Welcome Back, Mike Grier

By Chris

WGR550 is reporting that the Buffalo Sabres have come to terms with free agent winger Mike Grier. The Sabres official Twitter account says it’s a one-year deal (and the post hasn’t been deleted yet).

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?

7 Comments

  1. Undercover brother is back. Um, woohoo, I guess?

  2. Ogre39666

    I like it, hopefully he’ll spread some of that bulldog mentality around

  3. Mike

    You guys really didn’t have a Mike Grier tag?

    I’m not sure the Sabres are done. They have a lot of players now. And they’re not going to be using Gerbe and Kennedy. Do they even have room?

  4. Yeah I can’t believe we didn’t have a Mike Grier tag either.

    And the roster’s looking something like this right now up front:

    Vanek-Roy-Stafford
    Hecht-Connolly-Pominville
    MacArthur-Gaustad-Grier
    Paille-Mair-Kaleta
    Ellis, McCormick, Kennedy, Gerbe as reserves.

  5. Steve

    I love the signing but as Darcy continues to push past the self-imposed cap of the past few years, I have to wonder what’s going on with Stafford.

  6. NoUseForANickname

    The last time I remember Mike Greir…let’s see…Oh yes, it was the 2006 conference championship, game 3, and he had two breakaways. No goals later, I suppose you could say that good for him for getting those chances.

  7. KELS

    I can’t tell you how many times last season I said,”boy,I wish we had some muscle in the corners, you know, like Mike Grier!” Well, this could be a really big trade for the Sabres. I think the youth on the club will inspire Mike to up his game. I’m excited! First time in a long time.
    Welcome back Mike Grier !!!!!!!!!!