If the Sabres moved, would it matter to us? By “us” I mean those fans of the team who don't live in Buffalo and don't go to the HSBC but who follow the team by television and Internet. In theory, the location of the team shouldn't matter to “us.”
Archives for November 15, 2002
'The clubs are stuck at the bottom of the Northeast Division.'
'"Any time you aren't in the lineup, you want to do whatever you can to come back and help," Brown said. "Obviously, it's not my job to decide who's in and who's out. It's my job to be as consistent as I can and work as hard as I can."'
'The Sabres are 40-17-6 against the Maple Leafs in Buffalo.'
No Leafs team has won in regulation in Buffalo since Feb. 17, 1991, when the Sabres still were ensconced in the Memorial Auditorium. In that time, the Leafs have compiled a record of 1-13-4 in the regular season, with the lone win coming in overtime on Feb. 17, 1999, courtesy of Mats Sundin. At HSBC, the Leafs are 1-10-3 and have been outscored 53-26.
The HSBC Arena is where Belfour, then with the Dallas Stars, lifted the Stanley Cup in 1999.
Coach Lindy Ruff is on the final year of his contract and after five years in town, his message is wearing thin. When he leaves, and it seems certain he will, the last pillar of the Sabres 1999 run to the Stanley Cup final will be gone.
But the glimmer of hope comes in the fact that Adelphia refuses to sign off on its bankruptcy. The company owns the extremely lucrative cable-TV rights in Los Angeles and is looking at the matter philosophically. In basic terms, company policy is, We got robbed. We have to accept our losses in that regard and continue to make profits to compensate for those losses. It may take a few years, but our properties are so valuable that there is no sense turning them over to a bankruptcy court for 10 cents on the dollar.
'Their all-time record on the road against the Sabres is 17-40-6 for a winning percentage of .317.'