Ron Rolston In Over His Head

Well don’t ever say that Mike Milbury holds anything back when it comes to spitting words out of his mouth.  We all know he has a fond spot in

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his heart for the Boston Bruins – the team he played for twelve season, and coached for two – and was outspoken then as well.

Now he is calling for the firing of Buffalo Sabres head coach Ron Rolston for even playing John Scott – based on the activities of John Scott in last nights game – stating the rookie coach is in well over his head with no experience.

I think Mike Milbury needs to drink a healthy dose of shut the hell up – and leave some of his biases analysis on the side as he works for a national sports outlet now.

Point taken though Mike – I agree with you on the fact that Ron Rolston is in over his head – and probably needs to be replaced as head coach of the Buffalo Sabres.  The Sabres are rebuilding though – and in order to that, Darcy and company have decided that rock bottom has to be hit first.

The league has already fined head coach Ron Rolston for playing John Scott – in a bush league move over the pre-season battle with the Toronto Maple Leafs and the got off lightly Phil Kessel impression of Paul Bunyan on ice.

With Scott suspended indefinitely – could head coach Ron Rolston be suspended by the league as well – given that two of his players are sitting idle for head shots that occurred just shy of two weeks apart?

Ron Rolston has to realize at some point that he is coaching professionals in a league designed around teamwork and winning, and not putting guys through developmental camps and short term tournaments.  At some point the Buffalo Sabres organization needs to realize that he is not the right coach to fulfill Terry Pegula’s dream of winning a Stanley Cup.  You don’t play John Scott in the third period of a hockey game you are still playing competitive in (the score wasn’t out of control just yet).

The Buffalo Sabres have hit rock bottom – and Ron Rolston could very well be in over his head with this group  of kids.  But to fire him over a bad coaching move?  Come on Mike – take off your Bruins goggles and remember all those bad trades that put the Islanders in a spiral that they are just now getting out of.

 

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  • Jes

    Milbury is a douche and always has been. His opinions absolutely mean nothing to me and neither does the rest of the NBC cast. The score may have been close but we weren’t in it at all in the third period by any stretch of the imagination.

    But IMO Rolston should be gone. We need an outside coach with prior NHL training. Nobody in the Sabres coaching system already. Darcy should’ve made that call this offseason. Now these kids are probably going to be learning from there third NHL coach within 2 seasons.

    • Kevin

      I agree he is douche, but Rolston had no buisness putting Scott out in the 3rd when we needed goals.

    • lamarred1118

      Milbury was just letting Chiarelli and Jacobs know where is loyalties lie, the buffoon still works for NESN.

      But as I have been saying for about 5 years, Darcy does not possess the skills or wherewithal needed to be an effective NHL GM. He seems to have forgotten anything and everything he ever learned while under the tutelage of the Long Island legend Bill Torrey and his successor Don Maloney. The fact that he has been able to convince Black and Pegula that he knows the best way to right this ship is ridiculous.

      That is where the root of the Sabres problems lie, squarely on the shoulders of the GM.

      • Lloyd M. Jr.

        I agree 100 percent. I also say that if Darcy was any kind of GM back in 2006, he would’ve demanded a commitment from the previous ownership/management towards putting forth a Cup-worthy team for 2007. He would’ve also said, “If you can’t commit with me, I’ll give you my resignation.”
        However… no commitment, and Regier is still the GM.

        Darcy Regier is only about one thing… HIS OWN JOB SECURITY. Nothing more, and nothing less.

  • Kevin

    I said to my wife after the third goal was scored ” what the hell is Scott doing out there”. So I have to agree with him to a point. I think he was all emotional like everyone else was, not sticking up for the bafoon just putting it in perspective. I agree Tim and said the same thing that RR is way over his head and last night it just came to a head. Too many players wandering around not knowing what they were supposed to be doing, the lack of discipline. No emotion by the players. The coach has to go and DR has to go for signing Scott and RR in the offseason. This team is now a freakin pile of crap to the league – to put mildly – and to do nothing only adds to the problem.

    • Jes

      LOL!! OMG that last part was hilarious. Darcy must go for signing John Scott lol!!!

      And we are the 2nd pile of poop in the league. Flyers are numero uno.

      • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

        Flyers officially have more points now than the Sabres, so Buffalo is the numero uno pile of numero dos in the league!

