'"Every player in college, there's going to come a time when the opportunity to further his pro career will take precedence over finishing his college career," said Mike Liut, Miller's agent and a former NHL goalie. "It's not a decision that's made cavalierly, you have to weigh it out, and much of it has to do with how they've performed."'
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'"Ryan had a great college career at Michigan State," Sabres general manager Darcy Regier said. "We look forward to him continuing that success on the professional level for many years to come as a member of the Buffalo Sabres organization."'
'Prospective Buffalo Sabres owner Frank DuRoss is talking about making the NHL team more regionally friendly a la Rochester and the NFL Bills. Sounds good, but the big difference is that Rochester has no fall pro football team and already has a hockey team. The more tickets the Sabres sell in Rochester, the fewer tickets the Amerks figure to sell.'
'The Sabres acknowledge it will not be an easy path. The team is still reeling from anti-Rigas fallout, coupled with the fact that it did not make the playoffs last season.'
'"The populace of a team's market doesn't determine its fate," he said. "It's the ownership, the management, and having a commitment to do things right. I almost don't buy into the whole small-market thing."'
'There is absolutely no doubt this community loves the Sabres. But all the spirit in the world won't make up for the lack of paying customers.'
'Randy Cunneyworth doesn't view the offer of only a one-year contract — which he'll very likely sign this week — as a slap in the face. Instead, the Rochester Americans coach says the lack of a multi-year contract is the byproduct of the Buffalo Sabres' ownership shuffle.'
'The development emerged Friday night after a meeting in Dallas, where Bassin and some associates visited with Quentin Bourjeaurd, a previously unidentified financial backer of the group.'
'"Our goal is to make the Sabres more of a regional team," said DuRoss, a Utica resident who is majority owner of the Rochester Rhinos and also owns the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League. "We want to mirror what the (NFL's Buffalo) Bills have done in Rochester."'
'But it's easy to understand why so many fans are skeptical, why so many are holding onto their money. They want to see some stability come to the franchise. They want to see changes on and off the ice. They want to see a team that wins and works hard. They don't want to see the Goo Goo Dolls and Tim Russert.'