is a stay-at-home defender with 29 goals and 163 points in his career. He has had a plus rating for seven straight seasons.

He has two years remaining on his contract at a salary of $4.02 million each season, according to capgeek.com.

-- Fletcher Doyle 

Grand Island's Smith also hoping for draft call

MINNEAPOLIS -- Greetings from Minnesota. Just wanted to add one more name to today's draft story. Grand Island's Larry Smith, who plays for Sioux City of the United States Hockey League, is the 196th-ranked North American skater, according to NHL Central Scouting. He could be in line for a late-round selection.

He was originally not in today's story about local draft prospects, but through the magic of the Internet he is now.

---John Vogl

NHL draft, awards and more from 30,000 feet

ABOVE 30,000 FEET, SOMEWHERE BETWEEN ATLANTA AND MINNEAPOLIS -- Greetings from Flight 877, which is taking me from Atlanta to Minneapolis for the NHL draft. Why Atlanta, you might ask? That was the connection from Buffalo. That's a lot of north-south-north, but it kept a couple of pennies in Uncle Warren Buffett's piggy bank.

Kind of sad to connect in Georgia, where I used to live and work. That might be my last NHL connection to the city, thanks to the horrible decision to move the Thrashers to Winnipeg.

The NHL schedule is set to be announced today, likely at noon. Odds are good I'll be picking up the rental car at that time, but we'll still have the news and analysis for you here at BuffaloNews.com.

Speaking of news and analysis, here's some ...

*Jamie Oleksiak is one of several players with Western New York ties looking forward to hearing his name called this weekend at the draft in Minnesota. Defenseman Adam Clendening of Niagara Falls is expected to go in the first two rounds. Williamsville defenseman Chris Bradley, West Seneca blue-liner Alex Lepkowski and Cheektowaga goaltender Scott Diebold may get picked in the later rounds.

In addition, the sons of two former Sabres will take the next step toward becoming a professional. Forward Alexander Ruuttu, son of Christian, is the 16th-ranked European skater. Defenseman Dillon Donnelly, son of Gord and born in Buffalo in 1993 while his father patrolled the Sabres' blue line, is expected to be a mid-round pick.

*The 2011 draft will be held Friday and Saturday, and the Sabres used a new tool to prepare for it. They hosted a four-day scouting combine two weeks ago, welcoming 35 prospects to Buffalo for testing and interviews. This draft, when it's the Sabres' turn to select, they'll have firsthand knowledge of potential picks.

*Jerry Sullivan writes prevailing wisdom says the Sabres need a top center. But they need an experienced, physical defenseman more. They were brutal in their own end in the playoffs. They're wasting Ryan Miller's prime until they address the problem. If Bieksa decides to test the waters, the Sabres should seriously consider it.

*My good friend and prospect guru Kris Baker of SabresProspects.com has plenty of predraft info.

*Corey Perry and Tim Thomas took home big prizes at the NHL Awards Show on Wednesday. Stories on each winner can be found on The News' NHL Wire.

*The New York Islanders are one step closer to getting a long-awaited new arena. Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and Islanders owner Charles Wang announced a lease agreement that would keep the NHL team on Long Island if voters approve the replacement of the aging Nassau Coliseum in an Aug. 1 vote. Construction costs for the arena are estimated at $350 million.

---John Vogl

NHL award show today: Make your picks

The NHL's best gather tonight for the NHL Awards Show in Las Vegas (my liver and wallet are glad I'm not there, but the rest of me wishes Ryan Miller and Tyler Myers were up for awards like last year). There aren't any Buffalo players among the finalists, but you can still make a pick or two and get ready for Dierks Bentley to get a little sideways during the show.

--John Vogl

Sabres announce preseason schedule

The Buffalo Sabres today announced a seven-game preseason schedule, which will include two games in HSBC Arena. Ticket information will be announced at a later date.

