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Sabres GM says he didn’t see awful start coming

Oct 27, 2013, 7:04 PM EDT

Darcy Regier AP

Hockey fans can debate which team has been the worst in 2013-14 so far, but it’s hard to argue against the Buffalo Sabres being the most depressing. GM Darcy Regier told the Buffalo News that he didn’t see this dismal start coming.

“No, I didn’t,” Regier said on Saturday. “I don’t think anyone did, but you’re here and you have to work your way out of it. We want to make sure people are positive.”

(It’s tough not to shout “Didn’t last season provide a little foreshadowing?” or something to that extent.)

The embattled (though maybe or maybe not on the hot seat) GM spoke to the Buffalo News about the team’s strengths – mainly on defense – but ultimately asked for patience.

“Those are the things underneath the difficult times that you point to, to maintain a level of hope,” Regier said of improvements. “You hope that everyone can see that and kind of grab on to that, and it helps to get through the tough times.”

Regier’s certainly seen some tough times since being hired in 1997, so he’d know more than most, right?

  1. terrier92 - Oct 27, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    Heart and character are hard intangibles to identify yet you certainly can see them when they exist This group has little or none

  2. pxland - Oct 27, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    That headline explains exactly why buffalol sucks so badly.

  3. bagjr387 - Oct 27, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    terrier92 nailed it

    Leadership is key…No one plays with heart because one of the “captains” is running around taking dumb penalties and the other “captain” is cherry picking, not back checking, and slowly skating to the bench at the end of his shift…

    If the captains had heart, maybe some of the young guys would…

  4. earpaniac - Oct 27, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    Then he might be the only one.

  5. thesportsjudge - Oct 27, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    This guy is the Helen Keller of GM’s.

  6. billsin20xx - Oct 27, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    It’s so ridiculous here, how can a guy go through 4 rebuilds in 16 years, failing each time but still keep his job? And even firing a respected coach last year and bringing in a clone of himself to take over the team, all to avoid being labeled the problem….

    The worsrt part is Buffalo has always been proud of this team, now everyone is laughing at them, even the people in Buffalo. I keep rooting for them to lose, so they either get a #1 pick or (preferably) Regier gets fired!!


  7. thedavesiknowiknow - Oct 27, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    Getting Moulson and a 1st for Vanek was a decent start.

  8. hockeyflow33 - Oct 27, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    You have three certified goons on your roster, one of whom is the captain, and you wonder why your team sucks?

  9. flyerguy73 - Oct 28, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    I think it’s great! Keep up the good work! Too funny.

  10. DED - Oct 28, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    Nobody ever sees disaster coming. Nobody. Even if they did, they’d never admit it because then they’d have to explain why they didn’t do anything about it! And those who do are treated like cranks.

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