Andy Sutton Said It Best – An Assessment Of Whining Sabres Fans During Free Agency
I’m sick and damn tired of all the whining and moaning and grousing Sabres fans have done in the last 24 hours.
Ever since Black Sunday, when Danny Briere bolted for Philly and Chris Drury split for the Rangers, Sabres fans get themselves worked up into an irrational, bloodlust-like frenzy on July 1st. It’s embarrassing, really. Why do people feel the need to criticize Darcy for not behaving unlike himself? We’re all well aware of Regier’s more conservative, sensible dealings as general manager, but the majority of fans still beat their chests and gnash their teeth at him on Free Agency Day.
Yesterday’s signing of Jordan Leopold effectively replaces Henrik Tallinder for a smaller dollar amount and smaller term than the suddenly-greedy Swede got. Sure, the $3M per that Leopold is getting is a little high, but he’ll be serviceable, sure. And fans should realize how much better Leopold played on the Penguins as opposed to the Panthers – in Florida, he was a good player on a terrible team and it showed. In Pittsburgh he was an OK guy. I like this signing.
The Sabres are a team that can build from within and sign low-impact free agents to compliment the team. They’ve got the best goaltender in the world and he just won the Vezina, this year’s Calder winner and a kid who could be a dark horse for the same award in 2010/2011, the best shot-tipper in the game, a top-3 faceoff man, two of the best defensive wingers in the league, a tough captain who will be rejuvenated coming back from surgery, the league’s top pest (statistically-proven) once he re-signs, and a slew of kids ready to make their mark on the NHL. Add to that the revolutionary new video drafting system that’s stocked the AHL Portland Pirates with terrific prospects, and this is a team built to last.
Sure, the system may not work for every fan, but where do you think you’re gonna get screaming about how much you hate how Darcy Regier works on Twitter or the comments section of The Buffalo News website? Are you experts?
Shut up, already. As someone said today, it’s not like they’re the Bills.