Buffalo Sabres' owner Terry Pegula reacts to a question with reporters during a groundbreaking ceremony at First Niagara Center before an NHL hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers in Buffalo, N.Y., Saturday, April 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)
Gary Wiepert
July 30, 2015

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula says the last two losing seasons were big successes for the team.

Pegula said Thursday that the success didn't show up in wins and losses but will show up in the future.

Pegula made the comments during a panel discussion with his wife, Kim, as well as Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman on Thursday.

When asked whether success is measured differently for his sports business than his corporate enterprises, Pegula offered the example of the Sabres' recent struggles, which were celebrated by fans who wanted the team to ''tank'' for the first overall pick.

He says the seasons were ''two of the most successful seasons we've ever had.''

Buffalo's boasted the league's worst record in each the seasons, allowing the club to select top prospects Sam Reinhart and Jack Eichel with the No. 2 overall picks in each of the last two drafts.

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