There were plenty of twists and turns last week for the Buffalo Sabres. Tom Golisano submitted an informal bid and it was verbally accepted by the NHL. Buffalo also traded Vaclav Varada to the Ottawa Senators for forward Jakub Klepis, who was the Sens top pick last year. The biggest twist of fate was Friday night when the Sabres got the benefit of a "No goal" decision by the video judge that helped them beat none other than the Dallas Stars, the beneficiary of the biggest no-goal decision in the history of the league. That wiped out a tying goal by the Stars and the Sabres were able to capitalize on that by scoring another goal to take a 5-3 win over the Stars.
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'"I think that's accurate," Regier said. "I think that is fair to say." Said Golisano: "They told us about it as a courtesy. I think they asked our opinion."'
'Friday's victory won't rewrite history for the last-place Sabres, but they'll take what they can get. Three players scored slump-busting goals.'
'Noronen didn't sound averse to the idea of leaving if it meant he'd get to break a sweat once in a while. "I really like this organization, but I want to play at this level," he said. "If (a trade) happens, it happens. It's not up to me."'
'"If there were 10 shareholders in the organization, and each had 10 percent, that would be a good situation," Golisano told reporters in the Harbour Club. A few minutes later, though, a key adviser said he still thought it likely that Golisano would retain majority ownership of the team.'
'Those who have airily dismissed the consequences of losing the team should take a hard look at a report by New York State Comptroller Alan Hevesi on just what the cost of that eventuality would be.'
'He has even been seen in the stands talking to Dominik Hasek, a direct connection which, in Sabresland, makes Golisano into a sort of pope.'
'Botterill can play eight more games with the Sabres without the waiver rule coming into affect. Once he plays a 10th NHL game — or stays in Buffalo for 30 days — he must be exposed to waivers before he could return to the Amerks.'
'"All of a sudden, they got video review in the building," Ruff said.'
'Forward Bill Guerin and Rob DiMaio missed Friday's 5-3 loss to the Buffalo Sabres with injuries sustained the day before against the Ottawa Senators.'