Whether it was the lack of available talent in free agency; or the handcuffing of the league by Ilya Kovalchuck with has brought movement in the league to a standstill, the Buffalo Sabres have had a relatively mild and slow off season.
As July 1 rolled around and no deals for Henrick Tallinder and Toni Lydman present, you knew that we were going to watch players walk away from this organization once again. The Sabres were able to bring in two free agents in Jordan Leopold and Rob Niedermayer. But thats it. Since June 9, when the Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup, the Sabres signed two guys.
Ok, so we brought back RFAs Patrick Kaleta and Tim Kennedy – Kennedy’s arbitration was underneath the walkaway cap – and there is no reason to believe that Kaleta’s would have been that huge of an increase either.
Ok, so we brought back Lalime too, yawn.
Where is this change that Darcy Regier so adamantly spoke of when the Boston Bruins knocked us out of the playoffs?
When the Sabres announced the conditions of Kennedy’s award – Darcy went on the record about the off season being just about over for the Buffalo Sabres.
Well we’re still looking at discussion with other teams and players that are still out there. RIght now I think we’re fairly close to being set. There may be one or two things that maybe if we can do it we will but right now we’ll start gearing up for training camp.
So much for change. I am a little disappointed that the Sabres couldn’t get more done. I understand that it is not always within their control where a free agent signs, but how often have we heard laments about change and the urgency to win a Stanley Cup, followed by the price got too high and we believe in the guys we have.
THE GUYS YOU HAVE WILL NOT WIN YOU A STANLEY CUP. REPLACING THE GUYS THAT YOU HAVE WITH SIMILAR GUYS WILL NOT WIN YOU A STANLEY CUP.
I just figured out what the modern logo is, its not a slug or Donald Trumps hair, its a sleeping Buffalo.
Well, at least we have the Buffalo Bills and Trent Edwards. Aw shit….is it October 8th yet?