        • qwicwted

          I love the fact that all of a sudden we have these new hockey experts arrive who have decided the Sabres are goons, crap and whatever. Crawl back into your holes. First off, Scott does not have a reputation as a dirty player and he has never been suspended before. He is an “enforcer” type of player and that was what he was ‘signed” for, especially when no one could be found when Miller was run over by Lucic. I seem to remember the cries of the Sabres being “soft” being bandied about.
          I blame Rolston for not reigning in his players – but then again I really don’t think Rolston knows what to do. What really bothers me is that the Sabres do look like an amateur team out on the ice and their play is a reflection of their coach. I’m not echoing Milbury’s cry for Rolston’s head because he put Scott out on the ice, I believe it is time for Rolston to give way to someone who knows how to get the best and most from his players. There are coaches available out there – Maurice, Sutter, Boucher or even Laviolette.

          • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

            Well, the Sabres are crap, and Scott is a goon, so there’s not much to do about that! :D But every team has those types of players, so Buffalo should not be singled out for that. Rather, like you said, Rolston should be singled out for not knowing when/how to use Scott, and for failing to prepare his team. Laviolette was a name someone threw at me on Twitter yesterday, and I don’t see why he wouldn’t be someone the Sabres are contacting right about now.

          • qwicwted

            You know Rich – the Sabres may be playing like crap and Scott may be being used as a goon, but there is some talent and skill that Rolston is failing to meld together. Its amazing how the team looks lost at times, running all over the place and Rolston just stands there. Coaching is constant, especially when your team is rebuilding and full of rookies. A year ago we heard the “fire Lindy” chants- we all got what we wished for…..Lindy is gone and look what we got as a replacement.

          • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

            Well, Ruff DID need a change of scenery. And the “the team is young so give Rolston a try” was a valid theory. Now that the theory has been proven invalid, though, the Sabres need to move. We all know they won’t – they appear paralyzed – but they SHOULD.

          • wolfdoctor

            “Proven” after 11 games ? LOL

          • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

            Yep. He’s not just coaching rookies, you know, and no one on this team is prepared. 11 games – coaches have been canned earlier.

          • wolfdoctor

            No coach in the world would ever want to come here and coach the team if he knew he could be canned after only 11 games.

          • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

            So then no coach in the world will go to Philadelphia?

            Rolston can remain with the organization in Rochester, which is a much better fit for him.

          • wolfdoctor

            Apples and oranges. Laviolette was coach there for 4 years (272 games), whereas Rolston just coached a handful of games last year.

          • wolfdoctor

            Rolston out-coached Lindy last year and I suspect if Lindy was here now he wouldn’t be doing any better than Rolston.

    • ende

      Well, it’s official, I’ve read the stupidest thing I’ve read all day. Jesus christ do you have any idea wtf a rebuild means?

      WHY IS THIS FANBASE SO STUPID???

      • wolfdoctor

        I agree, but I’ve been trying to be a little more diplomatic.

      • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

        Rebuilds can still provide entertainment. Watch some other teams. I have seen rebuilds done in many sports; they don’t always look this embarrassing.

        Let’s not be rude, either – your opinion is not the only one on the planet.

        • ende

          You’re right, and I apologize for being rude. No need for not being civil.

          But I do think there is a potential danger in the fanbase continuing along this impatient line of group-think. (see my comment below on the danger of management giving up on the rebuild in favor of assuaging fans). It’s important to resist that.

          This is a nice looking blog and you guys look like you’re getting decent traffic. You’re well positioned to be a voice of reason within this fan community, advising patience with a long (multi-season) rebuild process, a positive outlook through focusing on player development and cohesion rather than team success, and putting away the pitch forks. DR and RR may not survive the rebuild, but at this point they are fine where they are in the roles they are playing. RR is a good development coach, and if DR is good at one thing it is maximizing return value in trades and the draft.

          Management must feel completely besieged at this point. They actually know what needs to be done to grow value in this team, but the will of the fans appears to be in contradiction to that goal. It doesn’t help that the Buffalo media is full of imbeciles. What the sabres nation needs right now more than anything is level headedness. Often that requires standing up to popular opinion.

          • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

            Thanks!

            I agree with much of what you say – I think we have been caught up in the “suffering” nonsense a bit and are trying to back away from that (I know I am). I want to support the Sabres organization – honestly, I do. However, I’m not sure the organization actually DOES know what to do. My feeling is that they are guessing, and failing.

            RR is a good development coach – but he’s not a good NHL coach. Put him back in Rochester where he is better suited, again IMO. His team right now is uninspired and unprepared, and he doesn’t seem to really know what to do.

