Buffalo Sabres Offseason Roundup

August 25th, 2010 by Michael Ghofrani Leave a reply »
Another offseason goes by and still no Kovalchuk or Gonchar in a sabres uniform however as always there is optimism in sabreland. Here's a look at what the sabres accomplished and what they still need to accomplish this offseason and what to expect in the upcoming season

Defensive Shuffle

The Buffalo Sabres lost two key members of their defense when Henrik Tallinder and Toni Lydman filed for free agency and before you assume that Darcy Regier played Mr. Scrooge with their contracts, you might want to reconsider.

In Lydman's case, I don't think Regier had any interest in bringing back the Finnish defenceman. With options like Marc-Andre Bergeron, Andy Sutton, and Jordan Leopold (who eventually signed with the Sabres) on the market, Regier decided to take his chances. In my opinion it payed off, as Jordan Leopold brings more leadership to the team than Lydman.

Henrik Tallinder, however, was a different story. The Sabres tried hard to re-sign Tallinder, who worked very well with protege defenceman Tyler Myers; however, they fell short when the New Jersey Devils offered Tallinder a staggering four-year deal paying him $3.75 ...

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