Many of us fans have been wondering what the heck Sabres GM Darcy Regier has been thinking, especially this week and today in an interview he gave a little insight. Regier was bluntly asked about his interest in a trade for Thomas Kaberle. He responded by saying, He really didn’t want to get into it too much, be he did say he flew home from the NHL awards with Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke. He admitted it was obviously a topic of conversation but was told by Burke a trade most likely will not happen.
While almost every free agent has been signed or traded this week that Sabre fans held out hope for one statement could mean nothing at all may change this offseason. Regier made the statement he believes this current roster has a solid top center, in fact he said he believe the team has 2 of the top 20 centers in the league. I heard that and almost vomited in my mouth. This means he does not see the urgency to pursue a top free agent such as a Kaberle or anyone else for that matter. Regier did admit the special teams were a main concern in the playoffs against Boston (DUH). He also eluded to backup goaltender Patrick Lalime probably ending his time in Buffalo by stating Johan Enroth would be heavily evaluated and he feels Enroth can play at the next level and compete. I would almost say that means Enroth could be the backup this season unless Marty Biron knocked personally on Regiers door.
One example of salary cap casualties was the near dismantling of the Stanley Cup Champions roster today in a huge trade with the Atlanta Thrashers. Reported on NHL.com, The Hawks will send Byfuglien, center Ben Eager, defenseman Brent Sopel and prospect Akim Aliu, a second-round pick in 2007, to the Thrashers for the first-round pick (No. 24) Atlanta acquired from New Jersey in the Ilya Kovalchuk trade, a second-round pick (No. 54) that also came from New Jersey, prospect Jeremy Morin, veteran forward Marty Reasoner and winger Joseph Crabb. This is the Florida Marlins trade of the NHL after they won the World Series. One can wonder how all these players have changed hands this week and Buffalo hasn’t even been whispered with any sort of interest.
Of course Regier ended the interview by stating “If there is a trade that could clearly help this team get better, I would certainly entertain it”. Apparently none of the players mentioned above or traded this week would make the Sabres a better team then…man I feel stupid for thinking they would’ve now. Thanks for the clearing my mind and making me see the light Darcy!
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