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Sabres prez: Regier will be back as GM

Apr 29, 2013, 2:09 PM EDT

Darcy Regier AP

Darcy’s back.

That was the story out of Buffalo on Monday as GM Darcy Regier and president Ted Black addressed the media, with Black confirming Regier would be back for his 17th year on the job.

Regier, the Sabres GM since Jun. 1997, was thought to be on thin ice after disastrous back-to-back campaigns.

The Sabres haven’t been to the playoffs since 2010 and a number of Regier’s high-profile acquisitions have failed to pan out.

In fact, it could be said things have gotten progressively worse as Regier’s tenure has gone on.

This season marked a series of lows for the Buffalo organization:

— Longtime head coach Lindy Ruff was fired

Steve Ott ripped the fans

— Captain Jason Pominville was traded

— Former Vezina-winning goalie Ryan Miller was visibly frustrated throughout the year

But, for lack of a betterm term, Regier now has a chance to clean up his own mess.

He’ll head into the 2013 NHL Entry Draft armed with two first- and second-round picks, and also has the opportunity to either extend the contract of interim head coach Ron Rolston — or go in another direction.

On Monday, Regier said he will meet with Rolston soon to evaluate the season and decide what direction the Sabres want to take behind the bench.

Rolston finished the year with a pretty decent record (15-11-5) and said he’d like the opportunity to come back and build on what he started.

“I think we’ve made progress,” Rolston told the Buffalo News. “I’m not happy that we’re not in the playoffs. We needed to do a better job there, but we made some progress I think as a team. We played better down the stretch in terms of the success that we’ve had.”

  1. moose2k - Apr 29, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    Great, let the arsonist help design the new building! The years without a Cup continues…

    • elemeno89 - Apr 29, 2013 at 2:33 PM

      Regier has effectively built a new core with Armia, Larsson, Hackett, Foligno, Ennis, Grigorenko and Hodgson, while trading players (for ggood returns) that were part of the old broken system.

      You had to have known that he wasn’t going anywhere…

      • buddysguys - Apr 29, 2013 at 4:15 PM

        did you just name 3 players with less than 30 NHL games between them and say he built a new core? No he replaced garbage with the unknown and odds are if he thinks they are good he is overvaluing them.

        I didn’t think he would be leaving either (mainly because the upper management is as clue less as him) but lets not ignore the fact he has not done a competent job and does not deserve to be employed by this team.

      • elemeno89 - Apr 29, 2013 at 4:58 PM

        Yes I did, as the amount of hyped talent surrounding those players warrant them enough to be considered as part of our new core. We are not going to make a splash in FA, we will continue to trade veterans for prospects and picks as that is what you do when you rebuild. signing one player will not get this team anywhere, you need to start from scratch and build a system that works, not bring in a piece and expect it to fit perfectly enough to complete the puzzle.

  2. zetaone - Apr 29, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    Good, let’s see what future career AHL’ers/4th liners he drafts this year.

  3. rabidbillsfan - Apr 29, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    The only reason why I don’t like this move, is because I get to hear “Waaahhh, Fire Reiger, Waaahhhhh :'( for another 12 months or more from the Buffalo “fanbase”. Love to see others rip on him for drafting “4th liners/ahlers”. Those 4th Liners and Ahlers netted this organization 1st round picks, a top line Center, an extremly gritty forward who other teams would love to have, and probably more if/when Miller or Vanek are traded. So, thanks for giving up high quality players/picks for our AHL’ers and such.

  4. stakex - Apr 29, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    This SHOULD be a shock, but its really not since its very hard to get fired as an NHL GM. Coaches get fired all the time when they can’t do much with the crappy team their GM hands them, but terrible GMs just seem to hang on to their jobs as long as they want them.

    I love that any Buffalo fans will even defend this guy. The Sabers have missed the playoffs 7 of the last 11 seasons. Yes, they made it to the ECF twice during that span… but that looks more and more like a fluke then anything else. You can talk about this good move hes made, or that good move… but the fact is hes not capable of building a winning team.

    • President Charles Logan - Apr 29, 2013 at 5:01 PM

      you should stick to what you claim to know (your rangers) and stop commenting about every other team in the league like you’re some kind of expert or something

      • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 29, 2013 at 5:34 PM

        Says the guy that comments on every Flyers article as if he knows something we all don’t. You yourself said the other day that it’s not just fans of the team that should be able to comment. And just because you suport one team doesn’t mean you don’t know anything about the rest of the league. I dont always agree but Stakex tends to provide relevant insight in his posts.

    • President Charles Logan - Apr 29, 2013 at 5:45 PM

      lol..77 you must be one of these stat…fantasy league computer nerds that has the time to sit around everyday and research the entire sports world huh ?…. go ahead lets hear one of your patented 3 paragraph long winded replies now

  5. thedavesiknowiknow - Apr 29, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    Darcy Regier: he’s like the idiot savant that can almost count the matches that spilled onto the floor- The Sabres are the enabler who pats him on the back when he comes up with a good enough explanation for why he got it wrong.

    When Pegula took over the team, it sounded too good to be true- in my estimation it’s been all downhill since his first “actual” season. This might be rock bottom for the organization- and I find it really, really hard to see Regier any more capable of rebuilding a team than he has been at modifying one to compete with the “haves” of the NHL.

  6. ethanmacleod1685 - Apr 29, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    Doesn’t look so good in buffalo

  7. dasportsninja - Apr 29, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    A couple points.
    1.) Steve Ott did not rip the fans.
    2.) Ryan Miller has been frustrated since he reached puberty
    3.) The Sabres received a Kings Ransom for Pomminville
    4.) Organizationally, the Sabres have 5 High End Prospects and 2 1st round pick this year.

    I am not sure I would trust Darcy with my rebuild, but even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while. See the 05 & 06 Sabres teams.

  8. billsin20xx - Apr 29, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    You missed some of the more important points of the conference, for example that Sabre fans have to expect to do more ‘suffering’ in order to get better like Pittsburgh and other teams did before they got better…..

    If they are keeping Regier to do about his 5th rebuild of the team I’m sure they will keep Rolston too. Why not, who cares anymore?

    I wish they ad brought up the extremely caustic atmosphere at the FNFG Center this year, and how next year it will be even worse. Black was asked if they thought the fans would support them not matter what, he acted indignant that anyine would even think that.

    I have been a die hard Sabre’s fan, but they just lost me. I always looked forward to the games, and I even would buy 10 games of my friends 40 game season tickets, but I already told him I am out for next year. Another guy is doing the same thing to him, he might turn in his tickets.

    Very sad day.

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