The Sabres organization is once again lunging in desperation in order to bring a great team to Buffalo.
The trading of Mike Foligno to Toronto is just the latest of many blunders committed by this organization. Although Foligno's goal scoring has decreased in the last few years, his contribution to the leadership of this team has not. Ever since Gerry Meehan, who is one of the best general managers in this league, took over, good play has been followed by confusion.
Meehan has been allowed far too much input into the coaching part of this team. One can liken the Rick Dudley situation to the Ted Sator situation. His lines began changing erratically, just like Dudley's.
After many years as a favorite on the Sabres, Rick Dudley was a successful minor league coach. He was thought of as a "player's coach," and would be perfect fo the ailing Sabres. He appeared to be the solution to the Sabres woes, but during this season, things began to fall apart. Lines began being switched during every game, and the one constant throughout all this is Gerry Meehan.
At least if Foligno did not figure into the Sabres' plans, then why let him hang for so long. Mike Foligno has contributed too much to this team and this city to be let go like that.
All I can say to Foligno is not to judge the fans like the management of the Sabres. They should be truly embarrassed in their treatment of you. Thank you for your many years of service to the fans and this city, and the best of luck in Toronto.
LYNN A. ENGLUND