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by Paul on 07/03/12 at 12:42 PM ET
from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,
My first thought after the trade was completed Monday evening wasn’t about who was leaving but who was coming. Derek Roy’s Buffalo career was finished after last season, the minute he had the audacity to mouth off about Sabres coach Lindy Ruff. Speaking against the organization in any way, shape or form is grounds for dismissal.
Darcy Regier for years was enamored with soft finesse players who dazzled him with their talent while underachieving during the season and disappearing in the playoffs. You know, guys like Maxim Afinogenov and Tim Connolly, guys who came up small when it mattered most and grossly overstayed their welcomes while honest players like Chris Drury and Michael Peca were sent packing.
Steve Ott doesn’t fit the Regier mold. He’s a banger not known for his scoring or speed or skill. He’s a competitive leader and willing brawler who makes life miserable for other teams.
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