The Sabres improved their goal differential by about 30 goals this season, over last year, after trading away their best two-way centre and replacing him with a guy that couldn't care less about the net in his own end of the ice. Unless Housley has disobeyed direct orders from management, I'd be surprised if he was canned.
Rearranging the deck chairs behind the bench annually is not a recipe for success.
I think a better question is whether a 25-30 goal, 75-80 point guy is worth $10M a year.
Because that's what Bill S. Preston, Esq. is making.
The team improved, though. They cut their goal differential in half despite trading a stud two-way centre and bringing in a guy who can't spell defense, let alone play it. Perhaps YOU saw the playoffs as a reasonable goal, but if the Sabres did, then I think they were kidding themselves. I'd be surprised if they're greatly upset with Housley, so long as he didn't ignore direct orders from management.
This is what it can be like when you tank in an effort to get the 1st overall pick.
He did not run Bergland out of town. Bergland had no interest in playing. And when he did play, his play showed that. And t was your GM who traded for Tage Freakin Thompson.
So, let's review:
The GM brings in a career backup who ONCE played more than 32 games/season.
The GM trades one of the best 2-way centers in the league (with 77 pts. and led the league in faceoff wins) for a guy who quits his sport and goes away, Tage Freakin Thompson, and Sobotka (he of -20)