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Buffalo columnist says GM Regier shouldn’t get to rebuild team

Apr 4, 2013, 9:18 AM EDT

Darcy Regier AP

You could say the Buffalo Sabres did really well in the return they got for team captain Jason Pominville. Two top prospects as well as two high draft picks makes for a pretty good haul for a team that was clearly in fire sale mode.

Sabres GM Darcy Regier refused to call it a “rebuild” but for Bucky Gleason of The Buffalo News, seeing him getting to lead the way in rebuilding the team is too much to take.

Lindy Ruff was sent packing this season and rightfully so. He should have been fired last year, when it became evident his players muted his message. Regier should have been kicked to the curb with him but instead received a contract extension. He sounded like a man Wednesday who would be in charge of the rebuilding project.

Just so we’re straight, the same man who made the mess is now in charge of cleaning up the mess and, if he sticks around, will have an opportunity to make another mess. Seriously, that’s messed up.

Tell us how you really feel, Bucky.

Ruff and Regier got their start in Buffalo at about the same time and given what’s happened with the Sabres, sending Regier out with Ruff might’ve made sense. Maybe owner Terry Pegula is taking a page out of Columbus’ book and letting Regier finish things up before sending him packing.

Following Columbus’ example? Yeah, things are a little different these days.

  1. canucks30 - Apr 4, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    And he’d be right

  2. dirte42 - Apr 4, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    as much as he deserves to get fired…. he HAS gotten some great returns on the trades this year. it AAALLLLMOST makes up for all the s****y ones…. (ok, not even close)

  3. elemeno89 - Apr 4, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    There is a reason why Bucky Gleason (and any fan furiously calling for firing Regier) is not a GM/owner of a hockey team, and types words of fury behind a desk at a low end newspaper containing zero prolific sports beat writers.

    This constant bit**ng and complaining has to stop, I will not see this fan base act like two year olds and turn into another Toronto. This was once a happy place for hockey, but now that short term expectations are through the roof because of a billionaire owner, people are all lit up the we don’t contend for a cup every year. Well let me tell you something, we are not going to win a cup next year. Or the year after that. Or the year after that. Now once you realize that this is true calm down because there isnt anything you can do about that.

    Bufflao fans said Enroth was our next goal tending savior. People said throwing 30 million at Shane Doan (who at his age is no Selanne or Jagr) last summer was a good idea because of his “leadership.” People say firing the guy who was a part of this organization his entire professional life mid season during a shortened season was the way to fix this team. And guess what, none of those things did or coudl have helped this franchise.

    The way to fix this team is to get rid of some of the weight for some good returns (which we did), to build through great propects (which we already have), and to be patient. It took Pittsburgh six years (with four picks in the top three) starting with Fleury to win a cup. So things can go either one of two ways. We can either A tank for five more years and hope theres another Crosby out there (which there isnt) or B, bring in new prospects, a new coach and get a new core. Regier is doing that, especially with Hackett and Larsson and the haul of high picks he got for guys, who lets face it, didnt really deserve it.

    Regier is one of the brightest GM’s in the league for some if the recent magic he’s pulled. Yeah there he has his faults, and every GM will have them. (Holmgren and Steve Mason, Burke and trading two firsts for Phil Kessel, Sather who brought in Gabo, Richards and NAsh only to find themselves on the bubble of the palyoffs). But caling for his head constantly is getting old and tiring. He is not going anywhere. And if Pegula is as good of a busniness man as I know he is, he will stick to his game plan as admitting fault only brings you two steps back when your already moving forward.

    Shut up. Sit back. And just let it ride. Quick complaining like a two year old who didnt get their way, because it won’t. There is nothing anyone can do or say about it.

    • justinbanker - Apr 4, 2013 at 11:35 AM

      Thank you finally. A fan that really knows what is going on. Up until Pegula’s ownership he has had no money to work with, which is why we had to build draft year in and year out. Regier was the man behind picking Pommers, Miller, Vanek, Roy, Enroth, Ennis, McNabb, Brennan, Pysyk, Armia. The list goes on. Considering he could only rely on picks for the majority of his career, he did one hell of a job. Now that he has money he can toy with he is making moves. Signing Ehrhoff was possibly the best thing so far. He is a top defensemen playing 25 + minutes a night and is a plus 10 on the year. Trading some dead weight in Derek Roy for Steve Ott was brilliant with the impact he is having on our team, not to mention picking up Pardy in that deal who turns out to be a good AHL guy and a decent NHL defender. Also the Hodgson trade. Lets face it, we dumped Gragnani and Kassian and should be charged for Grand Larceny with that trade. Hodgson will be a number one center in this league in a year or two, also adding Sulzer, who up until the injury, was playing right alongside Erhoff with some crazy minutes per night and scoring goals and playing solid in our own end. He also managed a fairly great deal with Pomminville. 2 Grade A/B Prospects AND a 1st round pick, and a 2nd round pick? Talk about genius. He waited to the last minute, jacked up the value of Pommers and capitalized on it.

