The biggest problem the Buffalo Sabres have had since Rob Ray hung up the skates? A tough guy, someone to enforce the rules on the ice an protect the best players. With Patrick Kaleta and Cody McCormick has the toughest guys on your roster, you knew the Buffalo Sabres had to do something.
While the rest of the active teams for today were busy over paying for the lack of talent available in modern free agency – the Buffalo Sabres stood idly by, waiting for the trade market to open up so they could address the needs down the middle and add some veteran NHL presence to their lineup.
Who would have thought the NHL would see enforcers be the going for first ay exchange rates as GMs again overpaid for what was available on July 1st. The Sabres sit back and saw what was happening around them. And then they pulled the trigger on a deal that brings in John Scott. An interesting move given the depth at defense – but I mean in 146 NHL games, he has a total of six points, so who cares where we put him when he’s on the ice right?
Patrick Kaleta remains unsigned, leaving Cody McCormick as the sole enforcer on the team. Even if Kaleta resigns the terms turtle and pest would be better ways to describe the Buffalo native than enforcer.
Buffalo is not the only team to suffer from the lack of entertaining or noteworthy deals on the official first day of the 2012-2013 season.
Zach Parise (New Jersey Devils) hitting the market the way he did an the overall expected response have things on hold. Where Parise ends up could change the complexion of many deals that general managers are sitting on. While there were no fireworks today for Canada Day – the moment that the Parise deal falls into place, you will see a flurry of activity – that hopefully the Buffalo Sabres are in on. If the organization walks into training camp with the only off season signing being John Scott – Darcy Regier and company will have a lot of explaining to do. While I don’t anticipate a sprint from the gates an a number one seed – the culture of this organization still has not changed enough for most fans.
Look for UFA part 2 tomorrow, as Parise takes his time with his decision; Doan won’t make a decision until July 9th. While the anticipation is killing some fans; its nice to see that players are actually testing the market – and not playing teams against one another to sign with one specific team for the highest amount possible.