'Atkinson said ice-level and dasher board advertising related to Adelphia vendors accounted for about 35 percent of inventory, while nearly 50 percent of in-arena signage, which came attached to deals helped along by the cable company, has dissolved. Atkinson feels that ad space can be recouped, though it will take a portion of the season to sign up clients.'
Archives for October 11, 2002
'"That's the way we have to play all year."'
'The Sabres delivered a loud, clear message. No wonder why fans were lining up at the ticket window after the game. Yes, those were your Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night. They were barely recognizable. The new look fits.'
'"Quite frankly, I think with the convenience of the Rigas family and Adelphia, we lost a little touch with them," Regier said of the fans. "The gap was there, and we've got to create the partnership and connect with our fan base."'
'"I always like to get off to a good start, but the finish is just as important," Biron said. "We were talking about that right before the game. If you compare the season, these points (in the standings) are just as important as what we did at the end of last season to try and get back into the playoffs. Same thing when you give up a goal on the first shot. Yeah, I'm sure the guys were shaking their heads a little bit. But they responded. They made me feel a lot better, and I was able to loosen up and take a deep breath."'
'The Islanders were supposed to be tougher, but the Sabres, a team that should be sponsored by a biker bar, pummeled them in fights and won too many battles for loose pucks.'
'The Isles allowed the Sabres to walk in on their net, they let them bully them in traffic, and they let themselves get dragged into a parade to the penalty box that saw three fights in the game's first 40 minutes.'
'Peca participated in yesterday's morning skate and will continue to do so until he returns from his knee and shoulder injuries.'
'If opponents think the Sabres won't show up for games simply because of their precarious financial situation, the Islanders' experience proved a cautionary tale.'
The Islanders were outworked and overrun by a Buffalo team that might have less talent but showed more heart and determination.