'"Denis had a bad knee injury and we knew it would take awhile for him to come back to the form he had prior to it," commented Ruff. "But once we got into the the late stages of last season, Denis still didn't seem to be playing up to what we thought he could."'
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'Nolan has long had ties with Otters managing partner Sherry Bassin. In the 1990-91 and 1991-92 seasons, with Bassin as general manager, Nolan coached the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds to the Ontario Hockey League championship, and in 1993 the Soo hosted and won the Canadian Hockey League's Memorial Cup.'
'The key is once the ownership issue is settled or close to being settled, it will allow the team to sell itself – the on-ice product – to the average fan. The fact that the Maislin/Bassin group is saying the Sabres will remain in Buffalo for the long term helps. "Those are all positive messages," Migala said. "But, for all that, what will really fuel sales is talking about the on-ice product and action."'