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CHICAGO -- Pau Gasol talked to Joakim Noah when the Chicago Bulls travelled to Los Angeles to recruit the free-agent centre. He spoke with Derrick Rose over the phone, and Mike Dunleavy also reached out to the 7-foot veteran. What Gasol found was a hungry team in search of a championship, and it was enough to convince the skilled Spaniard to trade the warmth of Southern California for the cold winters of the Windy City. Gasol and newcomer Nikola Mirotic were at the United Center on Friday for a pair of press conferences announcing their new contracts. The 34-year-old Gasol begins his 14th NBA season with career averages of 18.3 points, 9.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists, and the 6-10 Mirotic joins the Bulls after a successful final season with Real Madrid. "It was a gut feeling. I thought Chicago was going to be the best fit for me," Gasol said. "Its a great challenge, but Im driven by challenge. I look forward to it." Gasol began his career with Memphis and was traded to Los Angeles in February 2008. He formed a strong bond with Kobe Bryant while helping the Lakers to three consecutive NBA Finals from 2008-10, winning the title the last two of those years. Weighing interest from NBA champion San Antonio and Oklahoma City among other teams, Gasol said his conversations with Noah and Rose helped sway him to Chicago. Noah was the leagues defensive player of the year last season, and Rose is coming back from a pair of knee injuries which kept the 2011 MVP out for much of the last two seasons. "How humble they were, I think thats real important to be able to not have big egos, that makes things a lot easier," Gasol said. "Their passion, their hunger as well. Theyre hungry. Theyre hungry to win, thats something that I wanted to also come into, to be a part of a hungry team." Rose played only 10 games last season before he was shelved for the year by a torn meniscus in his right knee. Chicago still managed to win 48 games and make the playoffs, where it lost to Washington in the first round. Rose is expected to return this season, and the addition of Gasol and Mirotic should give Chicago one of the deepest frontcourts in the league. Noah set career highs with 12.6 points, 11.3 and 5.4 assists per game last year, and Taj Gibson blossomed into one of the leagues top reserves. The Bulls used the amnesty clause to cut Carlos Boozer on Tuesday, leaving an opening in the starting lineup. But coach Tom Thibodeau isnt sure what the lineup is going to look like just yet. "I dont know how its going to unfold," he said, "you know, who will be the starter, whos finishing? Maybe we change as we go. Were going to see once we get everyone out there together. Were always going to do whats best for the team." Gasol, a Barcelona native, also should be able to help with Mirotics transition to the NBA. The 23-year-old Mirotic, who was acquired in a 2011 draft-night deal with Minnesota, averaged 12.4 points while shooting 46 per cent from 3-point range last season with Real Madrid. Mirotic, a stretch power forward who has drawn comparisons to sharpshooters Hedo Turkoglu and Ryan Anderson, was believed to be one of the top players in the world outside of the NBA. "I strongly believe that I am ready for this challenge," Mirotic said through an interpreter. Gasol, Mirotic and first-round draft pick Doug McDermott address one of Chicagos biggest problems from a year ago. The Bulls had the NBAs top defence last season, allowing 91.8 points per game, but they also averaged a league-low 93.7 points. "I think weve added shooting. Of course, getting Derrick back is a huge piece," Thibodeau said. "So it depends how it all fits together. We wont know until we get out there." Joe Montana Jersey . 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Ehrhoff carried the puck from the right point to the centre of the ice before sending a soft wrist shot on goal that went through James Reimers legs. "I didnt have the time to do a big wind-up there or get it hard," Ehrhoff said. "I saw the opening between the legs and just put one through there." Matt Moulson and Luke Adam also scored for the Sabres, who got 22 saves from Ryan Miller and came from behind twice to force overtime. Nikolai Kulemin and Phil Kessel scored for Toronto, which has lost six straight road games. Buffalos second home win over the Leafs was just its third win at home in 15 attempts and its sixth win overall. The long-standing rivalry between the two teams helped drive a Sabres team thats struggled to find goals. "We can see the guys getting a little fired up and its about time," Miller said. "Its good. This kind of rivalry helps. Its always nice to beat them here because you feel like theres so many Leafs fans here, its fun to send them home." Toronto opened the scoring 2:12 into the first period when Kessel came down the left wing and put a snap shot over Millers left pad. Buffalo tied the score on the power play at 7:57 of the second period. With Reimer out of position, a falling Ville Leino used his backhand to find Moulson, who scored his 10th goal of the season and his second in as many games. The Leafs took the lead back 2 1/2 minutes later after Brian Flynn gave the puck awaay behind the Sabres net.ddddddddddddA pass from Trevor Smith deflected in front of the goal, where Kulemin shot it out of the air and past Miller. Adam shot a Reimer rebound under the goalies glove at 18:50 of the second and the teams finished the second period tied at 2. "Ever since Ted (Nolan) got here, the guys are just building on each and every game," Adam said. "We feel a lot more confident as a team, as players, when we come to the rink every morning for practice. Thats carrying over and were playing a lot better." The score was Adams first NHL goal since April 5. The third period was light on scoring chances until the 12:42 mark, when Reimer made consecutive left pad saves on Adam. James van Riemsdyk then had a chance to end the game in regulation on a last-minute breakaway, but Matt DAgostini caught the Leafs forward from behind and swiped the puck into the corner. Van Riemsdyk was surprised there was no penalty on the play. "Unless were playing football, I dont know," he said, later adding, "Usually when youre in all alone and you get your legs taken out from under you, you expect something, especially when the calls were like they were, five or six to one." The Leafs came into the game as the second-least penalized team in the league but picked up 10 penalty minutes on the night, while the Sabres only gave Torontos efficient power play one opportunity. "The breaks arent going our way and thats when youve got to find ways to create more," Toronto coach Randy Carlyle said. "We had a power play where we didnt get much going in the third period and we gave up a power-play goal earlier in the game." Leino and Tyler Myers each had two assists. NOTES: Leafs LW Mason Raymond played in his 400th NHL game. ... D Brayden McNabb, C Mikhail Grigorenko and D Jamie McBain were scratches for Buffalo. ... Both teams play on the road Saturday, with Toronto visiting Montreal and Buffalo at New Jersey. Cheap NFL JerseysWholesale JerseysWholesale NFL JerseysJerseys From ChinaWholesale NFL JerseysCheap NFL JerseysCheap Jerseys ' ' '