‘”It’s a fool’s game for me to speculate on things like that,” Sabres managing partner Larry Quinn said Thursday. “If and when somebody decides to put a franchise in Hamilton, they’re going to have to go through a procedure. … We’ll act accordingly.”‘
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‘Regier said he’s had preliminary contact with representatives for both players, but wasn’t making any promises. “There’s a lot of things at play,” he said. “We’ll get into that and see where it goes.” Regier added that the Sabres probably won’t have any chance of re-signing either player if negotiations go past the start of free agency.’
'"I really feel that this is one of the best hockey cities," Ruff said. "It's a fun place to coach. It's a fun place to play. It would be stupid to step away from it."'
'The Sabres say about 12 percent of their season-ticket base comes from Southern Ontario, but only a smattering from the Hamilton metropolitan area.'
'"I'm very excited to continue the work," Regier said. "I think where we left off this past season and what we have to look forward to is both exciting and incomplete. So it's an opportunity to continue down that road."'
'Regier has been the club's general manager since 1997. He widely has been credited with leading the franchise through its lowest point in 2003, when the Sabres were without an owner and forced to declare for bankruptcy.'
'"Both guys agreed to financial terms that are substantially below what they would receive anywhere else in the National Hockey League and for that we appreciate it. It shows their level of commitment here and shows their commitment to bring a winning team to Buffalo."'
‘”On behalf of Tom Golisano and the organization, I want to say that we’re very thrilled to be able to reach this agreement,” said Quinn. “Both guys really represent the franchise in every way, and we’re very excited about what the future brings. We consider them to be major assets to the organization.”‘
‘”I think when you start off in this job, you’re happy to get the job. You don’t care what the payroll is,” Regier said. “We’ve come to realize that this business can be very cyclical, and you have to deal with the hand your dealt, and you have to be grateful for the opportunity, and maximize whatever resources you have.”‘
‘Up until now, the Sabres have had no formal discussion with either of their co-captains, or any of their other nine potential free agents as well. However, the Sabres said they will be talking to all of their players as early as this week now that their own evaluations have been completed.’