Monday, September 22, 2008

Major News Coming from Puck Drop 2008

The biggest news coming out of the Sabres first official day of training camp is not the introduction of the third jersey but this nugget:

Buffalo Sabres Owner Tom Golisano announced today the Sabres have signed General Manager Darcy Regier to a two-year contract extension. Regier is now under contract with Buffalo through the 2010-11 season.

Darcy Regier begins his 12th year as General Manager of the Buffalo Sabres. During his tenure the Sabres have posted a record of 397-302-121, ninth best in the NHL since 1997-98.

Regier has some what been the scapegoat for the issues that plagued the Sabres in past free agency periods. But the one thing that Regier has been able to do in the last few years is bring together a competitive team that seems to be perennially in the playoff hunt. Barring a terrible start to last season, that Sabres team could have made the playoffs after a good second half rally. Along with the trade for Rivet, Regier extended probably two of the most important players to the Sabres for a few years in Miller and Pominville. With those extensions, the Sabres have a core group of players that have grown together in Rochester and will be playing together in Buffalo for at least the next three years.

With the trades and extensions that Regier has made this summer warrants this extension. The last extension Regier received was two years ago along with Lindy Ruff. This was after the magical 2005-2006 season where Regier seemed to have the perfect lineup for the new changes in the NHL. Regier has been one of the best GM's in the NHL since the lockout and has seemed to be able to adapt to the rule changes quicker which has led to major improvement in the Sabres in the last few years.

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