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Sabres GM doesn’t want to use ‘R word’ after Pominville trade

Apr 3, 2013, 6:19 PM EDT

Darcy Regier AP

While the Dallas Stars and Calgary Flames loaded up on prospects and picks by moving veterans, the Buffalo Sabres stayed pretty quiet aside from the significant exception of the Jason Pominville trade.

Going through a rebuild isn’t the easiest thing for many organizations – both the Stars and Flames were criticized for waiting too long in some circles – and it’s clear Sabres GM Darcy Regier is unsettled by the idea.

In fact, he didn’t even want to say the world “rebuild” while discussing the team’s direction with the Buffalo Times-Herald’s Bill Hoppe.

“I’m not going to use the ‘R’ word, but it allows us to draft and develop players and build the organization,” Regier said.

The embattled GM told the Buffalo News that merely making the postseason isn’t the goal.

“The preference is to build for a Stanley Cup rather than a playoff spot,” Regier said. “It’s no fun being where we are. There’s no enjoyment, but there is an opportunity.”

Top Sabres scorer Thomas Vanek said he’s on board with a short rebuild but wouldn’t want to stick around for much more misery. It looks like Regier is aiming for a brisk reboot, too.

“You want to make the painful period as short as possible,” said Regier. “It’s really difficult to put an exact timeline on it. It’s difficult standing here to say it’s going to be a year or two.”

Obviously, that’s easier said than done.

  1. travishenryskid - Apr 3, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    They also traded two top 4 defensemen, so your first paragraph really misses the mark.

    • bcisleman - Apr 3, 2013 at 7:02 PM

      And left the door open to do more–including possibly trading their #1 goalie and most recognizable player. This is apparently the Feaster Retool, not a Rebuild. Different R words.

  2. phillyphanatic77 - Apr 3, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    I don’t understand the aversion to using the word “rebuild”. You can call it whatever you want, but it doesn’t change the fact that trading away talented vets for young prospects and picks means that something isn’t working. And calling it a “retool” or whatever, sure as hell doesn’t mean the fans are gonna be fooled into buying season tickets.

  3. sjsharks66 - Apr 3, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    I was thinking the R word would have been regret haha

  4. mrrmiyagi - Apr 3, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    Sigh. We just plain suck at sports. It’s just so hard to be a Bills and Sabres fan. I hope I’ll see a championship before I die.

  5. billsin20xx - Apr 3, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    It should be a double R word – Release Regier!!!!

    He built this wreck of a team, he isn’t capable of ‘rebuilding’, he needs to go!!!

  6. tdrusher225 - Apr 3, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    Come on man, just call it what it is! I think you’re fans would rather have you be honest than pull a Jay Feaster every year and try to cling to the idea that you have a good team. When really you’re a marginal playoff team.

  7. thedavesiknowiknow - Apr 3, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    I’d make the “carefully Darcy, you might get fired” crack- but I honestly believe he’ll still be here this time next year. Yes, of course I’m serious.

    • thedavesiknowiknow - Apr 3, 2013 at 11:45 PM


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