Archives for July 2002

Former Sabre Arniel named new assistant

'Arniel, a former teammate of head coach Lindy Ruff, spent the past three years as an assistant with Manitoba of the American Hockey League.'

Sabres hire Arniel as assistant coach

'"His passion for coaching, and his knowledge of the game will be an excellent addition to our coaching staff," Ruff said.'

Sabres Hire New Assistant Coach

'The former Sabre was teammates with Lindy Ruff for 4 seasons while playing in Buffalo. He appeared in 295 games scoring 64 goals and 74 assists.'

The Last Word

'No, the news is all good out of Buffalo, said commissioner Bettman. Five groups, each one more interested than the other, are anxious to buy in Buffalo and operate in a decent but decaying city, home of a team playing in a new oversized arena before a dwindling fan base.'

Bettman sees season tickets as crucial to Sabres' fate

'The commissioner might not have leveled a gun at the community's head, but the implication all day was clear: The community has to show its support – at the ticket window. Or else.'

League lets Sabres take care of business

'"The Sabres are running off the same exact budget and projections and assumptions they put together before all of this happened. . . . This club will run into the season whether or not new ownership is in place by September or October or November. This club will run as its fans expect it to."'

Bettman fails to understand fans' feelings

'Bettman should stop acting as if the NHL is doing Buffalo some kind of favor by having a team here. The fact is, he needs you as much as you need his league.'

Bandits stay in business, will be operated by NHL

'The NHL's decision to adopt the Bandits makes sound economic sense since many of the Sabres' sponsorship deals include both the hockey and lacrosse teams. "The hockey team has the rights to run the building, and the hockey team owns the Bandits," Bettman said. "So that package is there."'

Bettman Issues Challenge to Buffalo Sabres Fans

'National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman said, "This is about saying hey, Buffalo we know you love the Sabres, we really need your help in demonstrating it."'

Five Groups Interested in Buying Sabres, Bettman Says

'Bettman didn't identify potential ownership groups. He said the Sabres would remain in Buffalo, where they began as an expansion team in 1970. "We're not talking to anybody who doesn't want to keep the team in Buffalo," said Bettman, adding that there's no timetable for the sale to be completed.'

Sabres, Defenseman James Patrick Agree to Two-Year Contract

'Patrick, a 19-year National Hockey League veteran, had five goals and eight assists in 56 games last season. He is one of 14 NHL defensemen to play in 1,000 games and score 600 points.'

Patrick re-signs with Sabres

'Terms were not announced but he'll likely receive close to the $600,000 a year he made last season.'

Sabres agree to terms with D Patrick

'"Despite having opportunities elsewhere, we are very proud that James has chosen to remain with the Buffalo Sabres and stay in our community," Sabres general manager Darcy Regier said. "James has proven to be an important contributor to our hockey team over the past four seasons. He has provided us with depth and veteran leadership and will be a valuable presence to our younger players."'

Five groups interested in keeping Sabres in Buffalo

'Five groups are interested in buying the NHL's Sabres and keeping them in Buffalo, commissioner Gary Bettman said Thursday, a day after the team's outgoing owner was arrested on fraud charges. Bettman, who did not identify the potential ownership groups, said it was "purely a coincidence" that he was in Buffalo 24 hours after John Rigas and two sons were arrested in connection with the financial meltdown of Adelphia Communications.'

NHL chief pushes ticket sales here

'League and team officials have suggested that fans buying season tickets can help strengthen Buffalo's hold on the Sabres in two ways: by helping the team's bottom line and by sending a strong signal to potential investors that the region can support an NHL team.'