"For this year's version of the Sabres, it's a D," says Ed Kilgore, WGRZ-TV sports director. But for Pegula's overall tenure, put an asterisk on that. "I think it has to be an incomplete. It's too early to give him any kind of a grade
." Pegula is a rookie owner, says Kilgore. "He has a lot to learn. It's a learning curve for him to learn like in any sport. If the team is still not making the playoffs by the end of next year, I consider that a problem."
The off ice grade for Pegula is much higher. "I give him an A because he's doing something downtown that's not only having an effect on downtown with a tremendous hockey facility, it will have an impact on the downtown economy," explains Kilgore. "I have no doubt there will be national tournaments. It will be a destination for people to come and help draw people downtown. It will be a jewel." Kilgore gives Pegula credit for putting his resources into downtown Buffalo.
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