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Although silent, Terry Pegula's posture, sources indicate he wants Bills

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with News Sports Reporter John Vogl

In addition to selling off lucrative assets, Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula has been busy reorganizing his business holdings and subsidiaries.

Many believe these moves are further evidence the billionaire will make a run at buying the Buffalo Bills.

Sources have told The Buffalo News that Pegula's wife, Kim, has taken a more active role in running their various companies, including Pegula Sports and Entertainment, and they recently reassigned Sabres employees to the fledgling sports-management group.

WGRZ Channel 2, citing three unnamed sources, reported today Terry Pegula has "high interest" in acquiring the Bills.

"The interest is real," a source with knowledge of the Bills sale told The News on condition of anonymity.

Pegula's natural-gas company, East Resources, was involved Monday in the $1.75 billion sale of drilling acreage in West Virginia and Ohio.

The added liquidity would help Pegula acquire the Bills, although a source with knowledge of the land deal claimed it had been in the works since before Bills founder Ralph Wilson died in March.

The Cleveland Browns and Jacksonville Jaguars sold two years ago for $1.05 billion and $760 million. The Miami Dolphins went for $1.1 billion in 2009.

The Pegulas recently began streamlining their operations, multiple sources informed The News.

Sabres employees were shifted from the hockey club to Pegula Sports and Entertainment.

The family created Pegula Sports and Entertainment to pull subsidiary properties under one umbrella. The group's Twitter account launched in November, but there wasn't a staff until weeks ago.

Pegula Sports and Entertainment oversees the Sabres, HarborCenter, First Niagara Center, Rochester Americans, Buffalo Bandits, Black River Entertainment and Black River Publishing (a country music record label and publishing company based in Nashville), Five Star Athletes Management (an NFL player representation agency in Atlanta) and Impact Sports Performance (a fitness company in Boca Raton, Fla.).

Pegula sold most of East Resources' holdings to Royal Dutch Shell for $4.7 billion in cash four years ago. He bought the Sabres from Tom Golisano in 2011 for $189 million.

  • Jan Reimers

    Great news.

    • Here we go, again!

      It's only great news if he is going to do it WITHOUT TAXPAYER dollars.

      • robert biniszkiewicz

        relax. No one will be using any tax dollars for purchase. When it comes time to discuss a new stadium, that's a germane issue. But not purchase.

        We should want Pegula to purchase. If we don't promise a boatload of money to build a new stadium, he'll still keep the team in town.

        • Maureen

          I would love for him to purchase the Bills - I know that people were unhappy about some of his early decisions with the Sabres, but I think he would be an ideal owner of the Bills.

      • Datdude

        What do you f---g people do, lie awake at night worrying about taxes. Bite your nails all day fretting about taxes. Get the F--- over it, or move already. Tired of you trolls. I pay taxes and I'm not happy about it. At least my taxes would go for something I love, and something that puts us on the map, rather than welfare, or a Poloncarz brother's cousin's political patronage jobs. Yes taxes are high here and its a beautiful place to live. Enjoy it and stop being a troll.

  • Austin Hood

    He sounds like a heavy hitter with the cash to back him up. That would be great news if he did buy the Bills.

  • Benson86

    The sole reason for the existence of the Buffalo Bills is to win Super Bowls. We will win a Super Bowl within the next three years. Sound familiar?

    • WHAT?

      Really? He was overconfident and naive. Would you rather have an owner that was only interested in the bottom line?

      • Here we go, again!

        He IS only interested in the bottom line, as any business man is.

        • Jeff

          You could tell it was all about the money for him when the French Connection guys came out and he cried.

        • Jeff

          We would be better off if he was only interested in the bottom line, having and owner that is also a fan is not a good thing.

  • Molson Cree

    If he did, he would be THE MAN in WNY, that's for sure.

    • ExpectResults

      Stealing Jeremy Jacobs spotlight! LOL

  • wny

    GREAT NEWS!

  • larry michii

    please please please save the bills. it would break my heart to see them leave.

    • Here we go, again!

      And break all of our wallets to see them stay.

  • knowtoomuch

    Watch John Koelmel get involved in this deal for the Pegula's. He's got the banking knowledge and is well repected. He can help to pull this off. My prediction: Pegula owns the team before the end of the next Sabres season. Count on it, he has the team in place to pull it off. Now if I could only get a job with them...

