Over the weekend, I played nice.
When Friday, July 5th, came and went, and 27 out of the 30 NHL teams had finished setting fire to the excess piles of cash they had clearly been stockpiling while they told the world the old CBA wasn’t working, I took a moment to reflect on the total lack of any free agency activity exhibited by the Buffalo Sabres. Had I not taken that moment, I might have written a very angry-sounding post . . . but I would have had to issue a retraction the very next day, because when the dust had settled, I was okay with the Sabres choosing to remain out of the bidding wars that had broken out over players like Valtteri Filppula (an okay player) and Ryane Clowe (a player who only scored three more goals than I did during my tenure in the NHL last season). This year’s free agency market was weak, so my post on Saturday defended the Sabres and embattled General Manager Darcy Regier, as did the majority of readers who voted in the poll (252 out of 365, for 69%).
The weekend is over now, along with my Mister Nice Guy approach. Free agency might have been worth steering clear of, but the fact that the Sabres have not pulled the trigger on any significant trades is inexcusable, in my eyes. Allow me to present my three reasons why. Sabres, prepare to spar again!