By John Vogl
The Buffalo News began its “GM for a Day” series in 2007 with the Sabres at a critical juncture. Buffalo just finished back-to-back runs to the Eastern Conference finals, but co-captains Chris Drury and Daniel Brier were set to become free agents. Bucky Gleason was challenged to come up with a way to keep both. He found a hypothetical solution, unlike the Sabres.
Each spring thereafter, Gleason stepped into the GM chair for a day. At first it was because it was fun. Not long after, it was because it was clear that anyone other than Darcy Regier should be in the Sabres’ front office.
Owner Terry Pegula finally agreed, and for the first time since 1996 the Sabres will spend the summer without Regier as GM. Tim Murray is in charge, and the straight-shooting decision maker doesn’t appear to need help.
Nonetheless, he’ll get some assistance. Coincidentally, The News’ GM will change, too. Gleason has expanded from hockey columnist to general columnist, leaving “Inside the NHL” and “GM for a Day” to yours truly.
Here is the link to today's edition. The links to Gleason's stories from previous years are as follows: