'It may not sit well with the good people of Buffalo where Hasek spent the bulk of his career, but it's not like Hasek ran out on them. He gave them the best nine years of his career, a near-decade of goaltending excellence the likes of which the city has never seen and likely will never see again. He did have his chances to win there, but the franchise is one that is not set up to win. It was a franchise that hoped to ride his remarkable skills to a championship, not one that built around them.'
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'It's being led by prominent Central New York businessman Frank DuRoss. DuRoss is the owner of the American Hockey League's Providence Bruins and the Rochester Rhino's. His group would only be interested in keeping the team in Buffalo and operating it at the HSBC Arena.'
But great goaltenders can, and have, helped lead good (not great) teams to the Stanley Cup. Hasek's Buffalo teams weren't even close to being great, but it wouldn't have been the biggest miracle of all time if he had led the Sabres to a Cup –- either against Dallas in 1999 ("HULL'S SKATE WAS IN THE CREASE!"), or otherwise.
'Which raises another intriguing question — why does Regier still have a job? As the team's top executive, if he didn't know about the financial chicanery going on between Adelphia, the Rigas family and the Sabres, then he's an idiot. If he did, then he's either an accomplice or completely bereft of a moral compass.'