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May 1, 2013

DUVALL: Darcy Regier has worn out his welcome

Tonawanda News — Apparently, we Sabres fans haven’t yet begun to suffer.

At least that’s what general manager Darcy Regier said during the team’s semi-annual end-of-season, explain-away-the-failure press conference.

Asked the direction the franchise will take in the coming years, Regier offered up this gem on rebuilding the roster.

”I understand our fan base, and I would like to think that people will give up some suffering in order to win a Stanley Cup. I’m willing to do it. I believe our fan base is willing to do it.”

Now entering his 17th season in Buffalo you’d think Regier would be able to demonstrate some understanding of what the fans — including this one — think.

To put it mildly, obviously we’re willing to suffer. There wouldn’t be a sucker left in the building if we weren’t gluttons for punishment. To imply we’ve been a bunch of happy little campers after missing the playoffs for the second straight season — not to mention the decades of futility punctuated by only a few fleeting moments of greatness — is nothing short of an insult.

On the same day they announced an increase in season ticket prices — one Sabres President Ted Black was necessary to maintain their portion of the league’s revenue sharing — the GM’s message is, “we’ve not yet begun to suffer.”

(There’s a nomination for the 2013-14 season slogan!)

Say good-bye to franchise cornerstones Ryan Miller and Thomas Vanek. Fans can and will debate whether one or both should be kept around. Both have their fair share — and Vanek, I’d argue, an unfair share — of critics who would be delighted to see the veteran stars traded.

I’m not so certain that makes sense but I understand the impulse to clean house.

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