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Sabres owner pulls back on three-year Stanley Cup plan

Apr 13, 2013, 5:04 PM EDT

Terry Pegula AP

When Terry Pegula bought the Buffalo Sabres he had the highest of hopes of bringing the city a Stanley Cup in three seasons. After seeing his team falter this season while firing a coach and partially blowing up the team at the trade deadline, he’s pulling back on his optimistic hopes.

At a press conference today for Buffalo’s new HarborCenter project, Pegula spoke about his franchise and faced up to the harsh reality of owning a mediocre team. Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News shares the details.

“I just look at it optimistically. We’ll move forward and do the right thing,” Pegula said.

Being optimistic for Pegula means looking at Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs who saw his team win his first Stanley Cup after owning them for 39 years. More from Pegula via Harrington:

“Jerry Jacobs down the road took 39 years to win a Stanley Cup. I don’t know how long,” Pegula said. “How can you guarantee anybody anything? You do your best every year. When’s the last time the New England Patriots won the Stanley Cup? Or the Super Bowl?”

It doesn’t take a sabermetrician to figure out that 39 years is 13 times as long as three years. That kind of wait for a Cup probably won’t go over very well in Buffalo.

  1. DonkeyStick - Apr 13, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    Of course he did…..they’re already on the 43 year plan.

  2. kingsforever - Apr 13, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    Reminds me of the Kings 5 year plan that took 19 years. (93-12)

  3. hockeyflow33 - Apr 13, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    If he’s comparing his ownership to Jacobs’ I feel horrible for you Buffalo

  4. buffalomafia - Apr 13, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    Here we go excuses, excuses!

  5. nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 13, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    OK, now for the really bad news: with 30 teams, there will always be at least one team that hasn’t won the Cup in 29 years, and scatter a few multiple winners in there and we’ll always see at least a few teams with 30+ year droughts. Sorry.

  6. billsin20xx - Apr 14, 2013 at 7:38 AM

    We probably won’t even see the playoffs for years unless he FIRES REGIER!!!

    He s so smart, you would think he would see the the one constant in all these years of medicracy – Regier!

  7. phillyflyerfansofu - Apr 14, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Pegula could care less about winning a cup, all he cares about is watching his team take a shower after the game!!!

  8. bagjr387 - Apr 14, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    I am happy we have an owner that wants to win it, regardless of how much money he loses. I think things will be just fine.

    In most teams cases, they have to be bad before they are good. Pittsburgh was terrible before crosby/malkin, Chicago was terrible before toews/Kane. High draft picks and selling off parts and pieces for the youth, and next generation is something I’m looking forward to…when a young team wins, they learn from it….I am excited for a rebuild, and new leaders and stars to emerge.

    I am sick of watching Thomas Vanek lose his edge when things aren’t going his way. Little things like skating off on a line change and not hustling to the bench, are why I won’t mind if he goes.

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