Buffalo Sabres Fall On The Sword

I’d like to extend my condolences to every Buffalo Sabres fan. Fans of the Sabres were told there would be some suffering, but this is just a mess. Buffalo is off to their worst start in 14 years, and there is little sign of things changing soon.    

The Sabres were once known as a blue-collar hard-working team, and now they don’t even look like an NHL team. A lot of people in and around Buffalo want to blame Terry Pegula for mess, but I do not think this is his fault; at least not completely. This is the work of Darcy Regier. He has been with the Sabres since 1997.  Pegula is not a talent scout, or a “hockey guy” he is the owner; a business man who has loved the Sabres for a long time. As the owner it is his job to put the right people in place, and fire people who do not live up to expectations. That is the one area I will lay blame on Pegula. He did not and has not fired Darcy Regier. It’s time Mr. Pegula, Darcy has to go.

This season the Sabres are just outmatched in just about every category.

How the Sabres Stack Up

  • Last place in the Atlantic Division
  • Last place in the Eastern Conference
  • Last place in the NHL
  • 28th over all on the Power Play 9.5%
  • 5th over all on the Penalty Kill 90%
  • 6 Goals For, 16 Goals Against

There is suffering and then there is not putting an NHL caliber team on the ice. There is having young talent that needs time to gel and then there is not having the right combination of  talent. This really is a bad year for the Sabres to fall so short. They have three “top” players that will be UFA’s after this season Thomas Vanek, Ryan Miller, and Steve Ott.  I do not see a way Buffalo keeps Vanek, and Miller. At this point both players are trade bait and should bring in top draft picks come the trade deadline. However I do see a chance to hang on to Ott. He plays a style that Sabres fans love, and the Sabres need something to keep fans happy.

In many ways this is the worst thing that could happen to the Sabres, and in some it may be the best. The Sabres Front office seems to be determined to build through the draft, and now it looks like that will happen.


Tags: Buffalo Sabres Darcy Regier NHL Standings Terry Pegula

  • Dylan nardone

    Remember, the Capitals were like this last year, and they rallied back. Granted the Sabres don’t have an Alex Ovechkin, but it’s still early!

    • Patrick Helper

      Very true, but I do not recall the Caps front office telling fans there wold be suffering.

  • davidmuscalo

    Not to worry, it will get worse as the season progresses and the players stop trying. Right now they are playing very hard – probably the best they can play. As time goes on and the losses mount, they will lose their enthusiasm and realize they really belong in the AHL. When that happens, the opposition will score five to ten goals a game.

    As for Terry, it is difficult to predict when he will awake from his coma and get rid of Regier and Black, but eventually, as First Niagara becomes silent due to absence of attendees on game night, he will swallow his pride and do the right thing.

    • Patrick Helper

      I really do not see teams scoring 5-10 goals a game. The Sabres have 2 good goaltenders. As for Terry Pegula. I think he likes to wait until the last minute to make a move. I really think it could be the Olympic break before fans see changes. But, I could be wrong.

      • davidmuscalo

        Agree, we have two good goalies, but when they have no one in front of them to help relieve the pressure, they will be beat time and time again.

        • Patrick Helper

          Ok, Maybe the D not what it should be, but 10 goals. I have lived in Buffalo for all 32 years of my life, and I get what you are saying. But it’s not going to get that bad.

  • Thomas Eric

    I’m taking an optimistic few all the teams that have been contenders recently had to go through this stage black hawks Toronto. Boston islanders coyotes kings all struggled at some point for a few years built through draft traded assets for picks see what happened what we need are more offensive gifted guys I really hope we suck to get Connor mcdavid