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06-24-2012, 11:02 AM
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Originally Posted by static80 View Post
Pegula and Black are correct in that the Buffalo Sabres need to rebrand themselves as a destination players would love to come and play, a part of that is building a storied successful team, another part is contributing to the continued construction of downtown and still, another part is the organization itself and how the players are received and so on...........
I think, in large part, that's why so many fans and local media clamor for a Kane trade - because the presumption is that his birthplace will make the Sabres stand out as the prime destination that an NHL superstar would choose first to play for if given a choice. Reading quotes from elite players about how they always want to play for NY, LA, Toronto or Philly first is obviously frustrating for Sabres fans. It also adds to the inferiority complex of the small-town city Buffalonians have IMO.

The kind of rebranding that sees the organization spend and commit to winning, with the results to back it up, is ultimately the formula that comparable non-glamorous cities like Detroit and Pittsburgh used to elevate them up the totem pole of preferred destinations. I'm hopeful that it will happen under Pegula's regime as well.

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