04-21 First Reactions - Howard reacts to the firing of Tim Murray and Dan Bylsma.mp3

Howard and Jeremy
Friday, April 21st

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He's always Simon and Jeremy White. There's gonna be reviewed top to bottom I have to meet with the ownership I'm sure I'm gonna be reviewed I'm sure being reviewed right now. As they should be so I have a book fully notes that I have to compile. And there are ready to deliver those thoughts ownership and after that. It will come back if I am still here and deliver my thoughts to our head coach and uncle used to. We have breaking news in the midst of our conversation Tim Murray and Dan files must have both been relieved of their duties. Well I'm having a lot of us were surprised because we. Saw the possibility of maybe widen. Getting let go but I don't think I do believe people saw the possibility of before I was pleadings so my reaction is surprise. Thought you'd be surprised some degree got Beaufort on shockingly few words that others use but based on everything that's ever been percolating around the Buffalo Sabres without you now I don't think that it is overly shocking. You're an aggressive move by experience simply coolant goes out of that but you know this is apparently got accustomed to winning aired during its. Generous thoughtful and I suppose they might be right play but you're pretty good hockey guys that are ought to work. Non WG ER Sports Radio 515. Some of the sound from yesterday. And opening column was simmering from last week and it stayed in the season press coverage through its and and she's breast are we got through all the notes. And that it was Edgar Peters yesterday were when word came down that the sabres it clean house. Elliot Friedman from sports net Darren trigger from TS that Howard and break with you Jeremy off this morning. I feel like I'm trying to figure out how actually think they'll appeal the press stop I'm not shocked I don't think it shock. Bob who is out grabbing a sandwich yesterday having lunch. All look in my in others a statement from Jerry Google. I honestly thought how about that stuff I talk about like being wrong right I honestly thought. The statement was it was that. Basically Jim and Dan were coming back for another season we've held our meetings we held our valuations. While we are terribly disappointed. In how the season played out we still believe in our general manager and our coach lab lab lab a black and that I opened up email and Redick. A while they fired both guys so I'm not shocked. But I'm surprised. And like most people nodded the ball small portion of it but the Tim Murray portion of it. I'm sitting here wait for the show to start rate is doing the update he's run in the open and I'm trying to figure out how the heck do I. How I put into words how I feel right now. I think when I go where it. The mouse that's that's running inside the little wheel right. Don't talking about the little mouse run around. What does it like a science experiment what is separate we are on sale idol announced she in the in the wielded I believe the appropriate broad knowledge of that is a hamster wheel hamster wheel I feel like I'm in the hamster wheel. Buffalo's sports. Did you go there's there's there's what I'll put on Twitter Buffalo's sports equals. I'm gonna go hamster wheel. It's just. We keep going we average anywhere. Man. Where to start okay. We got a lot of ground to cover. Fault lines are open lot here for me I I don't mornings are tough. You're getting ready for your job you did your kids off to school. Maybe you've worked all night you're coming home going to bed. But bloc would love to talk to about. The sabres in the house cleaning and if you think the sabres did the right thing it's it's a busy debt we have that we have the bills' schedule. What a crazy day was yesterday working on the sabres stuff you know listening to Mike and Chris. You know listening to investigators. Researching all these different things get ready for the show. And then at at you know. Quarter they get on Twitter figuring okay someone have to set the bills' schedule up right o'clock. Then getting the bill schedule going through that for weeks one through seventeen we got a lot to get to this morning. We you can talk about both you can talk about either to the sabres do the right thing and whatever opinions you have on the bills' schedule you can shell does bring is I'll get to that. But obviously the big story would be the house cleaning the bowels of the story again it is not a surprise. I think that was a writing on the wall thing. To meet the married thing was a surprise even though. You know Britain just played the clip maybe maybe I should have been more prepared. Two things happen. Since the season ended one Tim Murray last week was a fairly straight shooter you say what you want about him. He was a good GM it was a bad GM he was an average GM. He was straight shooters pretty. Straightforward. Honest at times blunt. In press conferences and for sure his see his occasional segments. Over the course of the season with my concurrence. Maybe I should have liked it and I heard him I listened to the press covers it I said if I'm back next week and I thought well maybe that's just. That's just blow someone in that position says never assume that I'm going to be here. I'll I'll say if maybe that was he had a feeling that the for goalless were unhappy. And then Jeremy the other day says you know hey I'm here and stuff going on. This is what happened with the exit interviews this is what's going on wood piles of but he's talking about day of reckoning and all the like wow. So I I probably should have been less surprised