'Will Golisano, who jumped into the NHL more to save the franchise for Buffalo than anything else, be tempted to spend a little more than the budget allows if that means he can land a difference maker? He is still, afterall, a BILLIONAIRE, with a B. Better yet, he has become an avid hockey fan. That is one great combination for Buffalo hockey fans, at least potentially.'
Archives for July 23, 2005
‘The Sabres are entering giddy times, following a tumultuous three years that included the franchise being taken over by the league, going through bankruptcy, searching for a new owner and enduring a season-long work stoppage.’
‘”When we look back in a year or five or 10,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said at a news conference in New York, “today will be viewed as a pivotal point in time because we could begin to move forward finally in an effective way where . . . we could connect with our fans and give our fans the best possible product, and do it in a way where all of our franchises were healthy and competitive.”‘
‘”It’s probably sour grapes on my part, but I don’t think Pittsburgh should have been as lucky as they were,” said Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier, playfully alluding to the Penguins’ previous fortunes in drafting franchise players Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr.’
‘The games will be carried on Time Warner systems in other areas that get MSG but they may occasionally go to an overflow channel in areas that are allowed to carry any of the other pro basketball and pro hockey teams that MSG carries.’
‘New rules alone will likely spark interest. Virtually every change was designed to create more room on the ice, which should produce more goals. Time will tell whether the modifications have their desired effect, but skill players who had been stifled in a congested neutral zone might finally participate in a league intent on showcasing their talent.’
The Buffalo Sabres are ready to face the Brave New NHL with a new sense of optimism. After years of watching other teams outspend and out produce them, the Sabres are now geared and ready to roar out of the gates come the start of October.
'The Buffalo Sabres did not do as well in the draft lottery as their fans had hoped. The Sabres received the 13th overall selection in the 2005 draft. Based solely on the order of selection here are the Sabres picks for the 2005 Draft…'.