    • ExpectResults

      Making a prediction that involves a potential owner who handed Penn State $88 million to develop a D-1 hockey program, Bought the Sabres and threw cash at less talented players to boost salaries thinking it would improve performance (i.e. Leino), building a downtown hockey mega center... doesn't take a lot of balls to make this prediction.

      I too agree that he is more than likely going to own the Bills simply because he has the cash. I do think that Mr. Pegula will be a bit smarter this time around based on his latest sports ownership experience with the Sabres.

      Having Terry Pegula as the Bills owner could be a good thing. Spending his cash doesn't appear to be an issue...

      This is one guy who truly believes in Buffalo and seems to me to be the most likely potential owner to keep the Bills in Buffalo. I cast my vote for Terry Pegula.

      • knowtoomuch

        There's a lot of interest and money out there so anyone could be in play. Galisano, Trump, Jacobs...etc. My money is on Pagula because he's go the team in place. Put your balls on the line and make a prediction.

      • Brian Buckley

        It'd be a lot easier for him to move forward if he acquires the Bills. This time, he wouldn't have all the fans clamoring for the GM's head as soon as he walks in the door. Whaley has done a great job so far, and in my book should get to continue on no matter who the next owner is. Just watching the video the Bills released of the trade for Watkins (no matter if you like the trade or not) should he's a calm, collected individual who has a plan and is willing to execute it.

  • Donna Metz

    Sports teams are a toy for the rich. A status symbol but do very little for the local economy but drain limited resources

    • Mike Rain

      Very little indeed except maybe pump much needed liquidity into bars, hotels, taxes, vendors, restaurants, tolls, retail/shopping, etc. They generally Increases morale, as well. Come to think of it pride in geography might be another. Maybe utilize the teams to attract new people (and ex-pats) to the region; these folks usually represent a coveted demographic. Someone in the know once told me people like watching professional sports.

      • HarleyRider77

        Even though I moved from Cheektowaga in 1973, I have no problem being a Bills fan for the last 54 years.

      • reality

        So without "them" all the hotels, bars, vendors, restaurants would file for bankruptcy without those magical 7 days per year? At least you were honest and qualified your statement with MAYBE.

    • Here we go, again!

      "do very little for the local economy" ACTUALLY the do NOTHING for the local economy. They suck more $$'s out than they put in!

    • zbubble

      You ever see what it costs a family to raise a child from birth to college? It's amazing people like you haven't given up on having kids. They're nothing but a drain!

  • Rich

    Well if we can't have 'hockey heaven' then we will have 'football heaven'....maybe. I see Pegula making a winning bid for the Bills and coupling it with a plan for a downtown/waterfront covered stadium that will be primarily financed by the Bills. The NFL will love it, the fans will love it, and the cost to taxpayers will be minimal. The man is committed to WNY, he has the money and is not afraid to spend it. We may have to change the name of the city to Pegulaville but so what, small price to pay.

    • Here we go, again!

      He might use his own money for improvements but only if he (and his team) can't get 'corporate welfare" for them. Our politicians are more than willing to give away our tax dollars.

  • BuffBooster

    Don't bet on not having "hockey heaven" in Buffalo. The process of retooling the Sabres - led by a young, hungry, savvy, dynamic GM - is just beginning. Enjoy the ride because there's nothing more satisfying & enjoyable than rising from the ashes. And that's precisely what Buffalo/WNY and its sports franchises, including the Bills are about to do in a few years. What people thought was impossible will become a reality and we will shock the world! Bank on it.

    • Here we go, again!

      Hey, BuffBooster, THANKS for my Friday-the-13th LAUGH. I almost spewed my coffee on that one. And I still have the tears in my eyes. Good one!!!

      • turtle

        I can see no one is buying into your response. (I just thought I would point that out)

    • PaulR

      Having optimism is good, and should never be discouraged, but your post sounds like it came straight from an intern in the propaganda division of the Sabres' PR department.

      Tone it down a little and you might be more believable.

  • guest

    Buy the team and stay the hell away from them.We don't want you two be the owner of the worst two teams their respective sports.

    • Guest

      What? Yeah, that makes sense. (LOL)

  • PaulR

    If Pegula were to bid on the Bills, wouldn't he be forced to sell the Sabres? Don't NFL rules disallow ownership in other major-league sports teams?

    • WHAT?

      No, it's allowed in the same market.

  • goggles pisano

    As I have previously stated on this forum, he is dissatisfied with only 30th place in the NHL. He can be 32nd place in the NFL.

  • Jeff in Chicago

    i love the idea. buy them Terry and help build a beautiful stadium downtown. half the public cash that would've been used on the stadium can be used to improve arterial congestion to and from the game.

