Rob on the island, this means you. And Greg from the office. And Tommy down in Maryland.
You're done, you've had it.
The Sabres have driven you up the wall, or into it. Either way, you say you're checking out.
I feel your pain. I was in the building last night for the Boston beatdown, and Saturday for Colorado's win, and last Thursday for the Vancouver sleeper. I know how you feel.
Let me try to help.
I'm 41. Those guys I mentioned up top, they're all friends of about the same age. And they all have memories of rooting for the Sabres as children. Rob and I talked about them in high school a lot. Tommy and I went to games 30 years ago.
Now, I think, we're looking at two years before the Sabres are at least about an average team. Better still, if they hold on tight to their plan and make some good decisions, they'll be an average team with benefits: young players, one or two of the highest potential, worth watching and believing in.
But ugh, I know, these two years. That's 164 games -- or, mercifully, only 153 more. It's bad as can be right now, I agree.
Here's what you can do to dull the pain: Think of how little time two years really is.
As October 2011 arrived, Sabres fans were on a high. It's true, we were. And it wasn't because the team was coming off any playoff success. It was because Christian Ehrhoff chose Buffalo and so had Robyn Regehr and Ville Leino and Terry Pegula. Team president Ted Black had boasted of Buffalo being "Hockey Heaven", and it was looking like a success.
The Sabres went to Europe and beat the Ducks and Kings to start their season. They seemed like a progressive franchise with an improving reputation. This was not that long ago.
If that doesn't help, try another tactic: Think of the Bills.
In November of 2011 -- less than two years ago -- the Chan Gailey- and Ryan Fitzpatrick-led Bills were blown out in Dallas and Miami on successive Sundays. Marcell Dareus had yet to prove anything, and for that matter neither had C.J. Spiller. Roscoe Parrish was on the team in 2011.
A lot has changed. It's not that long ago.
Do whatever it takes to trick yourself, or to calm yourself down. Is Ryan Miller's Olympics performance still fresh in your mind? Well that was almost four years ago. Have little kids like I do? Know how people are always telling you how fast it goes? Well, they're right! Two years ago my son, just having turned 2, only knew the names of like half the states. Time is flying, as they say.
I'm not saying the Sabres don't have an obligation to try to make these games as much fun as they can be. If we know, and even accept, that rebuilding is common and logical, at least do your best, Sabres, to make us want to ride along. Whatever that can be -- who plays and who doesn't, for starters -- should be attempted.
This is what I'd love most from Pegula, who, bowing to the notion that he has no interest in the spotlight, hasn't had much to say about anything since buying the team: Stand behind rebuilding -- if you must, stand behind your people -- but promise fans that he knows it's still his mandate to make games fun to watch.
Can't a sports team do this? Does everything have to be in the cold, heartless name of squeezing out whatever team a coach thinks is best? If fans want fights, give them fights. If fans want Mikhail Grigorenko to play 20 minutes with talent, give them that. Be creative. Let fans actually vote on a roster move. Hey, hockey, yes, we're rebuilding in Buffalo. But we're still going to have fun with it.
These games exist, more than for any other reason, to entertain fans.
A big part of a sports team's draw is fans feeling like they're at the "place to be". This is what the Sabres created in 2006, combining a winning team with lower prices and an overall feel-good appearance. Fans that didn't care about hockey wanted to be at the arena.
Now, the opposite is true, as fans who love the Sabres -- even fans that have already paid for their tickets, tickets that are not cheap -- don't want to be in there.
Saturday night, having my season seats in hand for the Avs game, seats I paid $154 for, I actually pondered staying home and cutting my losses. I couldn't do it. But when in the second period I bought a $7.75 small can of Corona to dull the pain of a 3-0 deficit, I was wishing I'd done so. Parking, food, drink and babysitter cost more than one ticket.
(The Sabres, as has been this commentator's opinion for the better part of the last two decades, don't help themselves much by consistently failing miserably in what marketing folk call "game presentation". Many diversions during stoppages miss the entertainment mark -- it's rare when they don't -- and some are downright cringe-worthy. Wednesday night when somebody they employ thought it right to blare "Big Bad John" after John Scott's brutal cheap shot of Boston's Loui Eriksson, I literally covered my face with my hands. Subconsciously I suppose I was hoping at that moment that no one would notice me being there.)
