'"I think the first year that we made the playoffs was very exciting. We ended up playing the Montreal Canadiens in the first round. No one gave us a prayer to win that series but we took them to six games. And one of the great moments in my career was in that sixth game in the Auditorium when the fans starting chanting in unison, ‘Thank you Sabres.’ It was a great feeling."'
Archives for February 10, 2005
'It presented the idea that a new deal be made using the players' association's proposal from Dec. 9 that included a luxury-tax system and a 24 percent salary rollback on existing contracts. But if any one of four financial conditions set forth by the league were exceeded, then the NHL's salary-cap offer from last week would go into effect the following season. Teams would then be forced to spend at least $32 million on player costs but no more than $42 million, including benefits.'
'After three consecutive days of talks last week, the NHL introduced a plan in which it would implement the proposal made by the union on December 9 until it became obvious it did not work economically. At that time, the league's February 2 design, which masked a salary cap as a "floating team payroll range," would go into effect.'