Monday, July 24, 2006

On Brière

This will have to be brief, as I'm running up against all kinds of ugly deadlines this week.

With the $5-million, one-year award Daniel Brière received yesterday, all of the talk has centred on whether he'll be dealt and which teams are interested. Kevin at BFLO Blog says the chances this will be a 'sign-and-trade' deal are moderate — but from many reports, people are treating this as a done deal.

What I can't understand is why Brière's $5-million salary is considered too hefty for the Sabres when only a few weeks back, GM Darcy Regeir dumped a $10-million contract in Jaroslav Spacek's lap.

There's $3.33-million right there that could have went to Brière's deal.

And it's not as if the Sabres need another offensive defenceman, what with Teppo Numminen and Brian Campbell contributing more than 40 points last year, and others like Henrik Tallinder and Toni Lydman being capable of more production.

Buffalo's also got some nice developing blueliners on the way this season, as Nathan Paetsch had a terrific year in the AHL last year. The club also holds the rights on three of the better defenders from Canadian junior last year: Mike Card, Michael Funk and Andrej Sekera. All put up a ton of points in the CHL in 2005-06.

I like Spacek as much as anyone, and he showed during Edmonton's playoff run he was a capable No. 3. Signing him at the expense of Brière, however, seems off-the-charts ridiculous.


At 9:44 p.m., July 24, 2006, Anonymous KevinP said...

A fair point. I think the $2.6 million for Numminen is even worse, but at least that's a one-year deal.

When Regier signed Numminen and Spacek, he had Campbell, Lydman and Tallinder looking at arbitration and Kalinin was, and remains, unsigned. AND McKee had just bolted.

I think it was a rare moment of overreaction from the normally patient-to-a-fault Regier.

At 9:53 a.m., July 25, 2006, Blogger Black Dog Hates Skunks said...

Agreed on Spacek.

A nice player.

But I'm glad the Oilers didn't make that deal.

I think they hold on tight this season to try and make a run and then deal some guys next season.

Briere they have to have.


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