So it's a rough road ahead. There will be more nights like last night, perhaps many more. Wrap your arms around it. Because no matter how bad it is you're not going to wake up tomorrow or October 25 of next year and decide to root for Boston.
Unfortunately for me I'm flying up with my son next weekend to see the Sabres (his first hockey game) and the Bills. Just a week or so ago WGR asked if we were checking out or still fully vested. I said I'm 100% in. Now, I can't takeit anymore. I've defended GMs, coaches, owners to no end over the past couple years but I'm all out of energy. Aside from the game we watch live I'm checking out until a change in management is made. I can't take it anymore.
Why do other great hockey towns never rebuild there teams.(Detroit, Pittsburg. etc) We pay way to much money for tickets ,parking. Terry does not care about this poor rebuilding product. Who even knows if the base of this team will even compete in the coming years. With Darcy building this team, what a joke! I used to be a loyal fan, not any longer... Work way to hard to throw my money out the window waiting,waiting, waiting..
Waiting since 1969 !!!!!!!!!
Embarrased to wear the logo
I am acutally to the point now where I am too embarrased to wear any of my Sabres apparel. Wow!
Hope we're bad enough.
My only concern is that the team will not be bad enough long enough to obtain a generation defining player. That's the only thing I want. I want a player that people everywhere will want to go and watch. A player that we put a team around for 10 plus years. A player hall of famers will come to play with for the chance of winning a cup. If we need to be the worst team ever in the history of hockey for one, two, three years to land this guy... Sign. Me. Up.
Let us stay away from everything Sabres ....
then the owner will pay attention and start the rebuilding process. Seriously. I am done. All I do now is check on the score after the game and check on the sportscasters like Schopp and feel happy that I am not him because it ought to be pain to keepthinking and talking about this trash all the time. Schopp, wake me up when the Sabres have a new GM and is well on its way to be a contender again. I give 3 years from the time when Pugula hires a GM who can build a winning hockey team.
Who ever wrote this has homer all over it.
So did Pegula allow you to write this? Is that why the comment section is finally open for comment? This team/organization is a joke. Pegula your a joke. Marcy Regier is a joke. Ted Black is a joke. Ron Rolston is a joke. Steve Ott is a joke. Cody Hodgson with his spectacular deek on Chara. Or i mean loss of possession of the puck is a joke. Vanek is a joke. Man makes 7.5 million a year and can only play in the o zone. Now this but wipe says it is ok to wait 2 years before they start to be average? Get a life or better yet get a different job. I know i am not spending a penny on this team until Marcy and Rolson are canned and some one with real hockey sense is hired.
Ted Black said on the show, "We're going to get through this... I don't know how long it's going to take to get there, but we will get there." He doesn't even know - could be two years to become average - or five - or ten! Plenty of other NHL franchises have been below average for many, many years.
I know we are suppose to be patient... But I've lost my patience with being patient.
Doubt it was intentional
Even RJ didnt know that his was a head contact. Getting pissed about "Big Bad John" is a stretch. But I agree with most of the rest.
this team does have to rebuild
but why do they have to do it with Darcy? I for one will not buy 100% into the fact that prior ownership was at fault. Darcy overpaid for many players that did not deserve the pay. Darcy is not a very good judge of talent. Maybe the talent is there but the chemistry is not. He cannot put the right group of players together and that has nothing to with ownership.at least not all of it. The fans have suffered enough for many years and we have very little hope for the future because the same GM is running the show. Maybe it will work out. The biggest concern is what if it doesn't?
I was also at the game last night and you think we'll be in the playoffs in 2 years????...We're on pace to win 7 games this year..Even if we double our win total every year for the next 2 years, we'll have 28 wins in the 2015/16 season, that's not making the playoffs...I can't stand this owner, can he at least hold a little press conference and speak, he owes the fans that after raising ticket prices...This owner is terrible, coach is just like Jauron, but on ice, and saying "Fire Darcy" is like beating a dead horse..We all see it, but Pegula doesn't...Maybe he needs a stronger pair of lenses in those glasses, what a fool...Can't wait till February when there are 5-10k in attendance.
