BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Sabres owner Terry Pegula gave a rare interview about his hockey team on the team's radio show this morning, giving his opinion on a variety of topics.
During his interview on WGR's Sabres Hockey Hotline, Pegula said he wants to keep Thomas Vanek and Ryan Miller on the Sabres roster. Both players have one year remaining on their contracts, and could be major trade chips for the team's rebuilding process.
"Yes, we want them here," said Pegula. "They have a say in that decision... No one's been resigned yet, so we're still working."
Pegula, who publicly proclaimed his plan to immediately contend for the Stanley Cup when he took over the team, admitted that there was a need to change the course of action and rebuild in order to reach that goal. However, he continued to stand behind General Manager Darcy Regier, who has put together a roster that has missed the playoffs in seven of the last eleven seasons.
"What's he done wrong?... Are you going to talk about some of the past deals? Maybe someone was holding the painter's hand while he was doing the painting," said Pegula.
He added that he thinks Regier will "flourish under our management style," with no financial restrictions to worry about when building a roster.
When it comes to Head Coach Ron Rolston, Pegula says they did not "deal him the best hand" last year.
"You say, ok, we're going to hire you on the basis of what you do, and you take away some of his good players. And then, by the way, he does pretty well," said Pegula.
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