'"His passion for coaching, and his knowledge of the game will be an excellent addition to our coaching staff," Ruff said.'
Archives for July 26, 2002
'The former Sabre was teammates with Lindy Ruff for 4 seasons while playing in Buffalo. He appeared in 295 games scoring 64 goals and 74 assists.'
'No, the news is all good out of Buffalo, said commissioner Bettman. Five groups, each one more interested than the other, are anxious to buy in Buffalo and operate in a decent but decaying city, home of a team playing in a new oversized arena before a dwindling fan base.'
'The commissioner might not have leveled a gun at the community's head, but the implication all day was clear: The community has to show its support – at the ticket window. Or else.'
'"The Sabres are running off the same exact budget and projections and assumptions they put together before all of this happened. . . . This club will run into the season whether or not new ownership is in place by September or October or November. This club will run as its fans expect it to."'
'Bettman should stop acting as if the NHL is doing Buffalo some kind of favor by having a team here. The fact is, he needs you as much as you need his league.'
'The NHL's decision to adopt the Bandits makes sound economic sense since many of the Sabres' sponsorship deals include both the hockey and lacrosse teams. "The hockey team has the rights to run the building, and the hockey team owns the Bandits," Bettman said. "So that package is there."'