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. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
Fluto Shinzawa can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeFluto. Material from interviews, wire services, other beat writers, and league and team sources was used in this report.