Archives for May 2003

No surprise high-strung Hasek veered over edge again

'Obviously, the Sabres have decided they would be better served keeping Regier and Ruff after much speculation about their futures. Regier figures to be on the shorter leash after accomplishing little during five seasons with the Rigases and one under the supervision of the league.'

Business People

'The Buffalo Sabres named Dan DiPofi chief operating officer. Previously with the Rochester Americans, DiPofi returns to the Sabres after working for the organization from 1989 to 1998. DiPofi will be responsible for the day-to-day business operations of the team and HSBC Arena. The Sabres also named John Livsey director of corporate sales, and Jody Ulrich director of suite sales.'

End is near for Roy

However, with the way Roy has performed this season, there is little mystery as to whether he will get a deal done. Negotiations between his agent, Larry Kelly, and the Sabres continue.

Rangers' Roy thrives under heavy load

'He's still negotiating with the Sabres for a pro contract and hopes a deal is close, but he's prepared to re-enter the draft if he doesn't reach an agreement by the June 1 deadline. If he does, his stock has never been higher.'

Bulletin Board

'The Sabres Alumni team will play a benefit hockey game 3 p.m. Wednesday in the Amherst Pepsi Center. A team of doctors and pharmaceutical representatives will provide the opposition. Tickets are $7 at the door, with proceeds to benefit the Patient Library at the Kaleida Breast Cancer Center at Women's and Children's Hospital.'

DVD of Sabres past and present is part of drive to boost sales

'The DVD, entitled "Building a Winner," includes a message from B. Thomas Golisano, the team's new owner – "New Owner, New Era" – ticket and contact information, and three previously done highlight videos: from the team's first 10 years, the first 20 years and the 1998-99 team's run to the Stanley Cup finals.'

Sabres "Build a Winner"

'The DVD entitled "Building a Winner" starts with the team's rich history, from special moments of Sabre stars like Gilbert Perreault, to the 1974-75 Stanley Cup Finals against the Philadelphia Flyers – all the teams ups and downs – all on the two hour DVD. Team officials spent 25,000 dollars putting it together. They're hoping it will pay off as ticket sales start coming in.'

Chance to defend world title an honor Briere would rather not have

'"The goal I'm setting for next year is I want the Sabres to make the playoffs," Briere said last week while driving with his father from Phoenix to his hometown of Gatineau, Quebec. "I'm already thinking about it. I'm really excited. I don't know if it's just me, but I was just really impressed with the team in Buffalo."'

Sabres hire new marketing staff

'The Buffalo Sabres have announced three additions to the team's marketing department as it prepares for the 2003-04 National Hockey League season under new ownership.'

Sabres hope Leahy is a ticket master

'"First and foremost there has to be a reconnection with the fans. Sometimes you get caught up in the idea of being cutting edge or innovative and you forget to ask the people who are most important. We need to ask these people: "What is important to you?'"'

Buffalo's Biron would be perfect fit in goal for Flyers

'Biron would be a perfect fit for the Flyers. He's only 25, but he's already played in close to 200 NHL games and he learned at the knee of one of the all-time greats, Dominik Hasek. Buffalo hockey people say he's bright, funny and a goalie with athleticism, style and grace. In other words, he's not Roman Cechmanek.'

Leahy takes VP job with Sabres

'"It seems to be a perfect fit," Leahy said. "They were looking for the best marketing guy in the AHL, that's what they basically said to me. This is Buffalo. It's not New York City. We're a small market so we've got to work a little bit harder. But on the other side … this is a hockey town."'

Sabres think offense with No. 5 overall pick in draft

‘Sabres officials in Rochester last week to announce an extension of the affiliation with the Amerks said they expect to use the No. 5 overall pick in next month’s entry draft on “the best offensive player available.” Not a bad idea, particularly if he can pay more immediate dividends than several of the mostly mysterious forwards the Sabres have picked in the first round of recent drafts (LW Barrett Heisten in 1999, C Artem Kriukov in 2000, C Jiri Novotny in 2001 and LW Daniel Paille in 2002).’

Cechmanek is latest scapegoat for Clarke's reign of error in Philly

'If you're in the Sabres' address book, you should expect a DVD this week highlighting the greatest moments in team history. The Sabres are mailing some 20,000 copies to former and current season-ticket holders in an effort to drum up business.'

Empire is left in limbo while Quinn shops around

Quinn confirmed this week that the Sabres have a July 1 deadline to decide whether to buy out the contract with Empires owner, Adelphia, for $1 million and sell the National Hockey League teams games to another cable sports entity with a wider audience reach in upstate New York. It will not be easy finding another carrier willing to pay $26 million for four years, which is what remains on the deal that Adelphia made with the NHL when the league was running the team.