      Also everyone is complaining that Stafford should have moved or Vanek or Miller. Look, we (a team desperratley stuggling) doesnt want to pay Stafford 4m a year to do nothing, why in the hell would a team who has a chance want to do the same? Stafford will be moved but not at the deadline, he is too high priced and has showed not much this year. He will be moved in the off season. Also Vanek – he said he doesnt not want to be a part of a long term rebuild. He will not be. Him and Miller will be moved at the rookie draft for an abundance of picks / prospects / players. Why trade them now when their price isnt as high as it is going to be, also why would you trade them for 1st round picks when we dont know where they will end up at yet (1st overall pick can be any of the 14 teams that does not make the playoffs) with the new lottery system it is better to wait until the draft and trade then when we know the exact pick we are going to get for them.

      • rsmaggiemae - Apr 4, 2013 at 1:08 PM

        Here is the buzz in Minneapolis this morning after the trade from Wednesday…
        Granland was the one to be traded but Buffalo did not want him so that why Larrson was sent packing…very sad to see him go…..
        but since Vanek is a UFA after next year and he lives here in the off season,
        and he and Pominville are very close friends, he could sign with the Wild after next season is over with, as they are saying that Bouchard at 4.5 mil will be gone,
        Heatly at 7 mil a year will also go and maybe Cullen will take less than 3.5 mil just to stay here and play…. Probably another Parise-Suter like deal next year.
        This is the talk of the town this am

    • buddysguys - Apr 4, 2013 at 12:33 PM

      You must be completely out of your mind while typing the above NOVEL with obvious fury.

      This guy needs to go you need fresh eyes looking at this current squad. they will be stuck in neutral until that happens.

      Sit back and let it ride for how much longer? another 5 , 6 years? Move on and move on as fast as possible. You are correct on the part where there is nothing WE can do about it. However there is one man who can the new owner that has hidden himself in a room while his 12 mil D man of the future regresses, his overprice Leino signing is regularly hurt, traded away a guy he flew to Calgary to talk into coming here, traded away the Captain of the team, has his best player Vanek saying he will be leaving and so on.

      Just because we are in Buffalo doesn’t mean we need to settle for mediocrity. If you like battling for 8th place regularly then i feel bad for you. I want a Contender not a Pretender.

      • elemeno89 - Apr 4, 2013 at 1:07 PM

        Then you have to be patient. The only way to a championship is through slow progression, not swift bargain grabs and expecting a void to be filled. We tried that, it didn’t work. We need to go to square 1. There is no quick fix when it comes to these things.

      • rabidbillsfan - Apr 4, 2013 at 1:18 PM

        I really don’t know where you received any of that information, Buddysguys. Is it Regeirs fault that Myers is regressing? Absoultley not, the onus is on the coaching staff and the player in a situation like that. Is Leino pricey? Heck yeah, but in limited action, and this all while recovering from a hip injury, he had 6 points in those 8 games. Don’t even bring up the Regehr trade, he’s a defensive D-man who was always known as a banger, thats it. Thats the reason why he was brought to Buffalo, to inject a little toughness into the corp. He did, and then lost his touch and we shipped him out for picks instead of letting him walk as an UFA. If thats the way you grade a GM, then Shero should be fired because Crosby is sipping through a straw, doesn’t make sense does it? We flipped Goose for a 1st, we know what the Pommer trade got us. Leopold was a great trade too. Vanek never said anything about leaving for sure, he just didn’t want to be part of a lenghty re-build. And it won’t be. They will battle for a spot next year, with a few bounces they will get in, and then the following year, I see them as an easy 5-7 seed, with a shot at the division. 4 picks in the first and second, and one possibly turning into a high lottery pick, and you are talking about some real ammunition to re-load this roster. Something neither Buffalo team has had in recent memory. The moves are smart, I say let him have at it. When questions like this always come up, I need to ask, who out there is better?

  4. elemeno89 - Apr 4, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    There is a reason why Bucky Gleason (and any fan furiously calling for firing Regier) is not a GM/owner of a hockey team, and types words of fury behind a desk at a low end newspaper containing zero prolific sports beat writers.

    This constant bit**ng and complaining has to stop, I will not see this fan base act like two year olds and turn into another Toronto. This was once a happy place for hockey, but now that short term expectations are through the roof because of a billionaire owner, people are all lit up the we don’t contend for a cup every year. Well let me tell you something, we are not going to win a cup next year. Or the year after that. Or the year after that. Now once you realize that this is true calm down because there isnt anything you can do about that.

    Bufflao fans said Enroth was our next goal tending savior. People said throwing 30 million at Shane Doan (who at his age is no Selanne or Jagr) last summer was a good idea because of his “leadership.” People say firing the guy who was a part of this organization his entire professional life mid season during a shortened season was the way to fix this team. And guess what, none of those things did or coudl have helped this franchise.

    The way to fix this team is to get rid of some of the weight for some good returns (which we did), to build through great propects (which we already have), and to be patient. It took Pittsburgh six years (with four picks in the top three) starting with Fleury to win a cup. So things can go either one of two ways. We can either A tank for five more years and hope theres another Crosby out there (which there isnt) or B, bring in new prospects, a new coach and get a new core. Regier is doing that, especially with Hackett and Larsson and the haul of high picks he got for guys, who lets face it, didnt really deserve it.

