We are on the eve of the announcement of Terry Pegula officially being ushered in as the new owner of the Buffalo Sabres. Despite their ability to try and control the media on this one, and protect all parties involved, the rampant rumors about the sale of the team have grown like wildfires since the seed was planted.
The deal won’t be official until it has been reviewed by the league – and blessed off on by the board of governors, but for all intents and purposes, tomorrow ends the era of Larry Quinn and Tom Golisano, the Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn of hockey in Buffalo. For those of you not familiar with the Mark Twain classic – the two were pure trouble when they were together, and despite some success out of the lockout – that’s all the two owners have been.
I took a little vacation given all star weeekend, the Sabres didn’t have much of a representation, and its old news now, but now that Tyler Ennis plays for the Florida Panthers (chalk that up as another reason Carolina doesn’t deserve to be a hockey city – speaking of which check out RinkSideRants as we play Hockey Survivor tomorrow night at 9PM EST).
What has me absolutely befuddled, and I can’t believe that I am forced to talking about it again, is the fact that we have to sit and watch as the rest of the league plays for an extended stretch of time. What doesn’t bother me is if the teams ahead of us keep losing, giving us more opportunity to capitalize on even more games in hand. While at the Christmas break things looked bleak for the Sabres to make the playoffs, the All Star break has us looking to be in a little bit of a better position. I still can’t say that we are lock for the playoffs, but for some reason this ragtag group of players without a true leader are making a case to be in the top eight of the Eastern Conference. Its scary what can happen if this team actually had consistent scorers, a solid defense, and some leadership?
Maybe Tom Golisano eats the microphone tomorrow as he promised as his last act as Buffalo Sabres owner. Who knows. Something that I would like some answers to:
What was the offer that Lindy Ruff walked away from?
Who was the deciding vote in letting both Drury and Briere walk away?
Why wouldn’t you allow Darcy Regier to negotiate during the season with players – or was that his decision?
Who is on the ice, Team Regier, or Team Quinn/Golisano?
They probably won’t answer these questions, but it would be nice to get them to gauge how the future shakes out.