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Dean Lombardi might be a fine choice for the Sabres, either as a president of hockey operations or the general manger to replace Tim Murray. He's closely tied in with USA Hockey, just like the Sabres are now with advent of HarborCenter. And it's hard to ignore his two Stanley Cups in Los Angeles. But in the wake of sweeping Murray and Dan Bylsma out the door, what Terry…

While moves are always inevitable after a losing season, Buffalo Sabres captain Brian Gionta said he did not expect the team to undergo the major shakeup it did Thursday as coach Dan Bylsma and General Manager Tim Murray were both fired. "Completely shocked," Gionta said Friday night, when asked for his initial reaction during an intermission appearance on NBC Sports Ne…

Terry Pegula talked a lot about character during those dozen or so minutes he took questions Friday morning. Not a bad topic to touch upon. His organization needs a lot more of it. Fast. We've seen a lot here in the last 12 months, outside of whatever shenanigans Evander Kane got himself caught up in. Players spent several months talking down and ignoring a Stanley C…

CM Punk is a UFC fighter who had a long career in professional wrestling. He’s lived sporting chaos. The die-hard hockey fan couldn’t believe what he was seeing Friday as he watched a broadcast of Terry Pegula’s news conference. “I’m fascinated,” Punk tweeted. “I just picture the Buffalo Sabres room being like ‘Lord of the Flies.’” It wasn’t …

Sorry, but I'm not here to applaud Terry Pegula for actually standing in front of reporters for 15 minutes and answering a few questions about firing the general manager and head coach of his hockey team. That's how low the standard has become. Pegula goes 3-1/2 years without a press conference specifically about the Sabres, then he condescends to give us a brief exchan…

OK, so it wasn't the most inspiring 15 minutes in Sabres' history. Terry Pegula never proclaimed himself a romantic speaker, and he looked like he would have elected for a tooth extraction Friday over a news conference. But at least he made a veiled attempt to take responsibility for their failures. "Accountability starts with me," Pegula said. "We are not happy with ou…

Sabres and Bills owner Terry Pegula on Friday gave his first hockey-centric press conference in 3 1/2 years. If you missed anything, fear not. We've got you covered. You can watch highlights from the press conference here. The videos were produced by News photographer Sharon Cantillon. Part 1 – Introduction https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asmaX8eARg4&feature=you…

Terry Pegula has no timetable to hire new hockey leaders. It could be after six interviews. It could be more or less. In the meantime, the Sabres owner is confident he has people who can guide the team. Assistant General Manager Mark Jakubowski, who handles contracts and the salary cap, remains in the organization. Pegula said others are available to help after Thurs…

It's no secret that deposed Buffalo Sabres coach Dan Bylsma is an avid fisherman. He grew up on the shores of Lake Michigan, cultivating a hobby that accompanied him to Western New York. Photos of Bylsma on fishing excursions crossed our Outdoors desk with some frequency during his two-plus years in Buffalo. The one below was taken Tuesday, the day before General Man…

Watch News Sports Reporters John Vogl and Mike Harrington share their thoughts on Terry Pegula's press conference. They hit on issues including Pegula's buzzwords, the Jack Eichel situation and qualifications for the new GM. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LGkH6jlxrw&feature=youtu.be The video was produced by News photographer Sharon Cantillon. http://buffalonews…

With a dense fog stooped over downtown Buffalo, Terry Pegula revealed some managerial clarity. The NFL and NHL owner held a news conference Friday morning in KeyBank Center to discuss the firings of Buffalo Sabres General Manager Tim Murray and coach Dan Bylsma. Pegula took the blame for the Sabres' deficiencies, for overseeing a mess of an organization beset with de…

Terry Pegula said several times during Friday's press conference that his four watchwords for success were "discipline, structure, communication and character." After three and a half years without a presser specifically about the Sabres, the owner gave a two-minute opening statement and answered questions for 12 minutes. That was it. So much for the public's right to k…

Memo to Terry Pegula: That wasn't so bad, was it? Especially now that we're hearing there's a PR consultant on the payroll, the owner of the Bills and Sabres should stand up and answer questions on his teams once a season. Some years, it may be difficult and daunting. Maybe someday it would be celebratory. But it should be done. So on that note, Friday was a good thing.…

Terry Pegula started his first news conference about the Sabres in 3½ years by pointing the finger at himself. The mea culpa was a step in the right direction after going backward for the better part of six years. "Accountability starts with me," Pegula said. "We are not happy with our season this year, and there are no excuses. Six years ago, I stood here and told the…

Terry Pegula wants to bring order to what appears to be a lawless Sabres organization. The Buffalo owner repeatedly stressed discipline, structure, communication and character Friday morning while discussing the firing of General Manager Tim Murray and coach Dan Bylsma. “We have to get better,” Pegula said in KeyBank Center. “Character throughout the organizati…