Quick Hits: Kevin Sylvester and Danny Gare to Call Games; Drury to Retire

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There will be no call for Drury duty in Buffalo after all.

Larry Brooks of the New York Post is reporting today that the Rangers cannot buy out their captain, due to his lingering knee injury.  In fact, the injury is degenerative, and it looks like the 35 year old will miss the entire upcoming season, an event that will force him into retirement.

Whether you wanted Drury back with the Sabres or not, no one wanted his career to end this way.

Drury will close out his 12 year career with 892 NHL regular-season games, in which the Little League World Series’ winning pitcher from Trumbull, Connecticut recorded 615 points (255-360).  In 130 playoff games, he scored 88 points (47-41).

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Danny Gare at Alumni Day. Sadly, we may be seeing Drury at the next one of these things.

Meanwhile, the Sabres announced yesterday that Kevin Sylvester will make the play-by-play with Danny Gare at his side for select away games for the upcoming season.  Sylvester is the likely eventual replacement for Rick Jeanerette, who is hoping to extend his career by taking the brunt of the travel away from his schedule.

If you forgot what Sylvester’s style is like, here’s a video from last season where he called a Drew Stafford hattie against the Bruins.

Go Sabres.

 

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The Vancouver Riots, and What it all Means for Buffalo

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They say that it’s within us all.

The Heart of Darkness,” a book by Joseph Conrad, is a story you may be very familiar with, having been the inspiration for the movie “Apocalypse Now.”  It’s a tale that exposes three ugly truths:

“The darkness of the Congo wilderness, the darkness of the Europeans’ cruel treatment of the natives, and the unfathomable darkness within every human being for committing heinous acts of evil.”

Last night, after the Canucks lost Game Seven of the Stanley Cup Final, the people of Vancouver got ugly, they got destructive, evil, and had succumbed to that dark heart.   Rioting in the streets, they burned cars, looted stores, running primitive and rampant like wild beasts within their own beautiful civilization.  For the sake of capping off the book’s analogy, think of the “wilderness” as the long descent into the anxiety of a very long playoff tun, and the “cruel treatment” as simple modern-era struggles of our time.

Today, social medias like Twitter are alight with condemnation, and rightfully so, for the people of Vancouver and what they unleashed from themselves and into their city last night.  But how far removed are we from them?  Should we really be casting stones, so to speak, or should we try instead to understand how this happened?

More importantly – could this happen in Buffalo, and what do these latest riots mean for the future fan experience of the NHL?

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Welcome to the jungle.

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2010-11 Sabres Draft: Khokhlachev, Kassian, and one Ridiculously Awesome Subway Commercial

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Long title!

Yes, we’ve got a lot to cover here, so we’ll get right to it.

Today we’re taking a close look at a Russian center, who stands at 5-10 and weighs in at 172 pounds.  I know, you’re already thinking about diminutive forwards Tyler Ennis, Nathan Gerbe, and Paul Byron – but stick with me here.  Sometimes it’s the size of the fight in the dog that matters, and with Khokhlachev, that’s what you get.

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"Koko" also comes with a heavy serving of passion.

He’s got a great hockey personality as well, as he was able to show off in a recent Subway commercial – but more on that later.

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The 2010-11 NHL Season Concludes – but Sabres Hockey is ON for the Weekend!

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“Congratulations” to the Bruins/Canucks.

With the 2010-11 season coming to a close, many fans will now be waking up a bit grumpy, wondering how they are going to survive the next few months.

Buffalo Sabres Nation feels your pain, so we’ll be looking out for you all off-season long.

And hey – we’re in luck!  The Sabres Alumni Team is playing a hockey game (sometimes they do play basketball) this Saturday.  The game is scheduled to go from 7:30 to 9pm, at the Hockey Outlet Ice Complex, located at 3385 Niagara Falls Boulevard, North Tonawanda (hit the link for directions). (more…)

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On the Sabres Blogger Summit

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Terry Pegula continues to reach out to the fans.

The Sabres Blogger Summit is scheduled to take place on Thursday, at 6:30.  You can tune into live video of the event, or follow it on Twitter.  More information on coverage can be found here.

This is definitely one of the more intriguing outreach programs that the Pegula/Ted Black regime has come up with, and holds a lot of promise for all Sabres bloggers out there – whether they be of the dozen attendees or not.  All blogs stand to benefit from a connection that should have been made years ago.

As I have said many times before, the talent level and quality of output that the Sabres blogo-rinks possess is remarkable, and was, until now, an untapped, non-networked resource for the Sabres front office and marketing teams.  Of course, the Summit does bring up a lot of questions, too.

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Such as, "Will there be beer?"

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