Patience is a word that sits like a an oversized lump of rock stuck in all Sabres fans throats.
Would it be an easier digestion if that word was not coming from the mouth of one Darcy Regier? Most certainly, however, it's the sad reality for all Buffalo fans this year, and most likely for the next one to two years on top of that.
Feel free to throw up at any second.
From the handling of Mikhail Grigorenko to the mystery sitting of Rasmus Ristolainen (bench, meet Tallinder, immediately please) in favor of Nikita Zadorov, fresh off an injury, while the ship isn't completely rudderless, it sure seems that way.
Yes, the Sabres have a large supply of young players that all need careful watch towards their respective development so the team knows, as quickly as possible, which of them is worth building around, but there is only one true fix, one correction, that can be made, and must be made immediately, that can turn the fans minds around from sickness to at least a glimmer of hope, and that change has been ringing the rafters of the First Niagra Center at recent home games.
Fire Darcy Regier.
The quality of the job Darcy has done at the last two drafts (the duo of centers & duo of defensemen), or recent trades (Hodgson for Kassian, Pominville for a large return) notwithstanding, he must go, as all of the moves made above have the feel of bandaids on broken legs that litter the Sabres from top to bottom.
There can be no more bandaids applied by Darcy, as until he is replaced, nothing he does or can do will be met with anything other than total pessimism, and justifiably so based on the last 6 years.
It must be done. There is no longer an option. Time has run out.