'"We're still working within the parameters of a budget. Certainly the league is overseeing our situation, but there are some opportunities to do some things."'
'J.P. Dumont was benched Sunday for the first time in three seasons. Rookie Ales Kotalik sat Monday for the first time since becoming a regular.'
' C Stu Barnes played his 800th career game on Monday.'
'That $65 million in annual economic impact is not considered an outlandish number. Labor and business officials had estimated that the hockey franchise has a local economic impact of between $65 million and $85 million per year.'
'Muckler said the deal has been about six weeks in the making and that he has been tracking Varada since he recovered from an ankle injury in mid-February.'
'For the Sabres, it was a great deal. They get a prospect and got rid of Varada's contract. He is making $1.3 million U.S. this year and has another year to go on his contract.'
'Klepis, 18, was the 16th overall pick by the Senators last June and has split this season between Slavia and Slavia Jr. of the Czech Elite League. He had 14 goals and 50 assists in 70 games last season for the junior Portland Winter Hawks of the Western Hockey League.'
Klepis is a skilled player, but the reality is he would not have played for us for at least two years. We have got a chance to win a Stanley Cup, so why not take a shot at it?
I have seen Klepis a few times and I have thought he has played okay, but he is never going to get to the level of guys like Hossa and Havlat. If you want to compete for the Stanley Cup, you have to do what it takes to win.
'Klepis, 18, currently is not on the Ottawa roster. He has spent the bulk of the 2002-03 season in the Czech Elite League. The Sabres would eventually have to sign him, presuming they stay in business for next season.'
'“You just got look at it objectively,'' Varada's agent, Rich Winter, said. “The guy went from a last-place team to a first-place team."'
‘The Ottawa Senators on Tuesday acquired right wing Vaclav Varada and a 2003 fifth-round draft pick from the Buffalo Sabres for 18-year-old center Jakub Klepis in a deal involving two teams that have filed for bankruptcy.’
'"For more than three decades, the Sabres have contributed a great deal to the Buffalo area. Their fans have rewarded them with support and loyalty and government helped build a new stadium," Hevesi said. "I hope that the team's recent difficulties can be overcome, and that the Sabres can be returned to a position of financial stability and on-ice success in the National Hockey League."'
'The fact that Buffalo’s drop in population, weak employment growth in the 1990s, and current rising unemployment rates have not markedly affected attendance numbers is a testament to the importance of Sabres games to residents in Erie and Niagara counties.' (submitted by: From Albany)
'''Any enterprise that adds $65 million to the local economy on a regular basis … is worth keeping,'' Hevesi said.'