Did anyone else here crickets for the Carruba Collision last night lol, hilarious
The problem is
will we BE better in 2 years? With the Bills, who are not really good yet, I finally get the feeling that there is a decent plan in place so I can be patient. I don't want to lose and I'm pleasantly surprised when we win- early bonus. No, with the sabres, we're staying the course. The biggest reason... or at least the biggest commonality among the reasons we're stuck finally having to blow it up completely is Regier's misreading of talent. He's hit on a few guys, true, but most of our young roster is not so good, and some seem to be hitting their ceilings already. I don't trust this team to get better, even after two seasons and maybe 2 #1 picks, because I don't trust the Regier has an idea of where we're going or how we're going to get there. Looking at it that way, our situation is bad with no real up side.
Quit going you moron. This article is a waste of time. Get Pegula on your show and rip him. Or are you scared like the rest of your co workers at WGR??? Open it up when you get Regier on instead of being a scared rabbit with soft questioning. You all at the station don't help one bit being soft with these guys in management. Get on the fire Darcy, Ron, and Teddy train Mike!!!
Has to be one of the dumbest posts I've ever read. You and the Sabres deserve each other. These games , these events do not entertain anyone and there really is no end in sight. Two years? With Darcy , Mr. Incompentence , are "suffering" has no end. His resume includes a failure at drafting, a failure at wrongly signing people, and a failure at decision making, pure and simple
If we're going to do it, do it...
The problem is that we aren't really rebuilding. The Sabres are going 1/2 way. If we're going to really do it, do it. Keep a couple key guys around: Vanek/Ott - but get the rest out of here: Stafford, Leino,etc. Play the future today and give them sink or swim minutes. When Armia and Tropp are healthy, play them. Bring back Luke Adam or trade him. Just go all in and let's see what happens. Worst case scenario is that we win only 1 in the next 11. AND WITH MYERS - LET HIM CARRY THE PUCK!! We saw last night how comfortable he is leading the rush. Enough of the D being instructed to start with an outlet pass. That's not who we have back there.
Nearer My God…To Thee
That was the last song played before the Titanic sank. You get my drift. Enough said.
two years who cares. its still Darcy
While I agree with what you are saying, I'm all for the rebuild, I've been going to Bills games for the past 13 years, it can be fun at times watching young players develop. However, with Darcy running the ship, I can't even get behindwatching his guys grow. They each have a foul stench of Darcy, deserved by the player or not, so I choose to keep my money and wait for Pegula to grow a pair.
horrible sports town
Buffalo has the softest media, who are all shills and all afraid to lose their jobs. All the Sabres brass are on these shows and given soft ball questions and nothing changes. As someone like you mike who's in his 40's I've found peace and happiness by not giving either team one dime of my money, I stopped watching Sabre Games and know the bills are years away as well. Neither team is anywhere close to a contender, neither has exhibited ability to make the right decisions or make any effort to be a championship team. you want wisdom? Separate yourself from Buffalo sports and find true Happiness.
You want us to think how little time two years is by reminding us of how long ago it feels since Pegula bought the team and there was hope, and Chan, Fitz, and Roscoe Parrish were ruining the Bills' season? That feels forever ago.
But who is going to pull the strings while we wait?
I understand your thought process on waiting and as a fan I will. The issue we (fans) have with it is history. History equals Darcy Regier and his decision making/track record over 16 years. The Lions waited 8 years with Matt Millen and the Sabres have waited far too long with Darcy and it is time for a change.
Us fans will wait for that offer to dance but we want a different partner.
I was completely embarrassed last night
Watching my Sabres play. I have followed this team since 1970 as a small kid. I understand rebuilding. I also understand effort, class, being competitive, playing with a purpose and just being professional. I have always felt that the fans had a right totheir opinion. Management had more info to go on then just what I'm seeing. We are OVER the line now. DR and his scouting head have to go and immediately. Rolston will hold the fort until the new GM decides the new path. Last night was it for me.