Monday, September 19        Carolina at Buffalo, 7 p.m. (HSBC Arena)

Wednesday, September 21   Buffalo at Montreal, 7:30 p.m. (Bell Centre)

Friday, September 23            Buffalo at Toronto, 7 p.m. (Air Canada Centre)

Saturday, September 24       Toronto at Buffalo, 7 p.m. (HSBC Arena)

Sunday, September 25          Buffalo at Columbus, 5 p.m. (Nationwide Arena)

Friday, September 30            Buffalo at Washington, 7 p.m. (Verizon Center)

Tuesday, October 4               Buffalo at Adler Mannheim, TBA (SAP Arena – Mannheim, Germany)

Sabres development camp and other items

     The Buffalo Sabres will hold their summer development camp from July 5-10 at Niagara University's Dwyer Arena, the team announced Monday in a press release. The public will be allowed to watch an on-ice session each day.

The camp will feature more than 35 Sabres prospects. The roster won't be announced until a later day but the team's 2011 NHL Draft picks are scheduled to attend the six-day camp.

     The players will take part in both on-ice and off-ice workouts designed to give prospects the fundamentals the Sabres' system. They will also learn the conditioning programs of an NHL player, NHL rules and the techniques for becoming a professional athlete.

In other news: TSN is reporting that the salary cap will rise $5 million to $64 million;

South Buffalo native Tim Kennedy has signed a contract with the Florida Panthers, where he will be reunited with coach Kevin Dineen;

And, Detroit defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom has agreed to return for one more season with the Red Wings.

 

Sabres have 25-to-1 odds to win next Stanley Cup

With the the 2010-11 season over, it's time to look ahead to the 2011-12 campaign.

As usual, the online gambling site Bodog.com has found me with their odds, and I'll pass them to you -- along with the usual disclaimer:

Gambling is bad. Your money is much better spent on concerts, whiskey and women.

Odds to win the 2012 Stanley Cup

Vancouver Canucks                   5/1
Boston Bruins                            8/1
Washington Capitals                  17/2
Philadelphia Flyers                     9/1
Pittsburgh Penguins                   9/1
San Jose Sharks                       9/1
Detroit Red Wings                      12/1
Tampa Bay Lightning                  12/1
Chicago Blackhawks                  15/1
Los Angeles Kings                     16/1
Anaheim Ducks                         22/1
Montreal Canadiens                   22/1
Buffalo Sabres                           25/1
Nashville Predators                    25/1
New Jersey Devils                      30/1
Phoenix Coyotes                       35/1
Calgary Flames                         35/1
Carolina Hurricanes                    35/1
Dallas Stars                              35/1
New York Rangers                     35/1
St. Louis Blues                          45/1
Toronto Maple Leafs                   60/1
Ottawa Senators                        60/1
Colorado Avalanche                    65/1
Edmonton Oilers                        70/1
Minnesota Wild                          70/1
New York Islanders                    70/1
Winnipeg                                   80/1
Columbus Blue Jackets              90/1
Florida Panthers                        125/1

---John Vogl

Report: Rangers can't buy out Drury because of degenerative injury

The New York Rangers planned to buy out captain Chris Drury, but the New York Post reports they are stuck with the center and his $7.05 million cap hit for next season.

Drury has a degenerative condition in his left knee that apparently will make him medically unable to play in 2011-12, the Post reported. The newspaper says Drury will have to report to training camp in September for the team physical. If he fails, he would then qualify for a long-term injury exemption when the season begins.

In order to get the full value of the $7.05 million exemption, the Rangers would have to go that far over the cap. But the Post reports the inability to buy out the injured player means Drury's cap hit will remain on the Rangers' summer cap, which can exceed the 2011-12 season cap by 10 percent.

---John Vogl

Buffalo ranks third in Stanley Cup viewership

The Buffalo market continues to be one of the best in the NHL.

The NBC Sports Group released the television ratings today for the seven-game Stanley Cup final, and Buffalo ranked third behind Boston and Providence. The rankings were the same for Game Seven alone.

