Struggling Sabres fear possible domino effect

‘"Buffalo is the third-poorest city in the country," Kearns said yesterday. "And when you think about it that way, there’s a really tight margin for entertainment dollars when people are making choices. We really do rely — in a positive way — on Canada to help supplement our sports teams. I guess it’s just become a fact of life."’

Draft party at art gallery

‘Sabres players will be in attendance to sign autographs, and the Sabres Store will conduct a sidewalk sale. Street hockey games will be set up for children in the gallery’s front parking lot; players must bring their own sticks, and those 12-and-under need to wear a helmet. There also will be inflatable games and hockey-related crafts, along with an appearance by Sabretooth.’

Golisano-Seles a love match

‘When asked yesterday if the two were a pair, the normally unflappable Paychex founder — who was making the interview rounds all over the state capital — seemed taken aback. "Why do you want to know?" said Golisano, clearly more comfortable talking policy than romance. Finally, the thrice-divorced Golisano told The Post’s Jennifer Fermino, "Monica and I see each other."’

Close to home

‘“I’d like to stay there. I think it was a good fit for me — it’s close to home and I enjoyed my time there,” Ellis told The Tribune recently. “I’d definitely like to stay in Buffalo with the Sabres. They’ve got a job to do as well — try to put together a team that’s going to get into the playoffs next year. I’m hoping that I fit into their plans. We’ll find out in the next couple of weeks.”’

Wake attendees pay Aud final repects

‘Pieces of Memorial Auditorium lay in a coffin amid old hockey pads and gloves, a pair of ’60s-style ice skates, ’80s Buffalo Sabres ticket stubs and jerseys at an Irish wake in the Pearl Street Grill & Brewery Sunday evening.’

Sabre rattling: Buffalo wary of Hamilton team

‘"Twenty-five years from now you’re not going to have too many kids in Hamilton/Niagara who have their first loyalty at age five, six, seven, eight to the Sabres … [instead] it will be to the most obvious local option," said Hyatt.’

Trusses turn to dust as Aud’s end nears

‘“It’s sad to see it go but good to see it go at the same time,” Kothe said. “It’s progress.”’

Old home of Buffalo Sabres falls to wrecking ball

‘A wrecking crew pulled down the last roof supports on Buffalo’s Memorial Auditorium Saturday morning. A section of the building collapsed with a roar in a billowing cloud of dust.’

Balsillie says move won’t hurt Sabres

‘“It’ll be fertile. There’s twice as many fans in this sort of Southern Ontario area, as surveyed, as in the whole New York area. There’s three teams there, and there’s one here. If New York can support three, then you can argue that Southern Ontario can support six. All we’re looking for is a second here.”’

Saturday’s Portland Coverage

The European option (Portland Press Herald)

Pirates Announce Six Dates on 2009-10 Schedule (PortlandPirates.com)

Sabres’ Zagrapan signs deal to play in Russia

‘But Zagrapan never developed liked the Sabres had hoped, tallying just 56 goals and 127 points during three AHL seasons. As Zagrapan struggled and tumbled down the prospect depth chart, players like Clarke MacArthur, Mark Mancari, Nathan Gerbe (drafted 129 spots after Zagrapan in 2005) and Tim Kennedy got looks with Buffalo.’

Lalime recovering from surgeries

‘Lalime, appearing on the “Sabres Lunch Express” on the team’s Web site, said he had a sports hernia procedure after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his hip.’

Lalime recovering well from surgery

‘“[They were] a couple surgeries back-to-back, but we’re doing good now,” Lalime said on the Web show. “We’re looking at about another month before I feel good again."’

Aud taking its seat in Hockey Hall of Fame

‘Also going to the Hockey Hall of Fame from the Aud are 1939 floor plans and bricks from the building. The exhibit probably will be on display probably starting in the fall, Pritchard said.’

Byron looks to beef up for Sabres

‘”We’re both small guys who try to use our speed, quickness and skills to get the job done,” said Byron, who’s hoping to add a little more size and strength in workouts with Ottawa fitness guru Tony Greco this summer. “I’m sure (Roy) had to deal with size (deficiencies) to get to where he is. He’s definitely one of the many guys I look up to for inspiration.”‘