The Sabres Report - April 22, 2017

O'Reilly said he didn't see the changes running this deep   


‘“It’s unfortunate you don’t want to see people go, I enjoyed playing for them and when there isn’t success, changes are going to be made and it happens, so I have to worry about myself and being a better player.”’

Gionta talks about Murray and Bylsma   


‘Now that Bylsma gone Gionta may have some ideas on what this team needs. He said, “Terry talked about it this morning, accountability, somebody that’s going to come in, right the ship and make sure that everyone is accountable on and off the ice for what’s happening and it doesn’t need to be a hardline guy, it just needs to be someone that can keep the pulse of the team.”’

Who is running the Sabres?   


‘The team missed the playoffs by 17 points and went backwards instead of forwards. Pegula was asked what he feels his mistakes have been. He had one that seems to stick with him, “I can tell you that I was not involved in the last general manager/coach search to a large extent and I regret that move.”’

Pegula has created habit of paying coaches not to coach   


‘So of the sevcn, soon to be eight, coaches Pegula has paid them for roughly 10 seasons to coach and will pay them nine seasons not to coach. That nine years doesn’t include Ruff or Rolston who we don’t know the details of. The funny part is you could argue the two coaches Pegula inherited, may be the best of the bunch.’

Murray's drafts and trades   


‘Other than Kulikov, Murray did nothing for the defense. He overestimated the talents of Zach Bogosian and Josh Gorges. Gorges can still play well on a third pair, but at 33-years-old in August, he can’t be out there with Rasmus Ristolainen.’

Pegula denies report Sabres interviewed Dean Lombardi for GM   


‘”We haven’t talked to anybody,” he said. “Put that in the Jack demanded his coach be fired category. It’s a pure fabrication.”‘

3 takeaways from Sabres owner Terry Pegula's press conference   


‘But, that response begs the question: If structure and discipline are why this franchise has struggled, why are the owners now having to hire a fourth head coach in six years? If there was discord between the head coach and the locker room, who is to blame for a lack of structure of discipline?’

6 things we learned from Sabres owner Terry Pegula on Friday (4/21/17)   


‘This is an incredibly important decision and one that shouldn’t be rushed, but that being said, the NHL draft and expansion draft are only two months away and free agency begins a week later — this is valuable time.’

Sabres looking for experienced general manager

‘”We as members of the Sabres organization are all responsible for our success but accountability starts with me,” said Pegula, the Sabres owner since 2011. “We are not happy with our season this year and there are no excuses. Six years ago I stood here and told Buffalo Sabres fans that the reason for existence is to win a Stanley Cup. That is still the truth. One team wins the Cup. We expected more this season. Kim [Pegula, CEO of Pegula Sports and Entertainment] and I spoke in depth with Tim and Dan, separately, and decided that our organization needed more discipline, structure, and communication in order to be successful. We will move forward with new leadership and compete in the National Hockey League for the Cup.”‘

Pegula will look to instill structure in search for coach, GM

‘”I can tell you that I was not involved in the last GM/coach search to a large extent and I regret that move,” he said. “And that’s all I’m going to say about that.”‘

The Sabres Report - April 21, 2017

Sabres fire Tim Murray, Dan Bylsma   

Buffalo News:

‘Pegula will discuss the firings Friday morning.’

Just like Murray's talks, exit of Sabres' GM, coach came quickly   

Buffalo News:

‘The players declined to embrace Bylsma’s style of play and teachings. There was talk of ignoring his X’s and O’s after victories, and there was a clear disconnect between what was shown during practice and what happened during games.’

Jerry Sullivan: A dysfunctional, dreary day for Buffalo sports   

Buffalo News:

‘What next, a cloud of locusts descending on HarborCenter and its environs?’

Mike Harrington: With Tankmaster gone, a hockey czar is what Sabres need   

Buffalo News:

‘As unseemly as it is, it was apparent that the Sabres’ players were going to get their wish and torpedo Dan Bylsma. Murray did that himself with last week’s outlandish news conference that buried his coach, something you just never see. Maybe Terry and Kim Pegula didn’t like that look and decided they had seen enough of Murray too.’

Bucky Gleason: Pegulas should check mirror for source of Sabres' biggest problem   

Buffalo News:

‘Terry and Kim Pegula need to come clean. They need to acknowledge that they were over their heads when they purchased the Sabres, that their abundance of misguided confidence came with a shortage of know-how, that their ownership is the primary reason for overall dysfunction, that they desperately need help.’