‘”I don’t know if anybody anticipated that,” Sabres spokesman Michael Gilbert said, referring to the speed of ticket sales. “It’s another indication of how special this market is toward hockey.”‘
Archives for September 18, 2007
'With the departure of centers Chris Drury and Daniel Briere via free agentcy, the four combinations that Ruff sends into combat will look drastically different in comparison to a year ago. The faces haven't changed but pieces will be rearranged as the team looks to generate the kind of chemistry that has become a staple of Sabres hockey.'
'There are some good players out there. In this organization, they can skate and handle the puck. That’s great for the organization and will add more depth that way. That’s going to help us. We are going to need those guys at some point during the season.'
'"I think the weather could just be a part of the game," he said. "Both teams are going to have to play with it. The only thing that could go wrong is if [the weather] pulls what it did last year. Sometimes in January around here it sneaks up to like 60 degrees on some fluke."'
'Approximately 41,000 seats were sold in less than 30 minutes. The remaining seats are being held for Sabres Season Ticket Holders, Bills Club seat holders and the NHL, as well as Buffalo and Pittsburgh players. Nearly 7,000 seats at the lowest possible levels are obstructed due to television cameras for NBC's broadcast.'
'Just 40 minutes after the 10 a.m. start time, the Sabres confirmed that all tickets in the TicketMaster system have been sold.'
'Each network will provide technological extras. "We're going to have an airplane in the air for aerial shots, much the way we do at a Sunday night football game," Flood said. "We'll be taking high and wide shots to show the 70-plus thousand people surrounding this sheet of ice. And we'll be going down low with hand-held cameras along the glass." Sherali Najak, the executive producer of Hockey Night in Canada, said the CBC also will use additional cameras at ice level. "With the amount of space you have along the boards, you can really afford to do that," he said.'
‘Miller described what it was like as the goaltender for the Spartans in front of 75,500 fans at his alma mater’s football stadium. “There wasn’t that echo effect like you get in some of the rinks, but overall the crowd noise was pretty impressive,” Miller said. “You start to get the sense of why the football players react after making a big play. That whole day is going to be great for the fans.”‘
'“Teppo has an issue,” Golisano said Monday at The Ralph, where the Jan. 1 game was announced. “He’s been a great player for this team. We’re going to do everything we can to help him through this. If he’s able to play, we’ll welcome him with open arms.”'
‘“We don’t need quite so much sun,” Bettman said. “We prefer there be no lake effect snow or any other precipitation. Over 55 degrees, we begin to have a problem. In the 20s would be perfect. Too cold, and the ice starts to crack.”’