Is it just me or does it seem like Terry Pegula has been the owner of the Buffalo Sabres for much longer than one and a half months?
The reason it seems that way is because it has been nothing but positive since Mr. Pegula has taken over the Sabres; I personally barely even remember Tom Golisano.
However, let's compare Pegula and Golisano just one more time.
Former Buffalo Sabres' defenseman Brian Campbell asked for a five year, 25 million dollar deal to stay in Buffalo. When you look at what Campbell makes now in Chicago that would have been an absolute steal for the Sabres.
It still wasn't cheap enough for Tom Golisano's deep pockets though.
I know that Campbell's play has slipped somewhat since he left Buffalo, but there is no doubt he would have continued to flourish for the Sabres. The slick skating defenseman would have made Buffalo's power play a lethal one this season.
Now, let's shift our focus to current Sabres' owner Terry Pegula. From the first time I read about Pegula, he seemed like the real deal and since taking over the Sabres, he has proved that he most certainly is.
Tonight, the Buffalo Sabres will faceoff against the Philadelphia Flyers in their final home game of the season. However, the party will start long before puck drop.
More than 80 Buffalo Sabres' alumni will be present for this evening's Fan Appreciation Night. Players ranging from hall of famers to guys that only laced up the skates for a few shifts will be at HSBC Arena.
That is an unheard of amount of alumni that will be one the ice all at once. The reason it is all going to happen is because Terry Pegula made it his mission from day one to reach out to the Sabres' alumni and mend the broken relationship that had been caused by former regimes.
Not only did Pegula reach out to contact every former Sabre, but he is also paying for their airfare and hotel rooms.
That's the difference between Terry Pegula and Tom Golisano: Terry Pegula just simply gets it.
There will be an abundance of happy emotions and memories running through fan's hearts and minds tonight. However, this current edition of the Buffalo Sabres can really make everyone's night.
The Buffalo Sabres enter tonight's clash against the Philadelphia Flyer's needing just one point to clinch a playoff berth for the second straight season. The turnaround the Sabres have experienced this season has been nothing short of remarkable.
After losing leading scorer Derek Roy and getting embarrassed by the Calgary Flames in late December, the Sabres decided it was time to have a team-only meeting.
Buffalo had a record of 14-18-4 after the loss in Calgary. They now own an impressive record of 41-29-10.
The Buffalo Sabres' 32 points since February 22 are the most of any NHL club. If the Sabres clinch tonight, they will be without question the hottest team heading into the postseason.
Terry Pegula has created this amazing alumni sundae. Now, all this group of Buffalo Sabres needs to do is put the cherry on top.