Maybe he is taking some heat for not making the playoffs for two straight seasons after providing a shock and awe team out of the lockout. Maybe he took notes when the Bills targetted and acquired top name players in the hopes of getting better and ending a decade long drought.
The simple fact of the matter is, standing idly by on July 1st has been the downfall of the Buffalo Sabres for several seasons now.
The Sabres do not need to go out there later this week and make a splash right away, spending money that might come back to haunt them. What they need to do is target a player(s) that are going to help them not only in the short term, but in the long run as well. There are plenty of readily available players on July 1st that they have no excuse not to get better.
The Sabres are still hoping to win a gamble when it comes to their restricted free agency. Instead of pursuing their RFAs which include Clarke McArthur, Patrick Kaleta, Drew Stafford, Mark Mancari, and Andre Sekera, they are going to let the open market dictate the contracts to these players. While waiting to see what the fair market value for these players are might save the Sabres some money instead of directly negotiating with them, it could blow up in their face. Thomas Vanek recieved a major raise in this fashion thank to a certain GM in Edmonton, Kevin Lowe. Vanek was deserving of that money, but the Sabres could have locked him up for cheaper had they negotiated with him prior to the opening of free agency.
The fact of the matter is, with the current economy in the league, all it is going to take is a rogue GM on a team desperate for a decent player to make a Vanek-like offer for a Buffalo RFA this year, and we are going to lose that playe r. Darcy stated the team was going to protect its assets, but at what cost? Being on the hot seat in Buffalo could lead him to make the wrong decision. It looks like the Sabres are going to have a different look next year when they take to the ice, lets hope its a winning look.
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