From Around Town; Written by Katie Luce on 2012-07-06
Friday June 22 was my last day of my third year of medical school, but little did I know it would be much more than just that by the end of the day.
I went out to Amici's with my boyfriend, Steve, that night and when we got back to his house, he suggested taking an "end of third year" picture. I had brought my camera for the beach trip we had planned the following day. Because I forgot my tripod, we have to use a little creativity - tupperware containers, to prop the camera high enough on his patio table to capture the shot.
After getting the camera set up almost perfectly (I still wanted to zoom in slightly) we decided to take an initial picture. I set the timer and jumped in the shot, never expecting what was going to happen next.
The next thing I knew, Steve was down on one knee with a beautiful ring, asking me to marry him.
My jaw dropped - I never saw this coming! I started...(Read More)
From Hockey Heaven; Written by Steve Dowling on 2012-07-10
The 2012 Buffalo Sabres development camp opened Monday with a lot of potential future stars in Buffalo. The roster included players such as Brayden McNabb, Marcus Foligno, Luke Adam, Mikhael Grigorenko, Zemgus Girgensons, Joel Armia, Mark Pysyk and Jerome Gauthier-Leduc. There may be up to 1 defensive job and 2 forward jobs open for these rookies. Most who do not make the Sabres will go back to Europe, Canadian Juniors, the NCAA or Rochester.
Early indications from day 1 were that the players who were expected to be stars rose to the occasion. Among the forwards attending, Joel Armia really stood out. Armia, the Sabres 2011 first-round draft pick, scored several goal, showed good speed and a great shot. He still has a military commitment and one year left on his Assat contract, but he seems well on his way to be a future top 6 forward. Luke Adam, the former AHL rookie of the year, who...(Read More)
From Hockey Heaven; Written by Steve Dowling on 2012-06-24
The Buffalo Sabres drafted Mikhael Grigorenko, a big center with the 12th pick in the NHL Draft. The Sabres then used the 21st pick, a pick acquired in the Paul Gaustad trade, and 42nd pick to move up to the number 14 pick. They used this pick to draft another center, Zemgus Girgensons. Girgensons is a physical center who could be a very solid 3rd line center for the Sabres in 3-4 years.
The Sabres needed centers and they addressed it in a big way. Grigorenko, currently playing in the QMJHL, is a big, talented center. He won CHL rookie of the year, scoring 40 goals. His game has been compared to being a mix of Evgeni Malkin, Joe Thronton and Jason Spezza. If his game is anywhere close to that, the Sabres got a steal at the number 12 pick. The worry about Grigorenko was that he may go to the KHL. In his post draft interview, he seemed to put a stop to those worries, saying he does not...(Read More)
From Dowling Networks Social; Written by Stephen Dowling on 2012-07-13
Hundreds of millions of people are on Facebook. Like many websites, you may only have hundreds registered on your website. A great way to get additional users is by adding Facebook plugins, one being user authentication. If you have seen on many websites, there is a button where people can login with Facebook. While this may be just so you can comment on an article, what it is actually doing is registering that Facebook user on your website.
The first step is to create an app on http://www.developers.facebook.com, which will state the domain that the code will be associated with. Upon creating an app, you will get an app ID and a app secret. These are required to...(Read More)
From Hockey Heaven; Written by Steve Dowling on 2012-06-27
Following the 2012 NHL Draft, the Buffalo Sabres opening day roster may look different than what I was previously expecting. The Sabres drafting a center that could play next season was unexpected.
I expect Mikhael Grigorenko to make the team this season. He is in Buffalo and appears that the Sabres will give him every opportunity to make the team. Darcy Regier has already stated that he is talking to his agent about a contract. I will pencil him in on the roster for next season. If that is the case, here are the forwards that will be in Buffalo next season:
I do not see anyone taking them and their contracts, so they will be here. Forwards currently on the roster that will most likely be on the team, barring trades are: