Pegula Day: One Year Since Terry Pegula Bought Sabres

12:49 AM, Feb 23, 2012   |    comments
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BUFFALO, NY - It's been one year since Terry Pegula held an emotional news conference after he purchased the Buffalo Sabres.

On February 22, 2011, Pegula said the Sabres only reason for existence is to win a Stanley Cup.

The excitement among Sabres fans was palpable, and on Facebook, fans declared it "Pegula Day."

Fast forward to today where much of the excitement has dwindled.  The Sabres are six games out of the 8th and final playoff spot with 22 games left in the regular season.

The Sabres gained a point with a 2-1 win over the Islanders Tuesday night at First Niagara Center.

There's not much of a difference in the standings from this time last year, when the team was five points back.  They went on to clinch a playoff spot, but lost in the first round to the Philadelphia Flyers.

In the off-season, the Sabres acquired defenseman Christian Ehrhoff before the start of the free agency and forward Ville Leino on the first day of free agency.  Leino was signed to a six-year, $27 million contract.  The Sabres also signed defenseman Robyn Regehr.

Excitement was high when the season started. But expectations have eroded and with this season's trade deadline looming, there are rumors of moves involving Derek Roy and Paul Gaustaud.

Compare that to last year, when the Sabres picked up forward Brad Boyes just days after Pegula bought the team.

The Sabres face off against the Bruins Friday night on home ice, then have an away game against the New York Rangers.

The Rangers and Bruins top the Eastern Conference.  Boston has lost their last two games. 

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