The Buffalo Sabres announced today they have awarded GM Darcy Regier with a contract extension. Team owner Terry Pegula made the announcement at a press conference held on Saturday afternoon at First Niagara Center.
Pegula told the media assembled that he approached the general manager about extending his contract, and it is something they discussed, and agreed to, prior to today's gathering. Pegula adding that, "both sides are happy with the arrangment, and we look forward to continuing to work with Darcy into the future."
Regier thanked Pegula for the extension, and quickly pointed out that, "I think the beautiful thing about this organization is we continue to grow, contiune to improve...The focus today is on the hockey department, but, you know, I've worked with a couple of the people here from the time I got here and its an honor to continue that relationship." Regier is in his 13th year as general manager, the longest tenure of any Sabres GM.
The general manager admitted there is extra pressure going into the lockout-shortened season that begins tomorrow against the Philadelphia Flyers. Not because the team did not make the playoffs last season, but because of the faith ownership has placed in him, and due to the amount of time Regier has spent with the organization, saying, "when you're involved with the team in this community, having lived here as long as I've lived here, you are no longer an outside hired GM. You feel an obligation to the community, and so...it creates more internal pressure to get the job done, and, quite honestly, it's a good pressure."