You often hear the excuse, "You can't fire the whole team so you might as well fire the coach."
In reference to the Buffalo Sabres, this isn't an excuse but a necessity.
Rick Dudley was an exciting, emotional player, a successful minor league coach, and he may yet be a very successful NHL coach. However, his repeated explanations, "I don't know why we aren't scoring," and "I can't ask the team to work any harder," indicate very clearly he is unable to coach this particular group to victory.
The hockey fans of Buffalo, the critics, and the local sports media all consider the Sabres a talented group of individuals that are ready to make a run at the Stanley Cup. But it is painfully evident they cannot do it with Rick Dudley behind the bench.