            You make some valid points, and I appreciate that! I will try to get back to being a little more level-headed. :)

          • ende

            RR is fine for now though. I don’t see him coaching past next season. And hopefully that can be portrayed as the natural way of things and not perceived as ‘failure’ on his part, so he can actually return to Rochester to continue doing what he does best.

            There’s another spin on this, along the same lines of the dance party.. suffering on its face seems like a bad thing, but if it leads to a team that bootstraps itself into cohesive group with an identity and shared attitude that learned together how to become a competitive team, then that is a great foundation for this rebuild. That’s a stark contrast to the entitlement mentality that the previous core seemed plagued with. Let’s get back to being the hardest working team in hockey.

          • wolfdoctor

            Well said ende, especially the imbecile part.

    • Lloyd M. Jr.

      Sorry, but I must come to the defense of John Scott.
      As long as Boston and other teams have their goons, the Buffalo Sabres NEED John Scott and others of that kind.

  • wolfdoctor

    I wouldn’t blame Rolston for his team. There are a number of players who are in over their heads, who should still be in the juniors. There are a couple of veterans who should either be retired or aren’t good enough to be playing in the NHL. There are a couple of veterans whose minds are on when they will finally be traded. 2 veteran forwards from last year are gone. 2 veteran defensemen from last year are gone. And there are a couple of injured players who could be contributing. Basically, it’s a minor league team playing in the NHL. As far as I can tell there are only 8-9 players on the current squad who will be here 3 years from now. We have to be patient. Rebuilding can be a long process.

    • Kevin

      But compare them to the rebuilding Penguins and they were never this bad. The Flames are not this bad, the Oilers are not this bad. I was patient and wanted to give them 10 games to see how they would do. To see if they would grow a bit. They haven’t, they have actually digressed.

      • wolfdoctor

        I couldn’t begin to tell you what players were on the Penguins or Oilers during their bad seasons. Were they playing players who should have been in the juniors? The Sabres have a lot of good looking prospects, but they have no business playing in the NHL, yet. The Sabres management chose to play these players rather than pick up and fill the roster with veterans, on a temporary basis. Hence the terrible record. IMO the Sabres management miscalculated that prospects would play as well as middle talent veterans. We can only hope that the team plays better as the season progresses. There are still 70 games left. Given the squad we have, I’d be happy if we win 10 of those games.

        • ende

          The management miscalculated nothing. They are smart enough to realize that successful teams can only be built through prolonged period of hight drafting. That’s how you create value (tradable value) in this modern NHL. What possible trades were available to the mgmt? How would they have benefited the team’s overall situation?

          “We can only hope that the team plays better as the season progresses.” No, we shouldn’t. What we’re doing now is absolutely fine. Do you want a cup contending team or do you want to be stuck in middle-standings malaise forever?

          • wolfdoctor

            I was responding to the knee-jerk comments of others who want to immediately fire Rolston after 11 games, and their assumption that the Sabres management wants to put a winning team on the ice. I never mentioned trades. We could have picked up a couple free agents for nothing much (like Grabovski), though, and the team could at least be more competitive.

            “We can only hope that the team plays better as the season progresses.”

            The team can play better but still finish near the bottom. Using the 2012 final standings as an example, the Sabres could improve and go 28-37-6 the rest of the way and still finish tied for last place.

            I agree with you about tanking for a top 3 pick – why pick 10th when you can pick 1, 2 or 3?

          • ende

            Gotcha. But there is an inverse correlation between being competitive now and being competitive later. The difference is that there is a ceiling on how competitive we can be now (or could have been, retrospectively) based on the diminished aggregate value that this team possesses. We can however be competitive in the future if we gain value through the draft (and either develop or trade drafted prospects). The problem is that we can’t be both competitive now and competitive later. Bringing in UFAs (who was even on the market worth picking up??) would have served only to assuage impatient fans at the cost of potentially hurting the rebuild process.

            Embrace the rebuild.

          • wolfdoctor

            I sort of agree. IMO, a team can “look” competitive but still get a top 3 draft pick though. Like last place Columbus in the 2011-2012 season with a record of 29-46-7.

            As far as free agents are concerned, picking up somebody like Grabovski might have improved our year end record from something like 15-55-12 to 20-50-12, still good enough for the top pick, but would give something for the fans to cheer about.

