As Buffalo Sabers First-year general manager Kevin Adams, struggling to survive another dire season, said Ralph Kluger’s status has been praised and is a frustrated star center. Jack Eiker Not requesting a deal.
The Sabers are in the last place in the east with a record of 6-12-3. Their .357 point percentage is the lowest since the 2014-15 season. Buffalo failed to qualify for the playoffs for nine consecutive seasons. MoneyPuck, the hockey odds website, gives the Sabers a 3.1% chance of playing off and is the second worst playoff in the NHL after Detroit.
“It’s just not completely enough. I’m angry. I hope all of you are angry. I hope all of our fans are angry. That’s what you care about. It’s a good place to get started, because it means, “Adams said. “I have been empowered by [owners] Terry and Kim Pegra fix this. That’s what I’m trying to do. “
One of the widely speculated solutions is to fire the Kluger, who has been 36-43-11 (.461) since hijacking the Buffalo bench last season. He has been the team’s sixth head coach since 2012.
Adams said the Kluger, like everything else on the team, is valued as the season goes on. Adams is considering decisions that will affect the Sabers in the short and long term, but said the player’s belief in the Kluger had to be balanced in his evaluation process. ..
“We are very honest with each other,” said Adams. “He understands that the situation we are in is unacceptable and that it is not completely sufficient.”
Given the power exerted by owners Terry and Kim Pegra on the organization’s management structure and the operation of hockey, there was speculation as to whether Adams could make the decision to dismiss Kluger. However, Adams said he had “full authority” over the hockey decision, even though he said “everything was Terry and Kim.”
Another big topic was Aiker, a 24-year-old franchise player who scored two goals in 19 games and suffered the worst scoring campaign in the NHL’s six seasons. Eiker has 16 points.
Adams did not check if Aikel was injured and playing.
“I never get into what players do every day,” he said. “If there are updates, it’s certainly always transparent to those types.”
In the off-season last season, there was a chat that Aikel was available for trade and he asked from Buffalo. His agent, Peter Fish, told TSN’s Bob Mackenzie, “Jack wants to win, he’s frustrated, but no, he doesn’t want to go out.”
“He doesn’t want trade,” Adams said from Sabers, despite Eiker’s frustration.
“Jack is the one I bounced off,” Adams said. “He spoke to me. We have an open dialogue.”
Regarding trade negotiations involving Aiker, Adams reiterated what he said during the off-season: the team is calling him, but he is not shopping for Aiker.
“Jack is one of the best players in the world,” he said. “Of course, if people call and ask, that’s the range. To me, Jack isn’t that many in the league when he sees the people who make the dynamic difference he can.”
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