at the news that Murray was Smart but I was surprised meet personally. I would've fired marked. I would've kept them around for another year given him another off season. And another season to fix this roster. So let that's me but clearly the goal is this this was. Almost as miserable season as you could possibly right up if someone approached you in September. And head. First off your here's a bottle of your favorite drink have a few pops in that I want to put together up just about the darkest. Miserable. Depressing sabres season you could put together. Let's see would you come up. First big picture they missed the playoffs. Next knowledge they missed the playoffs they have fewer points than they did last season when they took a step. It would have been hard not to take a step board after the tank when you were designing a team to lose it's hard not to move forward. In the first she's that we are actually trying to win. But missed the playoffs. Have fewer points than than the previous season those are two big ones. Then you can add in Michael gets injured the day before the opener. And you can add it all the other stuff that happened the injuries Evander Kane right or I missed a few games so forth and so on. And I'm probably skipping a few things. But just for you know what's and giggles you'd be like like let me take another shot. OK up. Fully expect the playoffs. Like talk about you know twisting the knife after you put it and missed the sabres as the playoffs they have pure points. I was injured missed the first 21 games of the season. And what the hack run overall the leafs fly past the sabres. Haven't really exciting entertaining young team. The team that won the lottery the team that won the Babcock sweepstakes. Flies past the sabres and gets into the playoffs I mean. Your friends would've looked at you and said you need to go see someone professionally yeah how can anybody drop that kind of scenario. That happened. And perhaps one of the other things. In Terry Gould is mind as he was deciding what to do and according to Darren Gregor from TSA and he reported that the Google is made up made their decision. On firing both guys after meeting with them on Wednesday. May be another thing that went through a goal as mind set again bows but I don't think is a surprise to anybody. If you know with the weather everything that was coming down. Over the course of the last couple of months or so with the players with disconnect with. With the season a whole bunch that I don't think anybody is surprised I don't again bottom as surprised. Nope supposedly. He was. Resigned to the fact that he was he was going to get fired like he he thought this was coming so nobody surprised if the if you're surprises the right thing. But wait maybe one other thing that was on Google whose mind when he was assessing Tim Murray is that. Do you think this season. The frustrating it was frustrating few his fans I mean. Not even dump assets for a bag of pucks at the trade deadline he just this was Nero fiddling while Rome was burning. And you know he would he would be asked about it you know get it all starts with the eichel injury and that an opening night Cain goes down. So two of your top six guys are out for the first well came was out for the first month iCloud for two months and and caned up the score for the month of November. He would be asked from time to time when he's on which opened a Bulldog about you know trades any thing do. And it seemed like the answer was let me wait and see how can I valuing this team when they're injured. All the meantime. You know your team is either treading water or you know every now and then it's head is going underwater. And eventually they drowned sorry for that analogy but it's early and I'm tired. So you know and here's the GM. Preaching patience he didn't fire the coach during the season he didn't make any trades he didn't. That basically all they did the trade was I think Daniel cabinet chief for Matt bode. Bomb or called ice from Rochester. It'd just wasn't good enough. In a season where even if you didn't think they'd make the playoffs this year. Maybe you were skeptical about that you but if like me I didn't think they'd be you the play outs. Binding big miss by seventeen points and not be a factor. Mean the high point and this season from start to finish was pretty much bereft of joy. The high point they were too high point of the season one Michael returns. And true that little stretch before the box. Right when they had that you know that will they had beaten Toronto. In Toronto than they lost to Vancouver letter explodes after the game and calls out his teammates think they won three straight games that week they lost to Chicago going into the bye. But they're in a stretch there are playing better than they were like 73 and one or something like that there one point out of a playoff spot albeit. Other teams had games in hand but that was like. That was the peak point of the seat on point. That and Michael coming back on November 3 the high points of the season. As I said you couldn't have drawn it up anywhere. And I'm guessing the gold is looked at it and felt the same way that I'm shore most many of you most of you all of you do. This season was then. An epic fail. And it was not a not only was it not another step toward but it was a step backwards and you look at the roster. And an end. As as I said can I say there's a lot of times on the show as much as we spent all the time talking about Dan bowels meant to meet. My mind was always fixated on Tim Murray and this is why would have given him another year I wanted to see if he could fix this mess this is his roster for the