Terry Pegula's purchase of the Buffalo Bills was finalized today. ©2014, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Ted Nolan on Sabres owner Terry Pegula: ‘His heart’s here’

BUFFALO – Understandably, Sabres coach Ted Nolan hasn’t heard much owner Terry Pegula recently. But Pegula and his wife, Kim, plan to attend Thursday’s season opener after the NFL finalized their purchase of the Buffalo Bills today.

Imagine the rousing ovation the Pegulas will receive if the First Niagara Center video boards show them.

“It’s been pretty busy for Terry and Kim, for sure, to do what they’ve done acquiring the Bills,” Nolan said this morning inside the First Niagara Center. “I’m quite sure it’s not like buying the corner store down the street. It’s a lot of work. His heart’s here. He’s been calling in and checking in.”

Nolan said Terry Pegula made sure he flew in for a recent team barbecue.

“It just shows you the type of ownership we have here,” he said. “They really care about their teams. We said ‘team.’ Now they care about their ‘teams.’”

In other news, Nolan said defenseman Jake McCabe’s injury is worse than the Sabres originally thought. The rookie had two maintenance days before he was placed on injured reserve.

“It went from a questionable rest day to something just a little bit more serious than a day,” Nolan said.

Does McCabe have an upper- or lower-body injury?

“Right in the middle,” Nolan joked.

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