'The Sabres have been in a state of flux since former owner John Rigas of Adelphia Cable filed for bankruptcy, leaving the team under control of the league. Former Panthers defenseman Rhett Warrener said that despite the team's slow start, the players have for the most part been able to ignore the situation. "It affected some guys earlier when they were trying to get contracts," Warrener said.'
Archives for December 21, 2002
'The Sabres, who learned earlier in the day the team is running out of cash and is in jeopardy of moving, refused to use the distraction as an excuse. “That's an easy out,'' Sabres captain Stu Barnes said. “We can't say anything that happened this morning is an excuse for how we played. We won't do that.'''
'"They played very well. They played a good game once they got the lead," Sabres center Stu Barnes said. "They really settled in and dind't stretch out the middle. They took a lot away."'
'Coming off a disappointing 0-2-2 homestand, the Panthers once again found played well on the road, relying on Luongo to shut down the Sabres.'