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ESPN Article: Sabres are the NHL's Biggest Disaster

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"The toxicity of the Sabres' lack of success is beginning to seep into the marketplace. Buffalo's average tickets distributed per game is 17,146 (90.8% capacity), down from 17,908 (93.9%) last season. In the Pegulas' first full season as owner, it was 18,550 (99.9%)."

 

"Here's what I know, according to sources: The Sabres were looking for a president of hockey operations-type last season. They never hired one, and seemingly cooled to the idea. If Botterill comes back, I can't see a scenario in which he doesn't have someone above him to help facilitate this turnaround, or at least sign off on his plans."

 

"If they don't retain Botterill, there are two other directions in which I'd support the Sabres going.

Scenario No. 1: If the New York Rangers ever allowed Chris Drury to take another job, I think Buffalo hires him in a millisecond as its Joe Sakic/Steve Yzerman conquering hero.

Scenario No. 2: Krueger becomes coach/general manager, which we haven't had since Darryl Sutter in Calgary. Look, if anyone could do it, it's that guy."

 

 

 

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7 minutes ago, Kruppstahl said:

Of note:

"The toxicity of the Sabres' lack of success is beginning to seep into the marketplace. Buffalo's average tickets distributed per game is 17,146 (90.8% capacity), down from 17,908 (93.9%) last season. In the Pegulas' first full season as owner, it was 18,550 (99.9%)."

 

"Here's what I know, according to sources: The Sabres were looking for a president of hockey operations-type last season. They never hired one, and seemingly cooled to the idea. If Botterill comes back, I can't see a scenario in which he doesn't have someone above him to help facilitate this turnaround, or at least sign off on his plans."

 

"If they don't retain Botterill, there are two other directions in which I'd support the Sabres going.

Scenario No. 1: If the New York Rangers ever allowed Chris Drury to take another job, I think Buffalo hires him in a millisecond as its Joe Sakic/Steve Yzerman conquering hero.

Scenario No. 2: Krueger becomes coach/general manager, which we haven't had since Darryl Sutter in Calgary. Look, if anyone could do it, it's that guy."

 

 

 

#1 please. 

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Spot on again.  The good thing is so many see it the pressure is going to be mounting.  I think JBot is in over his head.  His decisions, after TM, was just as bad or worse.  Put RK somewhere above and maybe try Chris Taylor or Gallant behind the bench. We are unfortunately going to have to start again and move a lot of damaged players out to change culture.

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Krueger being the general manager and coach would be a disaster, who writes that stuff..

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6 minutes ago, Thorny said:

Krueger being the general manager and coach would be a disaster, who writes that stuff..

ESPN is trash

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21 minutes ago, Ruff Around The Edges said:

Really like the Chris Drury idea: Sign me up for that now

He did just recently get named GM of the Team USA

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Have to wonder if Pegula would be hesitant about bringing in another alum given how the Lafontaine thing went

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1 minute ago, inkman said:

Why would Drury come back? 

*slides folded note across desk discreetly* 

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1 minute ago, inkman said:

Why would Drury come back? 

He won't. If anything he'll sit in NYC until that GM spot opens up

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The moment the Sabres become a relevant, championship-contending team is the moment every Western New York expat who ever wore a buffalo head on their bodies comes out of the shadows to support the team. It would be like that energy we felt in Washington and St. Louis, only with 10 times the catharsis and fans jumping through burning tables.

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4 minutes ago, WildCard said:

He won't. If anything he'll sit in NYC until that GM spot opens up

This is from Friedman April 27th, 2017

Hearing NYR AGM Chris Drury wont interview w/BUF. Sabres asked. Rangers consulted Drury, but decision was: not yet time. A future GM, though
 

That sounds like it could be a thanks but no thanks 

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Just now, Brawndo said:

This is from Friedman April 27th, 2017

Hearing NYR AGM Chris Drury wont interview w/BUF. Sabres asked. Rangers consulted Drury, but decision was: not yet time. A future GM, though
 

Yeah I remember hearing that. Pegula definitely has interest then, but I always thought it was Drury not wanting to leave. Maybe it was just not the right time like the article said

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29 minutes ago, Ruff Around The Edges said:

Never lose sight that Greg W hates the Sabres he is a Devils schill who is still full of rage over Hasek winning more Venizas then Brodeur

Nah.  He's pretty objective when it comes to Buffalo.  I've been reading him for a long time.

8 minutes ago, inkman said:

Why would Drury come back? 

 

6 minutes ago, WildCard said:

He won't. If anything he'll sit in NYC until that GM spot opens up

This ^.

1 minute ago, Brawndo said:

This is from Friedman April 27th, 2017

Hearing NYR AGM Chris Drury wont interview w/BUF. Sabres asked. Rangers consulted Drury, but decision was: not yet time. A future GM, though
 

I read this and hit "reply" before seeing the date.  I really was hoping that there was some news, somewhere, that the team was starting to look elsewhere again.

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1 hour ago, Kruppstahl said:

Scenario No. 2: Krueger becomes coach/general manager, which we haven't had since Darryl Sutter in Calgary. Look, if anyone could do it, it's that guy."

The only reason for No. 2 is to remove all doubt whether Krueger is the one at fault.  I don't want to go there.

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He's SVP of Hockey Operations for the Canes.  A President role would be a promotion.  He would not stand for the product on the ice as it is now.  I'm 10 years younger and 1500 miles away and he still scares the $hit out of me.

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3 minutes ago, Tondas said:

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He's SVP of Hockey Operations for the Canes.  A President role would be a promotion.  He would not stand for the product on the ice as it is now.  I'm 10 years younger and 1500 miles away and he still scares the $hit out of me.

The Hurricanes are good for one reason and one reason only, and he (the head of their analytics department) is not leaving there anytime soon. 

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1 hour ago, Kruppstahl said:

Of note:

"The toxicity of the Sabres' lack of success is beginning to seep into the marketplace. Buffalo's average tickets distributed per game is 17,146 (90.8% capacity), down from 17,908 (93.9%) last season. In the Pegulas' first full season as owner, it was 18,550 (99.9%)."

 

"Here's what I know, according to sources: The Sabres were looking for a president of hockey operations-type last season. They never hired one, and seemingly cooled to the idea. If Botterill comes back, I can't see a scenario in which he doesn't have someone above him to help facilitate this turnaround, or at least sign off on his plans."

 

"If they don't retain Botterill, there are two other directions in which I'd support the Sabres going.

Scenario No. 1: If the New York Rangers ever allowed Chris Drury to take another job, I think Buffalo hires him in a millisecond as its Joe Sakic/Steve Yzerman conquering hero.

Scenario No. 2: Krueger becomes coach/general manager, which we haven't had since Darryl Sutter in Calgary. Look, if anyone could do it, it's that guy."

 

 

 

I think we can forget about this, don't know where I read it but he doesn't care much for the sabres.

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Here's a novel idea, how about they hire a president, a GM and a head coach who actually have some minimum amount of experience at those positions.

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3 minutes ago, WildCard said:

The Hurricanes are good for one reason and one reason only, and he (the head of their analytics department) is not leaving there anytime soon. 

Who is that, and why not??

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Just now, Tondas said:

Who is that, and why not??

Eric Tulsky and @Brawndo can correct me if I'm wrong but he signed an extension with Carolina this offseason I believe

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