Miller giving pros the old college try

'"You look at his achievements and it tells us as an organization he's ready to turn pro," Regier said.'

Bassin group sorting out financial details

'Alan Maislin, one of the chief financial backers of the Bassin group, said Monday they were in the final stages of funneling the capital into one account. That account information will then be presented to the NHL as part of the bidding process.'

Ringers

'"Ted Nolan is a winner, and the people of Buffalo know he won there,'' Bassin said. "We went to three straight (Memorial Cups) together, and when you consider our players graduate, that's incredible. Who else to come in here and speak, and let the people in Erie get to know him.'''

Goalie Miller graduates to Amerks

'Ryan Miller's days as a college student are over. Now the real education process begins.'

Finally, Spartans can look ahead

'As much as they'll miss Miller – and who wouldn't miss the NCAA's career leader in shutouts? – the Spartans should feel relieved to finally know his skates will be empty when practice starts Sept. 24. "There was going to be life after Ryan Miller," Comley said. "Now it's here."'

Miller agrees to deal with Sabres

'"Every player in college, there's going to come a time when the opportunity to further his pro career will take precedence over finishing his college career," said Mike Liut, Miller's agent and a former NHL goalie. "It's not a decision that's made cavalierly, you have to weigh it out, and much of it has to do with how they've performed."'

Sabres sign G Ryan Miller

'"Ryan had a great college career at Michigan State," Sabres general manager Darcy Regier said. "We look forward to him continuing that success on the professional level for many years to come as a member of the Buffalo Sabres organization."'

Let's try a real NHL game in Rochester

'Prospective Buffalo Sabres owner Frank DuRoss is talking about making the NHL team more regionally friendly a la Rochester and the NFL Bills. Sounds good, but the big difference is that Rochester has no fall pro football team and already has a hockey team. The more tickets the Sabres sell in Rochester, the fewer tickets the Amerks figure to sell.'

Sabres ticket effort motivated by urgency

'The Sabres acknowledge it will not be an easy path. The team is still reeling from anti-Rigas fallout, coupled with the fact that it did not make the playoffs last season.'

Utica businessman could become Sabres' most important 'local guy'

'"The populace of a team's market doesn't determine its fate," he said. "It's the ownership, the management, and having a commitment to do things right. I almost don't buy into the whole small-market thing."'

The ultimate goal

'There is absolutely no doubt this community loves the Sabres. But all the spirit in the world won't make up for the lack of paying customers.'

Cunneyworth will be back

'Randy Cunneyworth doesn't view the offer of only a one-year contract — which he'll very likely sign this week — as a slap in the face. Instead, the Rochester Americans coach says the lack of a multi-year contract is the byproduct of the Buffalo Sabres' ownership shuffle.'

Bassin group set to bid on Sabres

'The development emerged Friday night after a meeting in Dallas, where Bassin and some associates visited with Quentin Bourjeaurd, a previously unidentified financial backer of the group.'

DuRoss teams with another group planning to buy Sabres

'"Our goal is to make the Sabres more of a regional team," said DuRoss, a Utica resident who is majority owner of the Rochester Rhinos and also owns the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League. "We want to mirror what the (NFL's Buffalo) Bills have done in Rochester."'

Sabres need tickets sales, and stability

'But it's easy to understand why so many fans are skeptical, why so many are holding onto their money. They want to see some stability come to the franchise. They want to see changes on and off the ice. They want to see a team that wins and works hard. They don't want to see the Goo Goo Dolls and Tim Russert.'