It's not a hockey mecca, but don't underestimate Buffalo as a hockey city. They love them some hockey and it is evident when spending time in the city. Also remember Scotty Bowman still calls it "home" (I'm assuming besides his place in FLA), and Patty Kane (along with Foligno and T. Marchant) grew up and started their careers in the Buff. Again, it's not Toronto, DET, MTL, etc...) but they are a very good hockey town. I remember being in town a few weeks after the Wings won the cup in 1998, the Bowman family had a cook-out in their backyard open to anyone who knew (they didn't advertise the get-together in the media or anything like that, but if you knew about the cookout and where they lived, you were welcome), and the only way you knew which house was theirs was a hockey stick stuck dead center in the front yard. It was catered BBQ and the Stanley Cup was present. Pretty cool.
Not knocking Buffalo,it's just that if Babs wins in Toronto he'll be revered. If he had signed with the Sabres and won, sure the city would be happy but nowhere near as insane as Toronto would get.
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