The Sabres are in rare, unwanted company in the sports world

Constant regime changes put Buffalo with the biggest basement dwellers in professional sports

Louie DiBiase
June 17, 2020 - 1:57 am

There is a team or two in every league across professional sports that either short-term or, for what seems like the franchise's entire history, becomes the butt-end of every joke. This doormat reputation is earned through consistent inconsistency, at all levels of the organization.

Surely in your head, logos of the New York Knicks and Sacramento Kings in the National Basketball Association, the Cleveland Browns in the National Football League, or the San Diego Padres in Major League Baseball instantly pop up. The Buffalo Sabres appear to be in that group too.

The organization made the announcement on Tuesday that general manager Jason Botterill had been fired and replaced in-house by Senior Vice President of Business Administration, Kevyn Adams.

This decision was made without conducting any sort of outside search.

The move comes just weeks after co-owner Kim Pegula said the plan moving forward was to stick with Botterill for a fourth season. 

Not only do the Sabres have the longest active playoff drought in the National Hockey League, missing the postseason every season since 2011, but they have also seen organizational turnover at a rate similar to the biggest basement dwellers across professional sports. 

In the last decade, Buffalo has had four different general managers, along with six different head coaches. 10 different people in 10 years running the two of the most important non-playing roles. 

In comparison to many of the teams in ESPN's "Top 25 most miserable fan bases in pro sports", the No. 9 ranked Sabres are right there in regime changes.

The Knicks and Kings have three combined playoff appearances since 2010. All of which were from the Knicks as Sacramento has not qualified for the postseason since 2006. 

It has been eight years since the Knicks have played a playoff game, while they have hired seven different general managers and seven different head coaches. The Kings have also had seven different head coaches and three general managers since 2010. 

The Browns are the ugly duckling of the NFL, going through 13 general managers and head coaches in a decade. 

The Sabres are in rare, unwanted company across the sports world. The escape to the good side of relevancy doesn't feel close, considering the path the organization has once again elected to take. 

Inside hires when the inside hasn't been able to put together a single winning season in nine years, five of which includes one of the best players in the NHL on the roster, doesn't make many fans feel better about the direction of the Sabres. 

Buffalo, once again, has a sports team that is zigging while the rest of the league is zagging. And not in a good way. 

 

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