      • ende

        Why would you give them 10 games when it takes 3-5 seasons to effectively rebuild a team? Did you expect it to happen over night?

        • Kevin

          I was trying to stay positive while everyone else was jumping on them right off the get go. I figured 10 games they should should show some signs of life. I had no intention of making it sound like they were going to rebuild in 10 games lol I don’t think any anybody’s that good.

          • ende

            It’s going to be like 2-3 seasons before this team shows any kind of spark like that. The goal of this season isn’t to win games, it’s to develop prospects with NHL minutes and position the team to draft high in 2014 and 2015.

    • chas territo

      Sorry WD, the roster is bad and the coach can’t coach or coach them! Before you make the claim you did, look at what he has done. I and many others see nothing.

      • wolfdoctor

        Who could successfully win with a minor league team playing in the NHL? Ruff had some very bad patches with a better team and he was given many chances. Why not Rolston? You want to fire a highly respected coach after 11 games? Seriously?

        • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

          I don’t know about highly respected . . . . Hey, I thought he was the guy last season. Today, I think he’s a boy in a man’s game, because he strikes me as being entirely clueless.

          • wolfdoctor

            Well, he’s certainly not highly respected here, with the “fire him” attitude after only 11 games. Did you people actually he was going to instantly turn a team of has-beens and junior players into a playoff team? We’re rebuilding and you better get used to losing, no matter who the coach is.

  • Caitlin Campbell

    I think Rolston is in over his head for sure

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      Oh my goodness yes. Of course, Regier has set him up for failure, but still, I have seen nothing from Rolston this season that has impressed me. Did you see how chippy he was with the media after the loss to the Avalanche? Dude can’t get defensive after every loss, especially when his team is on pace to lose 70. :D

    • wolfdoctor

      I’m not so sure. During the last 2 seasons there were some very bad stretches as well, with a far superior team.
      Dec 17, 2011 to Jan 21, 2012 ==> 3-12-2 with a stretch of 1-7-1
      Jan 24, 2013 – Feb 23, 2013 ==> 4-12-1 with a stretch of 1-6-1

      Rolston no longer has Pominville, Sekera, Gerbe, Regehr, Leopold; replaced with McBain, Tallinder and a bunch of junior level players.

      I think it’s unfair to blame Rolston at this point. He deserves a chance. Ruff sure had a lot of chances.

      • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

        Booo! :D

        You make a good point; I’m just not on board! lol

        • wolfdoctor

          Does it really matter? As “ende” says below, the team is bad, so why would you want to draft around 10th-15th when you can draft near the top? Superstars are needed to win cups and you’d be very lucky to draft a superstar in the middle of the first round.

          • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

            True – but drafting early in the first round won’t help if the Sabres don’t have the front office and coaching staff to train the talent. If Rolston is failing to prepare this team for games and instruct them properly, no amount of talent will help. Besides, we DO want this team to eventually attract free agents and players who would be willing to be traded here, right? Currently, clearly not the case.

          • wolfdoctor

            Whatever. Rolston’s 2 year coaching record is 16-20-6. Good coach, bad start.

            “Besides, we DO want this team to eventually attract free agents and players who would be willing to be traded here, right? Currently, clearly not the case.”

            EVENTUALLY we might want to attract free agents. So why do we care what they might CURRENTLY think? We won’t need them for 3-5 years so a bad start by a good coach will long be forgotten.

          • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

            Whatever – there you go! Don’t actually engage me in discussion – just dismiss some arguments!
            :D (To indicate that I don’t take any of this personally!)

            You support Rolston: I think he is coaching at the wrong level. None of us make the decision, so it really doesn’t matter! Debating about it for 40 more comments won’t change that. Your persistence is admired, and I am not going to write a slew of pieces calling for his head, and hey – I may be wrong and have to write a retraction in the future! For now, I’m good with saying he is in over his head.

          • wolfdoctor

            “Debating about it for 40 more comments won’t change that.”

            So we disagree. That’s why I said “Whatever.” Jeesh

            And if you believe a coaches entire coaching career can be summed up in 11 games, then, well …

          • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

            I do believe in being respectful when I discuss topics here on this site. I do believe you are being presumptuous, because I have never, in all of the years that I have followed sports, honestly believed that a coach should be banned after 11 games . . . until now. Different situations require different approaches. I do believe the word is “coach’s”, singular, no coaches, plural, too! :)

            You’re coming across as a bit too pushy today – you can relax a bit, as none of our discussion is actually going to matter!