TOP MARKETS FOR 2011 STANLEY CUP FINAL GAME 7 (rating/share):

1. Boston, 43.4/64
2. Providence, 25.9/38
3. Buffalo, 10.6/17
T4. Detroit, 8.7/14
T4. Hartford, 8.7/13
6. Pittsburgh, 7.6/12
7. Denver, 7.2/14
T8. Minneapolis, 6.7/12
T8. Las Vegas, 6.7/11
10. St. Louis, 6.2/10

TOP MARKETS FOR 2011 STANLEY CUP FINAL (NBC and VERSUS)

1. Boston, 28.1/44
2. Providence, 16.9/26
3. Buffalo, 7.1/12
4. Hartford, 4.7/8
5. Detroit, 4.2/7
6. Pittsburgh, 3.9/7
T7. Minneapolis, 3.5/7
T7. Las Vegas, 3.5/6
9. Washington, D.C., 3.4/6
10. St. Louis, 3.3/6

---John Vogl

Gare, Sylvester to broadcast Sabres games in Jeanneret's absence

Sabres fans will hear familiar voices during the broadcasts of every game next season, even the ones without usual play-by-play man Rick Jeanneret.

Danny Gare and Kevin Sylvester will call the majority of Buffalo's road games, the team announced today. The Sabres were looking for replacements for Harry Neale and Jeanneret, who announced he was cutting back on travel, and they tabbed two well-known faces and voices.

Gare has his jersey number retired by the team thanks to a stellar playing career in the 1970s. He has done numerous television and emcee jobs for the Sabres, and he was also a broadcaster for the Columbus Blue Jackets.

"This is a very exciting opportunity for me, and I’m looking forward to getting back into the fold with the Sabres organization," said Gare, who will work the color commentary role. "I think Kevin is a very good broadcaster, and our styles will complement each other well."

Sylvester has been on the Sabres' broadcast team since 2005 as a game and studio host. He filled in for Jeanneret several times in recent seasons during the longtime announcer's vacations.

"I am thrilled for the opportunity to call away games," Sylvester said. “I have tremendous respect for RJ’s mastery of Sabres play-by-play and am happy that he will continue. I’m also excited to share the booth with Danny Gare, whose experience and knowledge of the game will be great assets to all Sabres fans."

Jeanneret will work 10 to 15 road games, depending on the yet-to-be-released NHL schedule. The rest will belong to Sylvester and Gare.

"Of the numerous applicants we received for these positions, we realized that our most qualified candidates came from within," Sabres President Ted Black said. "Both Kevin and Danny have a familiarity with the players and the organization, and there is also an existing comfort level with our fans. These were important factors in our decision-making process."

---John Vogl

Bruins win, Vancouver riots and Buffalo watches

Well, the NHL season is over. They're celebrating in Boston and cleaning up in riotous Vancouver. As usual, the folks in Buffalo watched it all with interest.

NBC Sports has released the overnight viewership numbers for Boston's 4-0 win in Game Seven, and the Buffalo market ranked third in the United States with a 10.6 rating and 17 share. Boston was first with a record 43.4/64, while Bruins' minor-league affiliate town of Providence was second at 25.9/38.

Now, the stories from the Stanley Cup finale ...

*The Stanley Cup weighs nearly 35 pounds, but Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara hoisted it over his head today like it weighed nothing.

Chara was the first to lift the Cup after the Bruins' decisive 4-0 victory in Vancouver over the Canucks in Game Seven of the championship series Wednesday. He raised it to the sky again when he was the last player off the team's plane following a noisy overnight flight that landed at Logan International Airport at about 8:30 this morning. Then he lifted and shook it one more time when the team got off the bus in front of TD Garden minutes later.

"We got it done, we brought it back to Boston and this is where it belongs," coach Claude Julien said.

*Parked cars were set on fire, others were tipped over and people threw beer bottles at giant television screens in Vancouver following the Canucks' 4-0 loss.

People chanted obscenities and some leaped over raging bonfires as riot police moved in to try to restore order in the downtown streets strewn with garbage and filled with acrid smoke. Flames shot about 10 yards into the air off the cars and some bystanders tossed firecrackers.

The Vancouver Sun has front-to-back coverage of the rioting, with videos, pictures and essays.

(My buddy George Richards of the Miami Herald suggests on his On Frozen Pond Facebook page the rioting is due to the seamy underside of the city. I can't disagree. As I wrote for our 2010 Olympic Preview, "Vancouver has a homeless and panhandling problem that permeates the city, with an estimated 3,000 living on the streets. Vancouver also is lenient about drug use. The aroma of marijuana wafts through many neighborhoods, and the city is also the controversial home to North America's first supervised drug injection site."

