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Bucky Gleason

Bucky Gleason is senior sports columnist for The Buffalo News. He has covered sports on all levels since 1992. He is a terrible golfer who remains undefeated in match play on the 19th hole. He lives in Hamburg with his wife and four children.


Geoff Sanderson went deer hunting on Monday. He saw more hunters than deer, so he started Christmas shopping instead. Michal Grosek sharpened his skills in baseball and football -- in a grueling, thumb-blistering session on a Sony PlayStation.Michael Peca slept for 14 straight hours starting Sunday and used Monday to get mentally ready for the Buffalo Sabres' fashion show …

Jerry Ostroski never played peewee football. Instead, he was into soccer and tennis as a kid. His true love was baseball, and he was a pretty good swimmer. He could hit a golf ball a mile.His parents, worried that their only child would get roughed up by the 13-year-olds playing in the Pop Warner league for 125 pounders, wouldn't let Ostroski play. After all, when Ostroski…

While negotiations with the Buffalo Sabres continued to drag, Mike Wilson agreed to a contract with the Las Vegas Thunder of the International Hockey League.Wilson's agent, Don Reynolds, confirmed Thursday that the defenseman joined the Thunder in an effort to play competitively while talks continue with the Sabres."We want to get him on the ice," Reynolds said.Wilson, who…

Dominik Hasek was the first to admit his third shutout in 13 games this season and 36th of his career wasn't all his doing.OK, so the Buffalo Sabres' goaltender did make a couple of saves from his back and a few others in traffic. He dived after a few more. But he wasn't the Dominator that Sabres' fans have come to appreciate over the last five years. He simply didn't need…

It's funny how streaks can be so deceiving. The Buffalo Sabres haven't lost in six games, but they are not a happy bunch right now. And Lindy Ruff is not a happy coach.It's not that the Sabres are angry about going 3-0-3 since losing to the New York Islanders a week before Halloween. They're just not thrilled with their performance in ties with Philadelphia and Ottawa the …

Erik Rasmussen has not heard from the NHL and is not likely to face suspension for his hit on Ottawa forward Andreas Johansson on Tuesday night."We look at everything," NHL spokesman Frank Brown said today. "It's simple. He plays until he hears otherwise . . . He would have heard by now."Rasmussen, after reviewing videotape of the collision, admitted he left his feet befor…

Every night, before the Buffalo Sabres tuck themselves into bed, they should get on their knees and give thanks that Dominik Hasek is their goaltender.Hasek allowed two goals to the Ottawa Senators on shots he has stopped many times in his illustrious career. One was a slap shot from the point on which he was partially screened. The other was a breakaway -- his specialty.T…

Buffalo Sabres coach Lindy Ruff was in an angry mood after Tuesday's game with the Ottawa Senators -- angry about his team's play, and even more angry about the officiating.Ruff was far from satisfied with the Sabres after they recorded a 2-2 tie with the Ottawa Senators."It was a very poor display in our own end again," Ruff said. "If the (Buffalo) Bills were horrible on …

They think of themselves as the hardest-working team in hockey, one on which youthful exuberance overcomes lack of experience. Last year, they surprised most everyone by reaching the Eastern Conference semifinals.No, not the Buffalo Sabres. It's their evil twin: The Ottawa Senators. A good reminder of where the Sabres were two seasons ago can be found by looking at the Sen…

The Buffalo Sabres have not given up hope they will sign Donald Audette even through the veteran winger has demanded a trade.General manager Darcy Regier said he planned to continue working toward a new contract for Audette, whose latest move in negotiations was telling the Sabres he would rather play elsewhere if a deal isn't reached soon."You don't ever give up on it," R…

Matthew Barnaby believes his reputation as a dirty player influenced the NHL's decision Wednesday to suspend him for four games and fine him $1,000 for a hit on P.J. Axelsson.The Buffalo Sabres forward was looking into whether he could appeal the ruling handed down by NHL director of hockey operations Colin Campbell.Barnaby for years has been among the Sabres' leaders in p…

Just before he leaves the house for every game, Michal Grosek turns on the VCR and pops in a 30-minute video high-lighting Cam Neely's career with the Boston Bruins.The Buffalo Sabres winger has watched the tape so many times he can practically recite its dialogue. He studies Neely's every move, the way he earned his goals by bullying into position. The tape gets Grosek me…

Dominik Hasek has played the most games, most minutes and has the most shutouts in Buffalo Sabres' history. On Tuesday night, he became No. 1 in victories.Buffalo's 4-2 victory over the Boston Bruins gave Hasek 157 wins with the Sabres, one more than Don Edwards had from 1976-82. Edwards played 29 fewer games."I'm glad it's over," Hasek said. "It's a nice feeling. But most…

The Buffalo Sabres are a team that doesn't have any stars other than goaltender Dominik Hasek. They rely on everyone for their scoring. At times, they have had no one.But Sabres coach Lindy Ruff is starting to see the pieces come together, signs that the youth on this team is becoming confident and aggressive rather than uncertain.The Sabres beat the Boston Bruins, 4-2, be…

Alexei Zhitnik sat out training camp for three straight years while looking for new contracts with the Buffalo Sabres, so it's no surprise he learned a few things about negotiations.First, they might take months and become ugly at times, but an agreement is usually reached. Second, players rarely receive exactly what they requested -- at least from the Sabres. Third, and p…