          • wolfdoctor

            Not pushy, just sticking up for somebody who, IMO, is being railroaded by irrational fans. Rolston needs somebody to speak out on his behalf. Otherwise all you have is a lynch mob.

            If you want a website where you don’t allow opposing viewpoints, then that should be indicated somewhere.

          • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

            Dude – there’s 50+ comments in this thread alone. No one is arguing you can’t have an opposing viewpoint, obviously. There is no basis for that sort of statement. You’re really strident regarding this topic, however – just because we disagree doesn’t mean you need to start presuming things about my opinions. I have ONE opinion on this topic, not coaches in general. If we disagree, great! Time to move on.

          • wolfdoctor

            “You’re really strident regarding this topic”

            So are you.

            Done

          • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

            Nope.No whatevers, jeeshes, or other dismissive comments, nor presumptions about what you believe past this discussion. I even used smiley faces, the sign of someone who isn’t emotionally invested in this topic, just interested in it. Sorry!

          • Chuck Lewis

            Maybe wolfdoctor is actually Ron Rolston… That would explain the personal attachment.

          • Chuck Lewis

            Bruins don’t have any superstars and they’ve been to the finals two of the last three years.

          • wolfdoctor

            “Bruins don’t have any superstars and they’ve been to the finals two of the last three years.”

            IMO, although now declining, Chara has been a superstar. The Bruins immediately and greatly improved when they got him.

    • Lloyd M. Jr.

      Darcy Regier is even more so.

  • bortron

    Talking about this team makes me sad. Goons hurting real hockey players makes me sad. Looking at the Sabres roster makes me sad – it is all goons, ancient, or unseasoned players. None of the lines look good together on paper or on the ice. At least the Bills won’t be the worst team in the NFL. Replace the F with an H, however. I don’t think John Scott can do anything other than fight – I don’t really blame him for being a POS.

    Rolston doesn’t have the chops for the NHL – granted he doesn’t have the best pieces to work with, but a solid coach makes a difference: a team like last years’ depleted Sens looked way worse on paper than Buffalo does now, but they had MacLean running shop and it all worked out. Can’t imagine Lindy’d be this awful.

    • wolfdoctor

      Lindy had some very bad stretches with a superior team:

      Dec 17, 2011 to Jan 21, 2012 ==> 3-12-2 with a stretch of 1-7-1
      Jan 24, 2013 – Feb 23, 2013 ==> 4-12-1 with a stretch of 1-6-1

      • bortron

        Point taken! I’m probably not being Ruff enough on the guy. Ha!

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  • Andrew

    A guy who beat a fan with a shoe, employed goon filled Isles teams, and said “hey that’s just hockey” in response to the Lucic hit on Miller has no business making the claims that he did.

    Let alone the fact that he was a goon himself as a player.

    Milbury is an embarrassment to himself and those who employ him.

  • chas territo

    Whether we agree or not, Rolston is a terrible coach.Get rid of him? Your talking about Darcy, right? The same guy who is a terrible GM? Your saying the terrible owner who does nothing for our team, right? The owner who only cares about his development project, right? Milbury is an ass and says what he feels, but an ass is he, right? $ people who need to man up and be responsible, right? As the old paisans used to say “FUGGED ABOUD IT”!! Nothing will change, our Sabres are terrible and they suck!!

  • zoyo

    Milbury is a lot of things but in this case he’s right, Rolston should go. There was no good reason to put Scott on the ice when he did. The game was close and the play wasn’t out of control. You’d have to be a member of Scott’s immediate family to think it wasn’t an intentional attempt to hurt a guy. There can be no place whatsoever for intentionally targeting a defenseless player. Its bad for all of hockey.

    • wolfdoctor

      There was still a lot of time remaining in the game and the Scott line was actually playing well. So why not put that line out? Scott says that Rolston did not tell him to target anybody, as well. There was no intention to hurt anyone. Milbury justs blasts the Sabres every chance he gets. He’s a buffoon.

  • ende

    Rolston is the right coach for now while we are rebuilding.. ya know, that thing we do when we know we’re going to hit rock bottom (intentionally, mind you), when none of this comes as a surprise (why does this keep coming as a surprise to people??). Rolston is not the coach that we want when we’re actually sporting a competitive team 3-4 years from now, but he is the coach we want when we’re rebuilding the roster and developing our prospects.

