Now, before we all go into panic here as day#1 of free agency comes to a close, please consider the following:
– Zach Parise is still on the market. The Sabres still have $11 Million to spend according to capgeek.com, not including signing bonuses (a loophole in the Collective Bargaining Agreement that the NHL needs to fix). I know, the Sabres have not been mentioned in the sweepstakes, but they have a lot going for them that other teams do not. Zach Parise and Drew Stafford are best friends, as well an owner who will do or pay whatever is needed to pick up a player such as Mr. Parise. The Sabres have more going for them than most think and could be a darkhorse in this race.
– Signings such as Ray Whitney (2 yrs/$9M); PA Parenteau (4 yrs/$16M); or Dustin Penner (1 yr/$3.25M): Are Sabres fans not happy we were not one of the teams that threw crazy money at players who, at best are aging second and third line forwards? Darcy has made it clear that he is going to address the Sabres need up front whether it’s through free agency or via trade. Darcy Regier is a very intelligent general manager, and a patient one at that, a characteristic I’ve always respected in him, at this day and age with all of the impulsive one’s in the NHL today.
– I’m hearing the Sabres are a frontrunner to pick up Alex Semin. According to TSN, he is a horrible teammate, and is inconsistent at best, and teams should pay accordingly. According to @hockeyyinsiderr, the Sabres have drafted him an offer to sign, but it is not in the range of what Alex Semin is looking for. Darcy knows that there is no point in overpaying for a one-dimensional player, and if Semin comes back to him because nobody else exceeds what the Sabres are offering, than the Sabres will have achieved quite a feat in not overpaying for one of the top commodities on the market.
– The way I see it, the Sabres will do something (or multiple things), to improve their team up front before September. Whether it is Zach Parise, Alex Semin, or Bobby Ryan, among other sought after NHL forwards, I have faith Darcy is going to pick up assets to improve the team in not only in the long term, but the short term as well.
– One final thought. The market is being held up on the looming Rick Nash trade. Once that happens, it will create somewhat of a domino effect, and you should see teams begin to unload and reload accordingly for next season.
In Darcy I Trust, Do You?