Jan 19, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Stars left wing Loui Eriksson (21) and center Derek Roy (11) and right wing Jaromir Jagr (68) and defenseman Alex Goligoski (33) celebrate the goal by Eriksson against the Phoenix Coyotes during the third period at the American Airlines Center. The Stars defeated the Coyotes 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

How Former Sabres Fared





NHL hockey is back, folks. Some former Sabres fared fairly well in the opening weekend. Here is a recap:

Derek Roy – The professional perpetual party-boy got off to a good start in his new Dallas digs. Skating on a line with the legendary Jaromir Jagr and the truly talented Loui Eriksson, Roy notched 2 assists, while winning 16 of 21 faceoffs. He even registered a hit and drank blocked a shot as Dallas won their opener against Phoenix. The following night, the Stars were shut out by Minnesota, with Roy being largely invisible, recording no shots on goal.

Daniel Paille – The sparkplug that is Paille scored the game winning goal in the Bruins home opening win over the New York Rangers. He is now on pace for a 48 goal season!

Tim Connolly – In case you missed it, Connolly is now in the minors with the Toronto Marlies. He potted a goal in his first game as the Marlies downed the Hamilton Bulldogs.

Zack Kassian – Kassian was largely invisible in the Canucks first game, as they got drubbed by Anaheim, 7-3. He played a larger role in last nights contest, as he spent some time on a line with the Sedin twins. Kassian recorded a goal, registered 4 hits, and instigated a fight with Ben Eager immediately after the Oilers tied the game in the closing minutes, in hopes of pumping up a silenced Vancouver crowd. Kassian was rewarded with an election to go in the shootout, but did not get a chance, as the Oilers put away the ‘Nucks in the first 2 rounds. With lingering injuries in their lineup, Kassian has a great chance to prove himself in Vancouver.

Brian Campbell – “Soupy” played a strong hand in the Florida Panthers 5-1 victory over Carolina, as he scored 2 goals, including the game-winner. The well-rounded defensemen also added a couple hits and a couple blocked shots.

Paul Gaustad – “Goose” was a non-factor in the Predators loss to the Blue Jackets, aside from the 3 hits he registered.

Clarke MacArthur – Other than being announced as an Alternate Captain for the Maple Leafs, MacArthur was quiet in the Leafs 2-1 snorefest of a win against Montreal. He had 4 shots on goal, with no points.

Danny Briere – Briere is out with a wrist injury, and got to witness the Flyers two losses from a more comfortable seat than those on the bench.

Brad Boyes – Boyes made numerous appearances for the names of multiple fantasy hockey team names, but did nothing noteworthy in the Islanders 2-1 loss to the Devils.

Steve Montador – The Blackhawks blueliner is out indefinitely with a concussion.

Toni Lydman – The reliable and steady Lydman chipped in one assist, 3 shot blocks, and was +2 in the Ducks blowout of the Canucks.



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