'Amerks owner Steve Donner says he'll act as a middleman to try to bring together Rochester and Buffalo businessmen to buy the Sabres. A spokesman tells News 8 Now Donner may even consider a small investment.'
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'Donner said that during the past two weeks he has had discussions with Buffalo businessman Mark Hamister — whom he referred to as the "catalyst" of bringing an ownership group together. Hamister is chairman and founder of the Buffalo-based National Health Care Affiliates and owns the Arena Football League Buffalo Destroyers.'
'The owner of Buffalo's minor league baseball team says it's too early to discuss whether he would join a new ownership group that could buy the city's professional hockey franchise.'
'Hasek tired of playing the role of savior. The Sabres had become overly dependent on his magic and unwilling, or financially unable, to adequately compliment his skills. His value to them was as a drawing card capable of performing the miraculous and fostering a thinly stretched sense of hope.'
'Although few details of the meeting were made available, NHL spokeswoman Bernadette Mansur referred to it as "a very good session." "There's no hard news coming out of it, but it was an update to all parties and an agreement to continue in communication," said Mansur, adding she was not aware of any further meetings scheduled between the two parties. Mansur said that the NHL remains committed to keeping the Sabres in Buffalo.'