I like it. You like it. Most people who don’t have wealthy parents, winning powerball tickets, or chemical imbalances like it.
But how do you feel about job security, Darcy Regier?
Uh-huh. See, I don’t know if I should believe you, Darcy. Your words are saying, “I want to remain the GM of the Buffalo Sabres,” but your actions are screaming, “Fire me before I make this roster so bad it couldn’t beat an AHL squad.”
Good news, though, Darcy: I’m here to help. Between tonight and tomorrow, I’ll be giving you a list of five players you should consider making a play for, along with some video to help you see their talents in action. Thank me later; right now, you need to read.
1. Filip Forsberg.
The good folks over at bleacher report (initially reported in the Ottawa Sun) seem to think that the Washington Capitals would be willing to part with prospect Filip Forsberg, currently playing in the Swedish league. Forsberg has all of the tools: “passing, finishing, speed and size.” (Yeah – don’t they all?) Acquiring Forsberg would certainly make your team a few things – younger comes to mind, and exciting – but you would have to be willing to give up someone that can fit one of the Capitals’ needs, such as a proven goal scorer or a solid net minder. Would sending Ryan Miler to Washington for another young player with loads of potential be enough to save your job? Tough call. (At least this is a possibility, though, compared to bleacher report’s suggestion that you consider shipping out Thomas Vanek, who at 29 is getting up there in age!) At the very least, you would be showing that you are savvy enough to get something of value in exchange for Miller, before his contract expires and he bolts to the West Coast. Still, Sabres fans are tired of waiting for a Stanley Cup-contending team; they want one now – this year, actually – so I’d put this kid’s file in the “Last Resort” pile and keep scrolling through this list.
2. Mark Streit.
The New York Islanders defenseman has 11 points this year on 4 goals and 7 assists, and he went for 40 assists last season. Your defensemen, by comparison? Christian Ehrhoff has produced 10 points so far this season, but no other defenseman has more than 4. And the most assists you got out of a blue liner last season was the 27 that Ehrhoff managed. If Streit had played for the Sabres in ’11-12, he would have ranked second on the team in assists, behind only Jason Pominville. This is the sort of guy who could really quarterback your power play into respectable territory. Streit’s name has popped up all over the web as a guy who might be getting shipped out soon, so you might want to start boning up on his career now.
Tomorrow, I’ll fill you in on three more players who may just be the key to you keeping your job, Mr. Regier. Until then, good evening!