'For many it's not so much what the Sabres paid out, but what they didn't get. Chris Drury and Danny Briere became free agents and got big money from other teams. It doesn't sit well with fans. "They didn't do anything with Briere. They didn't do anything with Drury. So now they got stuck and they're gonna have to pay for it."'
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'He'll now be under contract until he's 30, which puts him in a Sabres uniform long enough not to worry about losing him as an unrestricted free agent when he is at his peak.'
'So you would think that, of all people, Buffalo general manager Darcy Regier would understand how Lowe became the first GM in a long, long while to make a multi-million dollar Group 2 offer, with the promise of four first-round draft picks going to the Sabres if they chose not to match. Desperate measures, right?'
'“We’re both just so happy that we’re back. We know all the players, all the wives, the management, the city. The fans are great. We’re just happy to be back in Buffalo. We both cried when we heard.”'
‘“We always had an attitude here that we don’t do these things,” Quinn said. “When it comes to the Edmonton Oilers, if there’s an opportunity to put an offer sheet on a player as long as we’re alive, we’ll be comfortable doing that. They can expect it if it’s in our best interest.”’
‘Once again, the Sabres miscalculated the soaring NHL market and got burned.’
‘”I don’t think anyone believed there would be an offer like this,” Bartlett said. “Thomas didn’t even believe it. But I believed we had a good product to sell.”‘
‘Drury and Briere might have been the “heart and soul” of the Sabres the past two seasons, but Vanek and Miller are the future.’
‘”The irony of all this is that it’s Edmonton preying on Buffalo,” said Sabres general manager Darcy Regier of Friday’s happenings. “It’s not the New York Rangers or Philadelphia. It’s two clubs that are challenged to sign unrestricted free agent players.”‘
‘Kevin Lowe, in a desperate attempt to make his hockey team better, managed to make everything even worse.’