Grading the Buffalo Sabres’ Offseason Thus Far


The Buffalo Sabres‘ offseason to this point hasn’t been nearly as busy as most would have expected.  After a disappointing 2011-12 campaign that started with high expectations, the theme of “blowing up” this roster has been a common one in western New York this summer.

When Terry Pegula took over the team in February 2011, there was talk of the Sabres finally being able to compete with the bigger markets in free agency.  Last offseason, that idea became reality, as the Sabres signed Christian Ehrhoff and Ville Leino to long-term deals. 

Just days prior, they had convinced Robyn Regehr to wave his no-trade clause with Calgary to join the Sabres. 

Despite money being thrown around like never before in the Sabres’ organization, Buffalo collapsed after a solid start.  Many point to the Milan Lucic and Ryan Miller incident as the turning point of the season.  The entire team’s heart—as well as unity—was questioned, for good reason.

After being the laughingstock of the entire league due to lack of response from Miller’s teammates, the Sabres’ deficiencies in size and toughness took center stage.

Fast forward to the beginning of this summer:  Through the draft, free agency and a noteworthy trade, the Sabres addressed both of those issues in a big way.  The following are grades in each category just mentioned:  the draft, free agency and the Derek Roy deal.  We’ll end with an overall grade for the entire Sabres offseason as camp gets ready to start in September.

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