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Buffalo writer calls out owner, wonders why Regier and Ruff haven’t been fired

Feb 10, 2013, 1:37 PM EDT

Lindy Ruff AP

Even with the Sabres beating the Islanders last night, things don’t look good for the Sabres.

Ryan Miller has, more often than not, saved their bacon on defense but their issues are obvious (lack of scoring depth, giving up too many shots, poor defense) and for some in Buffalo have been there for too long without anything being done about them.

That’s where The Buffalo News’ Bucky Gleason comes in. His column in today’s paper excoriates owner Terry Pegula for turning the Sabres into a team to be laughed at.

Here are some choice snippets.

And the general opinion from a wide range of hockey minds – general managers, scouts, agents, league officials, former players – is that Pegula’s success in the real world means almost nothing in the sports world. Most are stunned Darcy Regier and Lindy Ruff have survived when common sense called for their dismissal long ago.

Yikes. What else though, Bucky?

In truth, his affection for the Sabres, while admirable, has worked against him. They needed a cold, distant evaluation that would have revealed changes were in order. Members of his inner circle told him to clean house. Instead, he became smitten with Regier and Ruff. He embraced status quo and, with that, accepted mediocrity.

For what it’s worth, the Sabres have 11 points and are tied for eighth in the East with Philadelphia, Winnipeg, and Carolina. That’s not esteemed company at the moment given how those teams also have issues of their own.


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  1. tarotsujimoto74 - Feb 10, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    Not that he’s wrong, but Bucky is a gigantic tool

  2. nothanksimdriving123 - Feb 10, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    Because when you win as many Stanley Cups as the Sabres have, well, you reward success.

    • Jack Bauer 24 - Feb 10, 2013 at 2:32 PM


  3. misterchainbluelightning - Feb 10, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd Pegula’s honeymoon is officially over

  4. kgun80 - Feb 10, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    I think Pegulas initial idea was he would give Lindy and Darcy an opportunity with a bank roll and see how they perform. It WAS a good idea. But now the team is not performing and he gives Darcy an extension? I could see them playing out this season and then making an assessment .. But to give an extension to a GM who is attached to a coach that has underperformed is a big mistake. As a side note Bucky is just another annoying writer at a bad local paper.

  5. rfcdubya - Feb 10, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    this is just another example of the standards of the buffalonews. I don’t know nor do I care how high up the marching orders come from, it has been trying to garner page views through shock and awe, often times we see anonymous sources saying lindy and darcy are the worst in the business. In press conferences they will insult then to their face and then ask them to comment on it. First they poisened public opinion on derek roy(with quite a bit of help from wgr) a constant top three point getter since briere drury and cambell left town almost a decade ago. The sabres are so fed up with the buffalo news that they hold bloggers summits embrace the bloggers the one positive light (sometimes around the team). Bottom line here is the buffalo news is more of a problem than the coach and GM, and something makes me think that even though this isn’t natural gas when you can sell a business for billions if dollars you aren’t the idiot bucky gleason paints. Maybe the reporters should try to do their job and not that of the owner gm or coach because personally im sick of it.

    • elemeno89 - Feb 10, 2013 at 3:36 PM

      I agree with this. Generally I don’t read the buffalo news sports section for this reason. Buckys gm for a day column in the summer practically breeds stupidity in the hockey faithful…

  6. henryjones20 - Feb 10, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    rfcdubya. well said!!

  7. uscthom78 - Feb 10, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    Hire Brett hull ….he will teach them how to win cups.

    • elemeno89 - Feb 10, 2013 at 5:55 PM

      1999 called, they want their overused joke back…

  8. dannythebisforbeast - Feb 10, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    I didnt realize Buffalo was so progressive hiring two women. Congrats Lindy and Darcy on being pioneers!

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