For the longest time, the Buffalo Sabres had a shut down goaltender. They could roll mutliple lines, and they were going to grind you down.
And then the league changed. Flash and dash was the new color, and the Sabres were the right hue. They spent the lockout season becoming what encompassed the new NHL.
And now the NHL has returned to the olden days. No I am not talking about bench clearing brawls or New Jersey Devils trap, but the game has slowed down considerably since the first years out of the lockout.
GM Darcy Reiger has toyed with the notion for two years that the old “new” way would return, and that his roster will once again flourish. Well I think he has come to the realization that its not going to happen. So he has spent the time this off season making the Sabres a tougher team. The biggest name in the fold Mike Grier. The next biggest name to come back? Well it just might be Drury.
The Sabres wanted to keep him, he wanted to play for the Blue Shirts. He has gotten the taste of the Big Apple – and rumors have it they want rid of his salary, and the Rangers want to get younger. Sounds like a trade made in heaven. Drury comes back and the Sabres get a second line; and the Rangers get younger.