It's been arguably the toughest week in the history of the Buffalo Sabres from a business perspective.
Sure, Brett Hull's infamous goal in the 1999 Stanley Cup was a dark moment in club history, but this week saw the team completely gut the organization.
Over 20 people, including many associated with the team's AHL club, the Rochester Americans were fired by team owners Terry and Kim Pegula, making it one of the biggest house clearings the hockey world as ever seen. The ones left over manning the ship are the Pegulas, along with newly appointed GM Kevyn Adams, another rookie general manager, along with coach Ralph Kruger.
The Sabres play out of the Key Bank Center, which is just next to the Harborfront Center, their official practice facility. We know the Sabres have plenty of on-ice problems, but now they literally have an on-ice problem, or maybe an on-water problem.
According to Sabres reporter John Vogl, the Harborfront Center had to undergo some facility issues after the ice was improperly drained during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Now that's unfortunate. Were the arena workers not aware of this potential issue? It seems like anything that can go wrong in Buffalo right now, is going wrong. Jack Eichel, unfortunately can't do it all.
The team has missed the playoffs for nine straight seasons under the Pegulas' ownership. A total of six head coaches, four-team presidents and three GMS have cycled through with the Pegulas in power.