Taking part in Saturday's official groundbreaking ceremony for the $172 million HARBORcenter project, Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula addressed the media and took just a few questions about his team's performance and its future.
Most of the conversation centered around the plans surrounding HARBORcenter, but Pegula was, at one point, specifically asked about the firing of Lindy Ruff. "I don't need to answer that," he said. "This is a different topic today."
Pegula wouldn't commit to giving an end-of-season press conference once the 2013 campaign comes to a close, saying only "We'll see" when asked if he would address the media again.
Regarding his first two seasons as owner of the team, Pegula acknowledged that, "Sometimes things don't go like you think they're going to go, and you adjust and move forward."
He went on to mention that management remains focused on bringing a championship to Buffalo. "One team wins the Stanley Cup ever year. We will build towards that goal and we're daily working on that goal."
When reminded that he set a three-year goal to win the Cup after taking over the team, he responded by mentioning that, "[Bruins owner] Jeremy Jacobs took 39 years to win the Stanley Cup. You can't guarantee anybody anything. When's the last time the New England Patriots won the...Super Bowl?"
Regarding HARBORcenter, Pegula said the project is moving along faster than expected. The hockey complex is scheduled to open in September 2014. "This is a good idea to help...business in the area. Not only ours, but to help the whole community."
When asked whether he could foresee a college hockey matchup at HARBORcenter between Canisius and his alma mater, Penn State, he said, "Why not?"
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