Four points out of a playoff spot versus 15th place - Should I be looking for the Sabres to go on a run to 8th place? Should I be more accepting of a total collapse that will reap a huge payoff come the NHL Draft. It’s tough to know when you’re here - in No Man’s Land.
I have a feeling that Darcy Regier is not long for his current position. The Sabres could quickly turn this season around with a brief win streak, or shuffle the deck with a roster move. Things could get better. Things could get worse. Trying to predict which way they're going to go is tough to do, and figuring out which would be better is tougher still.
There's talent on the roster.
The coach has an impressive resume.
But what's the plan from here? While the team's reason for existence is to win the Stanley Cup, would a team that does that have an INTERIM coach?
Really what's the plan? I started thinking about it...so here's the straight stream of consciousness. Indulge me if you will....
Disclaimer - I apologize for a ton of questions, and few answers...this is a bit of a stream of consciousness, and hopefully makes you think. Please share any thoughts below.
Lindy Ruff is gone and Darcy Regier remains the GM of the Buffalo Sabres. It feels like there are now more questions that answers. I think it’s totally understandable for a fan or follower of this Sabres team to feel a bit lost.
Regier believed in Ruff through and through. Regardless of how you and I felt about Ruff, you at least knew that Darcy was in Lindy’s corner. If this team was going to pull through...it’d be with Lindy. Because of Lindy. It’s all about Lindy.
Ron Rolston stands behind the Sabres bench now, faced with what seems like an impossible task. Rolston has to make his own hay in the league, while turning around the worst team in the Eastern Conference.
Is this a long term plan?
In years past, all 15 of them, Darcy and Lindy would have worked in concert to turn this thing around. What is Ron Rolston’s role in that?
Lindy had some power over player personnel decisions. He had input. Rolston seems like a fairly accomplished coach but is there any way that Regier trusts him on personnel decisions the way that he trusted Ruff?
This is most certainly a new time for the players on the roster, but one has to wonder just how different it is for Regier as well. He’s gone from the “firing the coach isn’t an option” guy to the “it was time” guy.
If Rolston is just an interim coach, here to teach the young players and develop this team, then it seems the Sabres would be sellers at the deadline. Then again, if Rolston gets them back in the race, isn't Regier going to want to find out just how good his coach is? Does he care?
Does Darcy have the backing from ownership to have a fire sale? Does that mean he submarines his own coach? If they have a fire sale and finish in dead last...what will he say about Rolston?
So here we sit...waiting for the GM to evaluate a roster that has the team in 15th, with a first time coach who has the job on an interim basis and you have to ask yourself: Just what is Regier evaluating?
Really...What's the plan?