The signing of Rob Niedermayer and Patrick Lalime should have fans rushing to the Buffalo Sabres' box office today to buy tickets for the upcoming 2010-11 hockey season....if they are interested in watching a team as bland as vanilla pudding.
Niedermayer, a 36-year-old veteran center, inked a one-year deal worth $1.15 million while Lalime took a pay cut when he signed a one-year pact worth $600,000.
See a pattern here? Cheap, old and basically players no one else wanted.
Niedermayer does have a Stanley Cup ring but played 71 games for New Jersey last season, having scored just 10 goals with 12 assists. He's coming from a defensive minded team in the Devils, so he should be a perfect fit for Lindy Ruff's scheme....aka...boring.
Do we need another "mucker" type player in Niedermayer? We've got Mike Grier, Paul Gaustad, Patrick Kaleta, Adam Maier, etc. Where are the goal scorers? Oh yeah, Tim Connolly, Derek Roy, etc. are still here, trying to figure out how they got their big contracts for underachieving.
And for Lalime, with all the goalies looking for a job in the National Hockey League, we bring him back and he actually takes a pay cut with his salary being a mere $600,000. Safe to say Lalime was going to take the first offer ANYONE offered and you knew Sabres' general manager Darcy Regier would come in with the cheapest offer possible.
It's just so frustrating to listen to Regier and Ruff giving glowing praises for these guys when they know the only reason they got them is because they'd come cheap. Are the Sabres any better with them compared to last season? A big NO.
It's time to make a blockbuster deal, shake this team up, bring life back to it. But with Niedermayer and Lalime, the pudding just got a little bit more blander.