Saturday, September 20, 2008

Sabres extend Regier's contract

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.
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A solid move. Regier's name has come up a few times in Toronto as people discuss the search for a new general manager here, and he has done a nice job under difficult circumstances (budget wise) in Buffalo.

That sort of longevity is pretty impressive on its own.

In any event, I think the Sabres will be a team to keep your eye on this season. They were relatively quiet in the summer but have some solid pieces in place that could see them take steps forward.



At 7:33 p.m., September 20, 2008, Blogger FAUX RUMORS said...

1) Who Hasn't come up in rumours concerning the 'vacant' Leafs GM position? ; )
2) Regier has had some tough moments the past year or so, but overall he's done a very good job under some very tough circumstances.

At 2:00 a.m., September 21, 2008, Blogger Bubba said...

I guess I am one of the few who is unimpressed.

He messed up the dealing with Drury, who was ready to re-sign in midseason only to let him get away. According to Drury anyway, Darcy didn't handle the situation well.

He let Briere get away, figuring he could sign Drury. Another miscalculation.

He allowed the Vanek negotiations to go on too long, which gave the skater the opportunity to sign that ridiculous offer sheet with Edmonton. Perhaps he should have signed Vanek a little sooner?

The team is supposedly losing money, even though they sell out nearly every game, lead the league in jersey sales, and have a great television following. It seems like there's a bit of mismanagement going on there, but that is just my opinion.

At 2:51 a.m., September 21, 2008, Blogger J. Michael Neal said...

1) Who Hasn't come up in rumours concerning the 'vacant' Leafs GM position? ; )

My name has not been mentioned, but I would like to announce my availability for the position. I would be more than happy to fly to Toronto for an interview. My salary demands are $50,000, in either Canadian or American currency as they see fit, and assurances that my cats will be allowed to join me in a foreign land.

At 11:26 a.m., September 21, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...


The Sabres chose to let Briere go. The thinking was/is at his age and size, in the end he would not be worth the kind of contract necessary to keep him. Briere practically begged them to re-sign him. The Sabres did not want him back.

Vanek?? What makes you think Regier didn't try to sign him sooner? Vanek and his agent have to be willing to sign, too. They (Vanek & rep) knew that an offer sheet was a good possibility in the offseason, and played their cards brilliantly. There's still plenty of time for Vanek to prove he's worth the $$.

The blood of the Drury fiasco is on the hands of the suits above Darcy - namely Quinn and Golisano - who greatly miscalculated their relationship with Drury. If you'd done any research on this, you'd know that.

And the team is losing money?? Source?? That would be news, considering the owner said at a presser yesterday that the team is in fact in the black - despite missing the playoffs last year.

At 11:46 a.m., September 21, 2008, Blogger Heather B. said...

The rumors within Buffalo have always been that Regier had the Drury deal done and the guys above him bungled it. I've never heard Drury specifically name Regier as the bad guy and I'd be surprised if he ever does.

And Vanek's agent has said numerous times that he knew offer sheets were probably coming and encouraged Vanek to wait and see how that situation shook out before dealing with the Sabres. You can take Regier to task all you want, if the player involved isn't ready to negotiate there's not much a GM can do. And please don't tell me it should have been done the year before. If the Sabres had signed Vanek to a huge contract after the rookie season that ended with him being benched during the playoffs, people would've gone nuts.

If there's mismanagement causing the team to lose money, again, not on Regier. He spends what he's told to spend and that's as much as he's involved in the business side.

I think Regier is one of the best GMs in the league and vastly underappreciated in Buffalo. I'm thrilled he re-upped here.

At 2:05 a.m., September 22, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brian Campbell's asking price year ago was 4.5M a season. I don't know, maybe Darcy should have signed him?

At 10:40 a.m., September 22, 2008, Blogger Bubba said...

Almost every team in the league has valuable RFA's that could be poached by other teams. The test of a good GM is to get them signed before the date when they can officially be courted, sometimes even a year ahead of time like Ovechkin, Crosby, and Eric Staal. In my opinion, this was a failure regarding Vanek.

Buffalo has a history of allowing some good players to slip away, who say later that they wanted to stay. Not just Drury and Briere, but McKee and Campbell as well. Maybe that's not on Darcy, I don't know.

For the record, the article which stated that the Sabres were losing money was written by Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News on May 12th of this year. It is now in archives and you need to sign in to see it. But it's there.

At 1:10 p.m., September 22, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Check the article from Sunday's Buffalo News by John Vogl, where Golisano goes on record saying the team is making money, because of the ticket sales, merchandise, ad & television revenue.

The Sabres were willing to pay Campbell near 6 million a year - except only if it was a short term deal, 3 years. I'm not saying I agree with him, but Regier watched Campbell play his entire in the Buffalo organinzation, and was not sure he was worth the cash and term he was looking for. There are flaws in his game. He's not the guy you're sending out over the boards late in the 3rd with a faceoff deep in your end.

With Vanek, I repeat what both Heather and myself said earlier on the subject.

It's great that McKee, Drury, Briere, and Campbell have all said that they wanted to stay. Hell, most of us Sabres fans would have loved for them to stay, too. And not to say that I would not have made the exact same choices they did. But in each circumstance, including Campbell, who was traded, these players did have it in their power to stay in Buffalo. They chose to leave (again, not to say I wouldn't have done the same, particularly in Briere's case).

At 5:48 p.m., September 22, 2008, Blogger Heather B. said...

I'm not going to say Regier hasn't many ANY mistakes - what GM hasn't? - but it seems to me like he and others behind the decision didn't feel like Campbell was worth the money he was demanding. You can disagree obviously (I don't - I wouldn't have paid Campbell 5, not at the beginning of the year at least) but I also think it's a little soon to say that was a mistake. You have to see how the defense performs this year, especially Sekera who I think is going to be expected to fill some of Campbell's former responsibilities (for a lot less money). And I adore Jay McKee but he was let go at exactly the right time. He was an expensive break-down waiting to happen and that's what he's been a lot of his time in St. Louis.

I always take "I would've stayed for X amount of money" with a grain of salt because that's a very easy thing to say after the fact. I can understand McKee moving on (he was offered FAR more money from St. Louis) and I can understand Briere moving on (it was pretty clear the Sabres weren't going to spend huge bucks on him). But Campbell and Drury got very fair offers right up to the day they left Buffalo (6 million per for Campbell, a match of the Rangers offer for Drury). The choice was theirs to make and they chose to go elsewhere.

I think you also have to consider this: Despite losing Campbell, Drury, Briere, and McKee, the Sabres still have a very talented core of young players (almost all drafted under Regier). They missed the playoffs one year but should be right back in the mix this season and the next handful of seasons. They also have a potentially talented core coming up in Portland/juniors. That's a huge part of what Regier has done in Buffalo, building the system from the AHL up. He's made mistakes like every other GM in the league but his mistakes are usually short-term and more fixable because he's not throwing huge money and stupid contracts around at old free agents. He drafts and grows his own talent.

I think you have to give the guy a little credit for the fact that he drafted or traded for all the guys you're lamenting losing. There are a lot of GMs out there who can't pull that much off.

I personally would rather have 4-6 more years of Vanek, Roy, Pominville and Miller than 4-6 more years of Briere, Drury, and McKee, all older and all arguably past their career seasons. There was no way under the cap system and with the budget restraints of Buffalo to keep all those guys. Time will tell if the right choices were made, I guess.

I am a bit of a Darcy apologist however in case you couldn't tell :-D

At 11:35 p.m., September 22, 2008, Blogger Bubba said...

I will admit that Buffalo is second to none concerning developing their own. :-)

No argument there!


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