Posts Tagged ‘Buffalo Sabres’

History of Lease Problems and Conditions at Blue Cross Arena, Mayoral Candidate Issues Statement

March 3, 2017 - By
History of Lease Problems and Conditions at Blue Cross Arena, Mayoral Candidate Issues Statement

There’s been a lot of discussion this week about the future of the Rochester Americans in Rochester with it’s lease and the condition of Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial. Anyone who has followed things behind the scenes over the last decade will recognize that none of this is new. Everything that has happened has been a non stop band-aid going all the way back to the arena renovations in the 90’s. Here we are 20 years later and it’s deja vu with the same thing happening again.

(Featured image is has been altered, was not really displayed on the marquee)

Let’s recap some Amerks ownership history over the last 10 years.

While Steve Donner was known to have some financial issue,s one thing that didn’t help was what became an unfavorable lease operating out of the building (ex. no cut of concessions). It was a mess between he, his partners, Larry Quinn, the Sabres and the City of Rochester in his final years as owner. It’s one of many reasons that lead to the unfavorable dual affiliation before the sale of the team and then the Florida Panther years.

When Curt Styres purchased the Amerks he was able [...]Read More

Here’s Why I Think The 2013-14 Season Was A Success

May 10, 2014 - By


Unlike Eric I’m a relatively green Amerks fan. While Eric has admirably supported the team for more than 3 decades I’ve spent less than a decade as a fan. I discovered the Amerks after moving to Rochester for college and I only became a season ticket holder in 2011. My interest in the team coincided with the discovery of accounting discrepancies involving then team owner Steve Donner. Countless changes resulted. An awkward dual affiliation with the Florida Panthers was signed along side the existing Buffalo Sabres affiliation. This dual affiliation coupled with continued financial woes resulted in the loss of the Buffalo Sabres affiliation. The Amerks were sold. The new owner, Curt Styres, bailed the team out of its financial situation and negotiated with the city of Rochester to keep the team in Rochester. The future looked brighter…for a moment. The lack of a local affiliation and the turmoil in ownership eroded the fan base. Moral among everyone–fans, players, and staff–was at an all time low. Even for a newer fan like myself the change in attitude was evident everywhere…from the parking garage to the arena. The eroding fan base led to an increase in promotions. So [...]Read More

The Morning After: Fan Support Returned but A Let Down of a Season

April 24, 2012 - By
The Morning After: Fan Support Returned but A Let Down of a Season

Battled. Potential. Disappointed. Those are three words to describe the 2011/2012 Rochester Americans season and in the end what was dubbed “Sabres University” was a big let down. It was a fun season at times but it was far from a great season.

It was a miracle the team found a way to make it into the playoffs (thanks for the most part to the overtime point) but no one should accept that and be happy.  If the team would have missed the playoffs the easy excuse would be that all of the call ups and injuries throughout the season had a major impact but they found a way in and they were dominated by the Toronto Marlies, a team with more talent and depth.

There were a few positives to the season.  The Buffalo Sabres buying the Rochester Americans brought back long term stability to the franchise.  The previous ownership group was never in a position where they were ready to move the team or end the team but they had an uphill battle and they did the right thing selling to the Sabres.  The new ownership also recognized the need to rebuild the fan base which they quickly [...]Read More

Foligno Back for his Final Games as a Rochester American; Tropp Sent Down Too

April 6, 2012 - By
Foligno Back for his Final Games as a Rochester American; Tropp Sent Down Too

The Buffalo Sabres were eliminated from any post season chances on Thursday night so they have sent Marcus Foligno and Corey Tropp back to the Amerks.  The two players will join the Amerks in Hamilton for the game on Saturday night.

I think it’s safe to say these final five games for Rochester will be the last five regular season games that Foligno ever puts on an Amerks sweater.  The season started with him getting into a fight in the first week, to questioning if he knew how to pass the puck to becoming a dominant player who earned a call up and has been an important part of the Buffalo Sabres roster.  He’s proven he can be an NHL player every night.  If he isn’t already penciled into the Sabres lineup for next season it’d be a big surprise.

Back in early February I wrote a short novel about Foligno developing into a dominant player, you can read that here (warning: it’s long).

