BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - A little over two weeks and 2,100 fan e-mails into his new job as Buffalo Sabres president, Ted Black is beginning to appreciate how much work he has ahead in rebuilding the team.
Black has learned the fans are passionate in buying into new owner Terry Pegula's desire to win a Stanley Cup. And they're just as adamant in wanting to get rid of the final signs of the widely disliked "flying slug" logo, after the Sabres returned to their traditional emblem of a charging buffalo and crossed swords.
Vowing the slugs will be gone by summer, Black calls the cosmetic changes the easy part. Transforming the Sabres into a bona fide contender will require much more work, patience and money, which Pegula says he is willing to spend.