From Sabres beat writer Bucky Gleason to your normal everyday average Joe, everyone within a 100 mile radius of HSBC Arena has an opinion about Darcy Regier.
Some hate him, some respect him, and others just want to question what he is doing. But it goes without saying, if we have learned anything in the past 10 years, it is that Darcy Regier has a grand plan, and you and I can only just think as to what it is.
When Regier allowed free agent and co-captain Daniel Briere to head off to Philadelphia without much of a goodbye, many saw this as the plan. Allow Briere to walk to free up money to lock up fellow co-captain Chris Drury and big time scoring threat Thomas Vanek and still have money left to address the teams need for size and grit.
But when Regier was unable to convince Drury to stay in Buffalo instead of heading off to the Big Apple, we saw another plan unfold before our eyes. We saw the REAL master plan.
If history is any indication, the decision to "lose" the captains was in an eye for the future. Thomas Vanek is the future. Derek Roy is the future. The 2 players who get the chance to play out for their collective spots are the future.
Everything Darcy does has an eye for the future. His 2000 trade of Michal Grosek to Chicago brought pieces for both the present (Doug Gilmour) and the future (J.P. Dumont). Getting the draft pick to grab Ryan Miller in 1999 was a trade in the eyes of the future.
What Regier did was again another move in the big picture of our future. Allowing essentially 14 million to walk out the door now means we have it for the future. We had it to pay Vanek Friday, and will have it to pay Roy in a few weeks when he hits his arbitration. Its there to pay Brian Campbell and Ryan Miller, both whose contracts are set to expire in the next two seasons respectively.
So before you go and doubt Regier, just remember one thing. The man always has our success and future in the front of his mind.