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Time For Changes In Buffalo And Washington

from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

It’s nearly August, for hockey gods’ sake. Does anyone want to tell Sabres GM Darcy Regier and his Capitals counterpart George McPhee? Both are doing their best statue impersonations at a time in each team’s history that cries out for at least a modicum of change. Yet with their near-total absence of action, both are making the case that the rosters that failed so spectacularly somehow deserve another chance.

Sorry, but I’m not buying, leasing, renting or timesharing that argument, not for a single second. It’s one thing to dance with them what brung you; it’s something else entirely when them what brung you are insisting on dancing like nobody’s watching and/or paying them to dance. Loyalty is admirable to a degree, but eventually that attitude turns into organizational inertia and that’s what puts teams in a competitive death spiral.

I’m not advocating for a massive turnover of talent in Buffalo and Washington. There are players in the Caps and Sabres’ systems worth hanging onto. But even teams that suffered significant disappointment in previous years knew the status quo wasn’t an option:


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Evilpens's avatar

Might want to include Ray Shero, 4 Playoffs flameouts & no appreciable changes

Posted by Evilpens on 07/18/13 at 04:03 PM ET

Ajax19's avatar

Might want to include Ray Shero, 4 Playoffs flameouts & no appreciable changes
Posted by Evilpens on 07/18/13 at 04:03 PM ET

You’re crazy.  Ray Shero has been one of the most active and agressive GM’s over the last several years.  Here’s are a slew of “appreciable changes” he’s made in the last 4 years:

March 1, 2010 Acquired D Jordan Leopold from Florida for a 2010 second-round draft pick.

July 1, 2010 Signed D Zbynek Michalek and D Paul Martin to five-year contracts.

February 21, 2011 Traded D Alex Goligoski to Dallas for LW James Neal and D Matt Niskanen.

June 22, 2012 Traded C Jordan Staal to the Carolina Hurricanes for C Brandon Sutter, the No. 8 pick in 2012 draft and D Brian Dumoulin. Traded D Zbynek Michalek to Phoenix Coyotes for D Harrison Ruopp, G Marc Cheverie and a third-round 2012 draft pick.

March 26, 2013 Acquired D Doug Murray from San Jose for two second-round draft picks.

March 24, 2013 Acquired F Brenden Morrow and a 2013 third-round draft pick from Dallas for D Joe Morrow and a 2013 fifth-round draft pick.

March 28, 2013 Acqruired F Jarome Iginla from Calgary for Kenneth Agostino and Ben Hanowski and a 2013 first-round draft pick

Posted by Ajax19 on 07/18/13 at 05:32 PM ET

Evilpens's avatar

Traded Michalek for harrison Ruopp

Stars pushed the Gogo fo Neal trade & made the Pens take Niskanen

Staal forced his hand because he thought that Staal would love playing 3rd Fiddle to Sid & Gino forever

way overpayed for Murray & Morrow

Iggy was traded for then he allowed The Clown staff play a HoF RW at LW for all but the last 2 games

& Biggest sin was NOT Firing the coaching staff

Posted by Evilpens on 07/18/13 at 06:12 PM ET

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