With the reports coming out that Terry Pegula will become the new owner of the Buffalo Sabres, more question continue to be raised as more information comes out about it.
1.) What happens with Larry Quinn and Dan DiPofi?
Both Quinn and DiPofi have minority shares in the team as Quinn is president and DiPofi is the CEO of the team. Both are expected to keep their shares of the team and continue their operations with the team as if nothing has changed. DiPofi works quietly behind the scenes managing the business side of the team and most likely does a very good job of that.
Larry Quinn is where fans seem to come into a sticky situation. Quinn is well known to have a hand in some hockey decisions and is blamed right along side Golisano by many for ownerships' decisions. If Quinn continues to stay on board like many suggest, will he have that same level of influence in hockey decisions and if that's the case, will things change at all.
2.) Sabres fans want a change in philosophy, will it come?
Many Sabres fans are excited about the prospects of a new owner because they believe that the team does not spend enough money on their players and that the team does not acquire enough big name free agents. The assumption is that since Pegula is worth more than Golisano and is a hockey fan, that he will want to spend more money on the team.
The thing is, we can't honestly know if that's the case, we can only assume. For all we know, Pegula could penny pinch the team worse and force the team to spend to the cap floor rather than the cap ceiling. We won't know whether this move will work out for the team and its prospects on the ice for a few years after the deal is done.
3.) Is $150 million too little for the team and will that cause an issue with the league?
This seems to be purely speculative but $150 million seems like a lowball offer for the franchise. Forbes recently valued the team at $170 million dollars and the NHL is asking $160 million for the Phoenix Coyotes. No offense to Coyotes fans, but the Sabres seem to be a more stable franchise with a larger revenue stream. Based on franchise values and selling prices around the league, Golisano might have been able to get much more for the team.
If the Sabres sell for $150 million, will it interfere with the Coyotes sale that is going for much more. One would think that the two deals are separate and independent of each other, but could the league have issue with a sale of a larger franchise going for less than what they are asking for a less stable one?