UFA Day (also Known as WTF Day)

Update: follow along at the UFA Day Mega Chat.  11:45.


UFA Day is upon us.

The UFA crop is slim. Things are gonna’ get crazy. 600w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" />

I’m talkin’ Tom Cruise crazy. Much money WILL be shown.

I know a lot of Sabres fans out there are clamoring for a big time signing on a Parise or a Doan, but perhaps the best outcome for the Sabres is if they sign no one.*

“No one?!?” you ask.

Yup – and here’s why:

  1. We’ve overspent enough already on free agents.
  2. Buffalo needs to vastly overpay/woo Big Names in order for them to come here.
  3. The Sabres’ best return for investment right now is in the trade market.

Heck, I’d love Parise on this team as much as the next guy. I don’t care if he doesn’t play center – he scores goals. Lots of ’em. And the Sabres need goals. But hold fast, fans. Don’t we already have an overpaid player who has scored 25+ goals for 7 straight seasons? Don’t we absolutely loathe the “Vanekontract?”

Both Vanek and Parise started out in the NHL in 2005. Vanek has netted 230 goals in 547 games. Parise – 194 in 502. Their shooting percentages: TV, .152; ZP, .114. Despite the goal scoring prowess of Parise, we just can’t afford another “Vanekontract” on this team. And trust me, Parise is gonna’ get paaaaaid.

Simply put, the Sabres cannot throw whatever remaining monies they have at The Big Signing. Rather, they should unload some contracts or bodies in return for a good return that fills a need – or strengthens a need – we’ve got the pieces to do that.

The Sabres would find better soldiers of fortune in the trade market. The draft and the trade market are the Sabres’ best bets for landing credibly good hockey players to fill needs. With the draft wrapped up, it’s time to swing a deal or three (assuming they can get a star to waive a NMC to come to Buffalo).

Go ahead, Regier, and get to shanghai us some awesome players – we won’t judge you here.

Remember, the Sabres have a glut of prospects coming up the pipeline, most notably on defense, and now suddenly down the middle. They also have that “Old Core” which has proven to be fantastically talented at not winning Cups, (or enough regular season games to even have a shot at the Cup).

Also, remember:

  1. BEWARE: fake Twitter accounts are rampant on UFA day. Check the account before you RT it. Please.
  2. Big signings are announced long after Day One expires. Don’t fill my Sabres Twitter feed with all caps cussin’ if they haven’t done what you want by Sunday afternoon. Be patient.

And most importantly:

  1. Have fun. This is not the year we lose “Briere and Drury.” Kudos to New Jersey for possibly taking that crown of thorns from us this year, as Parise and now even Martin Brodeur could both bolt for greener pastures. 300w" sizes="(max-width: 446px) 100vw, 446px" />

I’ll be joining the UFA Day mega-chat again with other Sabres bloggerati, hosted by the Goose’s Roost. I’ll post a link on my twitter when we’re ready for launch. UPDATE: again, here is the link to the Mega Chat, which starts at 11:45.


Go ahead and call me Buzzkill McBuzzkillington, but I just want the best for this team.

*Whatever will be shall be, but if it were up to me, my “big” target would be Zenon Konopka. He’s a big, mean body, and great on the faceoff dot. At 31, he’d be a very cheap replacement for Gaustad.

UPDATE: Gaustad was just handed $13 mil over  four years. There goes another bank: broken. Meanwhile, Konopka is likely frantically practicing how to replicate Gaustad “switch-handed” faceoffs before the frenzy kicks in at noon tomorrow. Konopka is coming off of a one year deal, where he made just $700k in Ottawa.

Go Sabres.


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NHL Trade Deadline Day Guide: Sabres Edition


Feeling antsy-in-the-pantsy?

Ah yes, that’s the nervous anticipation on the NHL’s Trade Deadline Day. Will Regier pull off a huge trade that shocks us all? Is Dustin Brown on the radar? Would Rick Nash actually consider waiving his NMC to come to Buffalo, after Joffrey Lupul, Tom Brady, and Brad Marchand tried their best to set our city’s image in the sports world back another ten years?

What’s going on with Gaustad?

What about Roy? Has he played his last game in a Blue and Gold uniform?

What are the sources saying? What are the rumor blogs out there reporting (usually preceded with the phrase “I’m being told” and ending with the phrase “we’ll see”).

Well, who the heck knows what is going to happen. Big things are going to go down somewhere, and it could be here in Buffalo. Whatever happens, here’s a quick list of advice for D-Day:

  • If your boss is evil and has Twitter blocked, use your phone. Or just call in sick.
  • Speaking of Twitter – and this is very important – a ton of fake TSN/THN accounts spring up on D-Day, so make sure you’re following the correct ones. (A easy way to check this is to look at their number of followers.)
  • The deadline is at 3pm, but trades are announced after that time (teams have to submit by 3, and the NHL then goes through its approval process).
  • Stop the Darcy bashing, at least for now. It’s not going to make yourself or anyone else feel better as the tension mounts. Let’s just see what he pulls off tomorrow before we call for his head.
  • If you want a big name, like Dustin Brown, be prepared to lose one – or two – of your favorite Sabres. 150w" sizes="(max-width: 260px) 100vw, 260px" />

A lot of players will be packing their bags tomorrow - but we tend to forget that a lot of families will also be also up-rooted. Remember that when you phrase your chirps for a player leaving town.

And lastly:

A lot of media guys and blog sites have cited sources and names, possibilities and plausiblities.  The fact is, no one really knows anything. Even a true source doesn’t know if a trade is really going to happen or not, until it’s done. However, we do know a couple things as fact.

  1. Pegula, Black, Regier, and Ruff will be in the war room in a “We will not panic” mode. There won’t be any moves just for the sake of making moves.
  2. This same group is living by the whole “long-term plan” thing. Any move they make will take this into prime consideration. A trade might help the team win now – but must help the team later.

Again, just have fun. Try not to lose your head as your wish list grows thinner.

Some helpful links:

TSN Tradecentre

The Hockey News’ Trade Log

Edit: Jeremy White of WGR 55 has compiled a very handy Twitter account list, which includes all the Deadline Experts. shared a list of their preferred Twitter handles.

Go Sabres.

Oh, and of course – Go Regier.

EDIT: And for the love of mercy leave the Pegula daughters alone. They are not processing trade requests from fans, or taking chirps to Regier for you. 

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