'Making the playoffs isn't a very ambitious goal, but at least he's giving us something to hold them to. If they miss the playoffs for a third straight year, there'll be hell to pay. The first one held to account will be the coach.'
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'The Sabres will make qualifying offers before June 30 to their other 12 restricted free agents: forwards Eric Boulton, Curtis Brown, Tim Connolly, Ales Kotalik, Adam Mair, Taylor Pyatt and Miroslav Satan and defensemen Rory Fitzpatrick, Dmitri Kalinin, Jay McKee, Henrik Tallinder and Rhett Warrener. Boulton, Brown, Satan, Fitzpatrick, McKee and Warrener have arbitration rights. They must declare by July 15.'
'Regier acknowledged that this team got too young too fast and is looking for veteran leadership to come on board. Quinn and Ruff both described last year's performance as an "embarrassment."'
'“I’m convinced we can make this a winner. I see what Tom has done in the business world (as the founder and CEO of Paychex Inc.). I’m also convinced this team lacked direction and Tom brings that.”'
'It is much too early to tell if Roy is destined to replace departed Michael Peca as the heart and soul of the Sabres, but he appears to have some of the right ingredients.'
'Thorburn is a rugged center who finished with 30 goals, 71 points and 124 penalty minutes in 64 games with Plymouth of the OHL last season.'
'"We need to come to a balance," Golisano said. "We want to win. We have an obligation to the fans to do the best we can, we have an obligation to the players and staff and we have to blend everything together to make something that is viable. The moves to keep Darcy and Lindy take us in that direction. I think these guys have the talent and capability."'
'Calling last year an "embarrassment," Sabres' managing partner Larry Quinn said after an "objective analysis" that both Regier and Ruff stack up well as talent evaluators compared to their peers across the National Hockey League.'
'The OHL's Rookie of the Year in 2000, Roy notched 28 goals and 78 assists in 49 games for Kitchener in 2002-03. He also helped Canada win a silver medal at the World Junior Hockey Championships last year.'
'Although Regier had four years left on a six-year deal, there were public questions surrounding his future with the team before Wednesday's endorsement from Golisano and managing partner Larry Quinn.'