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Sabres dip into storied past to restore lustre to franchise

Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula gestures as he speaks during a news conference announcing the new...

Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula gestures as he speaks during a news conference announcing the new ownership of the NHL hockey team in Buffalo, New York February 22, 2011. (REUTERS/Gary Wiepert)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:55 PM ET

Terry Pegula was a big Buffalo Sabres fan while becoming a self-made billionaire and then the team’s owner.

Wednesday he dipped into the club’s past and brought back a couple of names which still glow from a time when the Sabres were relevant in an effort to reverse the Sabres’ slide to the bottom of the NHL standings.

Hall of Famer Pat LaFontaine was one of the NHL’s best players when he was teaming up with Alexander Mogilny to fill opposition nets (385 points in 268 games with the Sabres) in the early ’90s.

Coach Ted Nolan’s Sabres teams in the middle of that decade were well-prepared and tough to play against, backed by goaltender Dominik Hasek, who was ascending to the peak of his powers in what will be branded a Hall of Fame career, likely as early as next year when he is eligible.


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