OK, maybe Friday wasn't the biggest news day ever, but it had to be close. Two major national stories brought relief and joy to many Western New Yorkers, while the Buffalo Sabres' brass made a flurry of moves in an attempt to continuing molding a Stanley Cup-caliber team.
Let's go back through the major stories that touched Western New Yorkers on Friday:
*The Supreme Court of the United States legalized same-sex marriage across the nation, establishing a new civil right, after a narrow 5-4 vote. Western New Yorkers, including the first same-sex couple to marry in New York State, reacted to the news. Here's The News' editorial on the ruling. A few weeks after Buffalo's Pride Week showcased the community's vibrancy and passion, this landmark measure
Today is a big step in our march toward equality. Gay and lesbian couples now have the right to marry, just like anyone else. #LoveWins
— President Obama (@POTUS) June 26, 2015
*Clinton Correctional escapee Richard Matt was shot and killed by a federal agent in Malone, NY, Friday afternoon, after three weeks on the loose. The fugitive's death allowed the three WNY detectives who had sealed Matt's prison sentence in 2008 to exhale and no longer fear possible vengeance.
Look back at The News' reports on Richard Matt, who grew up in the City of Tonawanda, that date back to 1992. The other prison escapee, David Sweat, remains on the run.
Richard Matt has been shot and may be dead near Malone, source tells The News http://t.co/DJz61Tn6wr
— The Buffalo News (@TheBuffaloNews) June 26, 2015
*As expected, the Buffalo Sabres drafted Jack Eichel as the No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft Friday in Florida. Read Mike Harrington's column about the pick, and take a peek at The News' lead sports designer Jason Baum's section cover, then Jim McCoy's photos from the draft.
— Buffalo News Sports (@TBNSports) June 27, 2015
*The Sabres trade for Colorado's Ryan O'Reilly and Jamie McGinn, part with first round pick (No. 31), defenseman Nikita Zadorov, forward Mikhail Grigorenko and prospect J.T. Compher.
Just 13 minutes after tweeting the Eichel pick, the Sabres' Twitter account confirmed that the Colorado Avalanche's 24-year-old two-way forward would don blue and gold next season. Read John Vogl's report on the trade and what it means for the Sabres.
— Ryan O'Reilly (@Ryan_OReilly90) June 27, 2015
*The Sabres trade a 2015 first round pick (No. 21) to Ottawa for goalie Robin Lehner and veteran forward David Legwand. Read Vogl's report on the trade, then his more in-depth piece includes another classic Tim Murray quote:
“Can you not tell how excited I am? I am,” [Murray] said outside the Sabres’ hotel headquarters. “I’m legitimately excited, and I don’t say that very often. We’re going to walk out of here, I assume, after today with Jack Eichel and Robin Lehner. I think that’s huge for the franchise, huge for the organization.”
Phew. Friday was an exhausting day, but it's one that Western New Yorkers will likely look back on fondly.