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Golisano expects playoffs; Regier gets extension

Golis_2Sabres owner B. Thomas Golisano just wrapped up a half-hour press conference, right, that was easily his widest-ranging affair in several years. It started as an announcement of a two-year contract extension for GM Darcy Regier and included political talk about Responsible New York pushed by radio news reporters (and of little use to your intrepid sports bloggers).

But these things stood out about Golisano's talk -- he's come around to the idea of longterm contracts, he needed to be convinced by Larry Quinn and Darcy Regier to be aggressive with Ryan Miller's deal to prevent another Sabre from walking away in free agency and he expects the team to make the playoffs this season.

Said Golisano: "If we don't make the playoffs this year, we'd be really disappointed. In fact, I'd probably chew this microphone."

Golisano, by the way, was adamant that the team is not for sale, speculation heightened by the fact he was absent a lot last season and has taken on minority partners in Larry Quinn and Dan DiPofi.

"There are no plans [to sell], no offers," Golisano said. "There's nothing."

---Mike Harrington

(Photo: Mark Mulville-Buffalo News)


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