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April 29, 2013

GM Regier cautions fans of more 'suffering'

Team remains short on specifics and guarantees.

BUFFALO —

Having ownership’s backing to continue rebuilding the Buffalo Sabres this offseason, general manager Darcy Regier was short on specifics and guarantees.
Asking for patience during an end-of-season news conference on Monday, the only assurance Regier could provide fans was that more “suffering” might be in store before the Sabres can once again be considered contenders.
“It may require some suffering,” Regier said, a phrase he repeated several times during a 45-minute session. “I understand what we’re talking about here. I understand our fan base. And I would like to think that people will give up some suffering in order to win the Stanley Cup.”
Regier wouldn’t be pinned down to a timeline.
He had no immediate answer on whether interim coach Ron Rolston will take over the job on a full-time basis next season. Rolston went 15-11-5 in finishing the season after longtime coach Lindy Ruff was fired in February.
And Regier said it was too early to tell whether his start-from-scratch plans will include keeping goalie Ryan Miller and leading scorer Thomas Vanek or trade one or both before their contracts expire at the end of next season.
“It’s an unknown right now,” he said. “We’ll do everything we can to make them a part of this. But we’ll have to see.”
The only thing certain is that Regier isn’t going anywhere even though he’s taken the brunt of blame for a team that stumbled to a 21-21-6 finish and missed the playoffs for a second straight year, and fourth time in six seasons.
Sabres president Ted Black said the team will honor the contract extension it reached with Regier in January. And Black backed the rebuilding plan Regier began putting into place at the end of last season.

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