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BUFFALO, N.Y. (May 7, 2013) --- Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier today announced that Ron Rolston has been named the head coach of the Sabres, after serving as the club’s interim head coach since Feb. 20
from Jerry Sullivan of the Buffalo News,
You see, this is why we encourage the Sabres to conduct these end-of-season news conferences. No matter how grim the circumstances, they always manage to find fun, creative ways to spin failure as progress.
Larry Quinn set a pretty high bar when he asked fans to give the team a “mulligan” after missing the playoffs a few years back. Last year, in lieu of an actual media gathering, team president and mouthpiece Ted Black told us that “sometimes, winning and success aren’t necessarily the same thing.”
On Monday, Darcy Regier celebrated his retention as general manager by telling Sabres fans that it was time to get ready for some “suffering.” He uttered the suffering theme several times in the 45-minute session, as if he were a preacher getting his followers fired up to accept their just penance.
“I’d like to think that people will give up some suffering in order to win the Stanley Cup,” Regier said. “I’m willing to do it. I believe our fan base is willing to do it.”
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
While debate rages over who should win the NHL’s annual honors, such as the Hart, Norris and Calder trophies, the 2013 Chutzpah Award has been decided by acclamation.
The winner is: the Buffalo Sabres.
No organization could even come close to competing with the one from western New York that has earned this dubious achievement for citing the league’s new collective bargaining agreement — under which the owners take home 50 perecent of revenue, as opposed to the old agreement, under which the Lords of the Boards were entitled to 43 percent of the share — as the reason the club is increasing season-ticket prices for 2013-14.
No, seriously. The scale of audacity just doesn’t register any higher than it does in Buffalo, where after just a couple of seasons in which, by the way, the Sabres have failed to qualify for the playoffs, Terry Pegula has gone from the Peoples’ Owner to, well, the Owner of the People.
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from Jerry Sullivan of the Buffalo News,
Three years ago, he was the MVP of the Olympics and nearly carried the Americans to the gold medal against Canada. It was a heady time for Miller and for Buffalo. I felt Miller had arrived as one of the world’s elite goalies, capable of leading the Sabres on a long Stanley Cup ride.
In retrospect, it seems like an emotional overreaction. Miller’s star flickered soon enough. The Sabres haven’t won a playoff series since 2007. They’ve missed the playoffs two years in a row. The idea of Miller as the cornerstone of a championship franchise seems fanciful and dated.
Miller has played well enough this season. He has been the least of the Sabres’ troubles. His even-strength save percentage is roughly the same as it was when he won the Vezina in 2010. The defense in front of him has been dreadful. The specialty teams have been bad, and Miller’s numbers have suffered.
So there’s no point in keeping him around any longer. Miller was the most popular athlete in town for awhile. Now he’s the victim of a toxic environment, where disgruntled fans express their disdain in the only way they can.
It’s like a doomed marriage, where the parties try to reconcile but realize that a breakup is the best option. Even your friends know that starting over is best for everyone.
NEW YORK/TORONTO (April 19, 2013) -- The game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins scheduled for tonight at TD Garden has been postponed, the National Hockey League announced today.
The game has been tentatively rescheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, April 20, at TD Garden beginning at 12:30 p.m., Eastern time. The game's status will be formalized no later than 8:30 a.m.
The game between the Penguins and Buffalo Sabres, scheduled for Saturday night in Pittsburgh, has been moved to Tuesday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m., ET.
from Mike Harrington of Sabres Edge,
In his first words to the media since the day before one of the most disappointing seasons in Sabres history, owner Terry Pegula acknowledged building his team might be a slower process than he thought...
"One team wins the Stanley Cup every year. We will build towards that goal. We're daily working on that goal."
Pegula then noted that it was 39 years for Boston Bruins owner and WNY native Jeremy Jacobs to win a Cup before the Bs did in 2011. Pegula, of course, had made it clear he had a three-year vision when he took over the Sabres in 2011.
"Jerry Jacobs down the road took 39 years to win a Stanley Cup. I don't know how long," Pegula said. "How can you guarantee anybody anything? You do your best every year. When's the last time the New England Patriots won the Stanley Cup? Or the Super Bowl?"
BUFFALO, N.Y. (April 12, 2013) --- Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier today announced that defenseman Tyler Myers suffered a broken bone in his leg during Thursday’s game against the Montreal Canadiens and will miss the remainder of the 2012-13 season.
added 12:20pm, Below, watch a frustrated Myers speak about the 5-1 loss to Montreal and I don't believe he gave any indication of a leg problem, but x-rays don't lie, could be a non-weight bearing bone or a slight fracture too.
First the lick, then the toss below, a weird night for Steve Ott.
from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,
Darcy Regier didn’t want to use the R-word while announcing that Jason Pominville had been traded to Minnesota for two prospects and two draft picks Wednesday. The coy general manager didn’t need to get specific. Anyone listening understood he was talking about some derivative of rebuilding.
Reloading, retooling, reworking, reconstructing, take your pick.
If the Sabres were smart, they would reach into their bowl of alphabet soup for a few more R-words. Here are two in particular that carry a nice ring: Replace Regier.
They’re infinitely cleaner and far more sensible than the choice words fans are using – words that begin with other letters. The Sabres have had too few W’s and way too many L’s, which is why so many fans are getting increasingly PO’d. By the sounds of things, it’s going to get worse.
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