I can’t believe the Sabres finally locked up a key player. They signed goalie Ryan Miller for five years, a reasonable amount of time for a franchise goalie. I thought for sure the Michigan native would eventually wind up with the Wings. And now, the Sabres are even looking to lock-up Jason Pominville. I guess the Sabres are starting to see the value of players who are actually willing to play in Buffalo. Apparently, there aren’t a ton of players like that. Bucky Gleason says the lock-ups are good news if for no other reason than it lets the Sabres concentrate on hockey, not who they’re not signing.
Also, in case you’re wondering, after waiving Stephane Veilleux, whom they couldn’t agree to a contract with, the Wild re-signed him. Presumably, there are no hard feelings. Michael Russo has a fascinating post about how the whole Veilleux debacle shows the need for a player to have an agent. Veilleux cleared waivers, but not because no one wanted him. It was more a paperwork issue.
Finally, SportsHubLA has an interesting talk with Kings GM Dean Lombardi. Lombardi is very careful not to say too much, but it sounds like his expectations for the Kings aren’t very high. On the one hand, it’s good that he’s realistic. On the other, you have to kind of wonder why that isn’t an impetus to get some veterans signed to mentor the younger players. I love a youth movement as much as anyone, but a rookie coach and a young team seems like a recipe for turmoil.