Corey Tropp has also been sent back to the Amerks.  He’s proven he has a future in the NHL as well, maybe not as quickly as Foligno but he can quickly get back there next [...]Read More

Zack Kassian: The Legendary Player that Never Was

March 2, 2012 - By
Zack Kassian: The Legendary Player that Never Was

When trade deadline day started earlier this week on Monday there wasn’t much talk about Zack Kassian going anywhere.  He was a player with a lot of hype and a lot of potential.  He was a player that Rochester Americans fans and Buffalo Sabres fans thought highly of and of what he was going to become.  Kassian was supposed to be this hard hitting, gritty, agitating forward that no one would want to play against.  For whatever reason he wasn’t really any of those things.  Some people seemed to notice and care.  Others were fine that he wasn’t those things at least in The AHL because he was scoring.  In terms of his legacy in the Buffalo Sabres organization he’ll go down as a disappointing player who in 30 games played with the Amerks and 27 games with the Sabres never fulfilled his role.

Kassian played the first 18 games of his professional career with the Amerks before being called up for the first time on November 11th at the height of the Sabres injury riddled season.  Brad Boyes had been injured in a game against Boston which opened up a spot for Kassian.  At the time Kassian had 7 [...]Read More

Devils Score Five Goals with Easy Win Over the Sabres

February 14, 2012 - By
Devils Score Five Goals with Easy Win Over the Sabres

The Sabres lost another game on Tuesday night in an as expected somewhat boring game.  Before you correct me, yes I know the final score was 4-1 but all five goals scored went off of sticks of Devils players so I’ll say they scored all five.  The lone Sabres goal went off of Dainius Zubrus in front of the Devils net.

It’s pretty obvious at this point the Sabres season is done and it’s time to look towards next season.  Are they buyers to improve the team or sellers to start over again?  That’s a debate everyone will have until February 27th.  As someone who covers the Rochester Americans I hope that whatever they do does not rip away at what little there is of the Amerks roster but instead finds a way to improve that for their playoff push.  The Amerks still have a chance.

The first period started out slow which is to be expected when you’re playing against the New Jersey Devils, the one team where everyone expects to see a boring game.  The pace started to pickup as the period went on but penalties by Regehr at the start of the game and Vanek at the [...]Read More

Marcus Foligno is Developing as a Dominant Player and Pleasing the Hockey Gods

February 10, 2012 - By
Marcus Foligno is Developing as a Dominant Player and Pleasing the Hockey Gods

The 2011/2012 season has had it’s fill of injuries and call ups between the Rochester Americans and Buffalo Sabres and through it all there has been one player who has possibly benefited the most from it, Marcus Foligno.  The rookie is currently leading the Amerks in scoring with 12 goals and 17 assists for 29 points through 46 games played.  He’s also leading the team with a +/- rating of +15.  Marcus is also third on the team with 83 shots and with 57 penalty minutes is fourth on the team.  When looking at the rest of the league, Marcus Foligno is tied for 13th in the rookie scoring race.  Those may not be stats to earn the Sabres AHL affiliate a fourth straight AHL rookie of the year but there’s still 30 games left to be played.

What’s impressive about his points this season is that he’s working hard at acquiring them.  Of the 12 goals he has scored, nine of them have been during five on five situations.  He’s scored one power play goal and two empty net goals.  Of the 17 assists to his credit 12 of them have happened during five on five hockey and one [...]Read More

Playing the What If Game with the Amerks Standings and Roster

February 4, 2012 - By
Playing the What If Game with the Amerks Standings and Roster

One of the biggest challenges for the Rochester Americans is an inconsistent effort in games they have the chance to win (like Friday night against the Abbotsford Heat) which can be attributed to young players and the expectations of players to put in a lot of ice time.  The result?  The Amerks have lost 15 combined games due to a one goal margin.  That breaks down to six in regulation, six in overtime and three in the shootout.  Considering the fact that the Amerks are only four points behind the division leading Toronto Marlies we can see how even a few more wins would put the season in a different light right now.

Assuming the Amerks had found a way to win at least half of those 15 losses they’d be the division leaders and be considered one of the top teams in the league in the standings.  Add seven wins to the 20 that the Amerks currently have and they’d be tied with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and one win behind the league leading St Johns IceCaps who’re at 28 wins.

