'Forward Jochen Hecht did practice with the team Wednesday, and is expected to return to the lineup after missing the last two games with a bruised right knee.'
Archives for October 23, 2002
'There were stretches of the upper-deck that were like uncharted territory, untouched by human hands. There were a lot of empty seats in the lower level, too – the $59 and $64 seats that you never see empty. At the game's start, HSBC Arena looked like the stadium at the beginning of "Major League," when the sad-sack Indians take the field opening day in front of, like, 25 people.'
'"We've gotten to the reality that it's 82 games you need to show up for."'
'"It's just a bruised knee," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. "When we saw him leave the ice we were a lot more concerned than we are now."'
'The Business Backs the Sabres committee met for the first time Tuesday and began divvying up the names of businesses to contact, in the first step toward the group's lofty goal of selling the equivalent of 20 season tickets each to 120 local businesses. That adds up to 2,400 season tickets.'
'"Buffalo had more team minutes than we did and played a stronger game than us," Hitchcock said. "They made fewer mistakes. Their team game was stronger than ours throughout."'
'Whatever it was, there was no hometown advantage for the Sabres last night. HSBC Arena was nearly empty. The announced attendance was 10,140 and it looked like a lot less. But it didn't matter. The Sabres didn't need the help.'
'"I can't pinpoint the reason," said Keith Primeau. "This team just seems to have our number and we're going to have to find a way to change that."'
'Take your pick: Declining team, lack of star power, owners tossed in jail, future of team up in the air — all this and more can explain the precipitous drop in attendance recently at the HSBC Arena. In a building that housed 16,000 fans last week for a boxing match between two relative unknowns, the beloved Sabres nearly set a record low attendance as just 10,240 fans showed up.'
'"We're getting closer," Golisano said in an interview with Bloomberg News reporters and editors. "I've gone down a pretty long path if I weren't interested."'