Leino was the only guy that chose Buffalo Mike the others were forced via trade get your facts right
These games exist, more than for any other reason, to entertain fans.
Not much entertainment. We have to suffer, literally that means having the games painful to watch? The players obviously have no motivation. They need to step up and "entertain" us, show some effort, make it fun to watch. Even if they don't win, it should be competitive and keep fans wanting to watch other than turn away. Whatever it takes, please make hockey fun again.
Darcy has to go
It is his product, his vision over almost two decades.... you want fans to be patient, fine, start by firing the creator of this mess, then for the fans, hire Ted Nolan back, the only "coach of the year" to be canned same year.... cut the BS
Put some blame on the season ticket buyers
They are the ones propping up this paper regime. The bozos, yes bozos, who send in their $6,000 checks to condone and support this scam. I sit home and laugh at the fools in the stands, while I watch my cable cast. And, yes, I was once a season ticket holder for 9 years, so I have been there. I left because I was making a statement, probably only to myself and my friends, because even back then (15 yrs ago) the boxoffice didn't care enough to call once and ask why I didn't renew for the 10th year. I have absolutely NO SYMPATHY for the fools sitting on their hands, in the stands, being embarrassed by the home team, NONE. Too bad, you all knew what this would be like, and like suckers that you all are, you handed over the money. So now enjoy, you idiots, are ya having fun? Love Darcy and Terry? Love knowing you are lining theirs' and Black & Sawyers pockets? Cause you are, and next miserable season, you will all hand over those thousands of $$$$$$. I laugh at you all, sit and be quiet sheep, cause isn't it obvious that Pegula and Regier LOVE you? After all YOU are the ones buying into this, doesn't matter if you whime all day about how you don't get your moneys worth, in the end Buffalo Sabre season ticket holders are major owners of blame for this pitiful team.
It's a Grade of 'F' for Effort....
I've been a Sabres fan since day one. I've seen some pretty bad teams. But, I honestly cannot recall any other team going through the motions the way that this team does. There is no enthusiasm, no jump, no joy, no effort. They miss passes badly on a consistent basis, they lose the puck constantly, they hardly win any one-on-one battles. When they dump it in, no one chases. When they try to skate it in, there is no support. When there's a shot that leaves a nice juicy rebound, there's no one there to pick it up. If Rolston is thought to be a teacher and developer of young talent, he either has tenure in the BTF, as his performance is no better than we are seeing in Buffalo's public schools, or Darcy has not provided him with any real talent to work with. Either way, somebody ought to be out the door. I vote that person to be Darcy. We can rebuild without him. We can rebuild BETTER without him. Wake up, Mr. Pegula! This town loves hockey and this franchise, but the fans need at least a ray of sunshine, a pinch of hope, to go through this 'suffering.' My daughter and I were just talking about giving away some of our mini-pack tickets as stocking stuffers at Christmas. But, we like our family members too much to do that! - JC
'Ummmm': Check YOUR facts on the signings of a couple of years ago. Leino was NOT the only one to come here by choice. 'Darcy has to go': Can we please get off the Ted Nolan bandwagon already? The Islanders gave him a shot andit failed. I was upset when we originally lost him, but if he was really all that some of you feel he is cracked up to be, don't you think some 'smarter' franchise would have him in the fold? - JC
Stupid to Justify Losing
This is the most stupid justification for losing I have seen from Schopp yet. There is no possible way this team will be a winner in two years, or EVER with Regier and Rolston. Both of these clowns are over their head in this league. Schopp's arrogance (intellectual insecurity) has now spilled over to stupidity on the web site. Gave up on the Sabres for this year, and giving up on WGR as well.
EPISODE 56 of "SCHOPP SILLYNESS"; I THOUGHT YOU WERE INTELLIGENT!!!
Why in the world would you have WALMART SEASON TICKETS!!???
Mike... admissions like that do not lend credence to your self proclaimed "virtuous superior than the average bear intelligence" you desperately try and sell, dude. So... maybe thereare stunning gaps in your "intelligence" or holes in your brain?????
Hey... what have I done wrong, sure go ahead and ELITE ME, EXTEND ME, "HIT ME FROM BEHIND", but please don't block my post. THANK YOU SABERS!
