Sabres GM Kevyn Adams: ‘Unacceptable where we’re at’

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Buffalo Sabres forward Jack Eichel (9) during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers, Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Sabres General Manager Kevyn Adams addressed the media Friday for the first time in more than a month. With Buffalo dropping five in a row and 10 of their last 12 games, fans and media were wanting answers from the front office. There were no announcements of coaching changes or roster moves, but it was clear that Adams was unhappy about the direction of the franchise.

“Not happy,” Adams said. “Unacceptable where we’re at right now. Part of my job is to raise the standard and the expectations and the accountability in this organization and we’re not where we need to be.”

Adams said everything regarding Ralph Krueger’s employment and status as the head coach is being evaluated. He also mentioned that he does have full authority on hockey decisions if he decided to make changes.

One of the major complaints against the Sabres has been the lack of competitiveness in recent games. Adams agreed that it was unacceptable.

“The passion hasn’t been good enough,” Adams said. “The compete hasn’t been good enough and we have to fix it.”

Adams said their biggest focuses this offseason were 5-on-5 scoring, special teams and character. Buffalo’s ranked toward the bottom of the league in 5-on-5 scoring this season while their special teams has been much improved from the year before.

Another storyline surrounding the Sabres this year is the happiness, or unhappiness, of team captain Jack Eichel and his future with the team. Adams said that Eichel hasn’t asked for a trade.

The other major question is whether or not a rebuild is in the GM’s mind if things don’t get better for the franchise. Adams said he doesn’t believe in a full-fledged rebuild.

“I have to be willing to do anything that I can do in my role to help this team get better,” Adams said.

Adams reiterated his disappointment in the team’s performance just moments later.

“It’s just flat out not good enough,” Adams said. “I’m angry and I would hope all of you are. I would hope all our fans are because that means you care. That’s a good place to start.”

He also spoke on the lack of hunger and competitiveness on the ice. Adams said they’ve shown pockets of it, but not consistent competitiveness on the ice.

“I don’t think we’ve been competitive enough in all areas of the ice,” Adams said.

Buffalo gets ready for back-to-back games against the New York Islanders on Saturday and Sunday on the road. Their next game is set for Saturday at 1 p.m.

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