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Another Loss For The Buffalo Sabres

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13 Games Without A Win In Buffalo

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

Poor Don Granato.

When I asked the Buffalo Sabres' interim coach an hour before Thursday's snorefest in KeyBank Center how he was going to get these guys to compete, he started out by saying, "That's a million dollar question and that's what we're pushing for."

Actually, around here, it's really a six or eight or nine million dollar question.

On yet another bizarre day in and around the rink that reeked of 2021, the Sabres were toyed with by the Boston Bruins. It was a name-the-score game that ended 4-1. The shots on goal finished 37-24 after the count was 35-16 midway through the third period.

That's a 13-game winless streak, one shy of the franchise record set by the 2015 tankers....

The Sabres play with no jam, no vigor and no fight. They're 0-17-1 when trailing after two periods. Battling back is simply too hard or too much of a bother for them.

After the game, Granato promised to demand more and push harder. We'll see how that goes in practice Friday.

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Right Decisions A Must For The Buffalo Sabres

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

The Buffalo Sabres took a step toward turning themselves around when they fired coach Ralph Krueger on Wednesday, but it was a first step. What matters now is the next step, and the one after that, and the one after that.

Coaching is part of a larger picture. The Sabres (6-18-4) are last in the NHL this season, a big disappointment. But they likely will miss the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the 10th straight season, the longest drought in the NHL. What does that tell you?

"Of course, results matter," general manager Kevyn Adams said Wednesday. "This is a results business, and where we are is unacceptable. It speaks for itself. But it's deeper than that, and to change the culture and to do what we have to do to get this headed in the right direction, I felt this was the move we had to make."

Asked about changing the culture, Adams spoke of each member of the organization "stacking wins" in his or her role. He said he made a tough decision in firing Krueger, a smart, worldly man the players liked and in whom they believed, amid a season filled with injuries and COVID-19 disruptions. Assistant Don Granato replaces Krueger for now.

"Now my next decision has to be the right one, and it has to be the right one after that," Adams said.

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Farewell Ralph Krueger

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

Farewell to The System, whatever it was supposed to be.

Farewell to The Principles, which were clearly never adhered to by the players.

Farewell to Synergy, another of Ralph Krueger's infamous buzzwords.

Krueger's shelf life expired in stunningly quick fashion with the Buffalo Sabres after just 97 games as his firing was mercifully announced Wednesday morning. These players, many of whom have been through this before, quit on yet another coach. This recent stretch felt much worse than the final days of Dan Bylsma and Phil Housley.

The Sabres should be firing about 20 players here, but we know how this goes with any team: The coach always takes the fall in these situations.

And there's plenty of blame to be directed at Krueger.

Krueger's hire was hailed as out of the box and overdue by the oogling Canadian media when it came in 2019. Krueger, remember, was fired via Skype by the Edmonton Oilers in 2013 after just one lockout-shortened season. Clearly, he made a lot of media pals north of the border by being a background source for Team Canada at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

The praise was far and wide, especially when the Sabres started last season 8-1-1. When the Sabres fell apart at the end of the 2019-20 campaign and proved utterly noncompetitive through much of the last 15 games of this one, there was nary a peep about Krueger being an issue from the other side of the border until the last few days. Funny how that works.

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Shame On Everyone In Buffalo

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

Shame on you, Terry and Kim Pegula.

You have run your hockey team into the ground. That your football team was one win shy of a Super Bowl doesn't excuse your inaction.

Shame on you, Kevyn Adams.

Do you want to be taken seriously as an NHL general manager? Then how can you tell us you're angry, use the word "unacceptable" about 27 times and then do nothing while another season goes up in flames? The way this is going, your first season in the chair should be your last.

You know what Adams should do? Park his butt behind the bench and coach this disaster for the final 29 games, just so he gets an up-close look at what he wrought.

Shame on you, Ralph Krueger.

You just never adapted your system to your players and the results are mind-boggling. They quit on you. You should be furious with them. But you know how this goes: It's your fault. Your career as an NHL coach should have been over two weeks ago. It's hard to fathom you still behind the bench.

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A Win May Be Hard To Come By For The Buffalo Sabres

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

You can't help but stare and gape at what's coming up for the Sabres. It's nine games without a win and counting, as the slide hit 0-7-2 with Thursday's 5-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Five straight games giving up five goals. Four of them ending in 5-2 scores.

On Thursday, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnist Joe Starkey called them "the horrifying Sabres."  A headline on a story about Tuesday's game by Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer pegged them "the woeful Sabres."...

The schedule is jarring. The Penguins Thursday and again Saturday. The Capitals. The Devils (better win that one). Two straight against the Bruins. Another trip to Madison Square Garden to meet the Rangers. Two more in Pittsburgh. A stop in Boston. Two at home against Philadelphia.

Holy moly. With apologies to Lindy Ruff, if the Sabres don't win Tuesday night in New Jersey, how many losses in a row can a coach survive?

"This is as big a test as we could possibly get," the embattled Krueger said. "And are we improving through this pain? (My reaction: No). That's what you as a leader in my position are believing in that there is growth, and that there is opportunity out of this.

"That doesn't help our fans, certainly in pain and can't be pleased with the results. The opposition that come back at us, the majority of them have won Stanley Cups in the last decade, and they know how to play the game."

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Afternoon Line- Ralph Krueger

The Sabres lost 5-2 to the Islanders today.

 

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Video- Top Saves By Dominik Hasek

If you are too young to have seen Hasek play, watch it.  If you saw Hasek play, watch it.

 

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Morning Line- Mike Harrington

Now the GM needs to do something – anything – to fix a team that is nothing short of disgraceful.

That's the exact word I used with Ralph Krueger during his media call earlier Friday, and you can't argue it. Look at this roster with all these high draft picks. How is this team last in the NHL? How does it have fewer wins than Detroit and Ottawa?

Most of all, how is Krueger still employed?

-Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News where you can read more on the state of the Sabres.

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Moving Jack Eichel To The New York Rangers Isn’t A Fit At This Point

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Here is the thing. Given cap constraints, it is essentially an impossibility for the Rangers to accommodate both Eichel, the shiny new apple for which they are at least semi-lusting, and Zibanejad. It will be either/or … or, maybe neither in the not so distant future if the first 20 games are an accurate depiction of what the Swede has become.

If Kevyn Adams, Buffalo’s first-year general manager, looks to move his team captain before the April 12 deadline rather than waiting until the offseason, it would be well nigh impossible for the Blueshirts to get in on the action unless they could somehow deal Zibanejad, who owns a full no-move clause.

The 24-year-old Eichel, whose season has hardly been a smashing success while surrounded by dysfunction that has been a permanent companion since the Sabres last qualified for the postseason in 2011, has five years left on a contract with a fixed cost of $10 million per. It’s a pricey one, all right, but at least the Rangers — or any acquiring team — won’t have to deal with arbitration or potential free agency for the next half-decade.

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