'The Buffalo News reported earlier this month that Adelphia had rejected a $17 million offer for Empire from a group led by Buffalo native Joshua Pollack. Adelphia has told Empire employees that the network would be losing $10 million a year if the Sabres were playing, because of the rights fee of about $9 million it pays to the Sabres. The cable company also contended that the Pollack-led proposal would have been "worse than the status quo" because of requirements in it, but did not elaborate on the requirements.'
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'Adelphia has negotiated a deal to sublet Sabres' broadcasts to New York City-based Madison Square Garden Network for the remaining two years of its television contract with the NHL franchise, Haywood said. The deal has the Sabres' approval.'
'At its peak, Empire, known for its coverage of Buffalo area professional, amateur, and college sports teams, employed about 115 at its peak.'
'When the Buffalo Sabres start playing hockey again, they'll be on MSG network.'
'…the Empire Sports Network has ceased operations, effective immediately.'
'Ramsey was a very intelligent defenseman with a great understanding of the game. He was always in great position and always made a solid play and clearing the zone dependably. He also was an honest physical player – very tough in front of his net and a good open ice hitter. He was also recognized as one of the game's best shot blockers. His work ethic, dependability, and importance to the team made him a natural choice to serve as the Sabres captain after Mike Foligno's departure in 1990.'
'Golisano also revealed he hasn't spoken to any of his 29 league counterparts, including Boston Bruins owner and Western New Yorker Jeremy Jacobs, since Bettman announced the lockout Sept. 14.'
'When I first started in the organization, I began just flying around trying to make saves and didn’t get the opportunity to round out my game by playing a lot. Now, I am not really doing things differently, I’m just learning a game I was trying to change things with. A lot of positioning, mental approaches and making changes that you have to work into. Hopefully, those adjustments will become second nature by the end of the season.
'No longer optimistic that this season can be saved, Jeanneret exercised his vocal chords in the recent Amerks game at HSBC Arena and a charity game organized by ex-Sabre Pat LaFontaine. He's also done commercial voiceover work on ads for J.W. Danforth Heating and Air Conditioning and Atlantic Fish Co. So instead of hearing Jeanneret's trademark description of a Sabres goal that goes "top shelf, where Mama hides the cookies," radio listeners are more likely to hear him say "If you like fish…"'
'HF: Overall, are you satisfied about the prospects in the Sabres organization?
DP: Overall, we are happy with the talent level in our organization. I guess one of area concern right now is the defensemen. We have only one defenseman here and four forwards. I think that going forward we would not pass a forward that we really like, but we had liked to add some defensemen to our group of guys.'