Jun 4, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings ice crew girls clean the surface in the second period during game one of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final against the New York Rangers at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Sabres Daily: Draft Party, Elmira Jackals, Ticket Prices

It’s that time of the year.  The Buffalo Sabres annual viewing party for the NHL Draft.  [Sports Media 101].

Many teams are doing viewing parties for away playoff games, drafts, trade deadlines, you name it if the league and the teams can make money on it, why not.

I would hope that the Buffalo Sabres treat these viewing parties as a dress rehearsal for the real thing, and have a bid in to actually host the NHL Draft when it comes time that the HarborCenter is fully functional and operational.

There will be family friendly activities and concessions available – and the event itself is free.

The Elmira Jackals are looking for a new head coach, and the Buffalo Sabres have a list of candidates.  [Star Gazette].

“You’ve got to have a good minor league system.  You have to have guys who are ready to play and singing off the same sheet of music.”  –Joe Battista, Buffalo Sabres VP of hockey-related business.

Certainly the Buffalo Sabres want to have a say in who will coach their new ECHL affiliate the Elmira Jackals, but the owners of the Jackals will have the final say in the hire.   (And if the Sabres don’t like it Terry Pegula can buy the team and force them into a non-disclosure).

The Elmira Jackals missed the playoffs last year.  The Buffalo Sabres wanted a closer ECHL affiliate and know that a good farm system is key to the development of a winning organization.

Dwight Mullins was the coach for the Elmira Jackals but leaves after one season to take over the bench for the Evansville IceMen.

Don’t count the New York Rangers out just yet.  but with the Rangers holding very little hope of getting out of tonight’s game with a breath of life, ticket prices are, well, downish. [Forbes].

I was a little upset over having to spend $80 dollars on two tickets to see the Buffalo Sabres play the final game of the season against the New York Islanders – and people are paying upwards of $1,000 dollars to watch the New York Rangers lose?

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