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SBD/June 7, 2012/Events and Attractions
Facilities & Franchises: Sabres Owner Pegula Kept A Lower Profile In '11-12
Published June 7, 2012
SUPER MODELS: A lifelong hockey fan, Pegula said he talks to team GM Darcy Regier at least three times a day to discuss player personnel, and noted that he wants to model the Sabres in part after the Red Wings, Patriots and Steelers. "Those teams are very steady, very consistent, don't overreact and are absolutely committed to excellence," Pegula said.
- On the Sabres' turbulent '11-12 season, in which G Ryan Miller and D Tyler Myers suffered injuries and the team failed to make the playoffs: "There's an adage that you should win despite injuries. But guess what? You don't. Health is an absolutely critical factor in determining your success."
- On the NHL's oft-debated presence in non-traditional markets, such as in the Southeast and Southwest: "I'm a big believer in building and growing the league in the Sun Belt areas."
- On spending on players: "I don't make decisions based foremost on money. The first thing, the main thing we look at, is what the player's contributions are, and what his gifts are. I've never made a decision about money. It may seem hard to believe, but it's true."
- On NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman: "He's a tough negotiator. A very smart guy. He's become a friend."
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