Losing Babcock to Toronto definitely hurts

‘The Sabres weren’t ready to win, either, but prevailing wisdom said they were relatively close, and that Babcock could preside over a rapid rise in the standings and look good bringing along all that young talent. That and Pegula’s deep pockets seemed like an irresistible lure for the 52-year-old Babcock.’

Mike Babcock picks Leafs over Sabres, lands massive contract

‘For one of the few times since he bought the team in 2011, Sabres owner Terry Pegula didn’t get what he wanted. Pegula and his wife, Kim, whose hiring of Rex Ryan to coach the Bills has been a hit, wooed Babcock when he visited Buffalo on May 10. The Sabres, according to multiple reports, felt confident earlier this week they had landed their man and were angry Babcock picked Toronto.’

Sabres reportedly ‘livid’ over losing Babcock to Leafs

‘Another report out of the Queen City said the Sabres were poised to have a press conference as early as Monday to introduce Babcock, with owner Terry Pegula’s money just too enticing to ignore.’

AP source: Buffalo Sabres out of running for Mike Babcock

‘Potential candidates include former NHL coaches Dan Bylsma and Paul MacLean, and minor-league coach Luke Richardson.’

Sabres’ feel burned by Babcock

‘The Sabres now feel played as it seems like Babcock took the offer to Toronto last night or this morning. The Leafs were willing to let him make player personnel decisions while the Sabres were willing to make sure he was in on the conversations. The Sabres are now really wondering if he was planning on the Leafs all along.’

Bylsma highlights list of Sabres coaching candidates

‘Amazingly, his time in Pittsburgh is still talked about as disappointing considering Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin were on the roster, but the 2014-15 Penguins’ struggles and first-round-out made it apparent that the problems went deeper than coach.’

Mike Babcock is weighing a lucrative offer from the Sabres

‘Money was merely one factor in Babcock’s decision, but it’s an important one on several levels. In addition to adding to his own bank account, Babcock has talked often of boosting the salaries of NHL coaches. The source inside that fraternity said Babcock doesn’t understand why hockey coaches are paid so much less than their professional sports counterparts. By accepting the Sabres’ offer, Babcock would significantly raise the bar for hockey’s bench bosses.’

Briere-Drury playoff thrills are a distant memory

‘The NHL playoffs lose their charm for me when the Sabres aren’t involved. It’s not just the games, but the way the community gets caught up in a playoff run in the spring. There’s an inexorable momentum that pulls in marginal fans. People become emotionally invested in the team over a series of weeks.’

Sabres identify last 3 retailers for HarborCenter mini-mall

‘Fowler’s Chocolates, Clayton’s Toys and Gifts and Modern Nostalgia are set to move in early July into retail space on the Main Street side of HarborCenter.’

Reports: Sabres negotiating with Mike Babcock, decision expected by morning

‘It’s widely known Babcock would like to set a new standard for NHL coaches’ salaries.’

Babcock in contract talks with Sabres

‘Several reports out of Buffalo had Sabres owner Terry Pegula offering Babcock a financial package worth more than $50 million ($5 million yearly salary).’

Red Wings or Sabres? Babcock entering decision phase

‘The Sabres are owned by Terry Pegula, who has a reputation for getting what he wants, at any price. Pegula also owns the NFL’s Buffalo Bills, and reportedly gave Rex Ryan north of $5 million annually to coach the Bills because that’s who Pegula wanted. Bottom line, if Pegula wants Babcock badly enough, the Sabres may get him.’

Detroit Red Wings or Buffalo Sabres? Mike Babcock says he’ll decide Wednesday morning

‘Babcock spoke with Red Wings general manager Ken Holland Tuesday morning. Afterward he indicated he has not made a decision, saying in a text to MLive: “Not sure, decide by morning.”‘

Detroit Red Wings vs. Buffalo Sabres: Five reasons why Mike Babcock would select one or the other

‘Despite finishing with the worst record in the league in each of the past two seasons, the Sabres have a good supply of skilled, young players in their system, including 2014 No. 2 overall pick Sam Reinhart. They will likely select Jack Eichel with the second overall pick in June’s draft. That gives them two potential future star centers to build around.’

It appears it’s Sabres or Wings for Babcock

‘The Sabres don’t have a roster that Babcock was looking for, a team that could contend immediately for a Stanley Cup, but they have a system loaded with talent because of drafting high for some time. That’s a young core that Babcock doesn’t see the Wings have.’