'Obviously, the Sabres have decided they would be better served keeping Regier and Ruff after much speculation about their futures. Regier figures to be on the shorter leash after accomplishing little during five seasons with the Rigases and one under the supervision of the league.'
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'The Buffalo Sabres named Dan DiPofi chief operating officer. Previously with the Rochester Americans, DiPofi returns to the Sabres after working for the organization from 1989 to 1998. DiPofi will be responsible for the day-to-day business operations of the team and HSBC Arena. The Sabres also named John Livsey director of corporate sales, and Jody Ulrich director of suite sales.'
However, with the way Roy has performed this season, there is little mystery as to whether he will get a deal done. Negotiations between his agent, Larry Kelly, and the Sabres continue.
'He's still negotiating with the Sabres for a pro contract and hopes a deal is close, but he's prepared to re-enter the draft if he doesn't reach an agreement by the June 1 deadline. If he does, his stock has never been higher.'
'The Sabres Alumni team will play a benefit hockey game 3 p.m. Wednesday in the Amherst Pepsi Center. A team of doctors and pharmaceutical representatives will provide the opposition. Tickets are $7 at the door, with proceeds to benefit the Patient Library at the Kaleida Breast Cancer Center at Women's and Children's Hospital.'
'The DVD, entitled "Building a Winner," includes a message from B. Thomas Golisano, the team's new owner – "New Owner, New Era" – ticket and contact information, and three previously done highlight videos: from the team's first 10 years, the first 20 years and the 1998-99 team's run to the Stanley Cup finals.'
'The DVD entitled "Building a Winner" starts with the team's rich history, from special moments of Sabre stars like Gilbert Perreault, to the 1974-75 Stanley Cup Finals against the Philadelphia Flyers – all the teams ups and downs – all on the two hour DVD. Team officials spent 25,000 dollars putting it together. They're hoping it will pay off as ticket sales start coming in.'
'"The goal I'm setting for next year is I want the Sabres to make the playoffs," Briere said last week while driving with his father from Phoenix to his hometown of Gatineau, Quebec. "I'm already thinking about it. I'm really excited. I don't know if it's just me, but I was just really impressed with the team in Buffalo."'
'The Buffalo Sabres have announced three additions to the team's marketing department as it prepares for the 2003-04 National Hockey League season under new ownership.'
'"First and foremost there has to be a reconnection with the fans. Sometimes you get caught up in the idea of being cutting edge or innovative and you forget to ask the people who are most important. We need to ask these people: "What is important to you?'"'