'The partnership formed ''Business Backs the Sabres,'' a committee to sell Sabres season tickets in October. The group switched its attention to selling individual games in December after it sold the equivalent of 233 season tickets, short of its goal of 3,200.'
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'But ask yourself this. Is Adelphia, in such desperate need of capital, going to sign off on a sale in which it receives virtually none of what it's owed? Do you really think a bankrupt national cable company, on the brink of collapse, cares whether the Sabres stay in Buffalo? Its only interest is getting as big a payment as possible for the sale, no matter where the team ends up.'
'The Devils entered the game with the fewest goals allowed in the NHL (96). The Sabres entered with the fewest goals scored (109). Add those together and what do you get? A backup goalie for the home team.'
'Golisano said that before any purchase plans can go forth he wants more information about existing loans, financial statements for the year and how much money has been spent keeping the team afloat this season.'
'The committee fell far short of its goal of selling 3,200 season tickets. Business Backs the Sabres had sold the equivalent of 227 season tickets as of Dec. 6, its last announced count.'
'Let's face it. "No Goal" doesn't look so bad when stacked up against "No Sale."'
'We've got a money-bleeding hockey team in a money-bleeding arena in a small market in a second-tier sport whose economics are out of control.'
'Rochester billionaire B. Thomas Golisano now stands as the best hope for a Sabres deal, but he has done little so far to inspire confidence. There are few details on any current bid, and the structure of the last one almost guaranteed rejection by the financial referees tasked with protecting Adelphia's creditors. Golisano's first job is to avoid the kind of secrecy that earned Hamister an initial burst of public criticism.'
'Living in a city known for passions of other kinds, Buffalo Sabres hockey is what lights the lamp for 19-year-old Deboudt, an engineering student at ESIEA Paris University. Since October 2001, Deboudt has been running a Web site called UltimateSabres.com, one of several fan-run sites that are part headline service, part booster club and part support group for followers of the hockey franchise.'
'Devils center Joe Nieuwendyk said before tonight's game against Buffalo that he felt badly for the Sabres. Their former owner has been arrested, the team is under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, and on Monday, a prospective new owner suspended his bid to purchase the team. "I'm sure it's awfully difficult for those guys coming to the rink every day and hearing about it every day," Nieuwendyk said. "I don't envy their position." Nieuwendyk proceeded to add to Buffalo's misery by scoring two goals as the Devils beat the Sabres, 4-1, in front of 10,598 fans at Continental Arena.'