Hits and Misses of the Buffalo Sabres Off-Season So Far

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Miss: Trades

Apr 15, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New Jersey Devils defenseman Henrik Tallinder (7) controls the puck as Toronto Maple Leafs right wing Colton Orr (28) chases at the Air Canada Centre. Toronto defeated New Jersey 2-0. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Here’s where Regier loses me.  Yes, you can rebuild through the draft, and between this year’s draft and the army of prospects the Sabres have in their pipeline, the rebuild looks promising.  Yes, you can rebuild through free agency, but that would have been financial suicide this off-season.  However, most franchises that truly want to build a championship-caliber team cannot afford to pass on both the free agent market AND the trade market.  Many of you have argued with me on this, but examine any of last season’s playoff teams – what do you see?  With the exception of Washington, you see ACTIVITY, in order to shuffle the deck and address the deficiencies that kept every one not named Chicago from lifting the Cup.  Buffalo may have a nice crop of prospects – but it’s not like they have landed the top pick in the draft three years in a row.  Many of these prospects will be lucky to become third-line players in the NHL, so the Sabres cannot put all of their eggs in that basket.  Worse, the Sabres have valuable players with which to bargain – but with every passing day, those players lose value.  Sorry, fans, but I cannot help but view the Sabres’ inability and/or unwillingness to pull the trigger on a significant trade anything other than a big swing and a miss.

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