CHASE WALMART OUT OF HERE!!!!
NBCSN Commentator and former WALMART tormentor Mike Milbury absolutely RIPED WALMART using such adjectives "MEATHEADS, and "AMATUERS" and "EMBARASSMENTS TO THE NHL" for REGEIR, Rolston, Regeir, and Goon Scott. Describing Pegula's "franchise" "THE TITANIC" FRANCHISE that has sunk to the bottom!! LOL!!!! I prefer to call it... READY?
WALMART- "THEEE BIGGEST NICKLE AND DIME LOoSER FRANCHISE IN PROFESSIONAL SPORTS" -- PERFECT EH? And has been for about 15 years now...
Hey... WHAT HAVE I DONE WRONG? ELITE ME, EXTEND ME, "HIT ME FROM BEHIND", but please don't block my post. THANK YOU SABERS! I AM HAVING SO MUCH FUN!!
Pegula is an earnest guy but he has to take off his fan hat and become a businessman/owner. He bought the bill of good that was sold to by Black and Regier. Ruff got fired and Rolston was brought in. Veterans traded and hope was invested in the rookies. The team has played poorly since Rolston has been the head coach. There is no improvement. Players are making the same mistakes. If he is a teacher, they are not learning. The last straw for me is his attitude. The team needs a front office purge. Bring in a new set of eyes. They can rebuild and can be competitive. Don't expect the play offs but the product on ice is hard to watch. Only thing worse is listening to Shopp and Bulldog. I am out.
Waiting is what Losertown does best...
Hey, add this to the combined 86 years already spent waiting for two dysfunctional franchises to figure it all out.
Other teams not suffering????
How is Pittsburgh a perennial Stanley cup contender? you say they never suffered or went through a period of rebuilding?? Please explain to me how they got Crosby and Malkin??? They finished with 58 points in 2004 and drafted Malkin 2nd overall behind Ovi. The year Prior they had the 1st pick and got Fluery. They almost went bankrupt in the yearly 2000's. How is Chicago now a Stanley Cup contender, they hit rock bottom and got Kane and Toewes.
Its going to be tough the next two years but the payoff will be huge. Embrace losing, watch kids get better, watch other teams play, just know this is how you go from losers to contenders. I don't want the Sabres to be playoff contenders - I want them to be cup contenders!
Bring Teddy back--he'll instill some pride back in Buffalo!
MR REGIER has ... GOT TO GO! ASAP/NOW/ FORTHWITH!
I am sorry that I bought the Direct TV Hockey Pkg this year. I mean I have watched EVERY game except the game that they won. Last night in particular the Sabres looked like a bunch of guys playing OPEN HOCKEY at Wheatfield or pick your rink.
I am sorry. There is NO DISCIPLINE in even line changes, much less motivation. Stick waving rather than taking the man. It is just like pick up hockey. There is plenty of potential in some of the players, however the lack of discipline a game plan has caused the poor play to infect nearly all.
Do NOT trade Ryan Miller as he is out only source of hope. As to Leino even though he has not played, he is an abject waste of money. Trade Vanek he is not the sniper that he is purported to be. If we are rebuilding, trade the disgruntled overpaid slackers and go ALL IN on top youth talent. Then if Rolston does not have the ability to instill some chemistry find a real hockey architect. Regier above all MUST BE TERMINATED NOW!
I grew up w/ the old Sabres. I parked my car next to Le Gros Gil #11 out at Wheatfield when playing open hockey on one rink and the Sabres were practicing on the other. Ruff flipped me a puck one time when I needed one. I passed pucks around w/ Andre' Savard one time. The current situation must be dealt with decisively and in a timely manner.
There are plenty of young talented players on this team who are being deprived of the experience of too few character players. There are Maturing players who similarly are being deprived of associating with players of substantial character.
John Russell, Dade City, Fl
Will never win the Cup while Pegula is the ownwer
Try again. Leino and Ehrhoff were free agents and came to Buffalo, Regehr waived a no trade clause to come to Buffalo, and Pegula bought the freakin' team. While I rarely agree with Mike Schopp's opinions (WGR rely way to much on stats and ignore them when they don't agree with whatever point they are trying to make) he has the facts right. Also, the it was not a cheap shot. The check was at the body and his arm came up after contact.
