As soon as the Buffalo Sabres started training camp the news stories have hit full stream. There are many new stories to talk about, so let's take a minute to break it down.
Outdoor game at the Ralph
The Ultimate Sports Road Trip which is part of WNYMedia.net has broke the news that you can get into the Ralph for just $10 for the scheduled outdoor game between the Buffalo Sabres and Pittsburgh Penguins.
WNYMedia has learned exclusively that ticket prices for the big event have been set from $10 for the first few rows of the 100 level seating bowl, which are labeled as obstructed view, to $203 for those heated club seats under the overhang.
I'm not sure it's a good idea to sell those seats with the obstructed view because those people will be on their feet the entire game causing people behind them to stand as well. We'll have to wait and see how the whole thing plays out.
Sabres in HD
Tim Graham of the Buffalo News pointed out that all the Sabres home games will televised in HD quality this season. The road games will continue to be in regular standard quality.
This news is meaningless to me because I don't have an HD TV anyway and there are no plans to purchase one anytime in the near future.
The Sabres Captain
Once again we turn to Tim Graham for Sabres news. In a story posted the other day he pointed out that Lindy Ruff has suggested they might use a rotating captaincy.
"My initial thoughts from my end were maybe to a rotating basis to create a little competition from month to month. That is a possibility, but we’re going to see where we’re at."
Please Lindy take as long as you need to figure out who should be the captain but please, please do not use the rotating captaincy. It didn't work the last time the team tried it and I don't think it will work this time either. The team has a number of guys who are leaders but they need someone to be the leader and be the go to guy on the ice. Rotating the captaincy just leads to confusion for the fans and the players.
Kalinin had sports hernia
I don't have a link available but it has come out over the past couple of days that Dmitri Kalinin had sports hernia surgery over the summer. Head coach Lindy Ruff said he is now 100 % healthy and is ready to go in camp. I'm wondering how it was kept so quiet throughout the summer? Is it possible they are just trying to make excuses for his poor play? I don't think so, I believe he probably had the surgery and I still think he is a very inconsistent hockey player with or without an injury.
That will do it for tonight but I'm sure I'll have more tomorrow. Check back often throughout camp and of course write a diary if you go to camp and give us your thoughts.