    Fans needs to really stop looking at this season through the lens of a team trying to be competitive. That’s not the point of this (or next) season at all. The whole point is to -hit- -rock- -bottom-.. to draft high, to rebuild so we can be competitive many years from now. Not now though.

    Why is this so hard for people to understand?

    • wolfdoctor

      You can’t reason with a lynch mob.

    • Lloyd M. Jr.

      Why is it so hard to expect, and DEMAND, that the Sabres put forth a COMPETITIVE effort EVERY game… “rebuild” or not?

      • ende

        Because you can’t have your cake and eat it too.

        The two concepts are mutually exclusive. As noted below, there is an inverse relationship between having a competitive team and rebuilding. The more competitive a team is, the less able it is to rebuild because it takes itself out of draft position. The more a team rebuilds, the less competitive it can be because to do so it needs to deemphasize winning games in favor of developing prospects and gaining draft position.

        Why choose rebuild over competitiveness? Because the Sabres have reached their competitive ceiling long ago and their assets were only diminishing in value. They did the right thing and started jettisoning their assets in order to stockpile draft picks. That’s the only way to create value in this league, or through trade and free agency but there simply is not enough value in either to the Sabres more competitive than a perennial mid-standings team. The last place you want to get stuck is in the middle of the pack.. you neither make the playoffs, nor have good draft position. So you have to make the conscious decision to stop being competitive altogether and start rebuilding through the draft. It’s going to take many seasons. Be patient. If they were to start trading their prospects now for whatever talent they can bring in and sign a bunch of UFAs, they would only be dooming themselves to continuing mediocracy.

        Effort isn’t competitive, only outcomes are. Fair enough to ask for effort, but to DEMAND anything comes across as entitled. The fans of a hockey town like Buffalo should know better.

        • Lloyd M. Jr.

          “to DEMAND anything comes across as entitled”

          Well, maybe it’s time for Sabres fans to finally show some courage, stop being merely “grateful to have a team” and start demanding things from said sad-sack organization! Maybe it’s time for Sabres fans to start proclaiming loudly, and without holding back, “Yes, we ARE entitled!”

          When the Sabres came so close to a shot at the Cup in 2006, fan expectation was for this team to go all the way that next season(2007). Alas, neither ownership nor management showed the requisite commitment or fortitude towards accomplishing that… culminating in the departures of stalwarts such as Chris Drury and Danny Briere, among others.
          Since that time, this organization has been spinning its wheels. For anyone to call this state of affairs even REMOTELY acceptable is daft at best, and really messed-up at worst.
          So, yes, I say that Sabres fans are INDEED entitled to demand and call for the ouster of Darcy Regier, and the ouster of Ron Rolston. Said fans are indeed entitled to demand that Terry Pegula get a more credible general manager, who would bring in a more credible head coach. For Darcy to still have his GM gig with the Sabres, despite all this freefall and backslide that has taken place these past 7 and a half years, is asinine at best… and CRIMINAL AT WORST.
          In any other line of business, dear Ende, purveyors of products realize they indeed have an obligation towards putting forth a satisfactory product for their customer base… if they fail at that, the customers won’t be there any more… plus they lose money by having to refund the customers.
          That should be the same here. Putting forth a satisfactory or better product for the Sabres fan base should be the PARAMOUNT goal of the Sabres organization. Failure to provide such a product results in fans’ ticket money being refunded posthaste and forthwith, no questions asked.
          Thankfully, I am glad to have abandoned the Sabres nearly 5 years ago, having rooted for Chicago al this time. Sabre fans need to let Pegula and company know that their patience is not eternal, and there will be reprocussions if they don’t start making fan-satisfying changes.
          SATISFACTION GUARANTEED. This is how all other businesses operate; the Sabres organization would do well to start adopting that same philosophy as well, starting HERE and NOW.

  • BryanD

    I think Mike Milbury is right…Rolston is awful

  • Lloyd M. Jr.

    If I’m the Sabres owner, I tell Messrs. Shanahan, Milbury, and Bettman to F THEMSELVES. Regardless Shanahan, Milbury, or Bettman, I give John Scott to OK to play in the Florida road trip.
    My only defense of the Sabres is this: so long as Boston has their share of goons, Buffalo needs John Scott to watch their backs. And with that, I say again to Messrs. Shanahan, Milbury, and Bettman: F— YOU, AND F— OFF.

    Other than this: Why in dickens name is that piece of mule defecate Darcy Regier still the Sabres GM?