That’s a great way to look at things with the glass is half full attitude considering the injuries and [...]Read More

Talking with Joe Crozier at the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony with Video

January 30, 2012 - By
Talking with Joe Crozier at the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony with Video

Joe Crozier is turning 83 years old and hockey is still an every day part of his life and when he was called and told he was being inducted to the American Hockey League Hall of Fame he said, “It was like winning another Calder Cup.”  It’s almost impossible to put into words how amazing it is talking to someone like him about the sport.  Anyone who says that “hockey is just a game” and thinks people are crazy for devoting time to it is an indication that they aren’t around the sport very much.  It’s an every day part of life for a lot of people.  It’s so much more than the 60 minutes played during a game.  Hockey is the best sport on the planet (I’m biased of course).

(keep reading for video of the ceremony as well as the speech that Rich Crozier gave for his dad)

Joe is still very much in tune with what’s going on with the hockey community.  He follows the Sabres and Amerks closely.  “The Amerks aren’t too far behind Toronto,” he said.  He’s always watching the NHL Network.  He always has tapes and dvd’s around as well.  There’s no reason he [...]Read More

Top 11 Articles on Lets Go Amerks from 2011

January 2, 2012 - By
Top 11 Articles on Lets Go Amerks from 2011

It was a busy second half of 2011 for this site with acquiring a bigger audience with the sale of the Rochester Americans to the Buffalo Sabres.  Here’s a quick look back at what was popular over the past year (more like 6 months, I didn’t write much last season).

AHL Playoff Format for 2010-2011 Season ) – The most popular post was about the American Hockey League playoff format for the 2010/2011 season.  The information had spread pretty quickly which generated hits but it’s now old.  Here’s the format that changed completely for the 2011/2012 season, so here’s a link to that ( AHL Alignment and Playoff Format for 2011-2012 Season ).

Drew MacIntyre’s Lid Features Care Bears and Potato Heads ) – Everyone enjoys the story behind a goalies helmet and what it means to them, no surprise that MacIntyre’s has been a popular topic of conversation.  It’s a simple design with meaning behind it.

Big Joe Finley, Strong on Defense, Can Also Throw Lawn Mowers and Attack Mascots ) – Joe Finley has made quite the impression since being an invite to the Sabres training camp, earning an NHL contract and then getting his first call up.  Here’s a little back story on [...]Read More

Sabres Call Up Whitmore and Foligno from the Amerks

December 19, 2011 - By
Sabres Call Up Whitmore and Foligno from the Amerks

Another day and more players called up to the Buffalo Sabres from the Rochester Americans.  The Amerks returned from Texas today and good news awaited Derek Whitmore and Marcus Foligno as both players are on their way to join the Sabres.

Whitmore has played in 272 regular season games between the Portland Pirates and Rochester Americans and will finally get his shot at the show he has worked so hard for.  In 29 games this season with the Amerks he has scored 13 goals and tallied seven assists.  Whitmore puts everything he has out on the ice night in and night out and will do the same with the Sabres.

Marcus Foligno hopes to make his debut after only 27 games.  In the 27 games played with the Amerks he has scored nine goals and tallied three assists.  There’s no way that Foligno would have expected to get called up this early in his career but will be thankful for the opportunity.  That’s not to say that Foligno wasn’t playing well but with the players above him in depth it just didn’t seem likely.

Assuming Foligno plays he’ll be playing in his first NHL game agains his brother Nick Foligno. [...]Read More

Amerks Defenseman is now The Legend of Joe Finley with the Sabres

December 1, 2011 - By
Amerks Defenseman is now The Legend of Joe Finley with the Sabres

After 5pm on Wednesday evening the Buffalo Sabres gave Joe Finley a call and let him know he was being called up from the Rochester Americans to the show just two days after signing an NHL contract with the team.  Jordan Leopold was injured Tuesday night which created an opening for Big Joe to get called up.  That’s when the trend #LegendofJoeFinley thanks to @LeopoldsIpod started in Twitter (A stick tap is also in order for @Philbbg who started #LegendofZackKassian that all of this really spawned off of).  The hashtag was a trend all evening in Buffalo and his last name was a trend all night in Rochester as well which adds even more to the.. legen… wait for it… dary status of him as a hockey player.  Barney Stinson is proud.

Finley has been talked about by everyone who’s been going to Rochester Americans games this season.  We’ve all been impressed by the guy in just about every game played.  You can read my article from Tuesday (Big Joe Finley Strong on Defense) about how he plays and his past which includes everything from coming back from injuries, throwing lawn mowers and hitting Bucky the [...]Read More