If Mark Hamister wants the people of Western New York to rally behind his demand (it's not really a request, is it?) for taxpayer money to assist in his purchase of the Buffalo Sabres, he might try a new tactic — being straight and up front with those people about the details of the purchase. And that means being very specific, number-wise, about two basic issues — the extent of his investment in the team, and the dollar amount he expects in public money.
Archives for December 22, 2002
It's almost Christmas… so I thought we could take a sneak peek at what Santa has in his gift bag for the Sabres. If Christmas came early this year, the Sabres would have enough coal to heat the Eastern seaboard til February! For Lindy Ruff, a lot more of those wry grins, like we saw against Boston in the third period while P.J. Stock and Vaclav Varada were mixing it up. Marty McMahon writes…
'Subtract Wednesday's 4-2 victory over the Boston Bruins and the Sabres have scored only three goals in 12 periods of regulation and one overtime session.'
'"I don't think I need to be specific at this time," Bettman said. "I don't want anybody to suggest I'm making threats."'
'"The Board of Governors are nervous," Hamister said. "They're not sure this is a hockey town."'
'Think dreadful about this one in terms of the Sabres. They were a classic case of a team mailing in two points, making you wonder why anyone would even think of buying this team.'
'The Canadiens' special teams enjoyed one of their best nights this season, scoring two power-play goals and successfully killing off the Sabres' first six power-play opportunities before Miroslav Satan scored with 1:58 to play. The Canadiens might have had an even better record on the power play, but the opening goal by Perreault was scored as the first Buffalo penalty expired.'
'Ray, a veritable bargain in today's NHL at $500,000 U.S. per season, has survived because he understood early that hard work compensated for a lack of natural talent.'
'Here's something Miami and Buffalo have in common. AmericanAirlines Arena has done about as little for downtown Miami and the bayfront as HSBC Arena has for dying downtown Buffalo.'
'“People seem to pay a lot of attention to shots — and we do, too — but we look more at scoring chances,'' Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said. “For us, we were able to finish. We took advantage of our scoring chances.'''