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Ralph Krueger is expected to be named the coach of the Buffalo Sabres, the sixth to serve in that role in the last eight seasons. Here are his predecessors: Lindy Ruff Was in his 13th season as Sabres coach when Terry and Kim Pegula purchased the team in February 2011. The Sabres went 43-29-10 that season and made the playoffs, the last time the organization made …

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Jason Botterill was consumed by disappointment hours after he delivered the news to Phil Housley that the Buffalo Sabres would be making a coaching change. The 21-minute news conference that followed was Botterill's first admission of failure in less than two years as general manager. In addition to firing his first coach, Botterill acknowledged his roster did not have …

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This latest debacle of a Buffalo Sabres season doesn't rest solely on the shoulders of coach Phil Housley. Or General Manager Jason Botterill. It's not the fault of Vladimir Sobotka or Marco Scandella or Rasmus Ristolainen either, no matter how many times fans want to take those three names in vain. Like the other derailed campaigns of the recent past, it starts at the …

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When Terry and Kim Pegula speak, Buffalo stops to listen. That's true of everybody from fans of the professional sports teams they own to the people with a stake in the future of Western New York. So when the Pegulas talked about a new or renovated football stadium that would be "Buffalo style," political leaders, developers and others chimed in with their own interp…

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PHOENIX – If the Buffalo Bills end up with a new stadium, don't expect anything resembling palatial structures being built in Los Angeles or like AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys. "I think the answer is probably a scaled-down version of some of these palaces that are being built around the country," Buffalo Bills co-owner Terry Pegula told reporters Tuesday …

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Buffalo Bills and Sabres owner Terry Pegula checked in at No. 424 on Forbes' annual list of the world's billionaires. The publication listed Pegula with a worth of $4.5 billion, noting how he made his fortune in fracking and then built a sports empire. He purchased the Sabres for $189 million in 2011 and bought the Bills for $1.4 billion in 2014. Stan Kroenke, who ow…

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SUNRISE, Fla. — When their team's latest disgrace was over, Buffalo Sabres owner/CEO Terry Pegula, owner/President Kim Pegula and General Manager Jason Botterill grimly and briskly walked together through a hall in BB&T Center and into a room in the team's dressing room tunnel. The owners live in nearby Boca Raton and don't always get to see the team in person. Well…

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Monday marks the eight-year anniversary of Terry Pegula's purchase of the Buffalo Sabres. The NHL approved the sale Feb. 18, 2011, and Pegula and the Sabres had a news conference Feb. 22. Below is the front page of the Buffalo News from Feb. 23 with the quote from Pegula across the top: "The Buffalo Sabres' reason for existence is to win the Stanley Cup. We will aspi…

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The public-address announcer inside the Buffalo Bills’ press box was having trouble keeping up with the injury announcements Sunday. Both the home team and the New York Jets dealt with several injuries during the visitors’ 27-23 victory. “The way the previous game we played against them went, we knew they were going to come in with an edge,” Bills safety Jordan Poyer…

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A jam-packed Bills Mailbag this week, so without further ado ... Rick McGuire asks: It looks like the Jets will have about $106 million and the Bills $92 million available for free agency in 2019. I know money talks, but could you see players signing with Buffalo over New York for less because of the direction the team is headed, or will the “Big Apple” city life be mor…

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A tradition in many homes across this awesome region and great land at this time of year is to go around the table and give thanks for all the things that are dear to one’s heart. So here, in the themes of the bountiful meal we are all about to engorge on Thanksgiving, are some thanks of mine for our local sports teams and their fans.  Thanks for the entrée – the main d…

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The middle of an NFL season isn’t usually a time for reflection. Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, however, has gone against conventional wisdom. He has reflected plenty of the disastrous first six quarters turned in by his defense. “I know exactly what we would do different,” Frazier said Monday. “That’s for another day. … In my mind, I felt like I…

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Jack Eichel was in his waterfront townhouse cooking dinner on a routine night when his phone rang Tuesday. On the other end of the line was Buffalo Sabres coach Phil Housley. While that might not be all that unusual, the message was. Come to the rink right now for a meeting. That was a little strange. The Sabres took Tuesday off for practice but had been at KeyBank C…

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A Sabres franchise long mired in the depths of the National Hockey League standings, finishing in last place in three of the last five seasons, had nowhere to go but up. And an offseason overhaul of the roster is inspiring optimism that Buffalo is poised to finally resurface as a playoff contender. Thirty-seven percent of those who voted in an informal Buffalo News poll…

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The Buffalo Bills are again ranked last in Forbes' annual valuation of NFL franchises. The team is listed at $1.6 billion, which shows no gain from last year. According to Forbes, average value increased 2 percent to $2.57 billion. The 2 percent is the smallest annual increase since 2011, when values went up 1.4 percent. The Bills' value still reflects an increase fr…