Darcy Regier was fired last night.
In your dreams.
But when you woke up, he was still here, and when you hopped on the Twitters, you saw that he squashed the Pominville Welcome Back Show that the organization had put together. That’s some weird unreasonable grandpa/dictator stuff going on there.
You want him gone. You want something new. Something with a clear agenda coming into the rebuild. Unfortunately, you’re screwed, because there are 3 big reasons ya just can’t get hang him by his old hockey skates yet.
How in the name of ye olde hockey gods did we actually beat the San Jose Sharks last night/this morning?
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Traditionally, when we think about who the Sabres are as a team, we think speed, and we think skill. We think of names like Perreault, LaFontaine, Barnes and Hasek, Drury/Briere, Pominville, and Vanek.
The roots of that identity go way back – all the way to the team’s inception. To brand the team, the Knoxes chose for a name-the-team contest. “Sabres” was chosen because Seymour Knox felt that a sabre, a weapon carried by a leader, could be used effectively on both offense and defense. Makes sense, and makes for a great identity (and one great uniform).
The “r-word” has become the rebuild that has become massive, sweeping change.
Ruff, Pominville, and Vanek are gone. Ryan Miller is likely the next out the door. These are the big names that we held close to our hearts (and across our shoulders on nameplates) for many, many years. In their place, we’ve got something new – something that is in flux, something that shifts and changes faster than we can get a hold on it, something we’re looking forward to being a part of again in a year or two.
We’re new at this, and it’s not easy. We want to hold on to our guys. We aren’t very good at letting go (see: “FIRE DARCY” signs). Right now, we want to get a hold on our team for what it is, but we just can’t seem to figure it out what it is.
It’s hard to hold onto memories. And it’s hard to hold onto something you love so much when it is changing so fast – it’s as if we’re all trying to pick up our new toddler who keeps going “boneless” on us.
So, Marty Biron retired.
I wasn’t the first person to have this thought…
…and until he is snapped up, I certainly won’t be the last.
Whether for future play by play or commentating duties, or for TV or the radio, the Sabres need to move quickly sign Biron to a broadcast deal. It wouldn’t save this season, but it sure as heck would make this #insufferable year a lot more fun for Sabres fans right away – and a good dose of fun is something we all desperately need right now.
Speaking of fun: