Sabres Report: Q&A with Marty Magers

By Ken McKenna

Throughout their 32-year history, the Buffalo Sabres have always had a knack for finding good, and sometimes great, goaltenders. While the current crop of youngsters (Martin Biron, Mika Noronen, and Ryan Miller) is experiencing some growing pains, the future for the Sabres at this position nevertheless should be secure.

Another youngster who could eventually have an impact on Buffalo’s goaltending rotation is the team’s fourth round pick from the 2002 Entry Draft, Marty Magers. After spending a couple of seasons with the Omaha Lancers (now called the River City Lancers) of the USHL, Marty moved over to the OHL’s Owen Sound Attack for the 2003-03 season. Marty has so far appeared in 26 games for the Attack, posting a 6-15-2 record while sporting a save percentage of .883 and a goals-against average of 4.05.

I had a chance to speak with Marty prior to a recent game, with the transcript of that conversation being posted below.

HF: Let’s start by talking about your season so far in Owen Sound. How have things gone for you, and what types of things do you need to improve on to move to the next level?

MM: I think I need to be more consistent. I started out average, then I started playing pretty well, and then lately I haven’t been playing my best hockey. So, I definitely have to be more consistent.

HF: What style of goaltender would you consider yourself to be? I know “butterfly” goaltenders seem to be the standard today.

MM: Yeah, definitely butterfly. There aren