most. Clark. There are very few players year from Darcy rigor. And actually and in another condemnation of Kim married the two best defensemen on this roster that Murray ads are from Darcy were gear. In rats mistress the line and inject McKay. And in terms of some of the better put the best player on the roster Jack cycle OK anybody could've made that picked. And you know pure like Reinhart Eva right what did Murray say at the time my wife could have made these picks Reinhart and Michael. So. I think as I thought I would have let him work his way through it but you can look at the roster and go man this this this just isn't good enough you put this together. It's pretty much your group. If you're gonna bring up guys that you're not happy with Bogosian while that was part of one of your trades no credit to the other part of that trade did just fine that game was great season. Among the league leaders and even strength score. On a team that. Is still. Struggling offensively 26 or 27 in offense this season Cain. Was wasn't a major weapon for you so I still think that's a good trade I think you're rather trade was a good trade. If you start to value winning summit to marshmallows and I put this roster together. The classic cool cop deal was was awful. Hopefully Rasmus asked when will turn out to be a good player and I know when we talk about that deal. I'll usually gets in tweet saying hey don't forget big that deal was really make you get picked to get asked play. Well in the meantime. If that was the case first off you're trying to win this season. You're trying to get in the playoffs you moved out one of your mobile puck moving defenseman for a guy who turns out to be terrible. It angle about the injury and all that stuff but he was the awful. That's on Tim are. No he resigning Matt Olson he resigning Tyler edit. He brought in Cody Franzen. He brought in Josh Georgia's. You know what was not a problem I thought it played well but it's still a movie you look at go really had to give up first round pick to get a goalie. His drafts. It's her it's it's really somewhat unfair to evaluate draft spot. Go to its first 12014 Reinhart the only guy from that draft. They traded Brenda LeMieux. Eric Cornell is in Rochester bats lobbed Kara about checks and Rochester. Those are second round picks the third round pick price and Martin played like eighteen games in Rochester 2014 draft produced Reinhart. Fifteen of course was cycle hopefully Brendan goalie maybe even will Borg and last year's draft has the potential to re really go to these guys all pan out Neil lender Aspen cliff who Casey FitzGerald. But you know his draft at least the first one at. The only guys here is the guy went second overall which is really not that hard to pick a second overall got. So this kid's Mattson I think if you're Terry Gould I understand I can certainly. Feel that you are justified in making this decision. As I said. I just would have given him one more year the firing of Murray. Doesn't necessarily worry Meehan and the firing of miles mode doesn't bother me that's fine you go find another coach. What I can't concerned about is who's leading the franchise. And where to the sabres go from here. You're in clean house in mean teams clean house it happens happens all the time in professional sports. And as I said you you can make academy timber it was no great shakes as a general manager he was better than darts. But there were a lot of flaws you can point out in his three years and what three month tenure as GM of the sabres you wanna move on for him okay. Not what not what I would have done but but I understand. Why you're unhappy and I and OK now move on. Here's the part that makes me nervous. Who with a pro ghoulish turning to for advice. I think. There was a lot of talk yesterday a lot of different names being thrown out there for GM candidates I don't think you'll have a problem finding a guy for this job. I don't think there were some articles yesterday about you know the sabres and their dysfunctional and at the Google is because the bills are dysfunctional. And here's the list of people that he's fired since he's owned both of these teams I hear all that stuff. It's still one of 31 teams in the NHL you won't have a problem finding a qualified GM candidate. You spent part of your day like I did yesterday listening to the Elliot Friedman and Darren triggers. And the pure love runs and the Craig Costin misses and and all the national guys that cover the National Hockey League. I got a list of at least a dozen guys out there are on a piece of paper here that have been brought up as qualified GM candidates. Former GM's current assistant GM is associate GM is they won't have a they will not have a problem finding someone qualified to take the job. My question is. How'd they get to that point. Are they looking for the GM are they doing their own search are they gonna find somebody to help them out I I feel. I've never been a big is our guy OK and it didn't work out for Nicholas in Russia mean they they excuse of but have never been a big czar guy. We've we've talked about it it's come up in the past with the bills for sure football czar bill and bring in globally and oversee. I'm just I'm I'm typically a guy who thinks if I owned a sports franchise. I would find the right general manager and that guy leads by. Football operations are hockey operations whichever team we're talking about. And then that guy hires my head coach and there we go there by two leaders of my organization my general manager and my coach. Book it's been so bad. In the Google ownership for the sabres but I feel it is time for them to finds another layer in that organization. What do