There are always a couple of emotionally charged days throughout the calendar year when you are talking about professional sports teams. There is opening night. Draft day. Training Camp. Fan Appreciation Night. They all rank up their pretty high as far as fan emotions are concerned.
For all the Buffalo Sabres faithful next year – and thanks to our long time General Manager Darcy Regier, we don’t have to worry about trade deadline day anymore.
There’s your silver lining.
At the end of the year press conference, Darcy Regier was outspoken about how free agency hasn’t been kind to the Buffalo Sabres and each year, fewer and fewer players that you would actually want to pay high value dollars for aren’t testing the market like they use to.
With each passing year, Buffalo Sabres fans get hopeful that this is the year that somehow Darcy Regier and company will manage to convince the star power on the opening of free agency to come to the Nickel City and play in Blue and Gold.
With a solid rebuild underway, that apparently started when Darcy Regier back pedaled all the way back to the Paul Gausted trade. Do the Buffalo Sabres really seem like the place that is inviting to any one of the available free agents at the end of this season? Or do they really want to hamper their salary cap with the size or caliber that these players will command?
Buffalo has the youngest team in the National Hockey League. I can’t see them going after any one of the thirty something players on the free agency wagon. Do any of the younger UFAs look interesting to the future plans of the Buffalo Sabres?
Those are the 24 year old unrestricted free agents. There are another 25 players at age 25, including Buffalo’s own Alex Biega.
The opening of free agency is likely to be a very quiet day in Buffalo this year. Let’s hope Darcy Regier’s plan at the draft is enough to make the Buffalo Sabres competitive.