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Bumbling in Buffalo
The Buffalo News reports that the Sabres agreed to a four-year, $21.5 million contract with Chris Drury last fall, but the deal was never finalized. That's a lot more affordable than the five years and $35.25 million the Rangers recently gave Drury. It seems that the Sabres never got around to writing the deal on paper or getting Drury's signature. Whoops!

All of a sudden, the roof is caving in on the Sabres (no, their jumbotron didn't collapse again). Local media are pointing out that the Sabres were one of the NHL's worst teams in the three-year period before the lockout. Fingers are being pointed at head coach Lindy Ruff and general manager Darcy Regier as part of the problem, not the solution. Buffalo completely botched the handling of Drury and Daniel Briere this summer, allowing both co-captains to walk away on the first day of unrestricted free agency.

Buffalo needs to regroup -- and fast. Re-signing restricted free agent Thomas Vanek to a long-term deal is a must. It's also imperative to lock in starting netminder Ryan Miller to a long-term deal. Players around the league are being scared off by whispers (now shouts) of incompetence in Buffalo. Sabres management cannot let one of the league's best feel-good stories become a disaster.

Posted by Ted Rossman at 7/3/2007 9:02:00 AM

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B's sign Thornton...
Shawn, that is...the Jumbo Joe trade to SJ looks worse by the second...was it worst trade of the millennium?

Posted by Mike D. at 7/2/2007 8:00:00 AM
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Sabres fall on their swords...
Great job building an exciting team, but their management seems to have ripped a page out of the 70's-80's Bruins' coupon book... "Briere signed an eye-popping eight-year deal worth $52 million with Philadelphia. Itís exactly three years and $27 million more than he would have accepted from the Sabres, had they tended to their business back in January. Yep, the cerebral Sabres could have had him for $25 million over five years." Buffalo News

Posted by Mike D. at 7/2/2007 7:56:00 AM
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Niedermayer Retires?
Canada's TSN is reporting on-air that Scott Niedermayer is about to retire. Imagine that -- a guy who goes out on top of his game. Scott is the only player ever to have won a World Junior gold, Memorial Cup, Olympic gold, Stanley Cup and Conn Smythe. He will go down in history as a top-10 defender of all time. No-one was as good as Bobby Orr and Doug Harvey was next. But Nieds probably ranks beside Ray Bourque at about fifth or sixth best ever. Fantasy owners everywhere, including me, are crying in their beers today. Keeper leaguers are inconsolable. Canada Day is a dark day in the fantasy hockey world.

Posted by Janet Eagleson at 7/1/2007 5:53:00 PM
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Rangers Blow the Bank
First, it's Scottie Gomez. Then, it's Chris Drury. The Rangers have just asserted themselves as perhaps the best in the East. Now if they can only get some D, they'll be all set. It sure looks like Nylander is long, long gone.

Posted by Janet Eagleson at 7/1/2007 5:47:00 PM
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