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There is plenty of promise in Buffalo. Sabres owner Terry Pegula can spend to the ceiling. The arena is a central piece in the HarborCenter project, a parcel of real estate that could reenergize downtown Buffalo. The Sabres have a beaten-down but exuberant fan base that spreads east toward Rochester and west into southern Ontario. Buffalo has two first-round picks: its own, plus the one it nabbed from the Islanders in the Thomas Vanek-Matt Moulson swap. There’s a good chance the Sabres could hold two of the top five picks in 2014.
“The cupboard is not bare,” new GM Tim Murray said.