It is certainly one of the most beautiful cities in North America -- if you're looking at it from the outside.)

*Although Brad Marchand appears headed for a long NHL career, he'll always have trouble topping what he did as a rookie while driving the Bruins to the Stanley Cup. Marchand had two goals and an assist in the Bruins' 4-0 victory, ending his first NHL playoff campaign in sparkling fashion.

*Roberto Luongo insists the Canucks will be back.

"We're devastated, but we're a good team and we'll be back," said the dejected Luongo, his voice breaking slightly as he fought back tears.

With 11 years left on a 12-year, $64-million contract, Luongo should be back for a long time. The question is whether Vancouver fans want him to return.

*Tim Thomas was too focused on winning the Stanley Cup to look back at what has been one of the most remarkable seasons ever by an NHL goaltender. When he finally does, it will be with a wide grin.

*(I don't gamble on sports -- anyone who's seen my caveat when I put up odds knows that -- but I wonder what I could have earned for picking Boston to beat Vancouver in the finals way back in October.)

---John Vogl

Video: John and Mike preview Game 7

Will Roberto Luongo be a rock in net tonight for the Vancouver Canucks? Or will Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas be the one to lead his team to Stanley Cup glory? John Vogl and Mike Harrington take a look at Game 7.

One last chance in Vancouver

Roberto Luongo survived the pressure to win an Olympic gold medal last year in Rogers Arena. He's going to have to defy the detractors again to win the Stanley Cup tonight in his home barn. Here's a look at today's front page from the Vancouver Province, which clearly puts the onus on the Canucks' goaltender to get it done in Game Seven.

The image is from the Today's Front Pages collection of the Newseum.

---Mike Harrington
(www.twitter.com/bnharrington)

Province

Stanley Cup Game Seven odds and ends

If there's a big game, you can count on the folks at the gambling site Bodog.com to send me the odds. And, in turn, you can count on me to give you the following disclaimer:

Gambling is bad. Your money is much better spent on concerts, women and whiskey.

STANLEY CUP FINAL - Game Seven

Boston Bruins                            +130
Vancouver Canucks                   -150 

Team to score first in the game

Boston Bruins                EVEN 
Vancouver Canucks       -130    

Will the team that scores first win the game?

Yes                  -250   
No                    +195   

Will there be a goal in the first 10:00 of the game?

Yes                  +105   
No                    -135   

First to 3 Goals

Boston Bruins                9/5      
Vancouver Canucks       1/1      
Neither                          5/2      

Will the game go to overtime?

Yes                  +250   
No                    -325   

Will Roberto Luongo get pulled and replaced by another goaltender at any point during the game (excluding injury)?

Yes                              5/1      

If the Bruins win who will Zdeno Chara pass the cup to first during their on ice celebration?

Tim Thomas                  2/5      
Mark Recchi                  4/1      
Patrice Bergeron            9/2      
David Krejci                   6/1      
Milan Lucic                    10/1    
Brad Marchand              15/1    

If the Canucks win who will Henrik Sedin pass the cup to first during their on ice celebration?

Daniel Sedin                  1/2      
Sami Salo                     5/2      
Roberto Luongo             11/2    
Ryan Kesler                  6/1      
Manny Maholtra             12/1    
Alex Burrows                 15/1    

---John Vogl

Jim Lorentz among inductees to Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame

What do you get when an Olympian, a Super Bowl champion, a world-class golf teacher, a legendary running back, a multipurpose hockey star and seven other sporting luminaries come together?

The newest class of the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame.

The Hall announced a dozen inductees for the 2011 class this morning, with an introductory news conference set for 3 this afternoon in HSBC Arena. Former Bills All-Pro guard Ruben Brown and two-time Super Bowl champ Jim Burt of Orchard Park will give remarks on behalf of the class.

The other honorees are: Curtis Aiken, basketball standout for Bennett and the University of Pittsburgh; Don Colpoys, baseball player, coach and administrator; Jim Lorentz, longtime player and broadcaster for the Sabres; Phil Mankowski, major league baseball player; Steve Mesler, bobsled gold medalist at the 2010 Olympics; and Cindy Miller, golf professional and teacher.

