Kevyn Adams Joins WGR to Discuss State of the Sabres

"We know we need to be better in every area of the organization."

Brendan Keany
February 14, 2020 - 12:59 pm

BUFFALO (WBEN) - It's no secret that Sabres fans are put it mildly.

Depsite the team's current two-game winning 'streak,' the Sabres sit comfortably out of playoff contention - eight points behind the Toronto Maple Leafs for third place in the Atlantic Division.

Perhaps even more glaring than some of the obvious on-ice shortcomings, many fans are making their feelings known about the organization's recent off-ice problems as well. The in-game experience is often lacking, which may be a product of consistent losing, but Buffalonians generally believe the Sabres could be doing better at providing a better product regardless of the team they throw on the ice.

On Friday morning, Sabres Vice President of Business Administration Kevyn Adams joined WGR 550, the sister station of WBEN, to discuss some of these concerns with hosts Howard Simon and Sal Capaccio.

"Saturday, I was there when fans were out in the plaza," said Adams. "I walked around; I talked to people, and actually, to be honest, I thanked them because the passion is there. We all understand we're fortunate to have such a pasisonate fanbase; we get it, and we understand where they're at."

Adams, who grew up in Clarence, believes he's in the unique position to fully comprehend the importance of the franchise to Western New York.

As some fans have begun to point fingers at the Pegulas and question their committment to the organization, Adams says that notion couldn't be further from the truth.

"I need to make sure that everybody understands that nobody has been vested more into this team and community than Terry and Kim Pegula," he said. "They're completely engaged; they understand the frustration, and they share in it.

"I think it's part of our responsibility as an organization is to look people in the eye, listen, understand their frustration and say, 'We're with you.' We know we need to be better in every  area of the organization, and Terry and Kim and all down through the organization all feel that way."

Adams then specifically discussed concerns over the fan experience at KeyBank Center, also indicating it's something they're working to improve.

"We all have ideas, but sometimes you're so close to it that you may miss things that don't even come to you because you're in it every day," said Adams. "I think the more we can do to get feedback...the more we can learn, the better. My feeling is that it we're a little better today than we were yesterday, and you just keep winning those small battles along the way, they add up to bigger ones."

Listen to the full segment below:

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