'Klepis, 18, currently is not on the Ottawa roster. He has spent the bulk of the 2002-03 season in the Czech Elite League. The Sabres would eventually have to sign him, presuming they stay in business for next season.'
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'“You just got look at it objectively,'' Varada's agent, Rich Winter, said. “The guy went from a last-place team to a first-place team."'
‘The Ottawa Senators on Tuesday acquired right wing Vaclav Varada and a 2003 fifth-round draft pick from the Buffalo Sabres for 18-year-old center Jakub Klepis in a deal involving two teams that have filed for bankruptcy.’
'"For more than three decades, the Sabres have contributed a great deal to the Buffalo area. Their fans have rewarded them with support and loyalty and government helped build a new stadium," Hevesi said. "I hope that the team's recent difficulties can be overcome, and that the Sabres can be returned to a position of financial stability and on-ice success in the National Hockey League."'
'The fact that Buffalo’s drop in population, weak employment growth in the 1990s, and current rising unemployment rates have not markedly affected attendance numbers is a testament to the importance of Sabres games to residents in Erie and Niagara counties.' (submitted by: From Albany)
'''Any enterprise that adds $65 million to the local economy on a regular basis … is worth keeping,'' Hevesi said.'
'"And then when I saw how the team struggled early in the season after sending me down, I just kept waiting for the call back up to Buffalo. And I also knew that I was going to have to play my best hockey to stay here. So that's what I've tried to do. I really thought I deserved to be on the team."
'It would take a miracle of biblical proportions to get the Sabres into the playoffs, but that's not deterring them from spoiling the hopes of everyone else.'
'Insiders have said that a new owner would have to pay more than $50 million cash for the franchise – to pay off all the debts, satisfy Adelphia Communications Corp.'s creditors and repay the team's current operating expenses since the team sought bankruptcy protection.'
'And it was annoying to many – this page included – that he seemed to be trying to jam a stick into Hamister's spokes as the local man tried to nail down a deal that would work for him. Indeed, the sense that he was placing his interests over those of this community may have contributed to the frigid reception he received here.'