The signing is a shocker to say the least, considering how Grier left Buffalo in 2006. He felt that the organization was going in the wrong direction and while they won the President’s Trophy in 2007, before you know it, they had lost both of their captains and missed the playoffs in consecutive years.
We thought he was right.
Perhaps when you’re desperate for a job, you’ll accept any offer that comes around.
This isn’t to say that I’m not pretty excited about this. Three years ago he was one of the hardest working players on the team — even if he couldn’t score a breakaway goal if his life depended on it. He was a leader and a warrior and complemented Chris Drury perfectly. He’s the type of player the 2009-10 team is missing.
However, now that he’s 34 years old, his effectiveness is a question mark.
Most likely he’s signed a one-way contract, so now you have to wonder if any players are going to be moved out to make room for the grizzled veteran. And you have to wonder if this all but means Portland Pirates stars Nate Gerbe and Tim Kennedy no longer have a shot at making the Sabres this season.
It’s a curious move to say the least (the type of deal I would have liked to have seen the Sabres front office make with Mike Peca in 2007) but at this point, what does either side have to lose?