Can't Agree With You Less...
I hated your article when I first read it this afternoon and still hated it when I reread it tonight. No, I can't wait for two years. Because I have this nagging feeling that two years will pass and there will be further excuses. Just as when Pegula promised a cup in three and then allowed Darcy to declimate the team. I have a feeling that ten years will pass and we'll be looking up from the basement. No. I will be back if they manage to turn things around. Until then, I will keep an eye on the games as I flip the channels to see in a self abusive interest on how bad it can get. I will continue to plea through the postings, when we're allowed that Pegula finally awaken and gets rid of the man resposible for our misery. But the radio personalities are wrong it isn't a lack of interest that has replaced the anger. It is a depression and a sense of dispair that our team is the laughing stock of the NHL. A player recently described the Oiler's as a Junior team. I believe that we probably fit in that class too, and the worst part is it didn't have to be this way.
Nothing will change count on it
I hate to be so negative, but we could be looking at a doormat franchise for the next 10-15 years. We are without a doubt the worst team in the league and it's not even close. We will be lucky to finish in the 50-60 point range for the season, one of the alltime worst of the past 20 years or so. Major publications have caught on to how bad this team is, like Milbury or not, but he is absolutely correct in his calling out of these clowns. Rolston has no business behind the bench as an NHL coach. Darcy is not going anywhere, you have an owner now who is gonna dig his heels in, he doesnt care what you think. He had everyone at hello at his press conference, he is a phony.
How many times
is Ted Black going to say what an awesome job he has? Seriously? Your job is awesome right now? This is the worst Sabres team in my lifetime & I was born in 1970. There is not another GM in any sport in the world that could be this bad at his job & keep it for 16 years! Only in Buffalo! The damage they are doing this season will not be repairable! Fire Darcy & fans will come back, we will be willing to deal with a rebuild by anyone else but Darcy! Enough is enough! Keep enjoying your awesome job Mr. Black! Things are only going to get worse for Terry P. & his 3 stooges, Black, Regier & Rolston. Could Rolston be anymore over his head? The whole pass over Patrick Roy thing looks like a great idea now, right? Colorado is laughing all the way to the playoffs. Come on!
Mr Ummm - get your facts right
Leino chose the sabres. Erhoff agreed to a contract after being traded. Regher waved his no-trade clause to come here.
This version of sabres is painful to watch. Many of the kids are making dumb decisions - thats on coaching.
2 years? - I dont think so...
While I was lucky enough to unload most of the 16k - 4 seats on stubhub before the season and actually made money as I saw this fiasco coming...still I will force myself to go to 3 games...
Exactly HOW is Ted Black going to turn the Sabres around????
Didn't this lying sack of s*#t tell everyone just a few months ago that he WASN'T Regier's boss? If Black is in charge of everything NON-player related, what is he going to "turn around" the type of food in the arena? As they said on 590 the fan: 'It's ok to lose to get a high draft pick, but you don't have to become a laughingstock to do it. And the Buffalo Sabres have become a laughingstock throughout the entire NHL.' Nice work Darcy and even better work Pegula, both of you are buffoons.
The problem is...
we've had about a decade and a half of regier and his constant failure, but we're supposed to believe that THIS time, he's going to get it right and draft good players, and that those players will develop into a good team a few years after that? Really? Our clueless owner might buy that fairy tale, but I don't. The reality is, he'll bungle the draft picks just like he's done since he got here so many years ago, and a couple of years from now, we'll be right back here - rebuilding. And that's the problem - we haven't even truly begun to rebuild yet, that won't happen until we have a new GM and coach, then we fans might actually have hope for a better tomorrow.
