Sure, I might have taken the easy way out, but did anyone have more impact on the Buffalo Sabres in 2011 than Terry Pegula? From his arrival in February, Pegula put his mark on the team early and often. From the Brad Boyes acquisition (very un-Darcy thing to do under old management) to the FA spending frenzy in July, Pegula was a breath of fresh air into the organization.
Terry Pegula was a dream come true to Sabres fans. Here was a guy, who was a fan of the team and very passionate about them… oh and he happens to be a billionaire that is willing to spend his own money if he has to, if it means Buffalo wins the cup. Obviously, the Cup cannot be bought (ask the Rangers) but the desire to win will trickle downhill. Small things like a new locker room is a message to the team that he is going to give his players whatever they need to win.
This isn’t supposed to be a long post waxing on everything he’s done, but merely a reminder of the hope he brought. It’s easy to get bogged down by the negativity. People often take professional sports far too seriously. They obsess (guilty), tailgate (guilty), travel to great lengths (guilty), get tattoos (guilty) and the follow every detail of their team since they can remember, but it’s just a game. Have fun with it. If you feel stressed about the team, it’s only because you care. At least we know we have one of us in charge of the team we love.
Enjoy the ride.
I eat, sleep and breathe Sabres hockey. I have been into the sport literally my whole life. I started going to games when I was 9 months old and have been hooked ever since. Growing up, I played against guys like Ryan Callahan, Patrick Kaleta, Tim Kennedy and now I have to pay money to watch them in person... Funny how things change.
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