Gentlemen of Buffalo: You are all Officially on Notice

Today Buffalo sports fans rejoiced in an explosion of Twitter and Facebook posts, after learning that Terrence Pegula finally put ink to paper today to purchase the Sabres.

Pegula has a lot to hoot about too.  In 2010, he sold his East Resources natural gas drilling company to Royal Dutch Shell for $4.7 billion.  He had started the company way back in 1983, using a paltry $7,500 dollars loaned to him by friends and family.  Quite a turn of fortune – and he still has more than 350,000 acres of shale land in Pennsylvania’s Appalachian Basin, where much of that drilling takes place.

It seems Buffalonians can finally stop wondering what will happen with that old Aud site.  Drill, baby, drill!

As for the gentlemen addressed in the title of this post, well, it’s time to put on your thinking caps.  Terry is married to Kim Pegula, who grew up in Fairport and attended Houghton College. The couple even lived in Orchard Park and Olean for a short time.  She’s an avid hockey fan.  So what does a guy do with a billions of dollars windfall?  How about buy your wife an NHL franchise, in her hometown.

Diamonds are a girl's best friend? Try a hockey team. It's safe to say that "T-Pegs" is going to be in good graces with Mrs. Pegula for a very, very long time.

But all conjecture and snark aside, there is a real sense of thrilling change in Buffalo.  Fans who have been hearing Lindy Ruff and Darcy Regier insist that they are working towards a Stanley Cup can actually start believing that again.  And that is a major windfall for everyone.

Not everyone with the Sabres will be around to reap the benefits of this change, however, with Regier and Larry Quinn purportedly to remain with the team on a transitional basis only.  Frankly, the entire office at HSBC and the roster of players from Portland to Buffalo have their futures in limbo – and that’s a lot of uncertainty, so much that it can affect the level of play on the ice.

 

There’s a lot of future to think about.  But for now, it’s time to celebrate.  January 31st – mark it down on your calendar, Sabres fans, as Terrence Pegula Day. 

One day closer to the Cup – for real, this time.

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