im fine with rebuilding but its gotta be somebody else doing it. darcy is STILL overvaluing his awful players and refusing to commit to a rebuild. can we please get somebody else in here to decide that tyler freaking ennis and drew stafford will never help a team win anything? the team is practically dying for a #1 center- i would like to know if grigorenko can be that guy, because if he isnt then thats priority 1. oh, and for all the people moaning about scott and kaleta, if darcy had even pretended that size and toughness meant anything, we wouldnt need a designated hitter and a bag of knuckles. find an identity. we need a top line- including a #1 center not currently on the roster. the second and third lines should be centered by hodgson and larsson, and whoever the wingers are should have some size and be rotten to play against. tyler ennis, stafford, leino, flynn- players like this are anonymous henchmen. none of them are a threat to score, none of them hit, and clearly these are the type of mistakes that darcy gave awful contracts to (well, not flynn, not yet). myers is an enigma. its becoming clear that his development is being torpedoed here, if there is a market for him, take the call.
HONESTY would be nice.
1) Was it honest to take all that money from season ticket holders? They must have known the team would struggle but this is extreme, and till next spring? We have heard about the owner's deep pockets -- to clear the air, he can afford to offer any buyer a REFUND. I'd bet relatively few would take him up on it anyway; it's a hockey town, there are great players to watch (on other teams), and angry fans often talk of "boycotts" and such but don't act on it.
2) Is it honest to present this tanking of a season, maybe even two, as some sort of strategy or master plan to get the top draft choice in 2014? Call it what it is -- it's the last resort, it's the consolation prize for royally messing up your team. Even if the Sabres get a superstar out of this, management does not deserve the slightest credit. It's their one thin hope, it's all they've got. And forever waiting on "good young players" is giving Darcy a free pass, because there are always good young players to wait on, there'll be more after the next draft. And you know who else has them? Everybody! Even the worst teams in any sport have some young talent, so what. As a response to years of ineptitude, it's feeble. But that's where the Sabres are now. What a shame. All that energy and optimism when the new owner came in, and talked the talk, ages ago...
The definition of insanity is expecting Darcy to produce a winner.
Why would anyone be personally embarrassed by a sports team? Sports teams shouldn't reflect a city and cause depression and obesession. I think these are character traits of most Buffalo fans. There is more out there that could possibly represent you than a stupid sports team....oh and Schopp's a douche
Name any player that Regier got it right on. If you answer with a player he refused to resign, it does not count.
Now, name any free agent that will come here and play for Regier and Rolston.
I suspect the answer is the same for both.
...and on and on and on
Yes Darcy has to go. Cant believe he would make a decent draft choice and IF he did the kid would be wasted on a terrible team concept and lousy coaching. Mngmt hasn't a Clue as to talent- either drafts or FA. I think the FANS deserve better from Pegula, etal and from the players on the ice. I wonder if they've joined in with the "suffering" that Regier so eloquently warned Us about? It does seem that way- 3 goals lead the Sabes in goal scoring, sometimes you don't even realize that Vanek and Hodgson are on the ice. Yup, stay away from games, refuse to buy merchandize, and load up Sabres/1st Niagara Center websites with these thoughts!
What's one more month???
When has tanking a whole season to draft one or two players made sense? Cherish losing to get a player who may or may not be elite? I don't know about this philosophy. I want a good team playing as hard as they can each and every year - period.
I can wait, but...
I knew this season would be bad, but not this bad. If the trend continues, the Sabres will finish 7.5-69-7.5 (22-23 points). This is not only bottoming out, this is or will match the WORST record in League history set by the 74-75 Washington Capitals. It then took that team until 82-83 season to even make the playoffs. That was 7 years later, not 2!
You always mention Chicago as a pattern to follow. When Chicago drafted Kane, they had 71 Points the prior year. Also, you mention Pittsburgh. Since Crosby got drafted the year after the lockout, I am going by the numbers from the year before. Pittsburgh had 58 points in the season before.
The point I am trying to make is this. I agree that to win, you need a star or multiple star players. But you need to have a good core of players around those stars as well. I am not convinced that the core the Sabres have right now is good. This team seems to have little drive, little desire, and absolutely no thoughts of being good.
This leads back to who made the core, Darcy. After being here for so long, you cannot deny that he has had sufficient time to build the team in his image. While he does occasionally have good signings and trades, the overall team as a core is dysfunctional.
