Here’s a plan: Fire Hous­ley, hire pres­i­dent of hockey ops

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This lat­est de­ba­cle of a Sabres sea­son doesn’t rest solely on the shoul­ders of Phil Hous­ley. Or Ja­son Bot­ter­ill. It’s not the fault of Vladimir Sobotka or Marco Scan­della or Ras­mus Ris­to­lainen either, no mat­ter how many times fans want to take those three names in vain.

Like the other de­railed cam­paigns of the re­cent past, it starts at the top. The very top.

This is no news­flash, but the bot­tom line is that Terry and Kim Peg­ula don’t know what they’re do­ing in run­ning a pro­fes­sional sports fran­chise and have proven that over and over.

They’re busi­ness peo­ple, and pretty good ones in mul­ti­ple ven­tures. But as for run­ning the Sabres and the Bills, they’re fish out of wa­ter.

They’ve been im­pa­tient when they should have stayed the course, and now two-team pres­i­dent Kim Peg­ula said Tues­day night in Ari­zona she needs to be more pa­tient — ex­actly when it’s time for some bold changes to be made with the Sabres.

Terry Peg­ula then fol­lowed Kim by say­ing “some­thing has to change, we don’t know what.” Well, what they should do is sim­ple: Bot­ter­ill should fire Hous­ley and if he doesn’t want to, he can leave as well. Bot­ter­ill should then be told a pres­i­dent of hockey op­er­a­tions is go­ing to be hired, just like the Ot­tawa Se­na­tors an­nounced they

Mike Harrington

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