'They're mystified that it has come to this, the season a few scant weeks from being scrapped. They've done the math, considered the league's meager national television contract, found it impossible to reconcile any collective bargaining agreement that nurtures rampant salary escalation. They wonder what numbers NHLPA chief Bob Goodenow is feeding his players that could possibly portray the league as healthier than its fundamentals.'
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The Sabres Report - December 29, 2004
'"When Goodenow was going over everything," Ray said, "I asked some questions about the insurance plan, and he looked right in my eyes and said, "Rayzor, even guys like you who might never play again will be carried through this whole thing.' " The NHLPA's intentions apparently changed a month ago. Ray said he received a Nov. 26 letter from the NHLPA informing him he was removed from the union and considered retired.'
'With 17,898 fans looking on and cheering from opening faceoff to the final buzzer, the game had the feel of the NHL. The crowd was the largest ever to watch an Amerks game, and the eighth largest in AHL history.'
'Considering gross ticket revenue from Tuesday night's game against the Edmonton Road Runners at HSBC Arena approached $200,000, the Amerks will give strong consideration to bringing their product to the backyard of their parent team, the Buffalo Sabres, again if the NHL season is canceled by the owners' lockout. "It would take us four Fridays or eight to 10 Wednesday or Sunday games (in Rochester) to equal what we generated (Tuesday night) in revenue," Donner said. "This was an unbelievable shot in the arm for the organization."'
'"It's been worse than cocaine withdrawal," said the Sabres' season-ticket holder from suburban Tonawanda. "Hockey is a way of life for us."'