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Sabres Break Ground On HARBORcenter; Pegula Makes Rare Public Comments
Published April 15, 2013
PECULIAR COMMENTS BY PEGULA: In Buffalo, Mike Harrington noted Pegula's comments on Saturday were his "first words to the media since the day before one of the most disappointing seasons in Sabres history." The team is "about to miss the playoffs for the fourth time in six years." Pegula regarding the firing of longtime head coach Lindy Ruff said, "I don't need to answer that now. This is a different topic today." Pegula then was "told that people wanted to hear his opinion." He responded, "Why don't you figure that one out?" Harrington also noted Pegula and the team's front office "no-showed the media after last season" ended, making no public comments. Pegula on whether he will address media and fans after this season said, "We'll see. Yeah, we'll see, that's what I said" (BUFFALONEWS.com, 4/13). Also in Buffalo, Jerry Sullivan wrote Pegula's comments "provided further evidence of the owner’s fumbling grasp of basic public relations." Pegula has been an "evasive figure over the last year or so." He "didn’t bother to comment after the Sabres missed the playoffs last year," and he "still hasn’t commented on his decision to fire" Ruff two months ago. Sullivan: "Pegula doesn't have a clue." It would have been "one thing if he had already gone on record about firing an admired coach who had been on the job for 16 years, or offered the slightest comment on his team’s putrid showing at any point during the season." He said that this "wasn’t the time for discussing Ruff’s firing." Sullivan: "He was right. The proper time was two months ago, when he did it." There is an "aloof, even flippant, quality to the man." It is "as if Pegula feels he should be above criticism from the media" (BUFFALO NEWS, 4/14).