By John Vogl
Ted Black has been in Buffalo for more than two years, which is more than enough time for the Sabres' president to understand the area's sports fans.
"Fans here deserve a winner more than any city I have ever driven through, read about in a book, than I can possibly imagine," Black said today during a nearly two-hour lunch meeting. "Fans here are among the best and most passionate in any sport. They deserve a winner. We’re going to do everything in our power to give them a winner."
So far during the two-year ownership of Terry Pegula, it hasn't happened. Fans have grown sour as the Sabres sit 23rd in the 30-team league.
"The disconnect, if there is one, is because we’re not delivering that winner," Black said. "I’d be more concerned if fans stopped caring. They care about this team, and by team I mean franchise. It transcends the roster, quite frankly. They care more about this franchise than most other cities in any other sport.
"That's why I want to win here. I would rather win here once than any other city 10 times."
Sabres' ownership and management have adjusted their plan on how to win. To read what it is, see the story in Thursday's Buffalo News.