'Happiness is an elusive thing down at the Air Canada Centre these days, and this has nothing to do with the Toronto Maple Leafs blowing a two-goal lead in the final two minutes of last night's preseason game against the Buffalo Sabres and settling for a 3-3 overtime tie.'
'"We needed a fourth-line centre," said Sabre GM Darcy Regier during the Sabres' preseason 3-3 tie with Toronto Maple Leafs last night. "Will he make the team? I would think so if he keeps going like he's been going."'
'Miroslav Satan scored with 36 seconds left in regulation to cap a four-goal flurry in the final five minutes of the third period and lift the Buffalo Sabres into a 3-3 exhibition tie with the Toronto Maple Leafs.'
'With goaltender Mika Noronen pulled for an extra attacker 48 seconds after Tim Connolly got Buffalo within 3-2, Satan beat Sebastien Centomo for his third goal of the preseason.'
'The Sabres have a miserable reputation when it comes to skating with the man advantage. They have finished in the top half of the NHL power-play rankings only four times in the last 12 years, dating to before Ted Nolan's coaching days, when John Muckler was at the helm.'
'The Sabres report 7,300 season tickets have been sold. However, the goal for this year is 12,000. So, as the general manager said some work still needs to be done. The team sold 9,300 season tickets last year. The NHL average is 10,600. Estimates put the economic impact of the Sabres for the region in the next year at more than 84 million dollars.'
'''We're not supporting any bid in particular. We haven't had any discussions recently because Mark has been busy talking to the league about his interest in buying the Sabres,'' said Charles Gargano, president of the Empire State Development Corp. ''I'm not even familiar with the details of his bid.'''
'In the ad, which will feature the "I Love New York" music, some people will be heard saying, "I Love New York," while others will proclaim, "I love the Buffalo Sabres."'
'"He's made a great showing in training camp," Buffalo captain Stu Barnes said. "He's gone out and worked hard every practice, every scrimmage and every game. The two guys he fought were tough guys, and he did very well. It was good to see him go out and battle."'
'Gratton was teamed with Taylor Pyatt on his left and Miroslav Satan on his right for the Sabres second game of the pre-season against the Ottawa Senators. The line responded by scoring four goals and adding and two assists. Gratton was pleased to say the least.'
'The Rochester Americans finally have the makings of a roster after the parent Buffalo Sabres assigned 12 players, including 2001 first-round draft pick Jiri Novotny and junior scoring star Jason Pominville, to their AHL farm team Monday afternoon.'
'Forwards Jiri Novotny and Jason Pominville, Buffalo's first- and second-round picks in the 2001 Entry Draft, were among 12 players assigned to AHL Rochester on Monday.'
'"We're pretty much well down the road on the Buffalo situation, and it's one that I think is an excellent opportunity," Bourjeaurd said. "My focus is there right now."'
'"The deal could be viewed as a sign of good faith or a sign that Adelphia is alive and well," said Kurt Hunzeker, director of business development for Team Marketing Report in Chicago. "Personally, I think it is more in line with Adelphia saying 'I'm alive and well.'"'
'The fact that several groups are interested in bidding on the Sabres is surprising, given the uncertain labor situation and the franchise's lackluster balance sheet in recent years.'