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Rochester, NY • United States • 29 Years Old • Male
It is very hard for me to rant about Darcy Regeir. I think he has done a very good job considering the mess the Sabres were in last year, and now this year. The one thing I wish I could illustrate to him though, is that it is not always a bad thing to ink a player to a long term deal. Long term not being 3 or 4 years; I'm talking about a franchise player, 5 or 6 years.

All of you who see potential pitfalls with this type of deal have a lot of reasons to feel the way you do. However, I would like to point out that I would have some prerequisites before signing a player to this type of a deal. First, I would make sure the player is, and has been happy for the previous 2 or 3 years. I say previous 2 or 3 years, because I think that is how long a player should be in your organization before committing to this type of deal. Second, does this player have the gumption and the intangibles that makes me believe they will not play half a** because they are no longer in a contract year. This is something that is not an exact science, its based on a gut feeling. As a GM, you ought not be around if you can't trust your gut at times. Lastly, is this player a franchise type player?

I think Danny and Dru both fit these criteria, and I wish so badly that Darcy had locked up Briere before the season following the lockout. Funny isn't it, how a large monetary deal doesn't seem so large 2 years later when all the insane offers start popping up come free agent time. When will Regeir realize that you are saving money by locking your franchise player up long term? A six year deal is not at all insane to consider when talking about the aforementioned players. Its called making a player the face of your organization!

Two more years from now we will be in another big mess. Ryan Miller? What will a goaltender be getting paid then? Why couldn't we have locked up our franchise goaltender last year to a 6-year deal? We would save more by signing him to a 6-year, 30 million dollar deal, than we would by signing him to a 3-year, 10 million dollar deal, while hoping to resign him again. Please Darcy, bring Danny or Dru back, and MAKE THEM OUR FRANCHISE PLAYER!!! Let them retire as Sabres. Is this too much to ask?
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June 26, 2007 6:28 PM ET | Delete
I don't like the long term contracts but if you give anybody one this year it has to be Drury and maybe Vanek.Let Briere go and sign Marleau, I like danny but we need more size down the middle.Of course we still need a big stay at home dman and I don't know how we will get one.Only if we can unload some dead weight I guess.
June 26, 2007 6:47 PM ET | Delete
I agree Devereau on Drury, I would choose him as well. I just don't think that is going to happen. I think Briere wants to be here more, and I really think he would take a discount, but we need to show him at least a 5 year offer.
June 27, 2007 6:17 AM ET | Delete
I agree,certainplayers desrve long term deals and at the same time will cause you less work and headaches as will be experienced ( if not already) this summer.If they had presented Danny with a 3 or 4 year deal for $5mil per I think he would've taken that deal.Once again the wait and see attitude is going to cost Regier more work and way more money.This situation if not addressed sooner in the future is only going to get worse.What happens when guys like Miller,Pominville and Afinogenov just to name a few come up?Rip up that stupid policy of not negotiating during the year and do some of your work during the year Darcy instead of saving it all for the summer.
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