Canada's other team
The Sabres are catering to Canadian customers more now than ever before. They play the Canadian anthem at every home game regardless of their opponent and when famed tenor Ronan Tynan sang "America the Beautiful" before Game 2 of the Buffalo-New York Rangers series, he did so after first dedicating the song to both American and Canadian troops in Afghanistan.O Canada before Game 1 of the Sabres-Rangers series in Buffalo.
If Canada has a seventh NHL team by marriage, it is the Sabres.
I'd heard during the season that some 20 per cent of Sabres' season's ticket holders were Canadian, and more specifically from southern Ontario — something that seriously highlights the need for another team in the Greater Toronto Area.
My guess is this region could actually support two teams in addition to the Maple Leafs — one in downtown Toronto and another in nearby Hamilton. Not that it'll ever happen.
(Instead, we'll all help contribute some more greenhouse-gas emissions and truck two hours south to help keep the Sabres afloat. Makes perfect sense, really.)