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Report: Sabres GM Regier On Hot Seat

Buffalo, NY (WBEN/SportsNet) -- The Buffalo Sabres' 4-3 shootout win over the Islanders Tuesday night may have come too late to save the job of the team's long-tenured general manager, Darcy Regier.

On Tuesday's broadcast of the Hockey Central segment "Insiders" on SportsNet, Nick Kypreos said he hears Regier will be let go:

"Hard to believe, we're talking about a week and a half, but, Darcy Regier yet again on the hot seat, but I think it's a little bit more legit. Obviously, they haven't won a game in seven, they can't score, and I think in a perfect world, the ownership group in Buffalo would've rather waited up until Christmas. But I'm hearing that the decision could come a lot sooner here, and they ultimately will make the change. They're feeling the heat from the fans, that's for sure.

"Two names that I hear already surfacing, are: Jason Botterill, who's assistant general manager in PIT. And, Tom Fitzgerald, who's also there as a player personnel type of guy. Both these guys have a history [with the man] who is now the president in Buffalo, Ken Sawyer, and of course, he was instrumental with the ping-pong balls during the Sidney Crosby lottery, but now he's in Buffalo, and the connection's there."

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Sawyer is Sabres senior advisor, not president, but after more than a decade in Pittsburgh, it would stand to reason that his first choices at the executive level would come from the Penguins organization.

Botterill was in the Sabres system from 2002 to 2004, when a concussion cut short his playing career. He lived in Rochester for a time, even after his retirement. Fitzgerald is an assistant to Penguins GM Ray Shero.

AP PhotoSabres rally, earn 1st win of season in SO

(AP) Marcus Foligno scored the tying goal with 2:01 left in regulation and Ryan Miller stopped John Tavares in the final round in the shootout to give the Buffalo Sabres their first win of the season, 4-3 over the New York Islanders on Tuesday night.

The Sabres were on the verge of their eighth straight loss, which would've set the club's futility mark to start a season, before Foligno rescued them.

Thomas Vanek and Tyler Ennis also scored in the shootout. Miller allowed a goal to Matt Moulson in the first round, but then denied Frans Nielsen and Tavares.

Buffalo erased three one-goal deficits to end its slide. The last came after Tyler Myers (pictured above left, celebrating an earlier goal  with teamates)  kept the puck in the New York zone and got it to Foligno for a screened shot past Evgeni Nabokov.

Moulson had deflected in Tavares' shot during a power play with 11:16 remaining to put the Islanders ahead 3-2.

The Sabres (1-6-1), beaten 2-1 by Minnesota at home Monday, had never lost more than their first seven games. Buffalo started 0-5-2 in 1999 and 0-4-3 in 1990.


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