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"Given the fact they’ve got $3.3 billion in revenue, I believe instead of fighting each other all the time, if there was a clear collaborative effort between players and owners once and for all, that $3.3 billion could be $5 billion. The NHL needs a culture more like the NFL and less like MLB."
-former Buffalo Sabres president Larry Quinn. More from Quinn via Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.
From the Buffalo Sabres,
BUFFALO, NY (February 1, 2011)—The Buffalo Sabres today announced that Tom Golisano has reached an agreement to sell the Buffalo Sabres and its related companies to Terry Pegula. The agreement, completed at 1 p.m. today, is subject to certain closing conditions including review and approval by the National Hockey League. It is expected the NHL review process will take several weeks to complete.
Tom Golisano and Larry Quinn will hold a press conference on Thursday at Noon in HSBC Arena. There will be no further comment until the press conference.
Terry Pegula will not be at Thursday’s press conference.
Joyous Russian hockey fans weren’t the only ones enthusiastically counting down the final seconds of the World Juniors gold medal game last night.
No sooner had an ecstatic group of Russian teenagers on HSBC Arena ice started celebrating and screaming stuff that we couldn’t understand than Sabres fans at home began holding their breath in anticipation of “The Announcement”.
It was as if they were glued to the television waiting for Managing Partner Larry Quinn to walk out onto the ice right after the Russian anthem, grab the microphone, look into the TSN cameras and spill the beans. “Igor, Yevgeni, great job tonight. Now, for those of you Buffalo Sabres fans who may be watching, I have some exciting news…”
From Jim Kelley at Sportsnet.ca:
One thing we’ve learned is that the art of denial is exactly that; it is an art form and it has reached new and fascinating heights.
For instance, lost in a spate of denunciations is the fact that no one in the Sabres organization denied the original point of the story that the team is for sale. What minority partner Larry Quinn said was that, “We are not in negotiations to sell the team.” Quinn neither named the “we” nor did he say that team owner Tom Golisano, the man most likely to be in the discussions to sell the franchise he purchased out of bankruptcy in 2003, was or was not involved. In fact, Golisano is said to be at the winter meetings in Florida but nowhere to be seen or heard. The owner made no public appearance after Day 1 of the Board of Governors meetings despite the fact he winters in Florida and the other 29 owners have, essentially, come to his house.
from the AP via Yahoo,
(Larry) Quinn, the team’s managing partner, was both defiant and upbeat during a telephone interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday. He had no time for excuses, blame or regret over questionable personnel decisions, injuries, and plain bad luck that have contributed to the Sabres’ free-fall - from first overall a year ago to the NHL’s near-worst.
“It’s been a tough stretch, and there’s no hiding that,” Quinn said. “But like I said to everybody, ‘We got here together and we’re going to get out of it together.’ And that’s all we can really do.”