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Sabres president Black backs GM Regier

Apr 11, 2013, 9:02 AM EDT

Darcy Regier AP

As general manager, Darcy Regier has been a face of the Buffalo Sabres for over a decade — but so was former coach Lindy Ruff.

The Sabres struggles over the last two seasons have been so out of place with expectations that it led to Ruff’s firing. Should it also be what ends Regier’s tenure?

So far, it doesn’t seem like it will. Regier has been allowed to facilitate the start of a rebuilding effort that involved trading away Jason Pominville, Robyn Regehr, and Jordan Leopold.

Now Sabres president Ted Black has stepped into Regier’s corner despite the fact that Buffalo is on the verge of missing the playoffs for the seventh time in 11 seasons.

“My opinion of Darcy is based on my work history with him, which is two years,” Black said. “That’s how I judge him. I think the opportunities that he’s had, whether it be through free agency to the trade deadlines and the draft, I think he has done well in each of those instances.

“That doesn’t mean that I think Darcy has built a championship team right now since we’ve bought the team. I think he has used those opportunities to improve us.”

The standings don’t reflect that improvement. At the same time, Regier was able to acquire, in addition to other things, some high-end picks for the players he traded. On top of that, Buffalo has more valuable trade chips in Thomas Vanek and Ryan Miller if they decide to take the rebuilding process a step further over the summer.

Regardless of whether or not Regier stays around, perhaps years from now the trades he pulled the trigger on will be seen as the start of what was a successful rebuild.


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  1. ravenscaps48 - Apr 11, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    Well that’s fine an dandy. But you just sealed your fate at season’s end as well.

  2. Helper Sports - Apr 11, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    The Sabres are not any better now then they were 4 years ago. The only thing that changed is a owner. An owner that seems more likely to build a hotel and give the FNC a face life. Darcy does a good job come the dead line, but he likes to sit and hold on to “his” players. This team is not about winning. Its about the bottom line. Black wants to sell beer, and hotdogs; winning doesn’t seem as important to him as the fan base. The front office can not say they are worse off, they have no choice but to say they are making improvements. But they are hard to see. The “new” players have not gelled well, and the on ice product is a mess. Mr. Black can back Darcy until the end of time, but in Darcy’s time as a GM the Sabres have failed to deliver on the cup promise.

    • carolinatitan10 - Apr 11, 2013 at 10:06 AM

      You are such a typical Buffalo pseudo-fan…..just intelligent enough to type words on a computer. Yeah, we’re all tired of losing and not winning a major sporting championship, but do you really think that these things are done overnight…that the improvements in scouting help the current roster? Winning a Stanley Cup is the hardest chapionship to win in sports…give these guys some time before burying them with the negativity that comes along much too often with being from Buffalo.

      • Helper Sports - Apr 11, 2013 at 10:16 AM

        Honestly I understand your POV, and I get it. Only thing is I am not a normal fan. I’ve played the game, Ive had season tickets for many years. I love this team. I do not love the way it is being ran right now. It has only been two year, and I do understand that. I think there have been some positive things done on the inside, things that over time should help get this team where it needs to go. However I am sick of the passive attitude in the Sabres Front office. I do agree with you, winning the cup is the hardest thing to win. If the Sabres do well I will write about that just as I write when things are not going well. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

    • carolinatitan10 - Apr 11, 2013 at 10:50 AM

      I am going to read between the lines of Ted Black and Terry Pegula’s statement of evaluating Regier only on his post-sale performance. Larry Quinn and Tom Golisano had alot to do with the Drury/Briere fiasco….which led to the Vanek offer-sheet and Tim Connolly contract fiascos. Since July 1, 2007..the Sabres have let 5 centers go….you can not recover from that. Now, I do blame Darcy for that…where was the plan? Apparently it was play shut-down defense and wait for the kids to grow….and we know how that turned out. At least we are on the right path now with the wealth at center…still too young though.

  3. Helper Sports - Apr 11, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    You cant win the cup this way

  4. travishenryskid - Apr 11, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    It’s pretty clear that Darcy followed the directive given from the top which led to this mess, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he had warned Pegula and Black of this outcome before they embarked on this path. If this was Darcy’s mess alone, there is no question he would be gone. Unfortunately for Darcy, he’s the front man that takes the bullets from the fans and media. But if you look at his recent drafts and trades, they have been mostly top class. There is a strong foundation for a rebuild already in place as they are already the youngest team in the NHL, and moving Vanek and Miller will only move things faster and make them younger. It’s not all doom and gloom.

    • withseidelinn - Apr 11, 2013 at 10:22 AM

      I woud keep Miller for now, but move Vanek and try to get some of the younger guys like Foligno, Hodgson, Grigorenko and Girgensons developed nicely and used to the pro game. Hodgson and Folingo are pretty well versed so far, but they need to be given more responsibility now that Pomminville is gone and Vanek most likely won’t be around for too much longer.

