Sure, rumors are rumors, and how many times have we heard the Buffalo Sabres were hot on the trail of a free
agent, only to have Darcy Regier strut out to the podium to tell us that the price was too high.
I continue to disagree with the fact that Darcy Regier is still with this organization, yet I signed up for the full team rebuild. Yet, there is still a lot that bothers me. Ryan Miller is still on this team, and so is Thomas Vanek and Drew Stafford.
No, the Buffalo Sabres are not better right now on paper by losing Ryan Miller and Thomas Vanek, but the purpose of the rebuild is not to be better now, its to be great later. We have a lame duck general manager who is going to turn a rebuild into a long and painful process, despite the fact that there are teams out there that have rebuilt in shorter periods of time. Now Brenden Morrow is hinted at being interesting for the Buffalo Sabres, and his former teammate Steve Ott is playing in Blue and Gold.
The only problem is, the Montreal Canadiens are interested in the former Dallas Star and Pittsburgh Penguin.
Bringing in Morrow does two things for this hockey team. It brings balance and leadership. It might make it easier for Steve Ott to stay in Buffalo at the end of his deal, instead of thanking the Buffalo Sabres for two years and running for free agency. It might convince Thomas Vanek to stick around and be the offensive threat for this team.
While it makes sense to let the kids play, do you really have a captain going into next season? I mean think about it, Drew Stafford is still wearing an A. Do you want him to influence the future of the Buffalo Sabres organization? Personally I would love to skate into next season with Brenden Morrow as captain, with Thomas Vanek and Steve Ott wearing the A’s on their sweaters.