'Golisano declined to comment through spokeswoman Laura Saxby Lynch about whether he's still interested in owning the Sabres if Hamister's bid fails.'
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'Hamister, who said the language of the deal has been agreed to, thinks it will be signed by next Friday.'
'"Based on the progress that has been made this week, we will continue to work with the Hamister bid," NHL executive vice president Bill Daly said. "Once a purchase agreement has been finalized, the parties can work to effectuate the closing of the transaction."'
'"It's a formula that's working right now," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said about slumpbusting. "If it's not broke, don't fix it," he said with a smile.'
'At least one of the three Sabres who didn't get a payment he was owed already has polled his teammates over whether they would be upset if he triggered the process that could lead to quicker payment or, at worst for the team, unrestricted free agency.'
'Louis Ciminelli, a construction company executive who serves as chairman of the Pataki administration's New York Power Authority, called Golisano on Monday afternoon to gauge his plans for the Sabres if Hamister's fledgling deal does not materialize.'
'If the league doesn't grant Hamister another extension, it may open the bidding to other parties as soon as Saturday.'
'After skating to a scoreless tie through two periods, the Sabres and Sharks put on their scoring pants in the final 20 minutes.'
'Yes, the Buffalo Sabres have been on a roll lately, winning five of six overall and two in a row on the road entering the game. But if the Sharks are going to mount a run for a playoff spot, it is imperative for them to win games such as this — and not settle for a 2-2 tie against a last-place club.'
'"We managed to get a lead through hard work," Wilson said. "But sloppy coverage, sloppy play and it's a tied hockey game. So we handed them back a point."