Mar 14, 2012; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres left wing Marcus Foligno (82) celebrates a goal during play against the Colorado Avalanche at the First Niagara Center. Avalanche beat the Sabres 5-4 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-US PRESSWIRE

A Career In Review: Lindy and Darcy pt. 2 cont.

Apr 3, 2012; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres center Derek Roy (9) celebrates his overtime goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs with left wing Marcus Foligno (82) at the First Niagara Center. Buffalo defeats Toronto 6 - 5. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-US PRESSWIRE

As we continue to look at Darcy’s moves over the years, let’s start with a look at his major free agent signings and free agent busts:   (Note: I apologize, I could not find a list of free agents signed in ’97, ’98, ’99, ’01.)




2000: No significant signings


2002: Pominville and Gaustad offered entry level deals

2003: No significant signings

2004: Dimitri Kalinin and Danny Brier resigned

2005: Sign Teppo Numminen

2006: Sign Jaroslav Spacek

2007: Drury and Brier walk away in free agency

2008: Sign Patrick Lalime, resign Paul Gaustad

2009: Sign Mike Grier, sign Cody McCormick, sign Steve Montador, resign Kaleta, Stafford, Sekera

2010: Sign Shoane Morrison, sign Rob Niedermayer, sign Jordan Leopold, resign Mike Weber

2011: Sign Christian Erhoff, sign Ville Leino, sign Paul Szczechura, resign Jhonas Enroth, Nathan Gerbe, Andrej Sekera, Drew Stafford, and Mike Weber

Clearly Darcy is not known to go out to get players in free agency. He has more been known for drafting solidly and retaining his own players. Darcy loves the players he drafts himself and believes highly in drafting and developing in the minor leagues. So let’s take a look at notable draft picks who worked out for the Sabres:

1997: Henrik Tallinder(2nd round), Maxim Afinogenov(3rd round), Brian Cambell(6th round)

1998: Dimitri Kalinin(1st round), Andrew Peters(2nd round), Ales Kotalik(6th round)

1999: Ryan Miller(5th round)

2000: Paul Gaustad(7th round)

2001: Jiri Novotny(1st round), Derek Roy(2nd round), Jason Pominville(2nd round)

2002: Daniel Pallie(1st round)

2003: Thomas Vanek(1st round), Clarke MacArther(3rd round)

2004: Drew Stafford(1st round), Andrej Sekera(3rd round), Partick Kaleta(6th round)

2005: Nathan Gerbe(5th round)

2006: Jhonas Enroth(2nd round), Mike Weber(2nd round)

2007: TJ Brennan(2nd round), Drew Schiestel(2nd round), Corey Tropp(3rd round)

2008: Tyler Myers(1st round), Tyler Ennis(1st round), Luke Adam(2nd round)

2009: Zack Kassian(1st round), Bradyen McNabb(3rd round), Marcus Folgino(4th round)

2010: Mark Pysyk(1st round)

Regier has done well drafting throughout the years. Looking back through the names, 14 of these drafted players started this season for the Buffalo Sabres and 19 played at some point during season. So clearly Darcy has an eye for talent, but his main problem is holding onto that talent. Of all these players currently playing for the roster, five of them: Roy, Vanek, Pominville, Ennis, and Stafford, were the top point scorers for the team this past season. If this trend continues, then we could see our top 10 point scorers being home grown by the Sabres and Amerks in the future.

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