If there is just one thing to take away from the reports that the Buffalo Sabres are the mystery club to offer 35-year-old Shane Doan $30 million dollars over the next 4 years, here it is: Terrence Pegula will NOT be outbid when it comes to an unrestricted free agent he covets for his hockey club. Oh sure, a player (like Doan) may choose to stay with a team because he’s played in a city near his entire career. Perhaps, like Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, players decide they want to play for their hometown franchise. What we are continuing to understand in late summer 2012 is that if a player decides not to bring his talents to Woodlawn Beach is that it won’t be because he can get paid more to play hockey somewhere other than Buffalo, New York.
Now, I am quite sure that Darcy Regier looks at Shane Doan and would like to have him on the Sabres’ roster. I’m also reasonably sure that he’d like him to wear blue & gold for through 2016. It’s the part about $7.5 million per year where this story moves from the GM’s office to the owner’s box. If Pegula’s ideas on how he wants his team constructed are similar to Regier’s (and why wouldn’t he – he kept him on after taking over), why not use the full force of his checking account? This is a big part of the idea of Pegula Day was about, right?