'Thorburn is a rugged center who finished with 30 goals, 71 points and 124 penalty minutes in 64 games with Plymouth of the OHL last season.'
'"We need to come to a balance," Golisano said. "We want to win. We have an obligation to the fans to do the best we can, we have an obligation to the players and staff and we have to blend everything together to make something that is viable. The moves to keep Darcy and Lindy take us in that direction. I think these guys have the talent and capability."'
'Calling last year an "embarrassment," Sabres' managing partner Larry Quinn said after an "objective analysis" that both Regier and Ruff stack up well as talent evaluators compared to their peers across the National Hockey League.'
'The OHL's Rookie of the Year in 2000, Roy notched 28 goals and 78 assists in 49 games for Kitchener in 2002-03. He also helped Canada win a silver medal at the World Junior Hockey Championships last year.'
'Although Regier had four years left on a six-year deal, there were public questions surrounding his future with the team before Wednesday's endorsement from Golisano and managing partner Larry Quinn.'
'Roy, Buffalo's second-round pick in 2001, had 28 goals and 78 points in 49 games with Kitchener of the OHL last season. He also had three goals and an assist in four games to help Kitchener win the Memorial Cup and take MVP honors.'
'“I found people are willing to change, are really enthusiastic and want to win, and I think that's the most important ingredient we're looking for,'' Quinn said. “We've got to choose the best decision to give the team the best opportunity to win and we've given them some very strong goals. They've got to make the playoffs this year and we told them we want to win a Stanley Cup within three to four years.'''
'Ruff's deal actually will pay him a lower base salary than the $800,000 he made last season. But bonuses for reaching later stages of the playoffs could make the contract more lucrative than his old one.'
'Regier has been here for six years, but there's a sense he still doesn't understand that Buffalo isn't just a city along Lake Erie. It's a state of mind.'
'"I can't think of anything more ethical or moral than what he's doing," he said of Golisano. "That just says everything to me about how he conducts his business and his personal life."'
'For Sabres' fans, they will be able to print both season tickets and tickets purchased on a game-by-game basis. The Sabres are also eyeing added services that may include online season sales and renewals, and targeted group ticket sales.'
'Sources have told WGR Sports Radio 55 that it's a three year deal for close to one million dollars in the first year [for Ruff].'
'Sabres spokesman Michael Gilbert declined to comment on the report. Gilbert would only say that Golisano and managing partner Larry Quinn will attend the news conference concerning the team's hockey operations.'
'Sources told FOXSports.com that Ruff agreed to a three-year deal with the new Sabres ownership group and that he'll get more of a say on personnel matters than he had in the past.'
'Next up for Roy is whether or not he signs with the Sabres. He will re-enter the NHL draft if the cash-strapped club fails to sign him before June 1. Roy said he wants to sign with the Sabres but added he's not involved in any negotiations. "I'm letting my agent take care of that," he said.'