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“It finally looks like a locker room,” forward Thomas Vanek said, crediting Pegula. “He’s made it clear he’s here to win. And I think you can see the changes already. He’s part of us, and that’s good.”

Pegula’s message is hard to miss. There is a quote from the new owner featured on a clear plaque that’s mounted just inside the locker room entrance. Taken from Pegula’s inaugural news conference, the quote reads: “From this point forward, the Buffalo Sabres‘ reason for existence will be to win the Stanley Cup.”

NOTES: RW Drew Stafford is considered day to day after he hurt his hamstring against the Bruins. … LW Jochen Hecht is set to return after missing four games with an upper body injury. … RW Patrick Kaleta will miss at least another week with what Ruff described as a severe bone bruise to his knee after being struck by a shot in a 3-2 overtime win at Minnesota on Sunday.