'TMR reports Sabres' average ticket prices at $35.46, trailing only Florida ($29.76), Phoenix ($31.32), Carolina ($31.77) and Atlanta ($34.87). The NHL average ticket costs $44.22, up 3.3 percent from last season.'
Archives for October 9, 2003
'Everyone figured it would only be a matter of time until their performances sorted them out. Their time's about up.'
'Stitching a temporary "C" on Satan's chest is the organization's way of saying: All right, you got your $10 million over two years. You got what you wanted. Now give us what we want. You're the highest-paid forward in franchise history. There's a huge responsibility that goes with it. Lead us. Show these young guys the way.'
'"We're a team that needs leadership from everywhere, but I think we have to place that leadership in the right spot," said Ruff, who replaced Gilbert Perreault as Sabres captain in 1987. "We're going to look for Miro. I think it's on the right jersey."'
'The Sabres will shock the top-seeded Senators before getting eliminated by the New Jersey Devils in the second round.'
'Ultimately, as it always does, this season will come down to goaltending. Fans in this town understand its significance after watching Dominik Hasek all those years. The Sabres are still convinced they have three good prospects in Martin Biron, Mika Noronen and Ryan Miller. One needs to emerge and lift this team.'
'The 24-year-old Tallinder and the 23-year-old Kalinin are rising stars on the Buffalo blue line. Tallinder is tall and fast, and Kalinin is sturdy and fast. While they don't have the punishing power of Jay McKee and Rhett Warrener – the longtime image of the Sabres' defense that split with the offseason trade of Warrener – they are by no means weak.'
'"I go into a season or a game expecting to win and expecting to play well," he said. "I wouldn't want a guy on my team thinking, "Hopefully, we can hang on or hopefully we can win 30 games this year.' I want to win them all, and I want to play my best in all of them. That's what I expect."'
'"Every player brings something different to the table, and he brings a lot of different things," said Sabres center Curtis Brown. "He's big. He's strong. He can play offense, which a lot of people talk about, but also he's no slouch defensively. He works hard, he hits, all those things. I'd just say that the well-roundedness of him is one of the better things."'
'Unlike seasons past, the "Hockey Hotline" team won't be heard during intermissions because the Sabres have decided to produce those 12-minute segments themselves. Larry Quinn, the team's managing partner, said the intermission plan is to have Lorentz analyze the previous period as he has in the past, for Gare and former Sabre Rob Ray to talk about anything they want, and for an extended feature on a player.'