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Pegula and wife pay tribute to Wilson

MONTREAL — The owners of one Buffalo sports team sent condolences to the family of another Tuesday.

Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula issued a statement following the death of Ralph C. Wilson Jr., the owner of the Bills who died at age 95.

“The entire Buffalo Sabres organization was saddened to learn of the passing of Ralph Wilson Jr.,” the statement read. “His contributions to the city of Buffalo over his 50-plus years of owning the Bills were immeasurable, and his legacy in Western New York and the sports world will be long-lasting. With his passion for the game and never-ending loyalty to the great fans of Buffalo, he embodied what all owners in sports strive to be.

“On behalf of the Buffalo Sabres, we would like to offer heartfelt condolences to his wife, Mary, the Wilson family and everyone in the Buffalo Bills organization.”

Sabres prospect Justin Bailey, who is from Williamsville and whose father was a linebacker for the Bills, also sent well-wishes.

“Thoughts and prayers go out to Ralph Wilson and his family,” Bailey wrote on Twitter. “Buffalo appreciates all you’ve done for the community.”


Sabres coach Ted Nolan on his contract extension: “It’s moving forward. Hopefully, we’ll get that put to bed pretty soon.”


Tyler Myers rejoined the Sabres for Tuesday night’s game in Montreal. The defenseman missed five games with a cut on his elbow, suffered when he missed a check and crashed hard into the glass March 13 in Carolina.

“It was pretty nasty,” Myers said in Bell Centre. “They wanted to make sure the infection was completely gone before I got back at it, and I’m feeling really good now.”

Though the injury didn’t prevent him from skating, the team’s medical staff did.

“I think the biggest thing was making sure it didn’t flare up,” Myers said. “It’s a sensitive area. There’s not much blood flow, so we had to make sure I was ready to go before I even hopped on the ice.”

With Myers back, the Sabres sent rookie Rasmus Ristolainen back to Rochester. He had 12 shots and a minus-5 rating in five games.

“This kid’s going to be a real dandy down the road,” Nolan said. “He really matured playing in Rochester this year. You could really tell the growth in him. The future looks very bright.”


Goaltender Michal Neuvirth, who was thought to be day-to-day when the Sabres left Buffalo on March 17, missed his fifth straight game with a lower-body injury.

“Not too good,” Nolan said. “I think we might even send him back to Buffalo to get re-evaluated. He’s not progressing as well as we thought.”


Quebec native Nicolas Delauriers drew the expected crowd for his first game in Montreal.

“I never played here, not even when I was young, so it’s a big thing and it means a lot to me,” said the rookie forward.


The Sabres will visit Nashville on Thursday to end their five-game road trip. The Predators are expected to be without two recognizable players. Center Paul Gaustad is unlikely to play with an upper-body injury, while rookie defenseman Seth Jones is out with concussion symptoms. Jones missed Tuesday’s game against Colorado.

“With him we’re going to be very cautious,” Predators coach Barry Trotz said. “Good young player who’s got a long and I think a very good career ahead of him. We’ll make sure he’s fully healthy.”