‘Frank DuRoss, one of five parties interested in buying the Buffalo Sabres, is joining forces with another group in a bid to purchase the financially troubled franchise. DuRoss, a Utica, N.Y., businessman, is scheduled to announce the merger at a press conference in Buffalo on Friday afternoon, spokesman Steve Rossi said.’
'Here's one indication Miller may be ready to sign: Justin Tobe, the recruit who will take his place on the Spartans roster, is enrolled in classes and has moved into a Michigan State dorm.'
'Alan Maislin says the group is not worried about the threat of lawsuits and the looming debt the team owes Adelphia Communciations, Maislin says he will let the attorneys figure it all out, right now, he says, the focus is on the bid.'
'Rick Comley, beginning his first season as MSU coach, said he has not been informed of a final decision, but doesn't expect Miller to be with the Spartans this season. "As far as I know, nothing has changed. And as I've said all along, I think he's close to leaving,'' Comley said. "But until he announces it … He hasn't told me with 100 percent certainty. I would think that by the end of the week or weekend, that everything will be in place."'
'Wednesday, Golisano met for an hour and 45 minutes with developer Carl Paladino, former Sabres President Larry Quinn and three attorneys from a Rochester law firm, including G. Steven Pigeon, the Erie County Democratic Party chairman. The meeting focused on the Sabres' financial situation, the issues surrounding HSBC Arena, Canadian television, and the competitiveness and operation of the franchise.'
'Biron signed his most significant autograph Wednesday in HSBC Arena. He stroked his signature on the bottom of a two-year, $4.1 million agreement that was reached Aug. 7, the day before his scheduled arbitration hearing.'
'The Sabres, who have about 6,700 season ticket holders, are under a league mandate to get at least 10,800 season ticket subscribers. The team, with the new marketing campaign, has set its own goal of 12,000 full and partial season ticket holders. "We recognize the challenge," said Darcy Regier, Sabres' general manager.'
'The theme is "It's our team, let's keep it that way."'
'That includes moving the team's upcoming training camp to Buffalo. Also, select nights in September and October will be called "Tuesday with the Team." The nighttime open practices at the arena will give fans a chance to get closer to team. The four tuesdays are really pick a seat nights where fans can buy season tickets.'
'They're reaching out to businesses, to fans that can only afford some games, and to the community as a whole. The campaign is seen as a drive to keep the team in Buffalo. Their goal is to sell the league average of 10,800 season tickets. So far, about 6,200 have been sold.'
Regier said Tuesday the Sabres may be close to signing their remaining two restricted free agents, wingers Maxim Afinogenov and Vaclav Varada. In addition, they might be on the verge of welcoming top goaltending prospect Ryan Miller.
'Prominent Buffalonians, including the Goo Goo Dolls, Jim Kelly, "Baby Joe" Mesi and Tim Russert, will appear in print ads pitching tickets with the message, "Got yours?"'
'Less than a month before the team heads to training camp and less than two months before the team plays its first game of the 2002-03 National Hockey League season, the Buffalo Sabres are ready to unveil their marketing campaign during an Aug. 21 news conference at HSBC Arena.'
'"Denis had a bad knee injury and we knew it would take awhile for him to come back to the form he had prior to it," commented Ruff. "But once we got into the the late stages of last season, Denis still didn't seem to be playing up to what we thought he could."'
'Nolan has long had ties with Otters managing partner Sherry Bassin. In the 1990-91 and 1991-92 seasons, with Bassin as general manager, Nolan coached the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds to the Ontario Hockey League championship, and in 1993 the Soo hosted and won the Canadian Hockey League's Memorial Cup.'