bring up you know what beliefs of Don which Shanahan and lamb morale low and then they got I think multiple assistant GMs. It's an idea of so many different hockey minds coming together and with those layers you can experience success it's working out at least not the only team that does that there are others that have followed that model as well. I feel like the ghoul lose. Really need someone to turn to to help them run their franchise now. They kind of tried it in the pac. They brought in Craig Patrick and that is never really went anywhere they brought in Pat LaFontaine and that blew up for whatever reason. The a broad and Ken Sawyer from the Pittsburgh Penguins in at wasn't really a good idea at related make this franchise any better. I I think they need to find an overseer. Whatever title you wanna call it president of hockey ops director of hockey ops executive. Pres Buffalo Sabres Kama executive president what ever I eighth I'm really worried about where they turn now. For the NFL and I wonder if they do it is to the NHL for the NFL. For owners. If when they fiery general manager. If you wanted to the earth there are guys that are there that you can you can consult width. Former GMs in the league Ron Wolf from Green Bay Ernie accorsi from the giants Charlie casually from Washington I believe. The last time the jets needed a new general manager I think or their coach or go west I think they they they use like Charlie casually as a consultant. Is there anybody out there that the goal is can talk duke in the league provide some guidance who they could tap into to help them. I don't know give called Neil Smith who's in broadcasting. Former president GM of the Rangers do you do you talk to him find a hockey guy. Who someone who can point you in the right direction I do believe you need someone at the top of the list. And and I think. You know one of the names I don't Paul is talking about this is this guy's name has come up in the past. Many times and I'm not bringing it up because he played here and he was popularity coached here. Really don't need a coach or GM just because she wore a sabres uniform or or whatever has some connection to the sabres. But got a grip doubly. You know either bring him in as GM or maybe make him hit the president of hockey operations. And then Rick goes out and he hires one of these good young up and coming assistant GMs of the the Paul threatens the Jason blotter rebuild the Julian bray is blob mark hunter Tom FitzGerald the list goes on and on and on. Of names that are out there that that people are saying are qualified to be GM. I'd like them that's what what worries me where the coolest going from here. I'm not sure how much she'll say about that at 10 o'clock when he held his press conference today we'll have a live on WGR but to mean it is it is much. OK we fired a coach after two years as he did this football team. We fire the GM after three years. And everybody's complaining what is the GM with the bill still there it to me it's more about where the two ghoulish turning for advice. Who can they talked to are they going to be form. Did did they how did they come up with a list of GM candidates are they gonna do those interviews are they running this themselves or they get a look. Four up person or persons. With extensive experience in the National Hockey League as an executive. To build their rebuild essentially their hockey department and lead their search. That's to me the biggest cancer look this roster definitely needs fixing. The new GM that comes in here. Would like hopefully figure out a way to unload some of these contracts Bogosian and Molson being at the top of the list the new GM that comes in here. Have to figure out how to make a better group of defensemen kick how do you find all talk at least one. Top four defenseman this is assuming goalie pans out and takes one of those slots Saudi final lease one top four defenseman may be true defenseman overall. The new GM that comes in here these add speed to this roster there were too many nights this year where they just look slow. Where the other team looked faster than them and and the now ex GM talking about we need to play fast aggressive attacking game. They didn't have the speed to do. From the Blue Line to the forwards collectively as a group. It was so evident when you dip down a Rochester and a guy like Evan Rodriguez comes up Yugo and he's fast. We can use that so that nude the new GM has to get speed on this roster the new GM has to find more score. They're five on five production was. There's still one of the worst offensive teams in the league 26 for 27 goals and that was whipped. I forget where they ended up finishing first or second and it was second with. One of the best power plays in the National Hockey League so new GM has his work cut out for him there are a number of things he needs to address. The question is who's that GM how to the sabres find him. And they have someone in place like I said a president of hockey ops. And that person conducts the search for the next general manager of the Buffalo Sabres finding a qualified candidate again it is not going to be a problem. And I don't think people will be scared away and oh yeah but wait a minute. Know that the goal is have fired X number of GM's and X number of coach is and look what they dealt with you know they fired another coach with the football team. It's a general manager's job in the National Hockey League and if you got a guy who's qualified whether it's dean Lombardi wants to be GM again. Or any one of these number of assistant or associate GMs who would love a crack at running a franchise. You're not gonna have a problem finding somebody.