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The Time Is Now For The Buffalo Sabres To Just Let The Players Start Coaching

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People love to say that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. It's actually not. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the definition of insanity is "a severely disordered state of the mind usually occurring as a specific disorder". 

But doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is certainly dumb as shit. Which is exactly what the Buffalo Sabres have been since…well let's just say since 2014. Because in 2014, the Buffalo Sabres hired Tim Murray to be the organization's 7th general manager. He was in charge when the Sabres selected Jack Eichel with the 2nd overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft. Then his ass got fired at the end of the 2016-17 season. Then the Sabres hired Jason Botterill to be the general manager. He was in charge when the Sabres selected Rasmus Dahlin with the 1st overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft. Then his ass got fired last summer. Then the Sabres hired Kevyn Adams to be the team's 9th general manager. Kevyn Adams just fired Ralph Krueger, who was the team's 4th different head coach since 2014. There was Ted Nolan, Dan Bylsma, Phil Housley, and then Ralph Krueger. 

1st graders in Buffalo have already been alive for 3 different GMs and 4 different head coaches. Let that sink in. 

So now what do the Buffalo Sabres do? I mean how do you look at what has happened over these past 7 years and think that just hiring a new coach is going to change anything. Imagine the balls that anybody would have to have to look at the Sabres organization and think to themselves that they can be the one who turns things around. You'd have less audacity to say to yourself that you're going to be the first man to give birth to a baby. Clearly just hiring a new coach every 18 months isn't working, so why do the Sabres keep trying?

At this point, why not just see if going the player-coach route works. It's not like things can get any worse in Buffalo right now. I still think that Buffalo has a pretty talented roster. Sure, Jeff Skinner is the most overpaid human on the planet. Taylor Hall is also coming dangerously close, but I don't want to pile on him too much considering his mouth just got obliterated last night by a clapper. Rasmus Dahlin is shaping up to be a bit of a bust. And yeah, I mean it's just a roster full of guys who are underachieving harder than anybody has underachieved before. But that's my point. Bringing in a new coach every season isn't going to magically turn things around. You think Don Granato is going to just flip a switch for this team who has taken out a 30-year fixed rate mortgage on rock bottom? Think again. 

Go the rest of the season without a coach. Just see how it goes. At the very least, it gets people interested in the Sabres again. At the very worst, the team continues to be the biggest joke in the league. 

Honestly it might make sense for Bettman to change the rules for Buffalo here and give them the ol' 2-for-1 special just as an experiment. 

@JordieBarstool