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Terry Pegula On The Buffalo Sabres

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

Terry Pegula started his first news conference about the Sabres in 3½ years by pointing the finger at himself. The mea culpa was a step in the right direction after going backward for the better part of six years.

"Accountability starts with me," Pegula said. "We are not happy with our season this year, and there are no excuses. Six years ago, I stood here and told the Buffalo Sabres fans that the reason for our existence was to win a Stanley Cup. That is still the truth."

He didn't complete fall on the sword, but at least he showed an understanding that he made some mistakes along the way. He acknowledged that he regretted not participating in the search that led to Tim Murray getting hired and, by extension, coach Dan Bylsma. Both were fired Thursday.

Several times, Pegula outlined the franchise's core values – discipline, character, communication and structure – when hiring executives and coaches and acquiring players. It was a clear sign he wasn't happy with GM Tim Murray and questionable characters such as Evander Kane.

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John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

Terry Pegula wants to bring order to what appears to be a lawless Sabres organization.

The Buffalo owner repeatedly stressed discipline, structure, communication and character Friday morning while discussing the firing of General Manager Tim Murray and coach Dan Bylsma.

“We have to get better,” Pegula said in KeyBank Center. “Character throughout the organization, on the ice, and they have to be in a disciplined, structured environment where everybody knows what everybody’s doing and everybody’s talking. That’s how you win.”

The Sabres did not win this year, missing the playoffs for the sixth straight season. It prompted Pegula to clean house Thursday.

“We as members of the Sabres’ organization are all responsible for our success,” Pegula said, “but accountability starts with me. We are not happy with our season this year, and there are no excuses.

“Six years ago, I stood here and told the Buffalo Sabres fans that the reason for our existence was to win the Stanley Cup. That is still the truth. One team wins the Cup. We expected more this season.”

In accepting blame, Pegula said he wished he was more involved in the hiring of Murray four years ago.

“I was not involved in the last GM, coach search to a large extent, and I regret that move,” Pegula said. “That’s all I’m going to say about that.”

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 04/21/17 at 11:18 AM ET

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The answer is….......... New Owner…and dump Kane, Oops already tried that….Eichel…Stuck in Buffalo, fire everyone who interviewed him before the draft. 20 year old running the team, hilarious

Not so bad being a Red Wings fan

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 04/21/17 at 12:06 PM ET

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Not so bad being a Red Wings fan

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 04/21/17 at 12:06 PM ET

Really? I’d take Buffalo’s core of young talent over Detroit’s any day, coach/GM fiasco be damned. Hell Carolina has more upside than Detroit at this point and we’ve already seen where Babbles’ Leafs are headed one year removed from the abyss.

Posted by godblender on 04/21/17 at 01:02 PM ET

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Tim Murray:

“I feel like I just got cut from team Canada”

“Babcock played us”

“I thought Kulikov was better”

Seems like a cool guy.

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from the Home of the 1937 World Champions on 04/21/17 at 01:58 PM ET

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