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by Paul on 01/22/12 at 11:21 AM ET
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
Sabres fans, once convinced that Terry Pegula’s ownership and some pricy offseason acquisitions would be an EZ pass to Cup contention, are clamoring for a change as the club slips deeper in the Eastern Conference standings. Putting the bellows to the fire of their discontent, NBC commentator Jeremy Roenick followed Monday’s 5-0 loss in Detroit by saying, “I think it’s time either that the goaltender [Ryan Miller] gets traded or the coach [Lindy Ruff] needs to get fired or they need a new GM [currently Darcy Regier).’’ Hat trick! And his studio sidekick, ex-Boston coach Mike Keenan, marveled that Ruff remained on the job despite his Sabres not winning a playoff round over the last four years (including two DNQs). Pegula believes the failure is related to a long list of injuries, and noted that he wants to “put Humpty together again.’’ Ruff is a solid coach, but that might not matter, even if Pegula extended his deal upon assuming ownership. The biggest issue is that the Sabres overpaid to bring in a bunch of B-listers - including Christian Ehrhoff, Ville Leino, and Robyn Regehr - expecting “A’’ results.
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