Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 05/18/06 at 08:41 AM ET
But the best story of the year is being written in Buffalo, which returned to the playoffs after a three-season absence. This is a team that was on the verge of extinction four years ago, when it was plunged into bankruptcy by the felonious fiscal malfeasance of the Rigas family. Thomas Golisano, who aspires to be the next governor of New York, rescued the franchise, but the real heros of this story are general manager Darcy Regier and head coach Lindy Ruff, who has championed the team concept and built a winner on a paltry budget of about $27 million. It should be noted that the Sabres' success isn't a case of a team getting hot in the playoffs. Buffalo finished the regular season tied with Ottawa and Carolina for the most victories with 52.read on
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