Tonawanda News

Breaking News

Columns

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.

Text Only
Columns
  • duvall, eric.jpg DUVALL: On reading and the lack thereof It was surprising to me a few weeks ago when a friend asked a group of us to estimate how many books we have each read over the last five years. The English teacher said 200 and he far and away led the pack. I was probably the median and my number was 20-25.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • confer, bob.jpg CONFER: A Con-Con would be a con game

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • duvall, eric.jpg DUVALL: Conflict in Ukraine now a concern of global proportions It seems increasingly clear Ukrainian separatists, with the help from the Russian military, are responsible for the tragedy. They, of course, have denied it. They've also denied access to the crash site to international investigators seeking to recover the dead and determine what happened. That's not something the innocent party does.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • ADAMCZYK: Personal development, rendered in steel Accepting the premise that everyone needs to fill the same amount of time every day (24 hours, every day), some people use theirs rebuilding things, tangible things, and thus fulfill a few intangible goals.

    July 18, 2014

  • WALLACE: Festival season is underway Summer is the season of fairs and festivals. From Canal Fest in the Tonawandas to the Allentown Art Festival and Italian Heritage Festival in Buffalo to the Erie County Fair in Hamburg, the Western New York area has no shortage of things to do with the family over the summer.

    July 17, 2014

  • duvall, eric.jpg DUVALL: King George's abdication leaves many questions I've covered Niagara County politics for 10 years and it's been a fascinating -- and often infuriating -- experience. With the news the man known with equal parts respect and cynicism as "King George" is walking away it's about to get more interesting.

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Canal Fest, here we come This column should be titled "Roads and Streets." First of all, Meadow Drive is finally open. Although it took very long to be completed, it's beautiful. Riding by the other day brought into focus how many people will use this to cut across town. One less thing for residents to complain about.

    July 12, 2014

  • ADAMCZYK: Homesick for someplace I've never been You stumble over things that make you wonder. I do, at least, and the latest is one of those advertising artifacts from yesteryear that encourage me to ponder what's changed and what never will.

    July 11, 2014

  • WALLACE: Playing politics as usual The immigration crisis is just the most recent example of how dysfunctional Washington, D.C. is right now.

    July 10, 2014

  • duvall, eric.jpg A stunning scandal in Mississippi-voting|DUVALL: A stunning scandal in Mississippi We don't tend to talk a whole lot about Mississippi on this paper's editorial page and for good reason. It's a long way away in both distance and temperament. But I swear this will be worth it.

    July 9, 2014 1 Photo