Archive for June, 2008


Gaustad re-signs with Sabres

on June 30, 2008, at 6:01 p.m.
Buffalo, NY – The Buffalo Sabres announced today that they’ve re-signed forward Paul Gaustad to a new four-year contract. Gaustad, 26, was scheduled to be a restricted free agent on July 1. “We felt it was very important to sign Paul to a multi-year deal at this stage of his …

Pirates announce schedule format; Rule changes upcoming

on June 30, 2008, at 5:53 p.m.
(Sorry for the delay in posting for the last few days. I was on a short reprieve for the weekend in order to handle some business items, but all is well now.) Portland, ME – On Friday, the Portland Pirates announced their schedule format for the 2008-09 regular season, the …

Sabres extend qualifying offers to five players

on June 25, 2008, at 6:46 p.m.
The Buffalo Sabres announced today that they’ve tendered qualifying offers to five players, who are all restricted free agents as of July 1. The five players tendered an offer were: Steve Bernier (RW) Paul Gaustad (C) Clarke MacArthur (LW) Mark Mancari (F) Daniel Paille (LW) Mancari is currently the only …

Could the Pirates be looking for a new head coach??

on June 23, 2008, at 1:18 p.m.
When the Portland Pirates step on the ice this fall, many already knew it was going to be a different cast of characters on the ice. Back in early June, the Pirates announced a new three-year affiliation agreement with the Buffalo Sabres, ending their previous relationship with the Anaheim Ducks. …

Woman dies in Owls Head plane crash

By Toni-Lynn Robbins, BDN Staff on June 23, 2008, at 12 a.m.
A pilot was killed when her light plane crashed Saturday in shallow coastal waters as she was preparing to practice approaches and landings at Knox County Regional Airport, authorities said. Janet Strong, 73, of Topsfield, Mass., died shortly after 10:30 a.m. when she crashed the single-engine, …

Sabres add size with promising draft

on June 21, 2008, at 10:44 a.m.
Ottawa, ON – With the Sabres 2008 draft now complete, it’s time to reflect on what they’ve accomplished. Buffalo has to get semi-high marks for the draft because they took the best player available while also addressing their long-term needs, which was getting bigger, while not losing any offensive ability …

A pair of Tyler’s find themselves in blue and gold

on June 20, 2008, at 11:16 p.m.
Ottawa, ONT – It was a night of Tyler’s for the Buffalo Sabres. The Sabres, with two picks, were full of options in the first round, but decided on staying the course selecting Tyler Myers and Tyler Ennis in the first round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Both may …

Sabres looking to build for the future at upcoming draft

on June 19, 2008, at 2:06 p.m.
The Portland Pirates won’t see the effect next season of this weekend’s draft, but the Buffalo Sabres are without doubt laying a foundation that will benefit the Pirates for years to come. The 2008 NHL Entry Draft, being held in Ottawa, has been dubbed as one of the best drafts …

Sabres announce upcoming prospects camp

on June 16, 2008, at 12:11 p.m.
The Buffalo Sabres, NHL affiliate of the Portland Pirates, announce this morning details of their summer development camp for their prospects, which will take place at the end of the month. The Sabres will be holding a summer development camp from June 25-July 1 at Dwyer Arena on the campus …

9.) Pirates look within to eliminate Bruins

on June 15, 2008, at 10:09 p.m.
The Portland Pirates need more than a scoring touch to beat the Providence Bruins. Down 0-2 in the series, the Pirates dug down to their inner core, prevailing in one of the most exciting series match-ups of all time. 9.) For fans of the Portland Pirates, the ‘07-‘08 season is …

Sabres have an eye on the future

on June 11, 2008, at 8:59 a.m.
With the 2008 NHL Entry Draft scheduled to take place a little over a week from now at ScotiaBank Place in Ottawa, Ontario, the Sabres can now focus on stocking their farm team for years to come now that that the affiliation stuff is out of the way for the …

Persson staying in Europe

on June 11, 2008, at 6:03 a.m.
Just last week, the Buffalo Sabres announced they had signed Sabres’ prospect Dennis Persson to a three-year entry-level deal. During a press conference to announce the signing of another prospect – Tim Kennedy –, Sabres’ GM Darcy Regier commented that Persson was likely to stay in Europe for another year. …

Pirates and Sabres join forces

on June 10, 2008, at 4:04 p.m.
Portland, ME – After close to six months of speculation and rumors, the worst kept secret in the AHL was finally revealed today as the Portland Pirates announced a multi-year affiliation agreement with the Buffalo Sabres. For the last three seasons, the Pirates were the affiliate of the Anaheim Ducks, …

Editorial: Amerks fan base has more to worry about than the Portland Pirates

on June 09, 2008, at 6:30 p.m.
Since it was rumored that the Buffalo Sabres were heading to Portland, it’s been nothing but a diatribe of comments and statements on websites, message boards and other forms of media that would make one want to curl up in the fetal position.

Frequent rain foils paddling efforts

By Jeff Strout on June 07, 2008, at 2:57 p.m.
This column was first published June 7, 2008   Whoever it was that asked for the rain, would you please send out a thank-you note and follow it up with a request for some sun on the weekend? I sure hope we’re not getting into the rain-on-the-weekend pattern again — …

Pirates to announce affiliation on Tuesday

on June 06, 2008, at 1:37 p.m.
The Portland Pirates have scheduled a press conference for 1pm Tuesday to announce their new NHL affiliate. The Pirates spent the last three seasons as the Anaheim Ducks AHL affiliate, but were left looking for a new affiliate when Ducks GM Brian Burke, announced last Tuesday they had signed a …

10.) Ebright saves hockey in Portland

on June 04, 2008, at 7:16 a.m.
Over the course of the summer, and in between other upcoming news, I’ll be compiling and posting a list of the top-10 moments in Portland Pirates franchise history. Roughly, once a week, I’ll post a new moment. It will be a chance to relive some of the great moments over …

Ducks fly west to Iowa

on June 03, 2008, at 4:38 p.m.
It’s official. Anaheim Ducks’ Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Burke and Kirby Schlegel, Founder and Chairman of Schlegel Sports, owner of Iowa’s AHL franchise made the announcement today in Des Moines that they’ve agreed to a two-year affiliation agreement through 2011. This effectively ends the Ducks relationship in …

Sabres add a surprise signing

on June 03, 2008, at 6:50 a.m.
Those who have followed the Rochester Americans have been warning Pirates fans obsessively since the rumored merger of Buffalo and Portland began several months ago to watch out for the Sabres and their constant mismanagement of their AHL farm team. Well, although it’s not official – the Sabres and Pirates …

Kennedy finally signed by Sabres

on June 01, 2008, at 11:43 a.m.
The Buffalo Sabres have gone on a signing spree and it can only benefit the Portland Pirates – (SHH!!!) I mean the Sabres “unnamed” AHL affiliate – moving forward in future as Sabres GM Darcy Regier announced the signing of forward Tim Kennedy to a two-year entry-level contract. Besides the …
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