  • Greg HipKat Hansen

    As wonderful a job as he's done taking the Sabres to the cellar, he should feel right at home with the Bills. Truth is, I applaud his desire to make Buffalo a destination for Hockey and to hopefully do the same with the Bills, but desire and execution are two different things. The Harbor Center is great, don't get me wrong, but we want winners on the ice and in the stadium. Pegula has yet to prove he can do that.

    • smokyerbuttbbq

      Were they not pretty much in the cellar when they were purchased?

    • Brian Buckley

      You must not follow the Sabres too closely. They were well on their way to the cellar before Pegula bought the team. Everything was downhill for the Sabres after 2008. I don't get why people like you think that Pegula is some terrible owner because the team didn't win the Cup in his first 3 years of ownership. Give me a break.

      • nolarocky2@aol.com

        Brian, you're an idiot. Pegula has done nothing to restore a winner to Buffalo. He doesn't know how and hires people who don't know how. Get a life

        • zbubble

          "Get a life" - says the guy posting the same thing a half dozen times. ROTFLMAO @irony. When you can't win with quality, go with quantity!

      • Greg HipKat Hansen

        The team was NOT on the way to the cellar and I've been a die hard fan since 1974 so I might know a little something about what I'm talking about. Pegula left Regeir in place for too long. He let Regeir dismantle the team. He was hands off for most of the time that he's owned the team. He was silent during times when things were in disarray. He allowed the LaFontaine fiasco to happen. Should I go on?

  • Luke Reject

    Please buy the Bills, and relocate them to one of your poisoned Frac sites in Pennsylvania.

    • HarleyRider77

      Jerk!!!

      • Luke Reject

        I am hurt and offended.

        • Datdude

          I'll say this, you are aptly named. How did your parents know you would grow up to be a troll?

          • Luke Reject

            Perfect timing, kinda like when your mom closed her legs right after her last customer of the day, resulting in you. When you were born the Dr. asked her what your name should be. She said she wanted you to be named after your father.......

  • Please!

    Outside of the Lou Saban era and Marv Levy era since 1960, Ralph Wilson fielded losing teams (see the last 14 years). It will be easy for Pegula to do much better than Wilson AND keep the team here.

  • Fennario

    I would love to see Pegula buy the Bills. He's a real dedicated local owner who sincerely wants to win championships and given time he will most likely succeed.

    • Here we go, again!

      Ha ha ha ha!!

      • Datdude

        And the troll laughed, until he couldn't laugh anymore, and his bitterness consumed him, to the point where his $9 per hour delivery job no longer brought him happiness. And then he lashed out at everything positive and good.

    • Jeff

      You can tell he brings that winning attitude with the Sabres.

    • nolarocky2@aol.com

      Pegula doesn't know how to win! Are you kidding me

    • nolarocky2@aol.com

      How much more time do you want to give him to continue to tear the team apart

  • Angry Janitor

    Has anyone from any of the media ever asked Mr. Pegula about hydrofracking? Or would that cross the line from cheer leading into journalism?

    • My Opinion…

      Considering it has nothing to do with the Sabres (or now the Bills), which is the business he has here in Buffalo, I don't see why they would.

  • Dom Pacile

    Great news for Buffalo and western NY forget about all the whining liberals that contribute nothing nothing but take up space and think everything is Hope And Change how is tha

    • Mark Krzos

      DERP.

  • MadAsHeckAndNotGonnaTakeIt

    YES!!!! So happy to hear that he Pegula's are interested in buying the Bills. They are the best option for Buffalo, easily. I hope you win the bid and I believe that you will.

    As for all he "negative Nancy's" on this discussion board - You guys are screwballs. Take your negative attitudes somewhere else. Preferably outside of the Buffalo area. Buffalo needs optimism. The Pegula's provide that. Moreover, they love Buffalo and have deep pockets. Recent history has proven that they are willing to dig deep into those pockets for the benefit of Buffalo!

    Pegula will turn the Sabres into a success. Don't let the brief history with the Sabres sway opinions. Many successful owners started off slow. The Sabres under Pegula's leadership will do the same.

