It happens year after year, Buffalo Sabres fans get their hopes up that maybe, just maybe something different might happen at HSBC Arena – and the Sabres would drop the kid gloves and sign a decent free agent to a sick contract.
Year after year we are left disappointed and frustrated, because things never get any better, hell they never get any different; and we are stuck with the same old product.
After reading an article written by Ted Kulfan from The Detroit News – it might not actually be Darcy Regier’s fault the Sabres don’t pick up that major deal on July 1st – because no one does.
If nothing more, incoming free agency shouldn’t piss people off in Buffalo, its just the lack of trades and the amount of players lost to free agency. Since the lockout – Darcy has not traded for a player who has made a serious impact on the team!
Just add the list of players up that have walked away from this organization – it gets old and tiring re-listing these players everytime we get talking about this topic and Buffalo.
And it’s a pity that Darcy Regier has to fall back on the crutch of how important it is to build from within for the future, and not sacrifice draft picks to win now. There is just one problem with that philosophy – fans in Buffalo want to win now; and you have never won anything with that mantra (save for a handful of division titles and conference championship appearances).
What’s even more weak is when confronted with players who have been traded away; or left to walk – Regier is always quick to fill in the voids. Take Campbell for example. He is always quick to point out that Tyler Ennis is Brian Campbell. (Ennis was selected with the first round pick the Sabres got in return for Campbell along with Bernier).
There is much ado about nothing this time of the year in Buffalo – as we must lie in waiting to see how average the team will be for another year, as we wait for guys like Stafford to mature; and guys like Connolly and Roy to finally click and earn their rightful spots in the top lines.
Until then, I would have to say, let keep celebrating the mediocrity. Its what
we Darcy Regier do does best.