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Sabres fans were #suffering again last night

Oct 18, 2013, 10:52 AM EDT

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We’re not sure if this is going to be a thing all season, but it was last night while the Sabres were losing…yet again.

This latest loss, 3-0 to the Canucks, was bad right off the bat, with the home team getting absolutely dominated in front of the faithful at the First Niagara Center. Vancouver outshot Buffalo 19-7 in a first period that saw Ryan Miller make 18 saves, meaning it could’ve been much, much worse than 1-0 after 20 minutes.

With the defeat, the Sabres fell to 1-7-1. In nine games, they’ve scored just 11 goals. On a goals-per-game basis, Buffalo’s offense has been even worse than historically bad Philadelphia’s.

“This is ridiculous,” defenseman Mike Weber said. “This is extremely frustrating.”

Sabres fans are frustrated too, with many of them taking to Twitter to express their feelings. The hashtag that linked them together? That would be #suffering.

The Sabres’ next game is Saturday at home to Colorado.

Update: We’re told the #suffering hashtag comes from general manager Darcy Regier’s comments during April’s season-ending press conference, when he said: “I understand our fan base and I would like to think that people will give up some suffering in order to win a Stanley Cup.”

  1. sjsharks66 - Oct 18, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Firing Ruff was a huge mistake. Buffalo is just BAD. They need a major overhaul with players and staff.

    • tarotsujimoto74 - Oct 18, 2013 at 11:16 AM

      I was a big fan of Ruff (and still am), but that change needed to be made. The main issue was that Darcy didn’t follow him out the door.

    • bullwinkle88 - Oct 18, 2013 at 2:32 PM

      Nonsense. No one was listening to Ruff, his traditional rant had lost its effect on players. He should have left years ago.

  2. llojac1 - Oct 18, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    & we will continue to suffer until Mr. Pegula realizes what every Sabre fan already knows: FIRE DARCY REGIER!!! Until that is done, the suffering will continue…

  3. pxland - Oct 18, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    Buffalo has fans?

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Oct 18, 2013 at 1:18 PM

      Yea, a lot of them !

    • bullwinkle88 - Oct 18, 2013 at 2:39 PM

      You have a brain???

  4. micasa81 - Oct 18, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Until I watched the game last night, I didn’t realize just how bad the Sabres are this year. That looked like an Olympics game between Canada and Latvia. And yeah, they don’t have a stellar lineup, but it’s not like the cupboard’s bare of talented players: Vanek, Stafford, Hodgson, Ott, Grigorenko, Ennis, Ehrhoff, Myers, Miller… I’m not saying this is a playoff lineup, but they should at least be able to be up around .500 shouldn’t they? Anyway, you Sabres fans are co-sufferers with Canucks fans as the Cupless Class of ’70. You deserve miles better on-ice effort and team management, and I’d say the hashtag is well-earned. Sorry Philly (and Edmonton, and NJ), Buffalo’s got you beat.

    • WojtekTheBear - Oct 18, 2013 at 12:15 PM

      There’s something unexplainable going on with this team, and as you said it’s not the players. They should be able to produce some points, even though the fans know that shutouts and blowouts won’t be coming with this lineup this year. I would think most fans were expecting an instant turnaround, but even the hockey writers in Buffalo weren’t expecting things to be THIS bad. Pegula should have cleaned house when he purchased the team, instead the team has a subpar AHL coach with no NHL experience.

      What we’re seeing is an AHL team being baptized by fire. I’m sure most of these guys will be chomping at the bit to get out of Hockey H***

  5. rabidbillsfan - Oct 18, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    It doesn’t really matter to me what happens. If Pegula “caves” to the fans demand, he has lost control of the franchise already. Personally, people are fans for a reason. We all had every chance while we were growing up to chase the dream of coaching or running a sports franchise, 99% of us didn’t make the cut. So, go ahead, listen to a bunch of “fans”, or better yet, hire one of the many GM’s that troll these message boards daily, I’m real sure we would turn into cup contenders then. It’s embarrassing to be associated with anybody who thinks they know more about running a team than any GM at any level of sports. I agree Darcy hasn’t exactly done a great job, but what are the faults here? If anything, it fanbase pressure that started this whole thing. “Pegula has an open wallet, we can spend big, Darcy better spend big!” thats exactly the words out of every person in Buffalo when Pegula took over. So, to appease the masses, we signed Playoff Phenom Ville Leino. Can’t blame them, it’s what the fans wanted, money to actually be spent. Everybody forgets that Darcy also pulled the deal to have Ehrhoffs rights, could have, should have been a Norris trophy contender last season. Drew Stafford. Signed a big money deal after performing lights out in his contract year. What else was he supposed to do? We let him walk, he performs well elsewhere, here comes the heat again. So, instead of being “typical buffalo” by letting “good players walk away for nothing” Darcy signed him. Not his fault Stafford is terrible. A first round pick for Paul Gaustad? A 1st and Hackett for Pommer? These are amazing deals, and this team is LOADED with young talent. Thats the GM’s job, give as many assets to the coach and players as possible and let them do the work. He’s done that plus some. Much like Ruff, Darcy will not be unemployed long. Then we will hit the reset button again and get to hear fans complain… again. I bet everybody who chanted “Fire Darcy” were also part of the same group that wanted the Bills to start Tuel week one for the Bills, that right there should tell you all you need to know about Buffalo’s Arm chair GM’s.

    • hockeyflow33 - Oct 18, 2013 at 1:23 PM

      I’m not sure why you thinking being a GM of a sports team is some mythical job that only a chosen few are capable of doing. It’s the same job as many other out there and I would bet there are several people on here who would be more than capable of running a team.

