Calgary will receive nearly $5-million in assistance from the league despite failing to sell the required 13,000 season tickets to receive aid. The team has sold 12,400 season tickets. Because the Flames are expected to reach the 13,000 mark by the end of the season, the team has been told it will receive the subsidy. The NHL's $4.7-million subsidy is given to Canadian teams struggling because of the weak Canadian dollar.
SABRES: Defenseman Jason Woolley agreed to take a $125,000 pay cut, allowing Buffalo to trade him to Detroit. The cost-conscious Sabres received a conditional pick in next year's draft and freed themselves of Woolley's $1,425,000 salary. The Sabres are looking for a new owner and are operating on a fixed budget overseen by the NHL.