My updated Buffalo Sabres Depth Charts:
VANEK HODGSON POMINVILLE
FOLIGNO ENNIS STAFFORD SPARE: SCOTT
OTT GRIGORENKO LEINO
GERBE PORTER KALETA
REGEHR SEKERA SPARES: PARDY, WEBER
This Buffalo Sabres squad is good enough to compete! Why mortgage the future for a player like Bobby Ryan or Rick Nash? To put it into perspective, a Nash or a Ryan will give you, at best, a point per game scoring pace. Let’s say they play 70 games, that is 70 points. Fine. But the prices are much to steep for both of those guys. Either would command a quality forward, d-man already on the roster, a top prospect, and likely a draft pick. Why throw so much of what you have been building the last few years for one player? Having players such as Mark Pysyk, Mikhail Grigorenko, Zemgus Girgensons, Joel Armia, Jerome Gauthier-Leduc, Brayden McNabb, they are the futures of this Buffalo Sabres Hockey Club. A future that has not looked so bright in quite a long time.
On another note, if I’m Darcy Regier, I am removing myself from the UFA market as soon as possible. Now that Zach Parise and Ryan Suter are both signed, the secondary market is not coming cheap. Former Philadelphia Flyer, and now 40 year old- Jaromir Jagr is making almost $5 Million with the Dallas Stars. What a joke! Apparantly Darcy Regier agrees with me. According to sources, Buffalo has taken themselves out of ridiculous bidding for enigmatic talent Alex Semin, who will surely command top dollar. Darcy learned from his spending spree last summer, and has decided to not overbid for players that he will later regret, and has begun focusing his attention on the trade market.
In saying this, the Sabres do still need a number one Centre. According to numerous reports, Darcy Regier is kicking tires for the services of Colorado Avalanche Centre, Paul Stastny. I really like this idea for many reasons. First, he is only 26 and has yet to hit his prime. Not only that, Colorado has a full pipeline of Centres, younger than Stastny, in Matt Duchene and Ryan O’Reilly, which make Stastny less valuable. I can see Buffalo also acquiring him for a fairly reasonable price because Paul Stastny’s cap hit is an ugly $6.6 Million, and the Avalanche need Defensemen badly! The less leverage Colorado GM Sherman has, the better for the Sabres because he will not cost a huge package of assets to acquire him.
In reviewing the depth chart, I truely believe the Sabres are one Centre away from putting themselves over the top. Grigorenko will likely be an addition to the opening day roster, but adding another Centre would take some of the pressure off such a young player, which is another reason I like the Stastny deal.
How far do you think the Sabres are from becoming Stanley Cup Contenders?