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Capping a Solid Off-Season, Regier Extended 2 Years
by November 30, 1999 @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Sep 20th 2008 5:28PM by Tom Luongo (author feed)
Filed under: Sabres, NHL General, NHL EconomicsHalf of the longest tenured GM/Coach tandem in the NHL is set to keep his share of that title as the Sabres announced today, along with the unveiling of the 3rd jerseys, that Darth Regier has had his contract extended by 2 seasons, keeping him in the role he’s had since 1997 through 2011. According to Managing Partner/Co-Owner Larry Quinn this extension was agreed to back in April, but was finalized only recently.

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Regier and his ability to steer this franchise through an ever changing landscape of the NHL and the macro-economy. If you listen to the press conference announcing this extension, it was dominated by majority owner Tom Golisano and his return to New York State politics with his P.A.C. ‘Responsible New York.’ His comments about the operating environment in Buffalo reveals to me just how much of a challenge he believes it is. Given that Golisano took a lot of heat publicly about his passivity towards past contract negotiations his appearance at this presser, I think, was a necessity.

While Regier and Quinn stood out front to take the brunt of the outrage from last summer’s happenings, Golisano remained silent and that silence infuriated a lot of people. It is the nature of things, regardless of whether you think it’s fair or not.

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