The modern day Grinches of Hamister and league commissioner Gary Bettman have stolen Christmas from Buffalo Sabres fans. It couldn't have come at a worse time. With the city and county governments slashing programs along with jobs, getting a commitment from either the City of Buffalo or Erie County to agree to Hamister's plans seem improbable at best.
Archives for December 21, 2002
'The Sabres are 2-9-2-1 on the road, tying them with the Thrashers for the worst record in the NHL.'
'Gary Bettman and politicians. Silly penalties and injuries. They all presented doom and gloom Friday. And if those forces weren't enough to overcome, the Florida Panthers had a goalie who refused to lose.'
'If he could secure about $500,000 for an acoustic curtain to surround the arena's upper bowl, Hamister said, more events in the 5,000 to 7,000 attendance range could be accommodated. Promoters for smaller concerts that do not fill the arena avoid the venue now, he said, because of poor acoustics and the negative impression created by a less-than-full arena.'
'The aid sought by Hamister and his partner, Todd Berman of Chartwell Investments, primarily takes the form of arena improvements, not cash. The end result, in their vision, is a place that offers better acoustics and the improved seating flexibility needed to draw added concert dates, which could help stem the flow of red ink from arena operations.'
'“Having the team leave Buffalo may not be a negative for Rochester,” Donner said. But right now our support is with Buffalo until we hear differently.'
'The Panthers constricted the Buffalo Sabres 3-0 and now have three consecutive road wins by a combined 10-2 score. They haven't been scored on in 126:04 of road play and haven't failed to get a point in a road game since Oct. 24.'
'Worrell was excellent in the first. He drew one of the penalties that led to Bednar's 5-on-3 power-play goal and he set the tone 2:41 into the game by beating Sabres enforcer Eric Boulton to a pulp.'
'Turning Point: J.P. Dumont and Vaclav Varada took elbowing and roughing penalties to give the Panthers a two-minute 5-on-3 in the first. Bednar scored.'
'After a sluggish start, the Panthers' intensity picked up after Worrell pounded Sabres' enforcer Eric Boulton just 2:21 into the game. "That energized the whole team," Johnson said. "Anytime a guy does that you realize he's going to work for you."'