Several times throughout the game last night I heard frustrated cheers rain down from the Buffalo Sabres’ faithful. Cheers like “We want Lindy”, and “Goodbye Darcy”, and my personal favorite was from a rogue fan who blatantly screamed out, “Stop Sucking!” Amidst all these cheers there was no shortage of boos last night in First Niagara Center as fans have clearly had enough of this team.
We all witnessed Lindy Ruff getting the axe in Buffalo this past week, but he was not the issue this season. I agree that maybe his system was overworked with the Sabres, and things needed to change sooner or later, but this year was not all Ruff’s fault. It was the team that had been put together and that starts with Darcy Regier. This Sabres team right now is downright pathetic and it’s only a matter of time before we see a drop in attendance at home games.
When the organization announced a contract extension for Regier at the start of the season, I was baffled. Why reward a GM who has been producing mediocre teams for years? With the new ownership and the stress on bringing the cup to Buffalo, this made no sense to me.
This is one of the worst starts for the Buffalo Sabres in a long time and there are no signs of improvement anywhere. Remember the good ole days when we were 2-0, and sitting on top of the standings? Well yeah, those days are long gone.
Here’s a look of the Eastern Conference Standings as of this morning:
And where we sit overall in the league:
Almost makes me want to cry.
If it were up to me I would dismantle this team of underachievers and say bye-bye to the likes of Drew Stafford, Jochen Hecht, Nathan Gerbe, Andrej Sekera, and Jordan Leopold for starters. I don’t see any reason for keeping around Jhonas Enroth either if they aren’t going to play him. Last night was Ryan Miller’s ninth start in a row, it’s clear they’re sending a message that they don’t trust Enroth between the pipes.
Amongst a rebuild, Darcy Regier should be the first one to go in Buffalo. Come season’s end, Terry Pegula should do a full sweep of this team; hire a new GM, find a respectable head coach, and assess what else needs to be taken care of to get things moving in the right direction. Yeah Darcy’s been with the Sabres forever, his legacy is with Buffalo, he’s a nice guy, blah, blah, blah. I’m tired of hearing it. They need someone in Buffalo who can put a real team together and make the aggressive decisions to put winners on the ice.
I’m sure many of you remember what Pegula had to say about Regier earlier this year: “Darcy’s a talented guy,” Pegula said. “I know from some of the stuff I read not everyone agrees with that. But he’s got all the resources now.”
I bet Pegula is seriously reconsidering his thoughts about Darcy now. Letting go of Lindy Ruff mid-season proved that Pegula had the stones to shake things up, and at this point it should only be a matter of time before Darcy gets the boot as well.