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Malarchuk Cheats Death Again
by November 30, 1999 @ 12:00 am (Category : Blogs )

Oct 9th 2008 9:56PM by Eric McErlain (author feed)
Filed under: Blue Jackets, Bruins, Sabres, NHL Injuries, NHL Media Watch, NHL VideosFor most NHL fans, recalling the career of retired goalie Clint Malarchuk conjures some of the most horrifying images in the history of the game. Thanks to an errant skate blade, Malarchuk was slashed across the neck during a 1989 game between his Buffalo Sabres and the Boston Bruins. If not for the quick reaction of the team’s medical staff, Malarchuk surely would have died on the ice.

Calling the incident horrifying isn’t an understatement. According to reports, nine fans feinted after watching the accident, while another two suffered heart attacks at the Aud in Buffalo.

Now, 19 years later, Malarchuk has cheated death again, this time at his own hand. Here’s the AFP account:
Ex-National Hockey League goalie Clint Malarchuk was recovering in hospital from his second nightmarish accident in 19 years after accidently shooting himself in the face with a hunting rifle on Tuesday.
The 47-year-old Malarchuk was rushed to hospital here after he shot himself with a .22-calibre rifle at his residence, The Record-Courier newspaper reported Wednesday.
Malarchuk’s wife, Christy, told police her husband had been out hunting rabbits at the time of the shooting. She said the gun accidently discharged while he placed it on the ground between his legs.
Malarchuk currently serves as the goalie coach for the Columbus Blue Jackets. For a look at that incident again from 19 years ago, see the video after the jump.Continue Reading

Sabres Trim Roster by Eight Despite Key Injuries
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Oct 4th 2008 6:23AM by Tom Luongo (author feed)
Filed under: Sabres, NHL General, NHL FightsWell, Sabres fans the questions about who will and who will not be in the lineup on opening night are pretty much answered. WGR550 has reported that the Buffalo Sabres sent eight players back to their AHL affiliate in Portalnd on Friday. They are as follows: Chris Butler, Nathan Gerbe, Tim Kennedy, Mark Mancari, Matheiu Darche, Dylan Hunter, Marek Zagrapan and Mike Funk. Mancari and Darche have both been effectively waived. Here’s hoping Mancari doesn’t pull a Pominville for someone else. Not likely, honestly.

With the injuries to Paul Gaustad and Tim Connolly this team is now officially short at center depth. It looks like recent waiver-bait Matt Ellis will be manning the third pivot until one of those guys is ready to play. I doubt Connolly’s situation is serious at this point of one of Gerbe or Zagrapan would still be in Buffalo getting more experience for opening night. I’m sure there are a ton of people who would have liked to see Gerbe on the roster but, truthfully, the jump from college to the pros is a big leap and even a few months of living the grind of life in the ‘A’ is valuable preparation for the NHL. For the team it gives them time to sort out just who does and who does not what to be here come the deadline in February.

So, there will be just 2 scoring lines going out against the Wings on Sunday as a bottom 6 of MacArthur-Ellis-Kotalik / Peters-Mair-Kaleta is not going to scare any many goalies in this league. It also looks like they’ll be keeping 8 defensemen as Mike Weber is still with the big club. I wouldn’t be surprised if that changed by next Friday.Continue Reading

Gaustad’s Surgery Leaves Hole on the Wing
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Sep 30th 2008 6:59PM by Tom Luongo (author feed)
Filed under: Sabres, Wild, NHL General, NHL InjuriesThe Buffalo Sabres announced today that C/LW Paul Gaustad had surgery to repair a ligment in his right thumb. Goose prevailing wisdom was that he injured it when he jumped Marc-Andre Bergeron after Bergeron submarined Danny Paille bruising Paille’s thigh in the process in Monday’s exhibition game against Minnesota. That’s apparently not the case according to Lindy Ruff.
“It’s not something he could play through,” head coach Lindy Ruff said. “It was something that came up…When we had the MRI yesterday, it was found he needed to have it operated on.”

It was originally thought that Gaustad injured his thumb while taking on Marc-Andre Bergeron after the Minnesota forward laid a hit on Daniel Paille. But according to Ruff, it wasn’t during the fight, but in the previous shift that Gaustad claims he hurt it.
Among the many issues surrounding the Sabres to start this season are their depth at center, on-ice leadership and toughness. Gaustad provides all of that and a whole lot more. This will be the first big test of this group in how they deal with him not being in the lineup. This is yet another example of why the NHL’s pre-season schedule this year is monumemtally stupid. 20 days of camp with 7.4 games per team

Where’s the training portion of training camp?

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NHL Season Preview: Buffalo Sabres
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Sep 22nd 2008 8:00AM by Tom Luongo (author feed)
Filed under: Sabres, Eastern, NHL General

Patrick Lalime, G (FA-CHI), Craig Rivet, D (Trade-SJS), Teppo Numminen, D (Return from Heart Surgery)
Joceyln Thibault, G (FA), Dmitri Kalinin, D (FA, NYR), Steve Bernier, RW (Trade, VAN)
Not a whole lot, frankly, unless one considers the number of players the supposedly stingy Sabres have under long-term contract now. That, coupled with the lack of tragedy during training camp (*fingers crossed*) should help lighten the mood in the room just a bit. But, honestly, that’s just the way this organization wants it (especially in comparison to last year’s off-season). With 20 of the 30 people who suited up for the Sabres in 07-08 having been drafted by the team, this is the textbook example of a team that promotes from within.

Recently extended GM Darth Regier believes in building via the draft and come what may that’s going to be how he does it. I’m sure nothing has made Regier happier than resolving the dual-affiliation with Rochester which has been hampering their ability to develop prospects properly. During this summer they finalized changing their AHL affiliation to Portland and retained the same staff that helped feed Anaheim a Stanley Cup.Continue Reading

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