After all the ranting and and complaining about a how horrible the Buffalo Sabres have been so far this year, management decided to do something about it, finally! As a longtime Buffalo fan, I have been around long enough to know that change needs to occur with this team more often that every 15 years. When Terry Pegula bought this team, he said we would win a Stanley Cup and that was his number one goal. Since then, we have gone downhill and lost more players than any other team in the league. He would not give up on his general manager and the only person he blamed was the coach. Well, goodbye Lindy Ruff and hello no name coach, Ron Rolston. It seems that was a bust too, but we are finally starting to get back on track.
Pegula decided it was time, hopefully listened to his fans, and fired GM Darcy Reiger, long overdue, and head coach Rolston. Coming in, and back to Buffalo, was once Buffalo player Pat LaFontaine and previous Buffalo coach Ted Nolan. Both were still involved in activities in Buffalo, still had homes here, and loved this community. They are now going to be able to help this team get back in order and at least try and make a better season happen.
Throughout all the commotion of the news this morning, stories of irony are appearing. One of the most ironic so far was that LaFontaine was brought to Buffalo by Regier in his first year as GM and Nolan was offered a contract extension by Reiger, but ultimately turned him down. Both are now back and ready to make changes, get better play out of our current players, and save this season.
It’s a great day in Buffalo, NY and people can’t be any more excited about the changes! Our first game with the new staff will be a tough one against out rivals, Toronto Maple Leafs, and that will be a true test.