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HUFFLING WITH BUFFALO: NHL licensing chief Brian Jennings tells us that for the first time in more than a decade, Detroit will be displaced as the top seller in overall NHL licensed merchandise.

Making the climb to the top spot will be the Buffalo Sabres, who are overcoming the challenges of playing in a small market with the help of a popular new logo and the most wins of any NHL club.

The NHL fiscal year ends in June, but Jennings said he is confident the Sabres will finish on top in licensing sales.

?There?s a national demand that started early with their new jersey and picked up as the team performed in the regular season,? he said.

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So everyone's worst nightmare and the opposite of all our expectations have come true. Now they're going to win the stanley cup and keep them forever. Just goes to show what a good product on the playing surface can do.

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Yep and American Idol is the top rated TV show but that doesn't mean I have to like it.

Sabres = Great team

Buffaslug = Ugly logo and uniform

With that said, I'm still rooting for them to win the Stanley Cup.

In spite of their ugly logo and uniform.

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Considering they got a whole new set of jersey's they better be one of the top, if not the top seller, since fans will go and buy new gear, no matter how bad it is.

In fact, I dont mind the jersey itself, but still not a fan of the logo

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Not bad for a team that was so close to moving to San Diego in 2003.

San Diego?!

Got a link or anything to back that up?

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The ducks will have a new logo next season

A new logo already hugger?

As for San Diego Rams,

The Sabres was on the verge of folding but the NHL decided to move the Sabres unless Buffalo had a new owner within 90 days.

San Diego, Houston, Cleveland, Seattle, and Portland was the posibble location for the Sabres.

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The ducks will have a new logo next season

A new logo already hugger?

As for San Diego Rams,

The Sabres was on the verge of folding but the NHL decided to move the Sabres unless Buffalo had a new owner within 90 days.

San Diego, Houston, Cleveland, Seattle, and Portland was the posibble location for the Sabres.

I don't know who fed you that particular line of felgercarb, but I can assure you that the Sabres, while bankrupt, were not on the verge of folding, and that of the markets you have listed, only two would actually work for the NHL (Portland and Houston). San Diego and Seattle are disqualified due to arena issues, and Cleveland was disqualified by Columbus.

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The ducks will have a new logo next season

A new logo already hugger?

As for San Diego Rams,

The Sabres was on the verge of folding but the NHL decided to move the Sabres unless Buffalo had a new owner within 90 days.

San Diego, Houston, Cleveland, Seattle, and Portland was the posibble location for the Sabres.

I don't know who fed you that particular line of felgercarb, but I can assure you that the Sabres, while bankrupt, were not on the verge of folding, and that of the markets you have listed, only two would actually work for the NHL (Portland and Houston). San Diego and Seattle are disqualified due to arena issues, and Cleveland was disqualified by Columbus.

I'd heard it on XX 1090am Rams and the plan was for the Sabres to play 2-4 Years at the COX Arena while a new Arena is built if they had land the Sabres Rams.

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The ducks will have a new logo next season

A new logo already hugger?

As for San Diego Rams,

The Sabres was on the verge of folding but the NHL decided to move the Sabres unless Buffalo had a new owner within 90 days.

San Diego, Houston, Cleveland, Seattle, and Portland was the posibble location for the Sabres.

I don't know who fed you that particular line of felgercarb, but I can assure you that the Sabres, while bankrupt, were not on the verge of folding, and that of the markets you have listed, only two would actually work for the NHL (Portland and Houston). San Diego and Seattle are disqualified due to arena issues, and Cleveland was disqualified by Columbus.

I'd heard it on XX 1090am Rams and the plan was for the Sabres to play 2-4 Years at the COX Arena while a new Arena is built if they had land the Sabres Rams.

Because sports radio stations are always the best sources of information... :rolleyes:

I find it rather difficult to believe that San Diego would have ponied up the cash for a new arena, when they won't pony it up for the Chargers.

/threadjack

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Making the climb to the top spot will be the Buffalo Sabres, who are overcoming the challenges of playing in a small market with the help of a popular new logo and the most wins of any NHL club.

I really think the key here is "most wins of any NHL club."

I'd like to know where sales of the slug would be if they won 12 games this year. I smell a bandwagon, not good design.

JeffB

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Making the climb to the top spot will be the Buffalo Sabres, who are overcoming the challenges of playing in a small market with the help of a popular new logo and the most wins of any NHL club.

I really think the key here is "most wins of any NHL club."

I'd like to know where sales of the slug would be if they won 12 games this year. I smell a bandwagon, not good design.

JeffB

I would say this is pretty much dead-on. I live in Western New York and I can tell you that this area is totally Sabres-crazy. I love the Sabres, but I hate, hate, hate bandwagon jumpers so it's kind of frustrating out here at times. Case in point: I wanted to kill when I saw people leaving with a few minutes left in Friday's game. It's the freaking playoffs, the team has a knack for coming from behind plus you paid an assload of money for your tickets. Why on earth would you leave? Everybody and their momma is sporting Sabres gear, but as soon as the team falls out of the spotlight this area will return to being a Bills city. Fan's in Philidelphia and New York get bad raps, but at least they are passionate. Sometimes I really think Buffalo has the worst fans. So yeah, if the team wasn't successful there is no chance in hell they even crack the top 5 in sales.

And to the dude who stated that the Sabres were on the verge of folding or moving I just want to say that you were fed a huge bowl of crap from your radio station. There were multiple ownership options in the area. The first person to step up (Mark Hammister) didn't follow through, but Tom Golisano came right in and snatched the team up. So yeah, they went bankrupt and things got sketchy, but it never got as far as even disscussions about the team folding or moving. Plus San Diego is probably the worst possible place for a hockey team. I mean really, c'mon dude.

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When the Mighty Ducks Disney-era merchandise was released it toped NHL sales.

Kangaroo Jack was the number one movie in America.

American Idol is always at the top of the ratings.

The Buffaslug is leading the NHL in merchandise sales.

1) Public opinion is one of the worst ways to tell the quality of something and....

2) Given the way the Sabres' season has gone, almost any logo would have been a hit. If the Sabres had a mediocre season or worse the Buffaslug would be heading the way of the (superior) NY Islanders' Fisherman.

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Yeah, color me unimpressed that the merchandise sales of one of only two teams to completely revamp their identity were highest when that team was arguably the best in the league and reverted to a color scheme absolutely beloved by their fans (including retro jersey that don't feature the ugly new logo).

It's a simple issue of circumstance, not quality design.

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