Ask someone in hockey-indifferent Florida about Jaromir Jagr, and they'll likely know whom you're talking about. Ask about Miroslav Satan, and they'll probably guess he's Saddam Hussein's evil defense minister.
Archives for February 2, 2003
'Satan and Alexei Zhitnik are the highest-paid players on the roster. Teams might come calling when the trade deadline draws closer next month, but it's becoming more likely both will finish the season with Buffalo. Basically, there won't be a fire sale until Regier hears different.'
'The eventual winner in this game, several sources suggest, depends on which high-priced attorneys, deep-pocketed businessmen and influential politicians blink first.'
'National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman hinted Saturday he would not grant the two businessmen a fifth deadline extension before 5 p.m. Monday for exclusive purchase rights. If the deadline passes and no extension is granted, the team would be available for anyone interested.'
'But Giambra's "big squirm" stems from his position between Hamister, who contributed more than $13,000 to his campaign and headed his transition team in 1999, and Rochester billionaire Tom Golisano, a political foe who is positively glowing in public approval as he fosters at least the perception that his bid for the Sabres will require a far smaller government subsidy than Hamister's.'
Satan has been careful about what he says, but sources confirm he wants to be traded and would welcome playing for the Flyers. He is unhappy about the teams financial problems – Buffalo is in bankruptcy – and desperately wants to play for a contender. Last summer, he made his feelings known about stable ownership and a contending team.
'As usual, the game should be interesting, as the Sabres' roster is expected to include greats like Larry Playfair, Richie Dunn, Bill Hajt, Tony McKegney, Rick Martin, Derek Smith and Ric Seiling. Others may include Marcel Dionne, who has never participated in the event, and Gilbert Perreault.'