BUFFALO, NY (WIVB.com) - Despite the fact that the Sabres' season has ended, there was still plenty of noise at the First Niagara Center Monday afternoon. Team President Ted Black along with General Manager Darcy Regier, addressed the media in regards to a variety of issues. The topics discussed included Regier's job status, ticket prices, the absence of owner Terry Pegula and the future plans of the franchise. Early in the press conference the media questioned the team's four percent ticket-price increase.
"The obligation to grow as a league as a whole still exists. It is not a written obligation but that is what we are trying to do, is grow league revenues," explained Black. "Even with the four percent increase we are still in the bottom quarter in terms of what our prices are."
However, Sabres fans' wallets may not be the only thing that suffers as the franchise moves forward.
"He (Terry Pegula) is in search of creating a Stanley Cup championship. That has not changed. In fact it has been reinforced. It is stronger than ever. It may require some suffering," explained Regier.
While the press conference confirmed that Regier would remain the general manager of the team, it also reaffirmed the uncertainty of interim coach Ron Rolston's future.
"Ron's situation will be that he and I will sit down over the next week, maybe the next couple of weeks, reevaluate the season and have discussions about our relationship going forward," Regier explained."
Regier did not reveal his plans for Miller and Vanek but did admit that their time with the Sabres could be up soon.
"Nothing has been decided," Regier said." It may involve both of them being here. It may involve one of them being here. It may involve none of them being here."
It was a press conference where many questions were asked but few answers were provided. Discussions between the media and Ted Black in regards to the absence of owner Terry Pegula brought out a sea of aggression between both sides. The noise at the First Niagara Center today was a reflection of the frustration that many are feeling due to the fact that when the NHL finals roll around the arena will be completely silent.
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