'"We had to find a way to keep this relationship intact," said Steve Donner, the Amerks' president. "Our hope was to move forward with the Sabres. We were asking them to pick up a larger share of the commitment, and to their credit they were able to do so. That was the only way this deal was getting done."'
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'Under the terms of a new four-year affiliation contract, the Amerks have voluntarily given up control of hockey operations. The Sabres will be responsible for all players, coaches (Randy Cunneyworth and assistant Jon Christiano will return), equipment and trainers for the American Hockey League team. The radical adjustment in the affiliation means the Sabres hockey budget will increase $500,000 to $600,000 a year.'
'Martin Biron will be given the opportunity to prove he's ready to be the Sabres mainstay in goal, but Noronen very likely will return for a third season with the Rochester Americans. The Sabres plan to sign a veteran free agent to play alongside Biron in Buffalo. They don't want Noronen sitting in Buffalo, they want him playing.'
'With the departure of Hasek and Peca, two of Buffalo's central figures from their 1999 Stanley Cup finals appearance, so goes the odds of Buffalo getting back to the finals any time soon.'
'After nearly four months of negotiations, the teams finally agreed yesterday on a revamped four-year affiliation that gives the Sabres full responsibility for player personnel and ensures the Amerks financial viability.'
'The signing of highly touted defenseman Henrik Tallinder and right winger Ales Kotalik by the Buffalo Sabres means the Rochester Americans should have a new scoring threat up front but not necessarily a better defense.'
'Miroslav Satan, second in scoring last season for the Buffalo Sabres, and fellow forward Chris Taylor have filed for arbitration. Allowing Sunday's for filing deadline to pass were defensemen Alexei Zhitnik and Rhett Warrener, the Sabres said Monday. Zhitnik who led all Sabres defenseman with eight goals and 37 points last season.'
'Henrik Tallinder, one of the Buffalo Sabres' best prospects, has agreed to terms with the team, according to two reports from Sweden.'
'Andreychuk, who is married to a Buffalonian and has maintained a residence in Western New York for almost two decades, became an unrestricted free agent after the Sabres declined to pick up his option year by the June 30 deadline.'
'"We didn't feel we had enough veteran presence in our dressing room, and Dave Andreychuk is a consummate pro," Dudley said. "He's been able to play at a high level for so long because he prepares himself so well. He's a very influential guy in the locker room because people gravitate toward him."'