Day one has passed in free agency, and honestly it was quite the snoozer. But don’t be too alarmed, it was like that for a majority of the league. Each year, as more teams sign their good players to long term deals, the names in free agency are smaller and smaller. This year may have been the weakest free agency class since the lockout.
Coming into today, I don’t think many expected much of the Sabres. Unlike the pre-Pegula years however it wasn’t because the Sabres don’t want to spend money. Its because there is no one worth giving it to. Sure, the Sabres could of used a tough guy. There were a few available, but keep in mind that Jordan Tootoo got almost two million dollars. Are you willing to give him that?
Also, don’t forget, this is not the end of the offseason. In reality most of the best players in the free agency pool are still out there. I don’t even mean Parise and Suter, because they appear to be off the Sabres scopes right now. Shane Doan won’t make his decision until the 9th, and I believe he’s one of the players that most fits Buffalo. Even though I personally wouldn’t be for it, Alex Semin is still on the market as well and possesses some incredible talent.
As Darcy has said before, the big moves will be made through trades. Nothing has happened yet in the grand scheme of things. Sure, George Parros signed already. I know I’m kind of overplaying the whole idea that there are only enforcers available. However, there are still so many opportunities (even past Bobby Ryan and Rick Nash) for the Sabres to improve before next season. Sit back, relax, and don’t get too uptight. The Sabres are in a better place this year than last year, and the show isn’t over yet.