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