Buffalo Sabres Make History; NHL Reflections; Seattle


Good morning, Buffalo Sabres fans! After a day off Wednesday, the Sabres return to action this evening, hosting the Vancouver Canucks at First Niagara Center.

But there will be a lot of pieces missing this evening, including former Buffalo Sabres netminder Ryan Miller. Miller, who was supposed to be making his return to Buffalo tonight, is injured and didn’t even make the trip with his teammates. Zemgus Girgensons is likely out for the rest of the season; Tyler Ennis is day-to-day, Mike Weber and Josh Gorges remain out.

Stay tuned, because this means that a pair of forwards will be called up from the Rochester Americans at some point today.

Now… on to the news and notes for today.

First up: Buffalo Sabres goaltender Michal Neuvirth has made NHL history books.

Neuvirth has become the first goaltender in the league’s history to be fined for embellishment. [Sports Illustrated]

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Neuvirth was first warned for diving back in November. He repeated the offense on Sunday against the Nashville Predators and received a $2,000 fine as a result.

Looking around the NHL, it seems like the city of Seattle may be getting closer to getting a pro team, at least according to this Sportsnet report.

Word has it that the league would be willing to move to Seattle, but only once a new arena has been constructed there. There are some roadblocks to the current project, but we’ll just have to wait and see what happens as the months (years?) go by.

In other NHL news, former Philadelphia Flyers captain Eric Lindros has filed a defamation lawsuit against former NHL ref Paul Stewart. The lawsuit surrounds a Huffington Post column that Stewart wrote last July, in which he paints a less-than-flattering portrait of Lindros.

One more bit of news from around the NHL: a New York Times reflection from Arizona Coyotes center Mark Arcobello.

What’s so unique about his story, you ask? Arcobello has now suited up for four NHL teams — in one season…. his first in the NHL. Just two other players in league history have done that.

Arcobello began his season with Edmonton before being traded to Nashville. He was later placed on waivers and claimed by the Pittsburgh Penguins. A short time later, he was placed on waivers yet again, to be picked up by the Coyotes on February 11.

Finally, the Buffalo Sabres have announced a partnership with the Program for Understand Childhood Concussion and Stroke. Events began last night with an autograph signing with Patrick Kaleta and will continue at this evening’s Sabres game.

Tonight’s game will have a “Concussion Awareness Night” theme, with informational handouts being passed out and a donate-via-text program. [WNY Papers]

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