For the first time in three seasons, the Buffalo Sabres will have a Stanley Cup winner on the roster.
At one-year and around $1 million, Darcy Regier did solid work on this signing, and it gives the Sabres two solid face-off guys. Not only that, but it gives Lindy Ruff some flexibility at third-line center. In other words, it won’t be a hassle for fans if Ruff swaps his third and fourth line centers for a night.
Centers: Derek Roy, Tim Connolly, Paul Gaustad, Rob Niedermayer
Wings: Thomas Vanek, Jason Pominville, Jochen Hecht, Tim Kennedy, Tyler Ennis, Mike Grier, Cody McCormick, Patrick Kaleta, Drew Stafford
This also may be a precursor to a Stafford trade — assuming the Sabres are indeed interested in signing Matt Ellis to be their “sits-out” guy — but more on that during Thursday night’s edition of “The Late Nick Mendola” program, from 7-9:30 p.m. EST on WECK 1230 AM, streaming online at www.weck1230.com.