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Former Pens exec Black will join Pegula

Former Pittsburgh Penguins and FSN Pittsburgh executive Ted Black will join billionaire Terry Pegula as a key adviser when Pegula takes over sometime next week as the Buffalo Sabres owner. A source confirmed the management hire this morning.

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Black was an important part of Mario Lemieux's management team when the retired superstar took over as the Penguins owner in 1999 and turned them into an NHL power. Black helped recruit and hire General Manager Ray Shero, who replaced longtime GM Craig Patrick in 2006 and built on a strong foundation in turning the Pens into Stanley Cup champs in 2009.

Pegula had no comment this morning, spokesman Ben Bouma said. Pegula is not expected to speak publicly until he officially takes over as owner. No date had been set, but he's expected to gain approval from the NHL Board of Governors sometime next week.

Black (above) left the Pens in 2008 to become senior vice president and general manager of FSN Pittsburgh, the regional network that covers the Penguins and Pirates. He joined Pegula several months ago in the billionaire's efforts to purchase the Sabres.

His job title with the Sabres isn't exactly clear, but it's conceivable for him to be named team president and help Pegula look over daily operations, particularly on the business side. He was vice president for legal affairs with the Pens and made important decisions concerning marketing, branding and sales.

--- Bucky Gleason 

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