The Core of the Buffalo Sabres is a reference to the players this team has been (and will continue to be) built around. Vanek, Pominville, Stafford, Roy, Gaustad, and Miller are the team’s core players. It would be hard to reference the core without discussing the architect of the core, Darcy Regier, and the team’s coach, Lindy Ruff.
Regier is the rare general manager in sports that has a personal connection to every single player in the organization. How many general managers in professional sports can say they drafted or traded for every single player in the organization? Darcy Regier can, and while it’s easy (and correct) to be disappointed with the team’s players, the blame should be shared by all parties involved.

Regier’s reluctance to make a trade is mind-boggling. General managers, think Tom Donahoe, Jerry Jones, Billy Beane, Brian Cashman, and Brian Burke, are generally predictable, and dare I say, “active.” With Regier, we need not predict the future; it’s our instin…