'The Atlanta Thrashers, trying to address a glaring weakness on defense, signed free agent Richard Smehlik on Wednesday.'
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'"We are very pleased to have added a player with Richard's experience to our lineup," Atlanta general manager Don Waddell said. "He is a proven veteran who will provide us with leadership and stabilizing presence on our blue line."'
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'Picture a Buffalo Destroyers game: loud music, games, giveaways, cheerleaders and fan promotions – and that's all before you reach your seat. Hamister, who owns the arena football team, thinks the same technique can work for Sabres hockey.'
'City officials held serious talks as recently as 11 days ago to discuss the possibility of a National Hockey League team moving temporarily to Copps Coliseum…While no specific NHL team was identified, Powers believes the group was interested in bringing the financially-troubled Buffalo Sabres to town. "There appeared to be an urgency to the situation. I think it was highly likely it was a Sabres' situation," he said.'
Although terms have not been finalized, Smehlik is expected to get a one-year contract with an option for a second season. He made $1.65 million last season with Buffalo.