Sometimes the hockey world is just unfair and this is most definitely one of those times. We just released an article thanking Darcy Regier for getting rid of Thomas Vanek and now we have to take back our thank you to Regier for letting Tyler Seguin fall through his fingers last season.
According to a report from the Buffalo News, the Buffalo Sabres and Boston Bruins were in strong trade talks concerning a package deal for Tyler Seguin and Thomas Vanek. The talks took place during the draft last June and ultimately fell apart before any deal could be made. What an opportunity missed for the Buffalo Sabres!
What is the Buffalo Sabres most glaring need? A number one centre of course. When Tyler Ennis is your number one
centre and Zenon Konopka is your best face-off guy, it’s not hard to imagine why your team is in 30th place. Landing Tyler Seguin would have sewn up the hole for the number one centre spot the Sabres so desperately need to fill.
Having that number one centre wouldn’t have been enough to push the Sabres back into the playoff battle, instead it would have been a key piece they need going forward. Had Regier pulled the trigger on this deal it would have been a major blockbluster move that the hockey world would still be talking about. Instead they can’t stop talking about the Ville Leino contract.
While the draft is the primary source for obtaining your future, until they play in the NHL a team knows not what they have in a player. Tyler Seguin on the other hand is already a proven player and the trade to the Dallas Stars really forced him to get his act in line, same thing could have happened in Buffalo.
This is the collective reaction from a lot of fans after hearing Darcy Regier could have landed Tyler Seguin in a trade, is this your reaction?
— WGR 550 (@WGR550) February 4, 2014
If you want to look at the bright side of this failed non-trade, if Regier had pulled off the deal he might still be the GM of the Buffalo Sabres right now and that’s really scary. Regier’s inability to pull off risky moves is a large reason why he is no longer the Sabres GM and why the Buffalo Sabres find themselves in the position they currently are. Hopefully Tim Murray will be more willing to take risks.
What do you think of Darcy Regier’s inability to land Tyler Seguin from the Boston Bruins in exchange for Thomas Vanek and a roster player?