From: Buffalo, NY
ORIGINAL: Arctic Blast
I still don't really understand Buffalo's moves in the offseason. Why match the insane offer to Vanek, when you can let him go and get a pile of picks (and picks in what is to be a REALLY good draft this year...and Buffalo tends to draft very well), then use that money to keep one of the two of Drury or Briere.
Darcy dropped the ball on Drury, Briere (and now Campbell), all of which were willing to sign long term deals for significantly less than they got. Then Edmonton comes calling on Vanek leaving them no choice but to overpay him or lose 1/4 of their season ticket base. Absolutely comical.
Alas, my New York Islanders are finding their level, and the level aint good. Paying the price for a decade of sheer incompetence by one Mike Milbury. When you see this twit on NBC, remember that you are looking at the worst GM in the history of the NHL. Doubt it do you? The following players were once the property of the New York Islanders or were drafted with picks he traded away and, in most cases, were dealt for absolutely NOTHING: Roberto Luongo, Bryan McCabe, Zdeno Chara, Todd Bertuzzi, Oli Jokinen, Raffi Torres, Jason Spezza, Tim Connolly, etc., etc., etc. In addition, when the tool traded Luongo and Jokinen for Mark Parrish and Oleg Kvasha (!!!!!!!!!), he drafted another goaltender (Rick Dipietro) #1 overall and passed on either Danny Heatley or Marian Gborik.
I hate the man without reservation.