BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The NHL is already interested in Sabres owner Terry Pegula's $172-million downtown Buffalo hockey/entertainment complex, even though the facility is not completed yet.
Commissioner Gary Bettman told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the league is considering the Sabres' pitch to relocate the NHL's annual pre-draft scouting combine from Toronto to Buffalo.
"It's something that's being discussed, and I know it's something that Ted Black is vigorously pursuing," Bettman said by phone, referring to the Sabres president. "It's a work in progress. We haven't made any decisions. But we're taking the expression of interest very seriously."
Bettman made the revelation during an interview regarding Pegula and the facility he's building. It's called HarborCenter, and is currently under construction across the street from the Sabres arena.
In a text to the AP, Black said discussions with the NHL regarding Buffalo hosting the combine have been taking place for the past several months.
"The NHL's interest in Buffalo is very flattering and it is another example of the ways that we're trying to promote Buffalo and HarborCenter as an international hockey destination," Black wrote.
The facility is set to open in October and feature two ice rinks, 11 locker rooms, classroom space and a high-performance training facility.