By Mike Harrington
TAMPA, Fla. -- So is the view that the Sabres are dysfunctional simply a made-in-Buffalo phenomenon, like some fans want you to believe?
It's a view held around the NHL and it's crystallized today in a scathing column in the Toronto Globe & Mail written by veteran hockey writer David Shoalts.
Here's how it opens:
If there were a trophy for worst owner in professional sports, Terry Pegula would have that thing locked down tighter than the Buffalo Sabres’ grip on last place in the NHL.
After the latest shocker to hit the Sabres – the resignation of Pat LaFontaine as president of hockey operations this past weekend, just 3 1/2 months after he took the job – Pegula can take his place on the dishonour roll beside such meddling luminaries as Harold Ballard, Bill Wirtz, Charles Wang, Donald Sterling, Ted Stepien and at least two generations of the Bidwell and Glieberman families.
The only thing clear in the murky situation surrounding the most dysfunctional franchise in the NHL is that most of the blame can be laid at Pegula’s doorstep.
No way to PR spin out of that one, that's for sure.