Step Right Up! What Grade Would You Give Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier?

Here at Sabre Noise, it must be Darcy Regier day, judging by this daily poll and fellow writer Curtis Marcaccio’s look at the GM’s track history when it comes to trades.

Seriously, though, I’m glad Curtis brought up Regier’s name today, because it got me thinking: an awful lot of the comments I get regarding the Buffalo Sabres’ GM are pretty negative . . . except for the fact that he has a pretty good track record in the draft, and, as Curtis pointed out, when it comes to the trades he is able to swing.

Gee: drafting and trading seem like pretty important general manager responsibilities.  If Darcy Regier tends to do at least okay, and at best pretty darn well, in these areas, why do so many Buffalo Sabres fans want his head on a stick? Or at least, want him relieved of his duties?

Mar. 16, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres left wing Ville Leino (23) gets a new stick during warmups before a game against the Ottawa Senators at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Hmm.   I guess the failure to sign both Danny Briere and Chris Drury didn’t make him many fans.  The fact that he couldn’t build a championship team around the best goaltender in the universe, Dominik Hasek, comes to mind, as well.  Paying Ville “Gotta love my hair” Leino $900 million to play for Buffalo – totally true fact, by the way – may factor into fan hatred, as well as his gi-normous contract to Tyler “I’d rather be fixing my helmet” Myers.  Oh, and the fact that he spent years going after speedy, under-sized finesse players when the league was getting bigger and more physical might contribute to the sentiment that he is not suited for his job.

Okay then!  There’s arguments on both sides, and I don’t have the time to explain them all over again, so I turn to you.  Vote for how well you feel Regier has done, and leave your comments below!!!

What grade would you give Darcy Regier for his years of service with the Sabres?

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