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Report: Doug Moss Out as Sabres President

November 1, 1996

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) _ Buffalo Sabres president Doug Moss has been fired and replaced by Larry Quinn, the man who runs the Sabres new arena, a published report said today.

Team spokesman Terry Dunford said he could not confirm or deny The Buffalo News’ report that Moss was voted out Thursday night by the board of directors.

But the Sabres later called a news conference for 4 p.m. EST.

Moss came to the Sabres in December 1994 after a stint as president of the Madison Square Garden Network in New York. Under him, Buffalo has introduced new uniforms, moved into the Marine Midland Arena and revamped its marketing approach.

Quinn, who was raised in Buffalo, is president of the new arena and was largely responsible for guiding the project from inception to fruition.

Moss appeared to have no sense that his job was on the line earlier this week when he chatted informally with reporters about his plans to build a young, winning team in Buffalo. He did not deny reports of tension in the front office, but said it was normal for a professional sports team.

The Sabres missed the playoffs last season, and fans began grumbling when Buffalo staggered out of the gate this fall at 1-4 start. Some have called for the removal of general manager John Muckler, an ally of Moss’ in the organization.

Buffalo, now 5-6, plays at St. Louis tonight.

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