The Sabres Report - April 24, 2017

Blues fans shouldn't take good hockey for granted   

Saint Louis Post Dispatch:

‘While the Blues have managed to retool on the fly and remain competitive — reaching postseason play six years in a row — the Sabres demonstrated how NOT to build teams.’

Sabres general manager search is underway   

WGR-AM:

‘During his press conference, owner Terry Pegula was asked if the next general manager would have experience in contrast to Tim Murray, who served as the assistant general manager for the Ottawa Senators and also ran their AHL affiliate prior to joining the Sabres. “I would say that’s probably a safe assumption,” Pegula told reporters Friday. “Experience is going to be key.” Pegula also admitted he wished he had been more involved with the hiring process three years ago.’

Report: Okposo showing major signs of improvement   

WKBW-TV:

‘Baker added that Okposo is expected to return next season. In 65 games this season, Okposo has 45 points [19G, 26A].’

The Sabres Report - April 23, 2017

Don’t expect me to criticize Bills, Sabres owners   

Olean Times Herald:

‘It’s interesting how your perspective changes when the newsmaker is somebody you know.’

Lombardi has red flags Pegula needs to study closely   

Buffalo News:

‘The Kings were completely hamstrung by Lombardi’s deals.’

The Sabres’ next GM must bring in the right coach — and fix the culture   

Boston Globe:

‘It’s a hire the GM has to get right. Eichel has too much talent to waste. If the right coach doesn’t help Eichel maximize his skill, he’ll find himself following Hall in another dubious manner: by being traded.’

Sabres looking for general manager, coach again   

Las Vegas Review Journal:

‘But the biggest challenge in Buffalo? Regaining the fans’ trust in the franchise. The Sabres have one of the NHL’s most loyal fan bases, but fans have been fooled into believing that the team is going to have long-term success.’

Buffalo sports = a hamster wheel   

WGR-AM:

‘I’m not bothered by the house cleaning. I don’t think it sets the Sabres back another five years as some of you might. It’s very simple, it all comes down to hiring the right people to build your organization. This is where the story can become scary though.’

Report: Sabres looking for "new blood" with next GM hire   

WKBW-TV:

‘It doesn’t mean there isn’t a guy out there with experience but young enough to relate younger players on the roster, while understanding the importance culture (as Pegula hit on multiple times during his press conference on Friday) and building a winning team.’

The Sabres Report - April 22, 2017

Pegula adamant about adding discipline, character to Sabres' organization   

Buffalo News:

‘“Those things are all something you need in your leaders so they are able to judge and look for the same characteristics in players and employees that work for your organization,” Pegula said. “You’ve got to have character throughout the organization, on the ice, and they have to be in a disciplined, structured environment where everybody knows what everybody’s doing and everybody’s talking. That’s how you win.”’

Hockey duties to be shared while Pegula searches for Sabres' next leaders   

Buffalo News:

‘There is no immediate need for replacements, but the organization can’t dawdle, either. Scouting departments typically meet in May to prepare for the NHL Draft (June 23-24 in Chicago) and the NHL Combine, which will be held May 28 through June 3 in Buffalo.’

Sabres owner Terry Pegula: 'We have to get better'   

Buffalo News:

‘“We as members of the Sabres’ organization are all responsible for our success,” Pegula said, “but accountability starts with me. We are not happy with our season this year, and there are no excuses.’

10 unanswered questions worth asking Terry Pegula   

Buffalo News:

‘With the Bills, coach Sean McDermott and general manager Doug Whaley both report directly to Pegula. It was the same way with Rex Ryan. But at the Sabres, Bylsma was under Murray, who reported to Pegula. Is that the way Pegula sees this working out? Does he plan to hire anyone else to oversee the hockey side of things? … perhaps an autocratic ruler?’

Gionta on Sabres shakeup: 'Ownership wants a winning team and they want it now'   

Buffalo News:

‘”Completely shocked,” Gionta said Friday night, when asked for his initial reaction during an intermission appearance on NBC Sports Network’s coverage of the Toronto-Washington game. “Leaving our exit interviews, we didn’t think that was coming. We had some negative stuff as far as where we wanted to be as a team. Everyone was disappointed with where we wanted to be as a team but we didn’t think this was coming down the pike.’

The last photo of Dan Bylsma as coach of the Sabres?   

Buffalo News:

‘The picture, included in this week’s Catches of the Week gallery, shows Bylsma (lower right) with Shawn Schott of Grand Island, Dave Arnts of Buffalo and Tom Ward of Buffalo (a Sabres assistant coach) with a cooler of perch. The four were fishing with Capt. Jim Hanley of Angola.’