'The Sabres say just 800 tickets remain for the first home playoff game, while 2,300 tickets remain for both second and third home playoff games.'
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'Asked whether he worried the casino would siphon disposable income now spent on the Sabres, who play a stone's throw from the casino site, Golisano said he doubted it would have a negative effect. "It might even have a positive effect," he said. "I'm not concerned whatsoever about the Sabres," said Golisano, who made a point to hold the news conference away from the HSBC Arena. "This issue is so much larger than the Buffalo Sabres."'
'B. Thomas Golisano, Buffalo Sabres owner and founder of Paychex Corp., said Tuesday afternoon he is going to be a vocal and visible opponent to plans by the Seneca Nation of Indians to construct a 100,000-square-foot casino just a few blocks away from HSBC Arena. Golisano said the region is overbuilt with gaming venues and that casinos do little except put a heavy drain on already fiscally-fragile public sector budgets.'
'Dennis had a taste of the NHL during training camp and he wants to take a bigger bite this coming summer. “[Training camp] gave me a good chance to find out what the NHL’s like,” he said. “It’s comforting to know what to expect the next time and hopefully they like what they see.” Now that the ball’s in the Sabres court, Rook said there’s no doubt in his mind that the NHL club should be happy with his development. “There are really not too many things he’s left undone on the junior level,” Rook explained. “He’s done everything he can possibly do to impress Buffalo.”'
'"Fearless," co-captain Daniel Briere said. "You look at him go, and he's going into places even the big guys don't want to go. He's not afraid to go into the corners. He's not afraid to get his nose dirty around the net. That's what's impressive about him. Even though he's smaller than most players, he competes and scores big goals."'
‘While the Sabres will continue to hire the coaches for their 28th season in Rochester, each NHL team will have separate development contracts with the Amerks and will provide 10 to 12 players. This season, the Panthers were invited into Rochester by Buffalo and given only eight roster spots. “This is truly Florida’s team as much as Buffalo’s team,” Amerks president Steve Donner said of the new one-year deal.’
‘Rochester has served as Buffalo’s top developmental club for the past 27 seasons, the longest-tenured deal among National Hockey League and American Hockey League teams.’
‘”We’ve been here for what, nine hours now? We were the ones sitting outside the whole night.”‘
Dual affiliation continues (Rochester D&C)
AHL deal remains (Miami Herald)
Sabres keep top farm team in Rochester (Business First of Buffalo)
Sabres/Amerks sign affiliation agreement (Sabres.com)
Amerks extend affiliation with Buffalo and Florida (Amerks.com)
Panthers Renew American Hockey League Affiliation (FloridaPanthers.com)