Pat LaFontaine knows Buffalo. He knows what tonight is going to be like, how the fans will respond to the return of both one of its Rafters Club members and Ted Nolan. It will be quite a scene, even if the First Niagara Center will be filled with Leafs fans too.
“From what I understand there’s going to be a little bit of a mixed crowd but we’re hoping our passionate Sabres fans will be louder,” a smiling LaFontaine said during a meeting with reporters today. “It’s measuring up to be just a great event, exciting for Teddy, for this organization. And for the players in the room why not? Why not play Toronto? This is great.”