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Sabres to parent Portland

Updated: 06/10/08 3:23 PM

The long-awaited joining of the Buffalo Sabres and Portland Pirates became official this afternoon in Maine. The Pirates held a news conference at 1 p.m. to announce the Sabres will be their new parent club.

"We are just thrilled for this announcement," Pirates managing owner Brian Petrovek said by phone. "There's a lot of energy and high xpectations. I think it's going to be a good turning point for us."

The minor-league affiliation agreement has been rumored since December, when the Sabres announced their 29-year relationship with Rochester would end after the 2007-08 season. Portland was eliminated from the American Hockey League’s Eastern Conference playoffs late last month, and it ended its three-year deal with the Anaheim Ducks last week.

—John Vogl

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