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SBD/February 17, 2011/Franchises
Pegula's Arrival Not Likely To Immediately Solve Sabres' Issues
Published February 17, 2011
FIRST PIECE OF THE PUZZLE? In Buffalo, Bucky Gleason reported former FSN Pittsburgh Senior VP & GM and former Penguins VP/Business & Legal Affairs Ted Black is expected to be a "key player in Terry Pegula's management team." The sale of the Sabres is "expected to gain full approval" from the NHL BOG next week, and Pegula is "already putting certain pieces into place." Black's title "has not been revealed, but he'll likely remain one of Pegula's top confidants as they begin structuring the front office." It is "conceivable Black would be named team president and oversee daily operations, but that has not been confirmed." Gleason wrote Black's experience with FSN Pittsburgh "isn't likely to change the Sabres' relationship with MSG," its TV rights holder (BUFFALO NEWS, 2/16).