    • nolarocky2@aol.com

      Pout down the crack pipe. Pegula is over his head as far as being a professional sports team owner. Ask anyone in the NHL. Buffalo is the laughing stock of the league. Free agents don't want to play here. The front office is a mess. Yes and it's really bad to believe the guys he inherited in the front office. It definately stops at his desk. Just because the guy is successful in business doens't mean that he will be in the sports world. The Sabres didn't need to be tore down. You are typical Buffalo....settting for less than the best and always "hope" ing. You're too funny1

      • MadAsHeckAndNotGonnaTakeIt

        Make an argument for someone who might be a better owner for the Bills .... since you are so smart. Heck. Why don't you buy them. I'll bet you have enough money

        • nolarocky2@aol.com

          I might just buy them. Anyoone is better than Pegula. Get rid of the "hometown" guy argument. Typical Buffalo. Bet with your hearts instead of your mind. It has nothing to do with winning or being positive.

          • MadAsHeckAndNotGonnaTakeIt

            In my opinion, the Pegula's will be the best option. Although, if someone better comes along and commits to keeping the team in Buffalo then I'd be all for it. However, that's just it! Who else will commit to keeping the team in Buffalo. In doing so, a owner would be saying I'm okay with making less money. The local tie is the motive that would make earning less profits believable.

            Do you want the team to say in Buffalo? If not, then you would be in favor of having an owner without local ties.

            Pegula is better than Golisano for MANY reasons including more money and ability to own the team outright. And, he doesn't have a goofy plan to build a stadium in West Seneca. That said, If not Pegula, I'm in favor of Golisano

      • Ridiculo Landsman

        You're a fool if you think Pegula is involved in the day to day operations of the Sabres. Management is in charge of the team, owners just sit back and watch.

        • nolarocky2@aol.com

          You're a bigger fool thinking owners just sit back and watch. Maybe Pegula does and that's why this organization sucks

  • Rick C

    Ironically enough this guy could buy the Bills, tear down the Skyway and replace it with a true Southtowns Connector, extend the MetroRail out to and build a couple of pedestrian bridges to the waterfront, AND build a retractable-roofed stadium/convention center/kids' Strong museum/aquarium/marina complex on the waterfront BEFORE ever approaching the State of New York for any financial help. Think about that for a moment. Now where do I sign up for that idea?

    • Here we go, again!

      COULD, COULD But won't. He'll ask for, and get public $$'s, for no other reason than: He can!!

      • Brian Buckley

        You mean just like he didn't do with HarborCenter. He's put up more of his own money into that one development than it cost him to purchase the Sabres. I'm sure with something like the Bills, he will go after public money, just like you would, and anyone else in the situation.

        • turtle

          Yes!! I agree! he should go after public money. If another group buys the Bills and wants to move it anywhere to another state, sure as hell they will be asking for public money. That is how business is now done in this country and that is why we, who want to see the Bills stay, will support his efforts. The only question is how much from the state will he request.

          • Here we go, again!

            YES Just what we need in this area! More corporate welfare. Kids not graduating from schools. Roads and bridges in disrepair. And you want us to GIVE another multi- billionaire hand-outs. Great concept!!

          • turtle

            Well, get used to the fact that this is the way things work in this country now. If you don't like it, turn your clock back to the 1960's. Typical Tea Party response...

        • W.T. Beef

          For the record, HarborCenter got about $37 million in tax breaks. I don't have an issue with it. I think it's a wise and proper use of tax incentives unlike some other projects where they've been given. I think it will put much more into tax revenue stream than it's taking out. Pegula purchased the Sabres for $189 million. The cost of building the HarborCentre is pegged at $172.2 million.

    • nolarocky2@aol.com

      Do you want an Owner who is committed to winning or a developer?

      • Rick C

        Either or will do. Nothing Pegula has done so far with the Sabres has shown me he is committed to winning, but he sure moves fast with the developing end of things. To be honest, I'd pay to go see Peyton Manning beat the hell out of the Bills in a retractable-roofed stadium AND go see the Kings beat the crap out of the Sabres any day of the week! And I'd be smiling the whole time too!

  • Dan Foy

    Oh my god, I don't think I ever read a dumber thread. Buffalonians, you have a 40 story building downtown that is empty...EMPTY! This guy is

    • nolarocky2@aol.com

      Dan, you'reway off. He has already proved he doesn't know how to run a professional sports team. Look at the Sabres. We need an owner who is committed to winning. Not a developer.He isnot single handedly saving the city.

      • Ridiculo Landsman

        Owners dont run teams, they put people in charge to do the work. Sometimes those put in charge dont do the job accordingly and are fired.

        • nolarocky2@aol.com

          Hey Landsman. You are way off base. Pegula did a terrible job evaluating the front office when he came into the NHL. Ted Black is still there. Enough said. That team is a loser. And what no one is talking about. You can't own a NHL team and an NFL franchise at the same time. League rules prohibit it. DO your homework.

