The Sabres Observer
by @DaveDavisHockey on 05/17/11 at 05:49 PM ET
BUFFALO, NY - Multiple sources have confirmed to 2-On-Your-Side that Sabres Owner Terry Pegula is in the final stages of purchasing the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League.
We’re told that negotiations have intensified over the past couple of weeks, and that the deal has either reached, or is close to reaching its conclusion.
The Sabres would offer no confirmation, but did reaffirm that they are “looking at all aspects of the organization, including the AHL affiliation long and short term.”
It was three years ago that the Sabres broke ties with Rochester as the parent club of the AHL team and reached an agreement with the Portland Pirates. But many Sabres and Amerks fans lamented the breakup, as Rochester’s close proximity to Buffalo enhanced the regionalization of the Sabres franchise.
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Dave Davis has covered the Buffalo Sabres for various NHL accredited websites and newspapers since 2003. He was the senior writer and Sabres correspondent for The Fourth Period, covered hockey for Western New York Sports and Leisure Magazine, and has had articles featured on NHL.com, FOX Sports, Yahoo Sports and in New York Sportscene. Sabres news and notes can be found on his Twitter page.
Davis originally garnered media attention in 2002 as leader of a lobbying campaign working in unison with potential buyer Mark Hamister attempting to secure state financing to keep the Sabres in Buffalo. In 2004, Davis was briefly back on the airwaves - this time reaching the finals of the inaugural "WGR Rookie" sports talk competition. After a few years of "syndicating" his articles on various sites, along with doing some internet radio work, Davis now devotes his new media efforts to bringing quality Sabres related opinions and content to Kukla's Korner.
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