'''It's a cold, harsh, stark reality of where we are as a franchise,'' Sabres general manager Darcy Regier said. ''But it's an opportunity to reaccelerate the building process for what will amount to focus on not only next season, but even more so, beyond a new collective bargaining agreement.'' Regier said he consulted with B. Thomas Golisano, the Rochester billionaire, who is expected to complete his deal to buy the team in the near future. The hockey franchise declared bankruptcy earlier this season.'
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'“It's something you play for ever since you were a little kid, to lift that cup over your head,'' Barnes said. “I'm looking forward to being part of it, to be part of another chance for a Cup.'''
'Barnes, 33, had 11 goals and 21 assists as Buffalo's captain this season. In four-plus seasons with the Sabres, he had 67 goals and 105 assists.'
'"Stu has been a tremendous leader for our organization," said Buffalo general manager Darcy Regier. "He is a tremendous individual and has been a great asset to the organization and the community. We wish him the best in Dallas."'
'A menacing presence on the ice Ray has just 40 goals and 50 assists but has led the NHL in penalty minutes twice during his 14 seasons.'
'Barnes was a key member of the Sabres team that played the Stars in the 1999 Stanley Cup Finals and should strengthen the third and fourth lines. Barnes was Buffalo's third-leading scorer with 32 points, including 11 goals.'
'"That's why this time I was just trying to stay focused with Rochester. I'm well aware of how many injuries the Sabres have had up here this year and how many Rochester has had. I know that there have been a lot of players called up this year from Rochester. I didn't let it bother me because I felt that sooner or later I would get the call."'
'Ray has no points and 92 penalty minutes in 41 games this season. For his career, he has 40 goals and 50 assists.'
'The Stars have also acquired veteran centre Stu Barnes from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Mike Ryan and a second-round draft pick…Ryan (6'1'', 180 lbs.) was the Stars first choice (32nd overall) in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. As a senior at Northeastern University, Ryan led his team in scoring with 18 goals, 14 assists, and 32 points in 34 games. Eight of his goals had come on the power-play.'
'A Sabres spokesman had no comment regards the transaction, but a source in Dallas said the deal was done and that Barnes would be joining the Western Conference leaders perhaps in time for Tuesday’s game vs. Columbus.'