'A crowd of only 12,000 is expected for Thursday's season opener against the New York Islanders.'
Archives for October 9, 2002
'"We kept Gratton off the ice to see if he can try to skate tomorrow," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. "We'll make our decision come game time."'
'The unstated threat is that if tickets aren't sold, the team could potentially move. But this is a team without an owner, with no real marketable star, no player you "have" to go see. They play a defensive-minded style, and goals are few and far between. Plus, let's be honest – they're not very good. It's easy to see why fans are reluctant spend their money on Sabres' tickets – especially since the Bills are having such a great year.'
'Gratton, who appeared in all 82 of the team's regular season games in 2001-2002. has been nursing the sore foot since he was hit by a shot in a game against the Maple Leafs in Toronto on Sept. 25.'
'He said that nobody interested in acquiring the Sabres is making an all-cash offer because of debt associated with the franchise. Existing debt would continue to be paid off under his plans, he added.'
'"Vaclav has been a tremendous contributor to the success of our hockey team over the past five seasons," Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier said in a press release. "His checking ability and grit add to the toughness of our team."'
'Chris Gratton, scheduled to center the Buffalo Sabres' top line, missed Tuesday night's practice because of a cracked bone in his left foot. Coach Lindy Ruff said Gratton might still be able to play in Buffalo's regular-season opener against the New York Islanders on Thursday.'