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SBD/April 30, 2013/Franchises
Sabres President Defends Hike In Ticket Prices, Says It Is "A Necessity" Under New CBA
Published April 30, 2013
NO PAIN, NO GAIN? In Buffalo, John Vogl notes the Sabres "insist they have a winning plan." Once again, "they will have Regier implement it," as Black yesterday confirmed he will "remain as general manager next season." Regier said, "The reality of it is if I didn't have the confidence that I in the general manager's position, along with the people I work with, could accomplish building a Stanley Cup winner, I wouldn't be here." Regier's definitive plan involves "rebuilding through the draft, which mirrors Black's recent comments." Regier said that the Sabres' "new vision for winning their first Cup came about as a collective effort." Pegula "helped form and endorse it." Regier's emphasis on the draft "comes after failed attempts to contend through free agency and trades" (BUFFALO NEWS, 4/30). Regier yesterday said, "I’d like to think that people will give up some suffering in order to win the Stanley Cup. I’m willing to do it. I believe our fan base is willing to do it." The BUFFALO NEWS' Sullivan writes, "How reassuring it must be for fans to know that Regier is ready to suffer for the cause." The more critical fans "would suggest that they have suffered quite enough." Sullivan: "What do you call missing the playoffs four times in the last six years?" (BUFFALO NEWS, 4/30). In Buffalo, Bucky Gleason wrote Pegula "thought he would make Buffalo an attractive destination for players, but all the losing has turned it into a place many avoid." Fans came back "after being told the Sabres would be better and watched them get worse." Gleason: "Will they come back next year and invest in a team going nowhere?" Gleason writes "apparently all that rhetoric about keeping people accountable doesn't apply to the general manager." And the Sabres "wonder why people around the league think the organization is a joke" (BUFFALO NEWS, 4/27).