Terry Pegula Changing Way NHL Thinks of Buffalo
Sabres owner, Terry Pegula, is taking names and kicking…well, you know. Since his arrival the King of Sabreland has installed hope and excitement all throughout this team and city. He wants to win. BAD. The King has proved it again yesterday that he is indeed ready to rock and roll. Free agency opened Friday at noon and Pegula wasted no time. Sabres.com reports that the Sabres signed unrestricted free agent forward Ville Leino to a multi-year contract. The Sabres are likely going to transfer the forward to play center and reportedly will earn $26 million over a 6 year period.
Pegula gave enough convincing and charm to Robyn Regher to not only waive his no-movement clause in his contract with the Clagary Flames, but got him to sign with Buffalo for a huge 9 year deal.
The fact that Regher has left Calgary, after all 11 seasons he spent there, is proof that Pegula’s attitude and desire to win can be seen across the league by other players attracting them to Western New York. The $30 million deal will be well worth Buffalo’s buck, as this veteran will improve a much-desired veteran. To make it even a little bit sweeter, Calgary sent good ol’ Ales Kotalik back to Buffalo in return for a second round draft pick next year and Buffalo prospect Paul Byron
On top of all this big money the Sabres are spending, Pegula earned another big pick-up in Christian Ehrhoff from Vancouver. Ehrhoff’s arrival will, with Regher, strengthen the blue line and bring some stability on defense. Ehrhoff signed with a 10 year deal worth $40 million in that time.
Tough guy, Cody McCormick, saw a contract with his name on this past week as he resigned with the Sabres to a multi-year contract while we saw Steve Montador part ways with the Sabres and sign with the Chicago Blackhawks.