      • westinpat - Oct 18, 2013 at 1:49 PM

        I think his point is that there are a large number of people who think they know everything. Just because they have an opinion that it is the right one and no one else’s matters. There seems to be a lack of understanding the fundamentals of the game from fans sometimes.

        If Pegula wants to shake things up that’s up to him. He’s the owner, I’m the fan and he has to do what he thinks is best for everyone.

      • rabidbillsfan - Oct 19, 2013 at 9:06 PM

        And I will tell you, you are more than wrong. Why, because somebody played the game? Or coached at some level? Or owns a pair of skates? I mean, whats holding anybody here back from pursuing such a position? It’s clearly not because of the money, as there are very few positions that would offer more than what you make as a sports GM. So please, enlighten me. Tell me what you would do different to fix this team, not what you would HAVE done, but what you will do in the future, as hindsight is 20/20. Anybody, speak up, let’s hear how you will fix the Buffalo Sabres. Maybe we can get this so much attention you could get a shot at the vacancy. The same thing I would like to relay to those who attend these games, I will tell you, stop embarrassing yourselves. Putting yourself, or anybody here on the level of any coach or GM in the NHL is laughable.

      • hockeyflow33 - Oct 19, 2013 at 10:19 PM

        No one wants that job because they would be forced to live in Buffalo. You’re a city with a losing culture, bad weather and bad food.

        Just move already.

    • buffalotears - Oct 18, 2013 at 2:15 PM

      @rabidbillsfan I’m 100% with you. People fail to look at the some of the great things Darcy has pulled off. The return on Gaustad and Pommer was unbelievable, but his biggest accomplishment, IMO, was the ’06 and ’07 teams before Pegula took over. Darcy has proved to be a great GM when the wallet was CLOSED. Fans were on such a high from ’06 and ’07 with Briere and Drury. Losing both of them was the catalyst that set all the dislike for Darcy in motion, and he has never recovered from it. However, he has made a lot of bad deals since Pegula opened the wallet, and he tends to overvalue the players that have come up through the Sabres organization. Leino, Stafford, and the Myers extension were all mistakes that seemed like overcompensation for losing Briere and Drury. Darcy had a great formula of developing within, but lacked ownership approval to supplement with solid FA signings under Galisano. When Pegula took over, he seemed to abandon this approach and just spend the house.
      Ultimately I think it is time to move on. Darcy has had successful years, but lets face it, he has proved since 1997 that he cannot win a Stanley Cup. The same can be said for Lindy, and that’s why they should have parted with BOTH of them last year. The Sabres need a fresh start, but like you said, he will not be unemployed for long.

    • bullwinkle88 - Oct 18, 2013 at 2:36 PM

      Excellent post!!! I have been saying that for the past year and have felt like a lone voice in the wilderness of anti-Darcy hysteria.

      Thank you for injecting some rationality into this discussion.

  6. miket333 - Oct 18, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    I’m starting to think this team needs a coach who’ll get these guys to play with some desperation…light a fire under their asses. I’ve watched every game, and most of the team plays like their main objective is to not get checked! They’re getting outworked, losing all the battles in their own zone, passing when they should shoot, shooting when they should pass, not finishing checks, blindly passing pucks up the middle of the ice, etc etc…total lethargy going on out there. Just fundamental stuff they’re failing in. They play like they’re already on post game beer #3…Just watching the other team skate circles around them waiting for it to end. It sucks! Please correct me if I’m wrong but I think the coach has a lot to do with this. And when the hell is McNabb going to get a shot?

  7. billsin20xx - Oct 18, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    I can’t see Pegula sitting long in a half empty arena listening to the people chant “fire darcy” while his tv ratings are down, with a lot of empty seats and falling concession sales are occurring. He is a businessman, and this isn’t good.
    We need a gm and coach who will at least offer entetaining hockey, not what we are seeing now.
    I stated last spring I was glad they hired Rolston when they announce they were keeping regier. I was glad because I knew that the boo birds would be out in force this fall, Pegula can’t sit on his hands forever, and when he does the new GM can also hire his own coach.
    Make it soon! FIRE DARCY

  8. bullwinkle88 - Oct 18, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    Darcy promised you suffering, and now he’s delivering and you’re all whining like Nancys over it.

    Many teams have gone through this…the Bruins, the Blackhawks, the Penguins, the Capitals, the Islanders have all stunk the joint out for years before they gathered enough talent to become Cup contenders and winners.

    So stop crying like little girls. This team will go through 2-3 more years of suffering before emerging like a phoenix into something we can all be proud of.

    Let Darcy do his job (and he’s doing it well).

    • hockeyflow33 - Oct 18, 2013 at 4:01 PM

      He’s doing his job well?

      Seems like you’ve had one too many beef on a weck

    • rrhess1529 - Oct 19, 2013 at 11:30 AM

      Are you is uncle?? He should of been gone yrs ago the team has been bad for 10 plus yrs I think thats long enough..

  9. multiplemiggs - Oct 18, 2013 at 6:37 PM


  10. multiplemiggs - Oct 18, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    @hockeyflow33 award for the most “a”s in the first column. Did you do that on purpose? lol

  11. caniacx4 - Oct 18, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    They need something….. LAVIs not doing much lately. They need a change and kick in the A** , and seeing from experience back in 06 when he took us and won us the CUP……he has the vision.

  12. beermeone - Oct 18, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    FIRE DARCY! and never start Tim Tuel or hire an emotionless guy like Ron.

  13. rrhess1529 - Oct 19, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Well at least sunday will be much more entertaining to wtch the Bills…..

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