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SBD/October 25, 2013/Franchises
Columnist: Sabres' Pegula Will Turn Team Around Only If Fans Stay Away
Published October 25, 2013
GOING TO BE A BUMPY RIDE: The AP's John Wawrow wrote as if the "worst start in franchise history isn't bad enough," Sabres President Ted Black during his weekly show on WGR-AM "braced his team's win-starved fans for potentially more tough times." Black emphasized the team's "intention to stay the course in developing their prospects this season." He said, ''When we're in a transition year like this, it is going to be difficult. It's going to be difficult to stomach the short run. The fans that follow this team, they signed up for this team, they signed up for a rough road.'' Black "isn't shying from the frustration and criticism directed at management." He said, "I'm not going to go anywhere and hide under a bed and wish I didn't have to do this or that. I'm going to do my damnedest to turn this thing around." Wawrow noted the Sabres have "been routinely booed off the ice by a once-loyal fan-base that's grown increasingly frustrated." Chants of "Fire Darcy!'' have "become familiar during home games." The Sabres "could very well end up" with the NHL's worst record, "and that, according to Black, might not be a bad thing in the long run" (AP, 10/24).