Report: Darcy Regier Says No to Pominville Tribute

Back in October the Buffalo Sabres welcomed former captain Jason Pominville back to Buffalo for the first time since he was traded away at last season’s trade deadline. The big debate was whether or not the Sabres would honour Pominville in some way for his time in Buffalo. The end result was no tribute and no mention for the former beloved captain of the Buffalo Sabres. According to a report that broke last night the Buffalo Sabres organization was ready to honour Jason Pominville but when GM Darcy Regier heard about the tribute he put his foot down.

For many fans, and even fellow teammates and friends of Pominville, not having anything to recognize him was an embarrassment.

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There was no video tribute, no mention of his name, no “thank-you” over the PA and they didn’t even show him on the jumbotron for a few seconds during the game. There was nothing for Pominville. If a Sabres fan had awoken from a deep sleep and didn’t remember the last few season’s they wouldn’t have known Pominville was ever a member of the Sabres- let alone the captain.

It was an embarrassment for the organization to not honour their former captain and a player who seemed willing to stay through the rebuild. Pominville never demanded out and gave it his all for 13 years in the Buffalo Sabres organization. It was truly a dark moment in Buffalo Sabres history, but at least now we know the Sabres had something planned for Pominville.

When you’re the GM of a hockey team you can pretty much do whatever you want and everyone has to listen, Darcy Regier exercised his powers as GM by nixing the Pominville tribute, but the question is why?

Did Regier not want to honour a player he himself traded away because the team is headed in a different direction? If that’s the case then why honour Lindy Ruff who made his return to Buffalo just a couple weeks later and was let go so the team could go in a different direct?  I don’t think Darcy really wanted to fire Lindy – but something had to be done.

What kind of player loyalty does this message send to other players both on the Sabres roster and who may be on the market this offseason. If the Sabres can’t honour a player who was involved with the organization for 13 seasons, became the captain, was loved by fans and did a lot for the community, why would anyone want to captain the Sabres? No matter which way you slice the cake on this one, it was not a good move by the Sabres (Regier) to not honour Pominville.

My question to all of you; Why do you think Darcy Regier would squash plans to honour Jason Pominville? Is he really that cynical?