When we rebuild I want to completely rebuild. I would like to have a fresh start, a fresh perspective. I would really like Darcy to be gone. I think if you are going to rebuild, you need to start at the top and go down. I'm not convinced he will make the right picks.
Sadly, I think the 2 years you are referring to will be until it will be tolerable to watch the games again, and not the time in which the Sabres will be a Cup Contender. I think you are still looking at a good 5 years away before we are even talking about that. Which for me at least is a sixth of my life (a long time).
The other issue I have right now is during this time of rebuilding, they are increasing the prices of all the concessions at the game. Beer alone went up to 9.50 (up from 7.50) and many of the prices of things like Chicken Finger baskets have gone up about a dollar. So wait, the loyal fans still going to the game, suffering through this rebuild now have to cover the losses due to the status of the team. Yeah, that makes a lot of sense. If you want to keep a fan base, that is the wrong message you want to send. I will go for the other four games that I have during the season, but I WILL NOT buy concessions. I plan on eating before the game.
Why do my comments never get posted?
Yesterday I commented saying, 2 years???????...Our team is too soft, too young, and the progression of these players will pan out to nothing...Pegula is a joke of an owner too, this guy needs to open up his mouth and apologize for the product he has put on the ice...Sending out letters to season ticket holders on fan appreciation night saying the price of tickets will increase next year is ridiculous, who does this guy think he is??...Go drill another well you bum, you have NO business running a professional sport franchise, stick to what you know...And as for the Harbor Center, what a gridlock that's going to be, another waste, thanks for nothing pal..If you're going to do something right for once, put a sportsbook in the Harbor Center, that place will be have a better attendance than the arena, and will probably make you more money than these bums on the ice.
Biggest con-artist in Buffalo Sports history.
Why does Schopp always take the sails out of our wind with his idiot articles? The same goes for Simon and the Lazy Lakes drunk write ups. Prediction: Darcy and Rolston both get fired after the Florida trip. Odds: 9-5. Any bets?
Jilted Sabres fan
The Toronto Star has it right on the nose "Buffalo Sabres an awful and embarrassing organization" I won't even wear my stuff any more nor will I be buying any tickets any time soon.
Clean house now!
Gm and coaches must go now.
The blame is squarely on the season tics holders
These f0ools are enabling the thieves to continue to steal the money and continue to f0ol the people of Buffalo. They are the number one cause for this continuing misery. Please give your money to some worthy charity and stay home! Pegula mafia are not worth even a second of our time.
Pugela or Pug on a human body
they are that bad, or he is that bad
Pegula is very smart
He has played every hockey fan in Buffalo into thinking he was the answer to taking us to the cup. His only interest is making money. Raised season tickets three times and brought in zero hockey talent. He has turned this team into the laughing stock of the NHL Heard a rumor that Darcy is looking in to signing Tim Tebow.
$154 for that?
Complete waste of money.
Get a MLB team
I think we should get rid of the Sabres and bring in an MLB team. The post season has been riveting, something the Sabres and the NHL have not been for years. I am so glad I have not watched or attended a hockey game since the non-season lockout year. I found other things to do, and after reading the comments here I am glad I did!
see GM you got them mad
see you try to push this loseing thing down their throat. Ok mistake number 1. you fired lindy ruff mistake number 2. You said the young players are going to pick up some of that fall out. Mistake number 3. Then you and the head office raise your prices for tickets. and noe you want a mad sabre fan to wait 2 to 6 years for this team to not get better but good. i said it once before if this head office dosent do something fast. you will be loseing money. ? Are you in this game to lose money or to make money. Better put a better product on the ice. hey turn around. hear that sound. you may say what sound. oh your pockets getting empty.
I would love an NBA or MLB team here in Buffalo.
I would prefer Baseball. Would be fun here in the Buffalo weather for the playoffs. Either would be very nice to follow though if they ever decided to bring basketball back or a MLB team to Buffalo.
Love Moulson!!! Goomzy from LJ
The only thing i hate is Marcy the one picking the draft picks. Hopefully it is the other scouts and Dineen the ones who are making the talent evaluations when making he selections. Hopefully he had nothing to do with Risto and Zadarov. Girgensons seems non Marcy like also. Grigs to.