Four others will join the Pride of Western New York, which honors deceased athletes: Cookie Gilchrist, Bills fullback; Lewis “Deerfoot” Bennett, a long-distance runner in the 1800s; Michael Broderick, a founder of the West Side Rowing Club; and William Morgan, credited with inventing volleyball.

The dozen members represent the 21st class inducted to the hall since its inception in 1991. The hall now has 240 members.

---John Vogl

Wednesday morning look at the final game for the NHL

This is it. The last game of the 2010-11 NHL season. It'll be either Tim Thomas and the Bruins or (insert someone finally stepping up here) and the Canucks winning the Stanley Cup tonight.

*The Vancouver Canucks have traded home victories of increasing intensity with the Boston Bruins for six games, with their veteran goalies dueling before a backdrop of bites, taunts, dangerous injuries and gut-wrenching road losses. The Presidents' Trophy-winning Canucks and the profoundly resilient Bruins will play their 107th and final game when their draining seasons finally end in Game Seven tonight.

Both teams are ready to enjoy their drastically shortened summers, but nobody can bear the thought of coming this far without drinking from the Stanley Cup.

"Everything in the past is in the past," Vancouver center Ryan Kesler said. "If we win [tonight], we become legends."

*The Canucks are counting on fan support as they try to hold serve in a series already featuring six home victories. Only three times in Stanley Cup finals history has a home team won all seven games: in 2003, 1965 and 1955.

*The hockey sticks were loaded on the plane. The goalie pads were placed in the baggage compartment. The skates were stowed on board.

What about the aggressive playing style that brought three dominant victories at home?

The Boston Bruins hoped that also made the 2,500-mile journey to Vancouver in search of hockey's biggest prize in a stirring Stanley Cup finals.

*Even though the team is on the road, Boston police are deploying hundreds of extra officers to patrol the streets around TD Garden and Fenway Park, neighborhoods with dozens of sports bars where fans tend to congregate.

The Bruins also decided against holding a fans viewing party in the TD Garden because of potential problems.

*NHL.com takes a look back at five unlikely names to make the grade in a seventh game.

*Congrats to fellow Southtowner Jeff Lavelle, who finished third out of 3,157 entrants in a World Series of Poker no-limit hold 'em, $1,500 buy-in. He earned $321,947.

---John Vogl

Vancouver's Raymond out 3 months with fractured vertebrae

The report is out, and it's not good for Vancouver's Mason Raymond.

The Canucks forward will be out three to four months with a fractured vertebrae after he was checked into the boards during Game Six of the Stanley Cup finals.

Raymond sustained a "vertebrae compression fracture" Monday night, the team said today. Defenseman Johnny Boychuk rode him into the boards 20 seconds into Boston's 5-2 victory that forced a decisive Game Seven on Wednesday night in Vancouver.

In other news:

*Vancouver's Daniel Sedin tells the Vancouver Sun: "It's enough with the blaming and all that. We lose as a team and win as a team, and we're going to win Game Seven."

*The Ottawa Senators have a new coach, and new philosophy. Paul MacLean, an assistant coach for the Detroit Red Wings the past five years, was hired today by a team that failed to make the playoffs two of the last three seasons.

"I think it's important in the NHL today that the coach and players communicate," MacLean said at a news conference. "Communication with the players is important in empowering them and having them invest in what you're trying to do and what you're trying to accomplish. It's not me against them. It's us - the Ottawa Senators - against the rest of the league."

---John Vogl

Tuesday morning look around the NHL

Happy Tuesday, though I'm sure Roberto Luongo would disagree.

*Inexplicably, the Canucks took the evening off for the biggest game of the season, Bucky Gleason writes from Boston following the Bruins' 5-2 victory Monday night. You have to wonder if the Canucks are crumbling under the pressure and the expectations of a nation that hasn't hoisted the Cup since Montreal won it all in 1993.

Game Six wasn't really a game, but a smackdown for the Bruins. The good news for the Canucks was that Roberto Luongo will be well rested Wednesday for Game Seven. He was sent to the bench with 11:25 remaining in the first period, or roughly four minutes too late.

