Buffalo Sabres Offseason: Troubled Times in Pegula's Sabreland

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BUFFALO, N.Y. - Ryan Miller has his townhouse up for sale. 

Thomas Vanek wants nothing to do with rebuilding. 

And, for the second straight season, there is no playoff hockey in Western New York. 

The Buffalo Sabres have plenty of issues to address heading into the offseason, but adding to the troubles is plenty of backlash from fans and, now, outside media over the decision to raise season ticket prices. 

WEB EXTRA:  The Sabres are holding a press conference at 1pm with Sabres' President Ted Black and General Manager Darcy Regier.  You can watch it LIVE in the video player above when it begins.

The organization announced the decision in a letter to season ticket holders last Friday. That happened to be the day of the last regular season home game. A day the organization labeled as "fan appreciation day."

The letter also informed season ticket holders that an increase is necessary because the primary source of revenue for the league in the new collective bargaining agreement is ticket sales. That will be difficult for fans to accept considering the owners now get 50 percent of league revenue as opposed to 43 percent under the previous collective bargaining agreement. 

On Sunday, prominent New York Post hockey columnist Larry Brooks let the Sabres organization -- and owner Terry Pegula -- have it. 

In his weekly column, Brooks gave the Sabres the only award they will win in this shortenend season: The "2013 Chutzpah Award."

Brooks criticized the ticket price increase, the reason for it, and the Sabres' performance on the ice. 

The negative attention comes one day before Sabres President Ted Black and General Manager Darcy Regier will address the media for an end-of-season news conference. 

The two will certainly be asked about the season ticket price increase, who the coach will be next season, the future of Miller and Vanek, and why Darcy Regier has apparently been retained as GM despite the poor record. 

Team owner Terry Pegula is not scheduled to take part in the news conference. 

Two On Your Side's Adam Benigni will be at the 1 p.m. news conference on Monday at First Niagara Center. If you have a question you would like him to ask, contact Adam on Twitter. His handle is @AdamBenigni. Adam will also tweet updates on Monday. 

You will also be able to watch a live stream of the 1 p.m. Monday news conference here on wgrz.com. 

WGRZ/ New York Post

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