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Talking About Buffalo

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

The view from here:

■ Regier, who signed a two-year contract extension at the start of the season, most likely will be jettisoned, well ahead of the league’s July 1 free agency period. No one is more vulnerable than the GM when a change of culture is mandated. This is a franchise looking for a new day, new lead voice, and a new image. The Sabres have been a club in need of something since Dominik Hasek left, and the Dominator, now 46, departed in the spring of 2001.

■ Ruff, who opted not to sign a contract extension at the same time as Regier, might be sent packing, too. He certainly has more cachet in the coaching world than Regier does on the GM side, but he has been running that bench at the side of Lake Erie since October 1997. No Stanley Cup. Only one trip to the Cup finals. Three defeats in the Eastern Conference championship. Again, a very strong coach, but not necessarily a résumé that will protect him against a franchise rebranding.

Pegula’s ownership points to a great day for Sabres fans. They’ll finally have a rich owner who loves hockey, is willing to spend, and views ownership not only as a business but an act of civic pride.

His wife is originally from Fairport, N.Y., about an hour east of HSBC Arena, and they’ve lived in nearby Olean and Orchard Park (home of the NFL’s Bills). All in all, much like the Kraft family getting the keys in Foxborough. Now the Sabres just need to find a Bill Belichick to run the show.

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