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Source: Sabres Owner Purchasing Rochester AHL Club

via WGRZ,

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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thethirdcoast's avatar

This is great news for the Sabres, Amerks, Buffalo, Rochester, and the WNY region. It shows that the new ownership “gets it” with regard to strengthening a franchise.

Having your AHL affiliate in close proximity makes scouting, call ups, and transfers immeasurably easier.

It also enables a ton of cross-promotions to build fan interest that simply aren’t possible when the AHL team is several states away from the NHL club.

Posted by thethirdcoast from Rochester, NY on 05/17/11 at 08:01 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

The former Rochester ownership was beyond a joke. That team very nearly didn’t exist two years ago. This is a good move for both the Sabres and the AHL.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 05/18/11 at 10:55 AM ET

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