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FILE - In this May 22, 2019 file photo, Terry Pegula, arrives to the NFL football owners meeting in Key Biscayne, Fla. Rather than fullfilling his promise of delivering Buffalo a championship, Pegula has instead overseen a team that's endured fitful starts and stops, gone through a revolving door of players and coaches, and is in the midst of a franchise-worst eight-year playoff drought, the NHL's longest active streak. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File )

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Terry Pegula assesses the disappointment of eight-plus years of owning the Buffalo Sabres and says it's time his team started winning.

He cites new coach Ralph Krueger and a young talented core of players, led by captain Jack Eichel, as reasons to be optimistic during an interview with The Associated Press.

Though saying he follows a philosophy of never being content with where he is in life, the 68-year-old Pegula stressed he's an optimist by nature and refuses to give in to frustration.

Acknowledging that mistakes were made, Pegula says he doesn't take the Sabres' "poor results" personally and believes "everything's pointing up."

Very little has gone right for Pegula, who also owns the NFL Buffalo Bills, since purchasing the Sabres in February 2011.

The team has finished last in the overall standings three times in six years and have a franchise-worst eight-year playoff drought — the NHL's longest active streak.