'Two Buffalo Sabres and the Excalibur Leisure Skills boat helped five impaired kids enjoy a slice of life as they took a fishing trip around Buffalo Harbor recently.'
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'The chant started quietly but was quickly audible about 50 feet away.
"No goal! No goal! No goal!" We're not sure the commish heard it, though one sports staffer said Bettman could have responded with a taunt of his own: "No team! No team! No team!"'
'"I've done a lot of interviews, and I've talked about a lot of things I can bring to the table. That's why I've been offered the job in Buffalo. For me, to go back to Buffalo, an area my family really enjoyed and wants to be a part of, it's a nice situation."'
'A second-round draft pick by Winnipeg in 1981, Arniel played 11 NHL seasons with Winnipeg, Buffalo and Boston. He had 149 goals and 189 assists in 730 games.'
'While pleading with fans and sponsors to get behind the team, Bettman stressed that fans need not worry where money spent on the Sabres might end up. "The money that you spend in support of this club is not going to Adelphia and is not going to the Rigases," Bettman said. "All of the money will go to the operations of the Sabres. I want to assure people that your support of the franchise stays with the franchise."'
'Arniel, a former teammate of head coach Lindy Ruff, spent the past three years as an assistant with Manitoba of the American Hockey League.'
'"His passion for coaching, and his knowledge of the game will be an excellent addition to our coaching staff," Ruff said.'
'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.'