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Timeline: The Turbulent Reign of Terry Pegula

Feb. 18, 2011: Terry Pegula buys Sabres for $189 million from Tom Golisano.

Feb. 22, 2011: At his introduction, Pegula says: “Starting today, the Buffalo Sabres’ reason for existence will be to win a Stanley Cup.”

July 2011: Pegula opens bankroll, spending $40 million for Christian Ehrhoff and $27 million for Ville Leino.

Dec. 1, 2011: Terry and Kim Pegula donate $12 million to Houghton College for new athletic complex.

April 8, 2012: In first full season of Pegula ownership, Sabres finish tied for 18th with 89 points, miss playoffs.

Aug. 29, 2012: Pegulas strike deal with city to build $172 million HarborCenter complex.

Feb. 20, 2013: In middle of 15th season as Sabres coach, Lindy Ruff fired and replaced by Ron Rolston.

April 26, 2013: Sabres President Ted Black announces 4 percent ticket-price increase on Fan Appreciation Night.

April 29, 2013: General manager Darcy Regier signals mission to “tank,” saying team’s plan “may require some suffering.”

Nov. 13, 2013: After worst start in team history (4-15-1), Sabres fire both Rolston and Regier, who served 16 seasons.

Nov. 13, 2013: Pat LaFontaine hired as president and brings Ted Nolan back as interim head coach.

Jan. 9, 2014: Tim Murray picked by LaFontaine and Pegula to take over as Sabres general manager.

March 1, 2014: LaFontaine tenders forced “resignation” amid Sabres front-office squabbling and dysfunction.

April 13, 2014: Sabres finish last in NHL and score 150 goals, the fewest by any team in a full season since 1956.

June 27, 2014: Sam Reinhart picked No. 2 overall by the Sabres.

Sept. 9, 2014: Pegula reaches deal to buy Bills for a staggering price of $1.4 billion, saving team from potential relocation.

Oct. 13, 2014: Trademark filed for “One Buffalo” brand by Pegula Sports & Entertainment LLC.

Oct. 31, 2014: The 20-story HarborCenter hockey, hotel and retail complex opens.

Dec. 31, 2014: Bills coach Doug Marrone exercises $4 million out clause and quits after just two seasons.

Jan. 12, 2015: Rex Ryan signs five-year, $27.5 million contract to become Bills head coach.

Feb. 11, 2015: Murray makes blockbuster trade with Winnipeg for Evander Kane.

April 11, 2015: Sabres match a franchise low for losses (51) for a second straight season and finish last again.

April 12. 2015: Nolan, with 40-87-17 record, is fired.

May 28, 2015: Former Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma hired to replace Nolan.

June 26, 2015: Boston University star Jack Eichel picked No. 2 overall by Sabres.

July 2, 2015: Ryan O’Reilly, acquired in draft-day trade, signs $52.5 million deal, biggest in Sabres history.

July 27, 2015: Black fired and replaced by Russ Brandon, who assumes oversight of both Bills and Sabres.

Aug. 24, 2015: Bills set franchise record for season-ticket sales at 60,102.

Sept. 10, 2015: Bills sign defensive tackle Marcel Dareus to six-year, $96.5 million contact.

Feb. 23, 2016: Terry and Kim Pegula receive prestigious Tank Younger Award for promoting diversity in NFL.

April 9, 2016: Sabres improve 27 points to 81, finish 23rd in NHL.

Sept. 16, 2016: Bills season turns to dysfunction as Ryan fires offensive aide Greg Roman after 37-31 Week Two defeat.

Dec. 27, 2016: With Bills playoff drought hitting 17 seasons, Ryan fired.

Jan. 11, 2017: Carolina assistant Sean McDermott named Bills head coach.

Feb. 10, 2017: Pegula Sports & Entertainment spends $7 million to buy Cobblestone district building near arena.

April 9, 2017: Sabres finish season 26th in points and miss playoffs for s sixth straight year.

April 20, 2017: Pegula cleans house with the Sabres, firing Murray and Bylsma.

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