After last season's fiasco, Buffalo Sabres general manager Darcy Regier said the team will build through the draft and try to fill the rest of their pieces in through free agency.
The draft has come and gone, and free agency officially begins today.
Rumors about Danny Briere returning to Buffalo have been squashed, as he and the Montreal Canadiens have agreed to a two-year deal Thursday. The deal won't become official until today.
The Sabres could pursue more physicality in free agency as David Clarkson, Nathan Horton and Ryane Clowe are all available in free agency. Jarome Iginla is set to hit the market, but at 36-years-old and pursuing his first Stanley Cup, it's unlikely he would even consider Buffalo in the rebuilding phase. Mike Ribeiro and Stephen Weiss are both available as free agent centers, which the Sabres have lacked noticeably.
In a regular offseason, July 1 is usually considered Christmas in July as the opening of free agency begins. This year, with the shortened season, July 5 is Christmas in July, and it's time for fans to gather around the tree to see what their general managers have gotten for them.
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