Free agency is only a couple of weeks old. For the most part, Darcy Regier has settled in for an off season of fun, sun, and relaxation hitting the proverbial snooze button on making the team better.
The free agent deals the Buffalo Sabres have completed so far, with the exception of Jordan Leopold and Rob Niedermayer – have done nothing to help the Sabres, but everything to help the Portland Pirates. I just have to sit and wonder if Darcy is more interested in winning a Calder Cup as opposed to the Stanley Cup.
It seems pretty consistent, that the Buffalo Sabres are only going to sign a second tier free agent, or an older free agent who is willing to take a one year deal. What about winning a Stanley Cup?
The Buffalo Sabres have become a boring, safe playoff contender. There is no urgency for this organization to win anything. While other teams trade draft picks and lock players into risky contracts for long periods of time – the Sabres stock draft picks and won’t budge on two or three year deals. What you’ll sign for one; even better!
The idea was mentioned the other day on Sports Radio WGR 550 in Buffalo. The window is closing. You have the Calder Memorial Trophy winner, who is on your roster for cheap, and going to command big money when he hits free agency (should we start to wonder where Tyler Myers will be playing after his free agency period begins?). You have a world class goaltender in his prime ready to make a run. You have plenty of good young players ready in Portland to round out your roster.
Now is the time to make the run and take a shot at winning it all. The organization has said they want to win multiple Stanley Cups. Bulldog said it the best, in order to win multiple, you have to start at one.
The current Sabres roster is no where near close enough to contending for a Stanley Cup. Hell, the current roster is no closer to winning a playoff series than they were the past three years.
I could take a hiatus from hockey until late September and not miss anything.
I guess I’ll hit the snooze button one more time……