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For once I would like to see one of The Buffalo News sports writers put the blame for the Sabres disappointing performances on Gerry Meehan. It seems to me that the Sabres general manager has made some bad decisions over the last nine months.

Starting last March, Meehan refused to "mortgage" the team's future by acquiring either Peter Stastny or Mike Gartner. Both players have contributed significantly to their new team's early season success, while one of the players whom Meehan refused to give up has spent the better part of this season in Rochester.

Meehan then proceeded to dictate who should play in the last few games of the playoff series against Montreal. This should be a coach's decision and Rick Dudley is certainly very able.

Meehan then decided that it was Phil Housley, the Sabres second leading scorer, who was to blame for the playoff loss and traded him, Scott Arniel, possibly the team's best checker, and Jeff Parker for Dale Hawerchuk and a move up in the entry draft. It is becoming more and more apparent that Gerry Meehan will not be putting this "deal" on his resume of achievements when he looks for a new employer.

Finally, after all Mike Foligno has done for the Sabres and the Buffalo community for all these years, does he really deserve to be left in limbo by the Sabres management?

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