Wednesday’s Rochester Coverage

Randy Cunneyworth returning to coach Amerks (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
Sabres name Randy Cunneyworth Amerks coach (Olean Times Herald)
Cunneyworth returns for 2nd stint to coach Sabres’ AHL team (AP)
Randy Cunneyworth named head coach of the Rochester Americans (Amerks.com)
Amerks launch 60th anniversary season with commemorative logo (Amerks.com)

Brandon’s roles reflect synergy of franchises

‘In recent months, Brandon had become increasingly involved with the Sabres’ business operations. Other members of the Bills’ front office, such as senior vice president of media and content Marc Honan, have already been doing Sabres-related work in addition to their Bills responsibilities.’

Brandon leading Bills, Sabres business operations no surprise

‘Brandon had became increasingly involved with the Sabres’ business operation, and last June he accompanied co-owner Kim Pegula and others within the franchise’s hierarchy to the NHL Awards ceremony in Las Vegas. Several high-end sponsors making the trip also have sponsorship deals with the Bills, evidence that the amount of business crossover between the teams eliminated the need for each to have a president.’

Just like you, Brandon’s a fan

‘For decades, Buffalo’s two major sports franchises competed against one another for entertainment dollars. Now, especially with Brandon watching over the larger Pegula Sports and Entertainment business plan, he can tie them together with season-ticket sales, sponsorships and other forces that drive revenue.’

McDavid-Eichel matchup will be on NBCSN

‘The Sabres will appear on the national networks (NBC or NBCSN) only five times, six fewer than during the 2014-15 season. Only one Sabre game will be shown on NBC: the Feb. 21 home Sunday afternoon game against Pittsburgh.’

Sabres oust Ted Black, name Russ Brandon team president

‘His most famous quote still lives in infamy. When deflecting criticism after the unveiling of the Sabres “third jersey” in 2013, Black said, “If it doesn’t sell, it won’t really mean anything to our bottom line,” Black said on WGR radio in Buffalo. It’s a third jersey. If it’s a turdburger, I’ll have to put it on a bun and eat it.”’

Sabres hire Russ Brandon as president to replace Ted Black

‘Naturally, Brandon wants to market the Sabres as a regional franchise, something he has accomplished with the Bills, who hold training camp at St. John Fischer and once held a yearly game in Toronto. Having the Rochester Americans, the Sabres’ AHL affiliate, so close will help.’

Russ Brandon now president of both Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres

‘While Brandon has gotten heat from fans for some football decisions, he will be relied on for his business ability in his new role. Brandon navigated the Bills through the sale of the franchise following Ralph Wilson Jr.’s death and is a big reason the franchise stayed in Western New York.’

Pegulas playing games with presidential appointees

‘Buffalo has a longstanding love affair with its Bills, if only because that’s one of the few major league things left about the city. In baseball, as in business, the city is Triple-A rated; the NBA team left town decades ago, and the Sabres, well, they’ve been around a long time but aren’t such a popular draw of late, and always played a distant second fiddle to almighty football.’

Sabres shakeup: Brandon replaces Black as team president

‘The announcement comes as a significant surprise, as Black had held the role since the Pegulas purchased the Sabres in February 2011. And the decision comes after the Pegulas added to their sports holdings in October, when they bought the Bills for an NFL-record $1.4 billion from the estate of Hall of Fame owner Ralph Wilson.’

Sabres sign prospect defenseman Guhle to entry-level deal

‘The deal was announced Monday, a little over a month after Buffalo drafted Guhle with the 51st pick. Guhle turns 18 on Wednesday and spent the past two seasons with the Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League.’

Sabres name Brandon as president

‘Sabres general manager Tim Murray will continue to oversee hockey operations and report directly to the owners.’

Pegula’s trust in Brandon continues to grow

‘Brandon is largely credited with helping to expand the Bills fan base beyond Western New York and into Central New York and Southern Ontario through regionalization efforts. He says that will continue with the Sabres, as well. “Absolutely. Obviously everyone knows what Rochester means to the Bills, but it also means a great deal to the Sabres. And there’s a great brand in the (Sabres AHL affiliate) Rochester Americans. That is the critical, really linchpin to how we built our business over the last eighteen years and we will follow a similar format to that. Obviously there’s going to be differences as we move forward, but Rochester, Southern Ontario, Erie, our entire region is very important to us.”’

Sabres’ Brandon said he is business only

‘Doug Whaley and Rex Ryan report to the Pegulas, not Brandon. Nothing is going to change now that he’s President of the Sabres. As a matter of fact when Brandon was asked about the hockey department he said, “I couldn’t be more hands off.” He added, “That’s the focus here, the focus is business. When it comes to hockey its Tim Murray and coach as well as the football side is.”’

Black is out and Brandon is in as President of the Sabres

‘”Since we purchased the Buffalo Bills last October, we have been highly impressed with the business acumen that Russ has shown with the Bills,” said Terry & Kim Pegula. “Now is an appropriate time to give him additional responsibilities with the Sabres. Russ will work with Pegula Sports & Entertainment to create strong synergies between the Sabres and Bills. With Russ’ strong ties to the area business community and sponsorship partners, he will effectively position both organizations for future growth. We are grateful to Ted Black for all he has done for the Sabres organization and wish him much success in his future endeavors.”‘