But the question is, it is the beginning of the end for the general manager and head coach? I think that there is immense pressure for Ruff and Regier to get the Buffalo Sabres back in the playoffs. But just getting in is not enough, as Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula said on day one when he became the owner of the Buffalo Sabres.
“The Buffalo Sabres reason for existence is to win the Stanley Cup”. Lords Stanley Cup huh? Reason for existence? Then I wonder why he has a General manager and a Head coach who has seven playoff appearences in fourteen years. One Stanley cup appearence in fourteen years. I think this has to be the season to have a playoff run, or both of them could be packing thier bags out of hockeyheaven. If this was in Montreal, with the Montreal Canadiens. Ruff and Regier would’ve been gone along time ago.
If Pegula means what he says, then I think he should recheck what he said last season by saying that Lindy Ruffs job is safe. Alot of Buffalo Sabres fans are thinking change, but as long as Darcy is here without Pegula ruling. Then Ruff is here to stay for good.
I like Ruff, but there are some key things that bother me. I don’t like how any player on the Buffalo Sabres can speak up about how things need to change. Or how Ruff had picked Jason Pominville as captain because he knows Pominville won’t speak up. Think back to the summer of 07, when Daniel Briere left Buffalo to go and play for the Philadelphia Flyers. Danny Briere liked to speak his mind, and I think that bothered Ruff to an extent. So the Buffalo Sabres offered a contract, but just not as much as they could’ve offered. Then look what happens, Daniel Briere becomes a playoff manic, as he was with the Buffalo Sabres.
Besides the Stanley Cup apperance in 1999 and two straight Eastern Conference Finals appearences. Ruff and Regier haven’t accomplished what fans have wanted. Again, if the Buffalo Sabres miss out on the playoffs this year, the there should be no doubt that both of them should be out of here. If not, then you gotta wonder if what Terry Pegula said was true.