*Brad Marchand, Milan Lucic and Andrew Ference scored in the first 8:35 to chase Luongo from his second straight game in Boston, and the Bruins emphatically evened the finals with a 5-2 victory in Game Six, sending the series to a decisive Game Seven in Vancouver on Wednesday night.

For the sixth time in the last 10 seasons, the finals have been stretched to their limit. The home team hasn't lost in this series, with Vancouver winning three one-goal games and Boston posting three blowout victories.

*A shaky Roberto Luongo ended up farther out of his crease than even a roaming Tim Thomas likes to go. All the way to the bench. Again.

But Vancouver's inconsistent goalie didn't plan to dwell on his latest journey to a loss too long. He was already looking forward to the cross-continent trip back home.

"There's one game for the Stanley Cup, so you can't hang your head now and feel sorry for yourself," Luongo said after the Boston Bruins forced a seventh game with a 5-2 win over the Canucks on Monday night. "That would be the worst thing I could do."

*Brad Marchand wasted little time setting a Boston Bruins record for goals by a rookie in a playoff year. Marchand's ninth goal of the postseason broke a team rookie record set by Mike Krushelnyski in 1983 and tied by Bobby Joyce in 1988.

*Vancouver's Mason Raymond was driven backside-first into the corner boards by Boston defenseman Johnny Boychuk. He stayed down on his stomach, unable to get up on his own. Eventually he was helped to his feet by linemates Ryan Kesler and Chris Higgins. Raymond needed help just to step up to the bench. He couldn't walk down the hallway on his own power.

The official word from the Canucks that came in the first intermission was that Raymond was transported to a local hospital with an undisclosed injury.

*Here are some of the key stats and figures from Game 6, courtesy of NHL.com.

Detroit Red Wings assistant Paul MacLean has been hired as the new coach of the Ottawa Senators. The Senators fired head coach Cory Clouston and two assistants in April after the team failed to qualify for the playoffs for the second time in three seasons.

*The NHL's competition committee agrees with a recommendation to broaden the league's definition of illegal hits to the head.

"We don't like some of the hits that we see and we don't like the results of those hits," said Dallas Stars General Manager Joe Nieuwendyk. "The numbers of concussions are hard to ignore. That was the goal in mind.

"I think there's a broader spectrum of hits that will fall into this category now."

*The Phoenix Coyotes have signed former Calgary Flames head coach Jim Playfair to a multiyear contract as associate coach.

---John Vogl

SCF: Get ready for Game Seven

BOSTON -- There is nothing greater in sports than the seventh game of a playoff series, and it's even better when a championship is on the line. The Bruins did their part again Monday with a 5-2 win over Vancouver to set up one game for the Stanley Cup.

Roberto Luongo was brutal once again in allowing three goals on eight shots before getting chased for the second time in the series. What is with this guy? He's a $10 million goaltender who was worth about 10 cents during the three games in Boston. He allowed 15 goals in the three starts and split town with an 8.05 goals-against average in TD Garden.

"They came out flying," Luongo said. "I obviously didn't make enough key saves to weather the storm early. We're going to put what happened tonight behind us as soon as possible and get ready for what is going to be a dream, playing in Game Seven in the Stanley Cup final."

If he has another stinker, it's going to be a nightmare for the Canucks. They lost in seven games i8n 1994, when Mark Messier scored the winner for the Rangers. The Canucks are looking for their first Cup in 40 NHL seasons. The Bruins are gunning for their first since 1972.

The Bruins deserve their share of credit. They were buzzing early, but Luongo failed to make a routine save on Brad Marchand for the first goal, allowed Milan Lucic to score 5-hole for the second goal and was gone with 11:35 left in the first period.

"Both teams have fought for 106 games to get to his point," said Bruins winger Milan Lucic, a Vancouver native. "It definitely doesn’t get any better than this. You dream about, as a kid growing up, playing in Game Seven in a Stanley Cup final. Here we are, in that situation. We have to go there, do what we need to do to win and embrace the situation." 

You think they're getting nervous in Vancouver?

--- Bucky Gleason

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John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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