The Sabres Observer
by @DaveDavisHockey on 02/27/11 at 08:51 PM ET
Just because your new in-laws gift you with a pile of money doesn’t mean you foolishly go on a binge and overspend it. Sorry, but in regards to the Bruce Garrioch article stating that the Sabres “are a player” for Brad Richards or Paul Stastny, I’m just not buying it.
Did Garrioch spend more than a minute thinking this through, or did he just naively reach his own conclusions based on public knowledge that new owner Terry Pegula has given GM Darcy Regier the green light to buy? One thing for sure is that his piece was based on personal speculation and not insider information. Any reporter who has dealt with the Sabres tight-lipped front office in the past decade can attest to that.
With three more years and $20 million left on his contract, Stastny would command a higher salary than Ryan Miller. And as great a player as Richards is, Regier has already made it pretty clear that he’s not interested in rentals. Personally, based on the limitations of the current Sabres roster, I’m totally on board with that mentality.
During the big day tomorrow, Regier will be looking to add to his club through what he himself referred to as “responsible spending”. Just to be clear, that doesn’t mean being limited to the Bob Corkum echelon of contracts. It’s all about value investing, which is a simple cap-friendly concept that Regier will have a much greater opportunity to implement now that he has more purchasing power.
So which players are piquing Buffalo’s interest? There are only a few people that know that, and none of them are hockey writers or bloggers.
But if you want a few prototypes, look for young players with large upside but without ridiculous contracts. A quality veteran defenseman wouldn’t hurt either, but every team can say that. If it were me, I’d be interested in guys like Stephen Weiss (C, Florida), Dave Bolland (C, Chicago), Devin Setoguchi (RW, San Jose), John-Michael Liles (D, Colorado), and Jakub Voracek (RW, Columbus).
Sure, that’s not exactly a who’s who of game-changing superstars, although Weiss - if he’s even available - is a great talent whose services would require a lot in return. But Regier adheres to the philosophy that the meat of your roster is built during the summer, not at the trade deadline.
Remember, it was Pegula himself who echoed a great quote from Pittsburgh Steelers president Art Rooney: “Panic doesn’t seem to work.” Sabres fans should be hoping for more value investing and less panic tomorrow.
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Dave Davis has covered the Buffalo Sabres for various NHL accredited websites and newspapers since 2003. He was the senior writer and Sabres correspondent for The Fourth Period, covered hockey for Western New York Sports and Leisure Magazine, and has had articles featured on NHL.com, FOX Sports, Yahoo Sports and in New York Sportscene. Sabres news and notes can be found on his Twitter page.
Davis originally garnered media attention in 2002 as leader of a lobbying campaign working in unison with potential buyer Mark Hamister attempting to secure state financing to keep the Sabres in Buffalo. In 2004, Davis was briefly back on the airwaves - this time reaching the finals of the inaugural "WGR Rookie" sports talk competition. After a few years of "syndicating" his articles on various sites, along with doing some internet radio work, Davis now devotes his new media efforts to bringing quality Sabres related opinions and content to Kukla's Korner.
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