As the Sabres ring in 2012, team president Ted Black is not happy with the recent results on the ice.
"I think we're very frustrated," Black told 2 on your side's Ben Hayes. "We have very high expectations, so it's very frustrating to watch."
Black says that changes could be coming, "I think we're probably at a crossroads right now in where the season is and we need to sit down as a group next week and decide where we're going to go with this season."
"I think where we are at this point in the season, we need to make some hard decisions in the next few days and the weeks ahead to find out where we're going to go."
Not sure how to take the comments by Black but I hope that the "hard decisions" he hints at will include an honest and unbiased appraisal of the present core that Regier and Ruff have put so much faith in for the past 5 years yet been rewarded with little in return aside from Vanek.
As to "where we're going to go with this season", hopefully there won't be any temptation to dismiss this season to injuries, bad luck, etc. and view it as an aberration with promise next year will be different - that would be a cruel flashback to the Quinn -Golisano era.
Sounds like the old buyers vs sellers at the deadline decision. They need to look inward and realize they made 2 very bad decisions with Leino and Roy. Leino isn't a center and they should have approached this season as if anything they got from Roy would be a bonus. It was unrealistic to expect Roy to come back from a severe knee injury and not struggle.
Again, until something happens we have every right to be. So far, this is all rhetoric, even though it IS an acknowledgement of this team being "not right".
To be completely fair you are interpreting the actions of the new management through the lens of the old. Pegula, and Black have not been in a situation like this in Buffalo yet. We don't know what they'll do. But for now, I am willing to give them the benefit of the doubt.
Thankfully Black acknowledges something is rotten in Denmark and large moves are forthcoming. This is definitely not the time to assume the ostrich position in regards to the future of the roster, coach, or GM.
As an aside, is it a coincidence that since the Miller/Lucic event this team has managed just two regulation time wins against teams not based in our nation's capital? Or did the "Cream Puff Theory to Building a Better Hockey Team" finally explode in Regier's face?
I don't think Teddy can publicly say anything else, but this isn't exactly reassuring.
Vanek is 101st in overall TOI and 121st at ES. Poms' numbers are only better because of PK duty (although he's even lower at ES). No coach getting less out of his bottom nine forwards is trying to balance icetime the way Lindy is.
- Ruff's continued presence behind the bench
- Regier's continued presence as the GM
- Making a roster change immediately
- Buying or selling now or at the deadline
Just being purely speculative, I would guess that its going to be a roster change. None of the players received the vote of confidence that Ruff and Regier did. But like I said that's purely speculative.
If it is a roster change, I hope they don't do something stupid in an effort to adhere to Pegula's arbitrary three-year window. I'm talking about trading one or more of the under-22 core (Ennis, Kassian, Adam, McNabb, et al.) for an expensive and much older veteran.