The Buffalo Sabres are working hard to complete a deal that could be announced as early as Tuesday morning.
The Buffalo Sabres have started very slow this year and the media vultures are circling.
Sabre Nation is demanding a call to action. Firings or trades!
Lindy Ruff will be behind the bench for his 1,000th game as the head coach of the Sabres, this week. The long time coach has led the team to a Stanley Cup final and been nominated for multiple Jack Adams awards as NHL Coach of the Year. He took home the hardware in 2005-2006.
Darcy Regier joined the Sabres almost the exact same time as Lindy as the general manager. Well respected around the NHL the long term Sabres executive is still to blame for failures more than successes. Darcy’s roster changes including letting Chris Drury and Daniel Briere test the waters of free agency and getting nothing in return, stand as his legacy.
I believe the Buffalo Sabres will make the decision at some point before July 2011 to fire Lindy and probably clean house ending Regier’s reign in Buffalo. Before that will happen, Darcy will be encouraged to make the necessary changes fix the 2010-2011 campaign. Typically a reserved executive on a modest team, Regier believes in building from within. It’s time for Darcy to show he can bring in a game changer. It’s about results.
This week the Sabres elected to sit their captain, Craig Rivet, as a healthy scratch in hopes to either motivate him or send a message to the team that changes are coming.
The losses keep coming; so will the changes!
The ideal trading partner for the 2009-2010 Northeast Division winning Sabres will be a struggling team from the Western Conference.
Now for the biggest splash in Regier’s tenure in Buffalo; Darcy is focused on Jarome Iginla!
To make this move happen, obviously a few large pieces need to change hands. If Calgary intends on getting good value for their star, the time to move him is now. The Sutter's and Jarome have had a few issues of late and the writing appears to be on the wall.
For Buffalo to land Iggy, they will likely need to send out a few pieces to the Flames.
Drew Stafford, prospect Zack Kassian and, to balance out the Salary Cap issues, Tim Connolly.
This deal has many potential obstacles to surpass before it can happen
I usually write about the Anaheim Ducks so it should be noted that my Ducks research lead to this HUGE trade rumor. The starting point was from a smaller trade involving Anaheim sending Jason Blake and a fourth round pick to the Sabres in exchange from Craig Rivet. This deal, which is also still possible, was connected to the Sabres naming Paul Gaustad as their next Captain.
As many speculate Calgary is shopping Iginla, I find it interesting that Buffalo is finally more than just a wall flower. Can Regier get this deal done? His job may depend on it!