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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.


The Buffalo Sabres worked out for the first time at the Amherst Pepsi Center on Monday and are considering making it their full-time practice facility.The $18.3-million building is the Sabres' fourth stop in their search for a practice rink. They also have held workouts in Marine Midland Arena, Buffalo State College and the Hockey Outlet in Wheatfield."I want to find one p…

Derek Plante of the Buffalo Sabres played both games of the home-and-home series against the Toronto Maple Leafs over the weekend. On Tuesday, there's a good chance he'll play a third straight game.A few years ago, this was no big deal. After all, Plante led the Sabres with 53 points two seasons ago and was in the lineup every night. Back then, it was only noteworthy when …

Virtually everyone who played for former Buffalo Bills head coach Hank Bullough described him as a buffoon. Or they used a synonym. Like many coaches, his reputation was defined by players' perceptions.Bullough garnered almost no respect in the locker room back in the dark days of the mid-1980s. If you hang around the stadium long enough, you'll hear dozens of unflattering…

The Buffalo Sabres have been looking for a true goal scorer since Alexander Mogilny left town in a trade with the Vancouver Canucks three years ago.Donald Audette has been the Sabres' most consistent scorer since the Mogilny days, but he has not recorded more than 30 goals since the 1991-92 season. And Audette isn't doing much good right now because he's in a contract disp…

There was enough bad blood between Rob Ray and Tie Domi from the Buffalo Sabres' victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs Friday to expect them to go a few more rounds 24 hours later.It never materialized. Ray and Domi, who fought twice Friday, exchanged words several times during Buffalo's 6-3 win Saturday night, but they never dropped their gloves."There's no sense when they…

The National Hockey League did seemingly everything possible to increase scoring this season because it wants more people watching.It's simple, really. More people watching means more money for everyone -- except fans, of course.The league's restrictions on goaltending equipment, moving the goal line away from the boards, decreasing the crease size and adding another refer…

Dominik Hasek can't deny it for another New York minute no matter how hard he tries. He owns the Rangers.The Buffalo Sabres goaltender extended his shutout streak to more than four games against the Rangers with a 0-0 tie at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night. He has not allowed a Ranger goal in 263 minutes, 46 seconds. He has made 108 consecutive saves against New Yor…

Buffalo Sabres defenseman Mike Wilson is planning to join Team Canada on a trip to Europe after contract negotiations stalled over the weekend.Wilson's agent, Don Reynolds, said Monday the restricted free agent will probably participate in a nine-game, 18-day trip starting Thursday. The two sides remained about $350,000 apart on a three-year contract.Wilson has been skatin…

NEW YORK -- John Muckler lives in East Amherst during the summer. His wife, Audrey, stays there with two of their daughters year-round, so Western New York is still home.Muckler has settled into his second season as coach of the New York Rangers, but he thinks often about the Buffalo Sabres and the success they had after -- not because -- he was fired. On mornings after Sa…

The Buffalo Sabres stayed away from the ice Sunday, mainly because they couldn't find a rink within a reasonable distance for practice.Coach Lindy Ruff instead made the players walk to a nearby gym for a mandatory workout, allowing them to decide how they would spend an hour on conditioning.Geoff Sanderson grabbed four teammates and strength coach Doug McKenney for a three…

The Buffalo Sabres will remember Claude Lapointe's second goal the longest because it hurt far more than the first.It came off Jay McKee's turnover with 41 seconds left and gave the New York Islanders a 5-4 victory before 11,081 fans at Nassau Coliseum on Saturday night. It handed the Sabres their second straight loss and wasted a four-goal Buffalo rally.Therein lies the p…

Buffalo Sabres fans who hoped talented forward Petr Nedved would provide a push toward the Stanley Cup better start looking for somebody else.Sources said the Sabres have only marginal interest in Nedved, who has been in a contract dispute with the Pittsburgh Penguins for more than a year. Two factors influencing the Sabres to back off are the Penguins' asking price and Ne…

Donald Audette ate lunch at Chef's Restaurant on Friday after his agent met with the Buffalo Sabres for the second time in six days about a new contract.He should have been there a day earlier when Sabres general manager Darcy Regier and chief executive officer Timothy Rigas politely but sternly explained that the team's deep pockets don't translate to overspending its bud…

Thirty minutes after the game was over, the Jacksonville Jaguars were still wandering around the visitors' locker room in a daze, apparently looking for the license plate.After all, the Jags had practically written 'W' in the space on their schedule next to the Buffalo Bills. They had a 16-10 lead with less than a minute remaining. They had to do little more than avoid dis…

Duane Young can't help but laugh when he thinks about it. Two years ago, he could barely walk into a public bathroom without somebody asking for his autograph.He would sign for friends. He would sign for friends of friends. There were grandmothers and children, school teachers and company executives. Seemingly everybody from Kalamazoo to Lansing, Mich. wanted a piece of Du…