"We have great fans in Buffalo,'' Bettman said. "Itís that simple. You have to remember, I knew that going back and I really had that reinforced when we ran the club during a difficult period. Itís a passionate, knowledgeable fan base. While they love the Sabres perhaps more than anything else, theyíre also big fans of the game."
"Itís always good to know that you have teams in a place where hockey really matters and the team is really important," he said. "Two, it also means weíre particularly pleased when we have good strong ownership, which we have in Buffalo.
"Terry [Pegula] is a terrific owner. Iím glad that someone like him, who has an onerous passion about a game, has a team in a market like Buffalo. Iíve been watching the [television] numbers long enough to not be surprised. I now expect it."
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