    • carolinatitan10 - Apr 11, 2013 at 10:56 AM

      Agree..the future is bright…you don’t buy a championship..the rebuilding, which really started last year, is well needed. Hoping Darcy can package all those picks into a top 3 this year….I think they finally realize that you need stars and stars come from top 5 picks.

      • billsin20xx - Apr 11, 2013 at 3:44 PM

        How can you possibly say the future is bright? Were you watching the same kids I was watching Sunday that couldn’t even get the puck out of their own end?
        This is Regiers mess and he shouldn’t be allowed to fix it!

  5. withseidelinn - Apr 11, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    You can’t just sign a bunch of UFAs, throw them together and expect a good team to come of it. Draft well and grow from within, then add complimentary pieces to weaknesses through trade or free agency. The worst move this club made was 2 or 3 years ago when they went on that ludicrous spending spree in the offseason. Look at Ville Leino – he has literally achieved nothing for this club. Tyler Myers is a huge disappointment too (so far). The only bright spot is the return that Regier got for Regher, Leopold and Pominville, which was actually great compared to what other guys like Morrow and Iginla went for.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 11, 2013 at 12:19 PM

      Yes the signing of Ville Leino is one of the worst in recent memory (though it pales in comparison to Bryzgalov). To pay a 27-year old $4.5 million annually through 16-17 for one productive regular season has proven to be extremely shortsighted. He had an unbelievable playoff run with the Flyers in 09-10, but that still doesn’t warrant that kind of payday. I haven’t heard much about it but I’d imagine he’s a prime amnesty candidate.

      • tarotsujimoto74 - Apr 11, 2013 at 5:13 PM

        I doubt they’ll use it on him. I don’t think they’ve gotten enough of a look at him (can’t kill a guy based on one season with the team) to just give up on him. He was actually looking pretty solid this season, but he unfortunately has not been healthy at all. I wouldn’t expect him to be bought out this summer, but possibly the next one.

  6. wallio - Apr 11, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    “Sabres Prez backs GM” in a related story “Sabres fans (including yours truly) leaving in droves”. News at 11.

  7. travishenryskid - Apr 11, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    You don’t think the Hodgson for Kassian trade was a bright spot? How about the drafting of players like Grigorenko, Girgensons, McCabe, Armia, Pysyk, McNabb, Ennis, Kassian (who turned into Hodgson), and Myers since 2008? Add Larsson and Hackett to that mix, plus 8 picks in the first two rounds this year and next, there is plenty to be excited for if you are willing to step back from the ledge. Very few teams are as set up for the future as well as we are now.

    • billsin20xx - Apr 11, 2013 at 3:46 PM

      Hodgsen, good move. The rest of them haven’t done anything at all, especially Myers.
      Sure, we are set up for the future, in 5 years we will have a playoff team maybe!

      FIRE REGIER!!!

  8. buddysguys - Apr 11, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    im done listening to what ted black has to say….he is not a “hockey guy” he is a PR guy at best. people need to start ignoring what this guy says.

    if i want the sabres to play run around sue during tv timeouts i’ll email him. other than that no one cares what you try to sell us Teddy.

  9. omegalh - Apr 11, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    If he can trade Stafford for anything, he should stay as GM because it would be a miracle move.

  10. buffalomafia - Apr 11, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    Darcey should have been fired before Ruff!

    What the hell does Ted Black know?

    Why is owner Pegula hiding?

    Where is the scoring?

    Where is the defence?

    Please! Enough of the BS already!

    Owner states we(Sabres) are going to win cups?

    The only cups we seen in Buffalo are the water cups!

    Again sorry for being negative but with this ownership & crew giving us crap it gets frustrating!

    See you on the golf course! Salut’!

    • travishenryskid - Apr 11, 2013 at 1:07 PM

      The only cups we seen in Buffalo are the water cups!


  11. billsin20xx - Apr 11, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    I think tonight with their TOTAL LACK OF EFFORT the team was trying to tell Pegula what they thought of Black’s plans to keep Regier! Hopefully Pegula is smart enough to see it.


  12. richc111 - Apr 12, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    All I know is the team that was in last place last year in the coference kick the Sabres all over the ice last night. My fear is that as Black expresses confidence in Reiger I start to lose confidence in Black. As this roles out and this team continues to underpreform my doubt keeps climbinb up the ladder. The doubt has passsed Ruff and Reiger and I am now looking at Black. In a year or so if this doesn’t get better then I will have made my opinion on Black and then my doubts moves onto Pegula. That is just the way it is.

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