The Sabres Observer
by @DaveDavisHockey on 06/22/12 at 10:40 AM ET
Based on all of those lectures from Darcy Regier about how shrewd drafting and offseason trading are where the foundation of a championship team is built, the window of opportunity for him to steer the ship in the direction of a Stanley Cup is officially wide open as of today.
Regier proved, during the inaugural offseason of the art of the possible, that he’s capable of making waves with his hockey team when unconstrained by a boss who trembled at the mere thought of multi-year contracts. Despite the fact things didn’t play out during the season the way the Sabres GM had hoped, the time has come for him to step up to the table and try again.
Of course, there are many ways to approach this. Last year it was through free agency, but that pool appears to be too shallow this time around. Director of Amateur Scouting Kevin Devine said this week that the cost to trade up in the draft is pretty steep. Regier lamented that the asking price for the big names being mentioned in trade rumors is too high.
Given the failure of this franchise to win anything significant in recent years, the glaring need to alter the top of the roster, and an abundance of assets on the blue line, I say this is the time to bite your lip and do what you have to do.
The Sabres have 4 of the top 44 picks. The prospect train of defensemen, so we’re told, is loaded. Don’t take a flyer on the chance to get a guy who could become the face of your franchise because you’re afraid to lose Mark Pysyk. And forgive me, but I don’t believe for a second that teams refuse to deal with Regier if Tyler Myers and Brayden McNabb aren’t in the conversation.
This concept of openness towards wheeling and dealing is an exercise in risk versus reward. It’s what just worked for Dean Lombardi in Los Angeles, and its what Sabres fans want from Regier right now. This town is starved for its next superstar, for its next Briere. Whether his name is Nash, Ryan, Staal, Kane or Galchenyuk is seemingly irrelevant at this point. Pick your guy and roll the dice.
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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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