    Regier is one of the brightest GM’s in the league for some if the recent magic he’s pulled. Yeah there he has his faults, and every GM will have them. (Holmgren and Steve Mason, Burke and trading two firsts for Phil Kessel, Sather who brought in Gabo, Richards and Nash only to find themselves on the bubble of the palyoffs). But caling for his head constantly is getting old and tiring. He is not going anywhere. And if Pegula is as good of a business man as I know he is, he will stick to his game plan as admitting fault only brings you two steps back when your already moving forward.

    Shut up. Sit back. And just let it ride. Quick complaining like a two year old who didnt get their way, because it won’t. There is nothing anyone can do or say about it.

    • elemeno89 - Apr 4, 2013 at 9:53 AM

      oh wow sorry for the double post. my bad boys.

      • somekat - Apr 4, 2013 at 11:30 AM

        apologize for the length, not the double post. Someone is on a rant when their post is twice as long as the article it is posting about

        As an outsider, if this guy can give out the contracts he has over the last few years and still have a job, NO gm should be fired in the NHL

    • thomasvanek - Apr 4, 2013 at 11:32 AM

      Please tell me you at least thought the Brennan trade was ridiculous

      • justinbanker - Apr 4, 2013 at 11:38 AM

        How was trading Brennan ridiculous? His skill has not transfered to the NHL and we had an abundance of young D-Men. The only choice was to trade him or waive him. Someone was willing to give up a pick for him, so someone was willing to claim him off of waivers. Brennan may be doing well right now in Florida but that always happens when someone is new to a team. Give him time to fall off of the line with Brian Campbell and see where he ends up. Right back in the AHL.

      • elemeno89 - Apr 4, 2013 at 1:08 PM

        i definitely think what we got in return was ridiculous.

  5. gnrfan8804 - Apr 4, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Hey, elemeno, great post (i hate the buffalo news too lol). Your absolutely right. Just relax and watch some hockey. I remember a day when no one expected championships and just enjoyed the game. Miss those days

  6. reeggss - Apr 4, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    I don’t think fans are furious for the lack of wins as much as the lack of effort. Playing hard and losing isn’t ssooo bad but when your team appears to be tanking the fans get upset. Get a team that works hard every night, plays as a team, has each others back and the fans will appreciate it. That’s why Steve ott is such a fan favorite, for his effort, not his toe drag ability. Winning a cup is preferred but most of us are realists, most of us…

  7. kgun80 - Apr 4, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    I agree.. Although I do want the team to win a title. We do have to be realistic and not expect it to change overnight. Darcy hasn’t done bad and I don’t blame him for the team tuning out Lindy. In hoping that were at least moving in the right direction. I definitely like the fact that we got done young prospects and a boatload of picks

  8. usher716 - Apr 4, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    He’s already had 16 years and what have they won? How much more time does he need? 20 years to build a contender? 25 years? We can praise his value trades at the deadline all we want, where has that gotten the Sabres?

    • justinbanker - Apr 4, 2013 at 11:42 AM

      Darcy has never had an owner with money that is willing to be spent. The first 14 years as a Sabre were under Tom Golisano who only wanted to save us from Bankruptcy and did not care about the team. He was unable to do any moves realistically other than draft. Now that Pegula is spending the big bucks he can bring in talent, Ehrhoff, Leino (over payed, but was the only way we would get him), all of the drafting and now with the last few steals he has made with trades he is doing great.

      • buddysguys - Apr 4, 2013 at 12:40 PM

        Golisano owned the team from 2003 until 2010 that’s 7 years not 14

  9. rabidbillsfan - Apr 4, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    Wrong again, Buddysguys, Pegula took over in February 2011. Nice try though.

  10. steiner444 - Apr 4, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    I can’t believe people are defending Darcy Regier because he sometimes gets decent returns in draft picks for players with expiring contracts. Stockpiling drafts picks is great, but when you don’t know how to draft quality talent, it’s pointless. Regier’s failure in drafts alone should get him fired, but then you combine that with the terrible signings and it should be a no-brainer. He’s drafted two “superstars” in 15 or 16 drafts (and that’s if you consider Vanek and Miller superstars, which is why I put it in quotes).

    These people defending this clown are happy losing every single season, just like the Bills fans defending everything that club does while getting absolutely no results. It’s obvious serious changes need to be made in the way EVERYTHING is done in the Sabres organization to get real change. They way things have been done over the last 16 years have not worked.

  11. richc111 - Apr 4, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    Agreed, I am not sure elemono is related to him of what but getting lots of draft picks don’t equate to sucess! Ripping off playoff teams for fradt picks happen every year at the deadline, that should not be how you make your name. What % of players has this team developed over the past 15 years. Good players come here and die. Very few get better.. look at Stafford, Myers, Luke Adam, Gerbe, the list goes on and on. And what about all of the Free agent signings. Regier do not deserve to rebuild this team. Oh and no blaming couching because you know who hires the head coach. Regier. He has had more than enough time to prove himself and he hasn’t. That is the way it works.

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