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If only one Sabre had to leave, who should it be?

Sabres owner Terry Pegula and team President Ted Black have decisions to make (if they haven't made them already). They have an underachieving organization that has gone five years without success. They can rip it apart. They can do nothing. They can make minor moves.

In a poll on Sabres Edge last week, high-profile trades along with management and coach firings were on the minds of plenty of fans. Knowing change comes slow, if at all, in Sabreland, it's time for a tweak to the poll -- especially after Monday's locker cleanout day.

Derek Roy said coach Lindy Ruff shouldn't have gone to the media to blame his players for failing to make the postseason. Thomas Vanek said Ruff still treats him as if he were a 21-year-old rookie despite more than 500 games in the NHL. Ryan Miller, as Bucky Gleason wrote, made $6.25 million again this year but didn't justify his salary, plain and simple.

So, if you could get rid of only one person from the Sabres in an attempt to make them something other than an also-ran franchise, who would it be?

---John Vogl

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

@BuffNewsVogl | [email protected]

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has been covering the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and can vouch that exposed flesh freezes instantly when walking in downtown Winnipeg in January.

@BNHarrington | [email protected]


Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

@amymoritz | [email protected]

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