It was the dawning of a new era for the Buffalo Sabres Friday afternoon at HSBC Arena. With NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman opening up the press conference to announce that B. Thomas Golisano had signed a purchase agreement late Thursday night, the Sabres finally seem to be heading in the right direction after a season in turmoil.
Archives for March 15, 2003
'The sale of the Buffalo Sabres yesterday should set a price floor for bids on the insolvent Ottawa Senators, analysts say.'
'The Buffalo Sabres no longer have to worry about an empty owner's box. That three-game winless skid that's depriving Lindy Ruff from rewriting the team record book, well, that's a different story.'
'Golisano said he has been "absolutely flabbergasted" by the calls, messages and expressions of support he has received, many of them from Buffalo-area business leaders. At Wednesday night's game, he said no fewer than 300 fans congratulated him, wished him well and thanked him.'
'"The biggest complaint from fans is the team is not very good," Davis said. "It needs to be an entertaining team. If the team is winning and the team is entertaining, it's amazing how quickly fans stop talking about prices."'
'With their moves at the trade deadline, the Sabres became the second-youngest team in the NHL at an average of 26 years, 61 days.'
'“I firmly believe the team should stay here in Buffalo and in western New York,” said Golisano, flanked by Sabres greats such as Gilbert Perreault and Rick Martin. “This franchise is vital to our part of the state because of the jobs it creates, because of the positive image it has for our region, and just for the pure quality of life and enjoyment for our citizens. This team is a major asset.'
'The wisdom of Golisano’s $70 million (to $92 million) investment is debatable.'
'“Our fans,” Donner said, “have no faith in Buffalo.”'
'The Buffalo Sabres no longer have to worry about their Paychex bouncing.'