'"I'm very happy with the way I'm playing this year," commented Tallinder. "They (the coaches) have shown a lot of confidence on me."'
Archives for February 3, 2003
'The Flyers think Satan would be an ideal fit for their club and his salary of $3.55 million is such that Comcast wouldn't object to it. There is no question that the Flyers are lacking a sniper on the wings right now.'
'Mansouri wants details of the filing. He insists the deal he and Golisano put together will not require public financing. "Those are not deal maker or breaker," Mansouri told Channel Two's Carol Kaplan. "Those are an issue that we were told that they are on the table, and those are the issues that have been approved previously, and we just took advantage of it because it was there. Not because we have demanded it."'
'Hamister says the lack of government assistance made the decision easy. Public funds aren't going to come in, so after getting four extensions on deadlines to try to submit a bid, Hamister and Berman decided to call it quits, realizing that nearly 40 million dollars in public assistance from state, county and city government would not become available. Hamister said, "Certainly we know about hard fiscal times. The economy is not as good and budgets are not as good as they use to be."'
'It is believed Hamister's bid was scuttled by and an inability to gain approval of a $33 million assistance package from New York State that would be used primarily for arena improvements.'
'“The club now is free to entertain other expressions of interest and offers to purchase the franchise,'' Bill Daly, the league's chief legal officer, said in a statement. “Our objective remains to find a purchaser who will maintain the franchise in Buffalo.'''
'A news release from Berman's company said Chartwell pulled out due to a poor economic climate and the probability of no financial help from government. “The lack of government assistance has greatly reduced the attractiveness of this investment … the time for making this deal has lapsed,'' the statement said.'
'"As of (Monday), the period of negotiating exclusivity granted to the Mark Hamister group for the purchase of the Buffalo Sabres has expired," NHL chief legal officer Bill Daly said. "As a result, the club now is free to purchase the franchise. Mr. Hamister remains welcome to pursue the purchase." "Our objective remains to find a purchaser who will maintain the franchise in Buffalo."'
'Hormoz Mansouri, a member of Golisano's ownership group, said Golisano is prepared to jump back into the running on Tuesday morning. ''Our position has been as long as he'd had negotiations going on with the NHL, we would not entertain anything because, contractually, the NHL is obligated to talk to him,'' said Mansouri. ''After that, we will definitely sit down and talk.'''
'TSN has learned the league will issue a formal statement later today, but at this point there does not appear to be a legitimate ownership candidate.' (Submitted by: Sculley)