          • Mike79

            You can own an NFL and NHL franchise as long as they are in the same market. DO your homework.

  • Dan Foy

    Yeah, now that I think about it, maybe y'all are right. Probably better to pin your city's recovery on casinos and bars. Everyone knows that casinos and bars contribute to vibrant, healthy communities. Classic!

  • Rich

    Pegula is being anything but silent. He has just let other potential bidders know that he now has $1.75 billion available for the Bills/ stadium. He has just flushed out the pretenders, low bidders, and dreamers. WNY say hello to the new owner of the Bills.

    • Rick C

      You are correct, but low-balled the "poor" guy. He has $3 billion PLUS the new $1.75 billion IN CASH available. I absolutely agree though: Welcome to the NFL Mr. Pegula.

      • zbubble

        I don't think that's correct. I think the 3 billion figure included his assets, to which this land would have been factored in. He just converted it to cash.

        • Rick C

          No. He sold his original company for $4.7 billion BEFORE he bought the Sabres. He owned 75% of THAT company and got some $3.2-3.3 billion in cash from that transaction but still owned a ton of land that he still had drilling rights to. The sale reported Monday for $1.75 billion was for 75,000 acres of Utica shale land (a portion of the land he had) that he still owned. Not sure why so many people are misunderstanding this but they are. His "net worth" is actual worth as it is in cash not in the "value" of some company that he owns.

          • zbubble

            The definition of "net worth" has always included assets. You can look up that definition anywhere. So when Forbes says his "net worth" is 3.3B, it's assumed to mean including all his assets. It's possible Forbes didn't know about the land and estimated his net worth to be lower than what it actually was.

          • Rick C

            "Pegula sold most of East Resources' holdings to Royal Dutch Shell for $4.7 billion in cash four years ago."
            Last paragraph of the article above.
            I was slightly mistaken in thinking he sold the company...he sold most of its' assets for $4.7 billion in cash and received 75% of that transaction. Forbes was giving his worth based on that transaction. The transaction Monday was obviously his selling some more of his company's assets. Perhaps he's hearing the knocking on the door about hydrofracking and is getting out while the getting is good.

        • W.T. Beef

          I believe that's correct. But now he has to bury that $1.75 billion in another investment to offset the capital gains tax he'll have to pay on it.

  • joe

    I will never believe this tripe,until Mr. Pegula says it himself in the media. speculation is fun but he himself has said nothing!! and why not name the "sources"? I think he would be a great owner, but until he says it it aint so!!

    • TheKaz1969

      they don't name the sources because they want to keep the sources. This is the way journalism works.

  • ucanthandlethetruth

    it was only a matter of time before the Bills started attracting other than the "usual suspects" to purchase the team. They're still leaving....but the team will be sold to someone/ group not even mentioned yet by the Buffalo News....it's rare for a NFL/NBA/MLB team to become openly available for sale and will not attract prospective local purchasers alone....

    • zbubble

      It's rare to have this ironclad of a lease that says the team can't be moved for at least another 6 years. That's obviously a big difference compared to past sales.

      • ucanthandlethetruth

        which NFL/NBA/MLB team was ever purchased, the new owner wanted to move the team and the municipality holding the lease made the owner stay....google your brains out, I'll wait....

        • zbubble
          • ucanthandlethetruth

            it maybe true what they say about the Buffalo Public Schools....
            but don't remove that last post....

            a group headed by Clayton Bennett bought the Sonics, settled the lease (which will likely happen with the Bills), then MOVED them to Oklahoma City....keep googling...and thanks for proving my point for me....

          • zbubble

            "Seattle sued Bennett's group to enforce the lease that required the team to play in KeyArena through 2010."

            You explicitly said "immediately". The club was sold in 2006 and didn't move until 2008. Seattle got them to stay at least two years and put up a fight. Sorry, but you lost. You know it, that's why you resort to insults.

          • William Kyriakakos

            If you truly believe the Bills are leaving, then why bother to post about it? Just go about your life and let it happen, You just like to troll

    • Rick C

      The Bills aren't going anywhere. Nothing else you or anyone else says actually matters once that simple fact is acknowledged. There is no need for them to move to be any more profitable and there are no ownership groups that are going to take a swing at that lease. Deal with it and move on with your life.

