'"Mark is on his own time frame and no one else's. When he's ready to submit a bid, he will submit it," said Earl Wells, owner of E-3 Communications and Hamister's spokesman.'
'But it would be hard to imagine anyone finalizing the purchase of the Sabres – at least before Adelphia presents its reorganization plan under Chapter 11 bankruptcy. And that's not expected until November or December.'
'"I believe I am a better coach today than I was five years ago," he said. "Back then, I just did it, I didn't analyse what I was doing. But now, I have spoken to so many different groups — police officers, businesses, students — and hockey's no different than those lines of work. It really is about motivating people and keeping them motivated. And there's only so many ways to tell someone to put the puck in the net. You can only rearrange the furniture so many times."'
'A deal to keep the Buffalo Sabres in town can be completed before the end of Adelphia's two-year reorganization. But a sale to local buyers will face review by Adelphia's creditors, who will want to see the company collect as much of the team's $150 million debt as possible.'
'Biron's decision should be a relief to Sabres management.'
'The real question is, how did Ray bleed $500,000 out of Darcy Regier? Since when do the Sabres high-ball players in negotiations?'
Biron completed a two-year contract that paid him $750,000 last season, his first in taking over for Dominik Hasek as the starter.
'So, that leaves the question: Will the Sabres still be able to keep their core?'
'Sabres Goaltender Martin Biron filed for salary arbitration on Monday, meaning he'll be under contract at the start of training camp. It also means the Sabres will have their top two goaltenders under contract with Mika Noronen signing last week.'
'"All of the comments have been very flattering," said Miller. "But I still have to make sure that the situation is going to be as good or better than the college situation before I make a decision."'
'The clock is ticking, though, with just three months to the start of the regular season, when the heavy player payroll will tax the Sabres' continuing cash flow problems.'
'Noronen has played the last three seasons in Rochester and threatened to play in Finland unless the Sabres assured he would be in the National Hockey League next season.'
'"Buffalo has a lot of good fans and has a solid foundation there to build on so I think everything will eventually work itself out."'
'Financial terms of the agreement weren't disclosed.'
'Free agent goaltender Mika Noronen signed a multiyear contract Friday that will keep him with the Buffalo Sabres.'