I had my doubts about keeping Darcy Regier around as general manager – he’s been here through regime changes and nothing seems to change the way he does business.
The guys on WGR have constantly stated that the product on the ice could be an honest reflection of what Darcy Regier thinks that a winning hockey team is. With the gloves off, it appears that Darcy’s vision at a winner is a little more – talented that we all thought. That is, unless someone else is making the hockey calls and Darcy is just a frontman. All I know is, if rumors are true – and this team continues to improve in and around free agency week, it is going to be an exciting time to be a Sabres fan.
No longer do we look like the lame duck while everyone else in the division is getting stronger.
Just when it appears that the Buffalo Sabres were going to lose several pieces of the “young” core. Darcy has let it be known that he has tendered offers to Jhonas Enroth, Nathan Gerbe, Mike Weber, Reggie Sekera, and Marc Andre Gragnani.
Tendering offers to these players keeps their rights here in the Nickel City. Enroth and Gerbe are guys that you should see in blue and gold next year. Weber, Sekera, and Gragnani will be given their chances if they are on the training camp roster.
Chances are however, that one of them will be moved in an effort that Darcy has going to bring in a center and a veteran defensemen.
I hate speculation – and didn’t really get excited about the Regehr move until it looked like a done deal, because then it wasn’t and then it was. But the Buffalo Sabres are dancing with teams out West in an effort to improve this roster. Just what this city needs, a little bit of West Coast hockey love (because you know they aren’t going to get it from me – damn time zone differences).
Which brings me to Tim Connolly. Darcy is apparently talking to the slugs agent (I thought Pegula said the arena was going to be “slug” free next year?) Honestly, I can’t say that I hate the concept of bringing Connolly back – because in the right roles he can dazzle and amaze with the puck – when he is healthy. A healthy Tim Connolly on this team gives penalty kill advantages. At the right price I would bring him back as a third or fourth line center, with his primary duties being special teams. Bring him back this year and tell him his focus is to captain the special teams squad. I would sign up for that. Make him the subject matter expert on the topic – and we have a special teams unit that might be worth something other than to yell “shoot” at.