Before they began their shortened season this past Sunday, the Buffalo Sabres announced that they had signed GM Darcy Regier to a contract extension. It was a surprise move for a team that badly underachieved last year under his watch. So why would they reward him for another disappointment?
2011-12 marked the third time in five years the Sabres have missed the playoffs.
The thinking in Western New York when new owner Terry Pegula took over the team in February 2011 was that he'd want to bring in his own GM and coach. That thought-process has been the furthest thing from the truth.
It's no secret that Buffalo fans are not happy about this move. Check the comments on WGR550.com (the radio home of the Sabres) for a sample of the negative reaction this news brought.
Ahead, we're going to examine three reasons why this extension was a mistake and the effect it could have on the Sabres in the future.