Sale of Sabres to Pegula Announcement Coming Thursday Morning

‘The price tag on the team will be 175 million dollars, plus the debt being taken on by Pegula. Despite making the announcement the two sides still need to finish closing the deal. That should be done around the trading deadline.’

Pegula drew violations as gas driller

‘In the course of making his fortune, the Florida billionaire negotiating to buy the Buffalo Sabres contributed heavily to politicians in a position to advance his business interests and established a less-than-stellar track record in the environmentally dicey business of drilling for natural gas, The Buffalo News has found.’

Prospective Sabres buyer wows panel

‘"I’ve spent time with him on multiple occasions," Bettman said after a news conference in RBC Center as part of All-Star weekend. "I think he’s a good guy. He has the resources. He’s familiar with the area. I think when he lived in Pittsburgh he was a Sabres season-ticket holder. He obviously loves the game. He’s investing in it on all levels."’

Sunday’s Portland Coverage

Last-second goal lifts Pirates, 3-2 (Portland Press Herald)

Late game heroics lead Pirates into well-deserved break (Maine Hockey Journal)

Pirates Slide Past Whale (PortlandPirates.com)

Buzzer-beating Pirate Goal Stuns Whale (ProvidenceBruins.com)

Sources: Terry Pegula set to buy Sabres

‘The Sabres’ sale was updated at the NHL’s Board of Governors meeting here at All-Star Weekend. Once the purchase agreement is announced, the sale is expected to close within a month, sources said.’

Pegula to outline plan to buy Sabres

‘Recent speculation that suggested Pegula would assume ownership after meeting with the full board this weekend was unfounded, as was speculation he would attend the full meeting. He is not eligible to attend the governors meetings until he officially becomes a governor. A league source estimated that Pegula would close on the sale in the next few weeks, or sometime in February, assuming negotiations continue without complications.’

NHL All-Star weekend is showcase

‘Ennis figured he would mosey through the airport Friday without much trouble considering he’s a rookie from Buffalo who wasn’t part of the main event. He was stopped by about 20 autograph hounds minutes after stepping off the plane.’

Saturday’s Portland Coverage

‘Tired’ Pirates lose and drop to second place (Portland Press Herald)

Pirates can’t make it five against the Bruins (Maine Hockey Journal)

Providence scores early and never looks back (Providence Journal)

Bruins Double Up Pirates (PortlandPirates.com)

Pirates Sign Bushee (PortlandPirates.com)

P-Bruins rob the Pirates (ProvidenceBruins.com)

Time for Darcy Regier to Show SomeOe Guts

”Come the deadline, if we hear Regier say “the market was too steep” to bring in players that could help him, it will be his own fault. There’s no question. We also will not be able to complain about his being aloof, or that he’s not learned from his mistakes in the past. He stated in the quotes that someone will set the market. Again, here’s his chance.”

NHL Trade Deadline: We’re One Month Away!

”"Most of us have players that we would make available even right now for a trade, either because they’re underperforming and/or overpaid," Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier told us this week. "But it’s impossible right now to get an agreement on values. We’re all hoping that we’re going to be able to just charge a cost without taking anything back, and that’s not reality. So I think, yes, we’re all sitting around to the last day or two again [before the trade deadline]."

Friday’s Portland Coverage

Pirates need break for some healing (Portland Press Herald)

Overachieving under the radar (TheAHL.com)

Sabres’ Gerbe tuning up his game

‘"The opportunities are going in now, opportunities that were there early in the year that he maybe would have passed up on," Ruff said. "He’s shooting now. He’s shooting more, shooting with more purpose, and that’s helped him."’

Regier sees postseason within reach

‘"I think we’re moving in the right direction," said Regier, who feels the team finally has turned the corner from conference afterthought to playoff hopeful. "I do. I think from attitude to work ethic to commitment as a group, it’s been very positive."’

Thursday’s Portland Coverage

Injured, but still a big help (Portland Press Herald)

TV prompts new start time for Sabres-Capitals game

‘The change was announced by the Sabres on Wednesday after NBC reached a deal to broadcast four games on that date as part of its Hockey Day in America coverage. Sabres-Capitals was originally scheduled to start at 3 p.m.’