Pegula's spending spree raises Sabres expectations

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Terry Pegula doesn't know or frankly care how much he's spent on buying the Buffalo Sabres or adding salary with an objective to turn the team into a bona fide contender.

It's upward of $330 million for those counting. And that doesn't include buying the AHL Rochester Americans to re-establish them as the Sabres' farm club.

With the spending spree over, it's now on the Sabres to start meeting the high expectations the new owner has raised around a hockey-mad town that's been affectionately renamed "Pegulaville." Sabres players are on board, too, in being both excited and motivated by the change that's taken place.

The payoff will start being determined next week, when the Sabres open their season overseas playing Anaheim in Helsinki, Finland, on Oct. 7.