So the Sabres signed another left winger. Jeff Cowan. Guess where he played last year? AHL. How many AHLers does Darcy Regier think we need? Lets take a look at the Free Agent Signings so far:
Jeff Cowan – played last year in the AHL. Has 81 points across 8 NHL seasons. Really? We signed a guy who is gonna add 10 points? Wow – no wonder we can’t contend for the Cup.
Mike Grier – NHL. I can’t really get on board with Grier being back. I liked Grier, but he left amidst swirling heated topics that he didn’t feel the organization was committed to winning. Hey Mike, glad your back, but sorry to dissappoint you, THINGS HAVEN’T CHANGED.
Cody McCormick – this center has 190 games over five seasons in the NHL with Colorado. Thats 190 games out of a possible 410. In that time, 30 points. Average of six per season.
Jean-Philippe Lamoureux – I can get on board with this goaltender. Portland is a Calder Cup contending team, and Jonas Enroth needs more help than Denis ever would be able to amount too. Denis is the type of goaltender that should wear a white mask all the time, because he’ll never fit in anywhere.
Joe Dipenta – another AHL bound player, but this defensemen might be able to bring some veteran aura to the Pirates, and teach the prospects about the NHL as they prepare to make the jump to Buffalo.
Steve Montador- the Sabres answer to losing Jaroslav Spacek. Really? This guy is going to give opponents more opportunities on the powerplay than Spacek ever got on the power play. Not really an upgrade, not really a status quo; Sabres take a step back with this signing.
The Sabres were able to keep some of their free agents around – Matt Ellis returns for his part time role. Andrej Sekera and Clarke MacArthur are back. And the Angola cannon ball himself, Pat Kaleta.
Grier is the only free agent signing that might actually impact this team next year.
That only leads me to wonder when they will start slashing prices at the Sabres Store in the arena for the end of season sidewalk sale. December?