Tonawanda News — Along with celebrating our nation's independence last week brought us another holiday of sorts, at least for me.
But unlike the fireworks, hot dogs, multiple pasta salads and general revelry that comes every July 4, my other holiday passed with absolutely no fanfare here in Western New York.
The NHL free agency period began officially on Friday and our dear hometown Buffalo Sabres marked the occasion by ... well, they didn't really mark the occasion at all.
As other teams in our division — which now includes Detroit, Tampa and Florida in addition to familiar foes in Montreal, Toronto, Boston and Ottawa — added players to bolster what has become perhaps the toughest division under the NHL's new alignment, the Sabres did nothing.
It's a far cry from just two years ago when a cash-flush franchise went on a spending spree, bringing in big-name free agents and tossing around contract extensions for players already on the team with reckless abandon.
But these are new times at the F'N Center. The Sabres are "rebuilding" — which is sports parlance for intentionally sucking for several seasons in an effort to rebuild through young players who eventually, we hope, will be better than the older players on the team who presently suck.
Let me say I have absolutely zero faith the Sabres will be good enough to suck. That is to say, I think they'll suck and losing.
General manager Darcy Regier, the driver of the bus that's gone into the ditch, still has ownership's confidence to steer us out of the ditch.
I'd much prefer the Sabres to throw him under the bus. Lindy Ruff got that treatment instead.
I mean, they're going to lose a lot. Like, really a lot. Given all but two teams in their division were in the playoffs last year the Sabres might win 25 or 30 games. That would put them in the running for being the worst team in the entire NHL. Certainly close to it.