  • MB

    ucanthandlethetruth #eyeroll

  • nolarocky2@aol.com

    Let's hope he doesn't buy the Bills. His running of the Sabres is prooof enough he doesn't get it. You think the last 14 years have been terrible. If he gets hold of this team he will have idiots running it just like the Sabre front office.

  • BuffBooster

    To those cynics doubting Buffalo/WNY's turnaround: Let's see - we have "The Economist" magazine, one of the most prestigious, highly-respected business publications on the planet, trumpeting Buffalo's comeback prospects. And then we have (you know who your are) the oblivious, small-minded, out-to-lunch, penny-ante, nickel-and-dime negativists who can't see the transformation that's happening right in front of their befuddled faces.
    Gee, who would I put my faith & trust in: Business experts who have a proven track record for predicting economic trends based on concrete evidence or a dim bulb sitting at his computer posting cheesy blurbs & who's clueless about what's going on around them?
    The comical thing about those who scoff at Buffalo/WNY's rising from the ashes and the VERY positive possibilities for the area's sports teams - given the rapid, institutional changes that have taken, and are taking, place - is that these schlumps, putzes, schlemiels, and schlemazels will - once the city and its sports teams are thriving and garnering national & even international recognition for accomplishment - sit at some bar stool guzzling Blatz beer while bloviating & flip-flopping on & on about how they saw the region's miraculous recovery coming all along as they try to save face for their earlier defeatism.
    So to the individuals who somehow fail to comprehend the startlingly affirmative changes occurring with the region and, yes, with its sports teams: The train for glory has left the station and you're lying in your flea-bitten bed in the fetal position, continually hitting "Snooze" on your alarm clock. Get a life!

    • JT

      What a great post.LOL You hit the nail on the head.Now get ready for the trailer trash to respond.

    • Rich

      Spot on Booster. You have to be deaf, blind, and dumb to not see the positive changes. It's going to be a great time for Buffalo/WNY.

    • Rick C

      I love the response, but the Sabres still suck and until they get rid of Ted Nolan and his boring brand of hockey they will continue to do so. But what is happening in the city is nothing short of astounding!

      • BuffBooster

        It's unfair to judge Ted Nolan yet due to the weak roster he inherited. The style of play he's currently coaching has everything to do with the thin squad he's dealing with. There's no evidence that Nolan's locked into a conservative, boring hockey philosophy. Any coach - no matter what sport - is only as good as the quality of players he's given.
        The rebuilding process of restocking the Sabres will take a few years - say, three or four - before genuine progress will be apparent. So patience will be required from fans. However, as opposed to the late-Regier era, Tim Murray has the hockey smarts to put the pieces in place for a competitive, exciting team.
        Also, once free agents see that Buffalo is a team on the rise and that Pegula is willing to spend the big bucks to produce a winner, let there be no doubt that top players WILL come here.
        Then, and only then, will it be fair to determine whether Nolan is the right coach to take them to the next level.
        I actually believe that Buffalo will have a greater chance of capturing a hockey championship in the immediate years to come than they had even during the Imlach & Bowman eras. Both of those hockey luminaries had already won the Cup with other teams prior to coming to the Sabres and I suspect their motivation had lessened somewhat.
        Further, they both were getting on in years and perhaps had lost a bit of their edge. However, this new Sabres ownership and management team is still young and hungry and as highly-motivated as they can be to bring home Lord Stanley's silver goblet.
        Those are the primary reasons for my optimism regarding the Sabres' prospects.

      • nolarocky2@aol.com

        Nolan is not the problem you jerk. Players win games, not coaches. The team was torn apart by the last GM and the President of the team and Owner sat by and watched. Ted Black is still there. Pegula sucks.

    • MadAsHeckAndNotGonnaTakeIt

      Bingo! Its seems that Buffalo is full of folks who want to constantly look at negatives. Look to the past before opening their eyes to see the great things going on in Buffalo. It won't happen overnight. But it is obviously moving in the right direction.

  • Datdude

    Can we officially remove that idiot, talentless, John BJ's stupid face from the BN now? I hate having to look at that mullet every time I log on.

  • Polish Prince

    A great choice for an owner. Pegula has had some growing pains with the Sabres but he is a "local WNY son", and obviously wants a winner.

    Pegula will keep the Bills in Buffalo, and in the end, that is the only goal that matters.

  • Joanne Glenn Wilson

    The only thing I have to say is I don't think we need a new stadium with the renovations that have and are being made to have another building empty would be a waste. Also, I think WNY businesses would suffer Parking is ample, traffic redirects work well and there are stores in area that count on the Buffalo Bills. Just my opinion.

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