'Lever, 50, whose time with the Sabres gave him the second- longest tenure for a National Hockey League assistant behind Doug Jarvis's 14 years with Dallas, was associate coach to Lindy Ruff the past five years.'
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'But it probably will take more than the mandatory 10-percent raise to get Biron to play in Buffalo next season.'
'Paille will attend the Sabres training camp in the fall but is expected to return to Guelph for his third Ontario Hockey League season.'
'Hasek's "Red Wing forever" quote upset many in HSBC Arena on Tuesday, but everyone there chose to take the high road when commenting on the substantial impact Hasek had on Buffalo and the Sabres.'
'Sabres fans can sulk over his exit, gripe how he barely acknowledged his former teammates, wonder whether he quit on the Sabres during the '97 playoffs, hate him for running former coach Ted Nolan out of town. But there's no denying his place as the greatest athlete in Buffalo sports history.'
'"This is a gamble for me, and I'm very nervous about it. It's very tough."'
'"I've had a long friendship with Mike and I played with Joel in New Jersey and Colorado," Lever said Tuesday from Buffalo. "I've been here a long time and one of my long-term goals is to become a head coach. It was perceived that I wouldn't go anywhere, so I couldn't ask for a better situation. I decided to pursue it and it fell into place."'
'Lever, 50, began his coaching career as a Sabres assistant in 1987-88, served as head coach of the American Hockey League's Rochester Americans from 1990-92, and returned to Buffalo in 1992-93. Lever was a Sabres associate coach the past five seasons.'
'DuRoss, 51, has made previous attempts to buy NHL teams. He inquired about the Sabres before John Rigas bought the team from the Knox family in 1998. He also wanted to buy the Tampa Bay Lightning several years ago.'